Mar 192013
 
“There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” John 1:9-12″For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!'” Romans 8:15 twins

Jesus Christ came into this world as the true light so that we might be enlightened. However, He was rejected by many including many of the religious leaders of the time. Willing to submit Himself in humility to the plan which God had predestined for Him, Christ suffered and died for our sins so that when God brought glory to His own name by raising Christ back up once again we might be forgiven. Christ said, “‘…I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'” John 14:6b This statement is powerful showing us why it was only those who received Him were able to be called children of God.

Before and after His death Christ promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to be given to all those who believed in Him after He ascended to the right hand of the Father. Now for the believer we have that promised gift of the Holy Spirit abiding in us and the law of sin and death no longer have hold over us and death’s sting is removed. We have been set free and are to live without fear knowing that we are sons of God and can cry out to Him, “Daddy!”, our Father in heaven.


Big news and new life! Jena and I were unloading hog feed one day last week and since we’d been expecting Cupid to have a calf anytime I noticed she was off by herself. She was standing in the bottom of a small swale so I walked down the slope a little and saw she was tending to a new born calf! Motioning to Jena to come down I kept walking and soon saw a second form…twins! Jena and I called Mom and told her she needed to come out and she quickly deduced that we had a new calf. We didn’t mention anything about there being twins though and the expression on her face when she caught sight of the second calf was priceless!
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Other “new life” is also beginning to show forth! Dad discovered our first asparagus spear of the season! Dependent upon the weather, within a couple of weeks there should be enough asparagus ready for harvest to begin selling some!
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We will begin harvesting the overwintered spinach again this coming week, Tuesday, March 26th! There are also a few green onions available. Please e-mail or call your order in and we will confirm your order. If you do not receive confirmation within 36 hours please contact us again as we may not have received your order.

Spinach is: $4.00 per lb. or $3.50 per lb. for 5+ lbs.
Green onions are: $1 per 1/4 lb., $3 for 1 lb. or if you buy 5+ lbs. patch run (minimal or no cleaning done) they are $1.25 per lb.

Eggs!!! We have begun to have our spring “flush” of eggs once again. Please tell neighbors, relatives, friends, coworkers etc, etc.! These chickens are raised in a portable house and fencing system to keep the predators out and allow the chickens to have fresh pasture as we move them throughout the field. Combine that will the fact they’re supplemented with organic grain and you have the world’s best flavored, healthiest eggs you’ll ever find! I can’t tell you how many people have commented on how our eggs taste so much better than any other eggs they’ve ever tried and especially over any store bought eggs. Even the “cage free”, “vegetarian fed” or brown eggs at the stores just don’t compare in quality and taste.
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All the eggs are ungraded, mixed sizes but we try to put most of the pullet and small eggs in separate cartons so individuals may select the “average” size they prefer.

Mixed eggs averaging pullet size are $2.00 per doz.
Mixed eggs averaging small size are $2.50. per doz.
Mixed eggs averaging medium to extra large size are $3.00 per doz.

Thankfully the little hoop house is coming along well although it seems like the progress is quite slow. With other things coming up it seems like some days I start working on it and do just a couple things before it’s time to wrap things up again. The additional 4′ is now added on to the north end and I’m working towards rebuilding the end and doors.
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In order to bend the additional bow I used the trusty combine rim which I’d used to bend the other bows when first constructing the metal frame for the hoop house several years ago. While not perfect it works ok. Lord willing, when we build another hoop house I will make a jig similar to some I’ve seen in catalogs and which they made and used up at Growing Power. This would enable me to make a more uniform bend and in the long run I believe it would also be quicker.
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Dad mowed his cover crop of wheat so it can begin regrowing again. G-Jean and I lightly tilled some other sections of garden earlier in the week where we’re in the process of killing out the wheat preparing the ground for planting.

Seed potatoes came in this week and Lord willing once the ground dries slightly from our recent light rain shower we’ll be planting them! It is an exciting time of year seeing everything beginning to green back up and grow again! Along the lines with the potatoes I’m working on putting together a hiller/ cultivator for them from pieces and parts we have around the farm. Lord willing I’ll have it put together in time to try covering the seed potatoes with it.

uncovering strawberries
G-Jean, Dad and I uncovered all the strawberries due to the extreme “heat” getting all the way up to the 80 degree range! It was certainly beautiful although I’m still not sure how we survive those 100 degree days during the summer! Interesting how the Lord has designed our bodies to acclimate to a wide variety of climate conditions within a relatively short amount of time!

Time to spring forth in to the beautiful outdoors now! Spring fever is easily caught these days with such beautiful weather!

May you have a blessed week!

Farmer Joshua and the Michell crew