Articles By: Shana Thornhill

You always need one more thing on the farm

There?s always something you need on a farm. It starts out small, with the simple things. It?s a given that you?ll always need feed of one sort or another. One day you go out to do chores and think, ?I really need some new gloves. These are all crusty and have holes in them.? Of course, thinking about holes reminds […]

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We should have named our place ?Funny Farm?

We call our place Thorn Hill Farm?a real no-brainer, I know. We should have called it the Funny Farm. We?re all a little wacky (or at least some would think so), and most things that happen out here are funny. If they?re not funny at the moment, they sure are in hindsight. Sometimes it just takes longer. Even the critters […]

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Food processing ?skillz? improve with time, tips

To borrow an antiquated phrase, ?I got skillz.? Of course, the English expert in my head insists that I rephrase that as ?I have skills.? Apparently though, I don?t have enough skills yet. Even though I?ve learned how to process chickens, how to raise rabbits, and (hopefully) not stab myself in the foot, I have much to learn. I?ve been […]

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Farm living can be a pain sometimes

Living on a farm brings its own particular pains. When you realize that you shouldn?t have stabbed yourself in the foot with a pitchfork, it makes for a memorable moment. When you realize that forking hay on a hot day while wearing a tanktop, shorts and flipflops will make every particle of hay in the whole world stick to you […]

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Knowing food’s origin is worth the ‘ick factor’

Lots of things have been eye-openers in our first year on the farm. First off are the sheer numbers of bugs. Since we don?t use pesticides, it?s really incredible how many bites (or ticks) a person can accumulate on a routine chore round?and that happens four to five times a day. Luckily, I?ve got some guineas to help with that. […]

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We finally bought a weather radio

I may never live this down. In all my 35 years of life, this is certainly a first. Folks, please put your coffee down and have a seat?this is a hard issue for me, and I?m sure it will hit you hard as well. Ready? Take a breath. I bought a weather radio. Oh, the shame. I know this is […]

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Chicken addiction was hatched with mother

By the time this hits your mailbox, I?ll have my new babies. Yes, I?m talking about my new chickens. Remember how I said I was the Crazy Chicken Lady? You have no idea. Yet. I want to go on record as saying that my chicken addiction is my mother?s fault. She started sharing Backyard Poultry magazine with me, even though […]

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An open gate is never good for animal owners

As anyone who has?or has ever had?livestock, seeing an open gate gives you a particularly sinking feeling. This particular chilly, blustery day, I threw on my trusty barn jacket to hurry out and do chores. I knew I could get them done in short order and come back inside where it was warm. As I headed down toward the barn, […]

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Coping just fine with my chicken addiction

By the time this hits your mailbox, I?ll have my new babies. Yes, I?m talking about new chickens. Remember how I said I was the Crazy Chicken Lady? You have no idea. Yet. I want to go on record as saying that my chicken addiction is my mother?s fault. She started sharing Backyard Poultry magazine with me, even though she […]

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Great escape made us late for important date

I think my daughter is just about the sweetest thing in creation. When I was whooping and hollering and doing the happy dance around the house after finding out that I get to write this column, she said ?Mommy, what?s wrong?? ?I?m going to get published in the paper!? I hollered. (Of course, I?m leaving out many more exclamation points.) […]

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