Sunday, January 17, 2010

Vegetarian and Chickens

Busy week on the homestead this week. We had beautiful weather for January, so we were able to get a lot done outside. On Wed we went to the Farm Show. We enjoyed it, however, it was crazy busy. I forgot that school groups would be going. We ended up buying some stone ground buckwheat flour (which I made homemade pizza with...yum), and roasted corn meal (made polenta for the first time...not too bad). The people who grind all the flour are out of Burnt Cabins, Pa. They were super nice and very helpful. We also picked up organic kidney beans to plant for our garden this year. Which speaking of, we have decided on roma tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, kidney beans, lettuce, spinach, carrots, and yes, chickens!! Zach came up with a plan to make our shed a chicken coop and build an area around that just for them. Since we are putting up a 6 foot fence the neighbors won't be bothered, and well they won't use our property like its community. We are off sq ft for having chickens but we asked in town and the ordinances are not enforced. Which makes sense as to why the neighbors down the way can have a landfill for a yard. So we have decided that because we keep our property clean and keep up with it, we are going to try to see about the chickens. The worst that will happen is make us get rid of them, and then we will take them to the farm up the way. We can always use that area for more rabbit space.
So we have also decided to follow a vegetarian diet (this all comes after we just went to the farm and got more meat)!! We will finish up what we have but all of us have been feeling better and healthier so we are sticking with it. Its not that we don't love meat (the farm meat is all organic grass fed, free range) so thats not the reason. It's just what we want to do. Madeline is following a vegan diet because she has UTI's and since her vegan diet she has been UTI free.
Well the lentil soup is done and my family is hungry so its dinner time here at the Snyder's.
Have a good Sunday :)


  1. Good luck with the chickens. I hope you don't have any problems with the town.

    I love reading about how others are living life more entwined with the land. It gives me hope that I will be able to so the same in the near future.


  2. Good luck to you too Pam. We don't have much land but we are using it the best we can. We started with things in pots, so we are really excited about growing in the ground this year!!