I love interacting with the members of The 1840 Farm Community. Your stories inspire me and I look forward to each message you send, each recipe you share. In fact, I enjoy hearing about your daily adventures as much as I love sharing mine.
Now it’s time for me to help you share your unique story with the thousands of readers at CommunityChickens.com. I hope that you will submit your story using the form below. When the time comes for me to share, I will contact you to gather more information so that our readers can get to know you a little better.
Thank you for sharing your story with me. I can’t wait to read each submission and then start sharing your stories with the loyal Community Chickens readers.
The Easter table at 1840 Farm will have a touch of whimsy this year: at least for a few moments. I know that my son’s white chocolate nest place card with candy coated eggs won’t stand a chance. The eggs will be history in a matter of seconds. Then the nest will fall prey to a six-year-old who loves both white chocolate and coconut.
I can almost picture his plate with only the small flag remaining where the nest used to be. I won’t mind a bit. I’ll be happy to have made something that brings beauty and deliciousness to our table in the same bite.
In a matter of weeks, the newest batch of day old baby chicks will make 1840 Farm their home. For the first time ever, we’ll be adding a few fancy bantam hens to the mix. After they arrive, there will be an unending supply of adorable baby chick photos and videos to share along with product giveaways and money-saving offers. To make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun, follow 1840 Farm on Facebook to get the daily news from the coop.
I learned a lot during the See the Difference Challenge. We happily solved our dilemma of how to supplement our chicken’s calcium intake without the use of oyster shell which might trigger my son’s shellfish allergy. By feeding our heritage breed hens the Purina Layena Sunfresh feed, we enjoyed sixty days of egg collecting without finding even one broken shell.
While improving the strength of the eggs produced in our coop was reward enough, Purina also provided me with a FLIP camera to help document our participation in the Challenge. I was surprised by how easy the camera was to use and find myself using it on a regular basis here on our farm. In fact, I have posted many videos of our hens and our baby goat kids on FaceBook and Twitter for readers to enjoy.
Here’s the best news for you, Dear Reader. Purina also provided me with a FLIP camera to give away to one lucky reader. I will randomly select a reader on Monday, November 21, 2011. The winner will be notified via Email and announced to all of my readers via FaceBook, Twitter, the Community Chickens forum, and on this blog.
If you would like to enter the drawing, simply comment on this post below. Be sure to include your Email address so that I can contact you if you are chosen as the lucky winner.
There will be no turkey gracing the 1840 Farm family table today. It won’t be the first time. Last year’s Thanksgiving meal proudly holds that designation.
Don’t pity me, Reader. Not eating turkey today, or any other day for that matter, is a choice that we all willingly made. It’s what makes sense to us at this stage in our food lives. Why? Simple. We’ve seen Food, Inc. We’ve read Jonathan Safran Foer’sEating Animals. If you’ve done the same, then I’m willing to bet that you can at least understand how we might come to our meatless conclusion.
In fact, I found myself sitting at the computer yesterday writing my bi-monthly post for the Community Chickens section of the Mother Earth News/Grit Website with quite a dilemma. How could I adequately convey my family’s decision not to take part in the iconic American tradition of celebrating our thankfulness by gathering around a beautifully golden turkey without seeming to judge those who look forward to their meals today because of the golden bird?
When my editing and re-editing had finally finished, I think that I walked the rather thin line between explaining our unique Thanksgiving menu while wishing the masses a delicious turkey day meal. In the end, my readers will have to read my post and judge for themselves.
So, I’m wishing all of you the most wonderful and delicious of Thanksgiving celebrations. Here at 1840 Farm, we’ll be feasting on Hachis Parmentier of the vegetarian variety, creamed spinach, corn pudding, cinnamon apples, and cranberry jello. Of course, we’ll end the meal with a traditional pumpkin pie. Who am I to stand in the way of tradition? Well, at least our version of it.