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Lori Havens

This Old Farmhouse By Lori Havens My husband and I helped our 21-year-old son, Bryan, purchase a century-old farm to help him realize his dream of sustainably raising hormone- and chemical-free lamb and poultry for local customers to enjoy. We now enjoy rehabbing the old farmhouse, and ...

Savanna Restoration Series: Part 4

(Read Savanna Restoration: Part 1 HERE)(Read Savanna Restoration: Part 2 HERE)(Read Savanna Restoration Part 3 HERE)After the 500 saplings had been planted, by hand, one sapling at a time, it was time for some tubing!Well, yes, that kind of tubing first … but then it was time for some savanna ...

Savanna Restoration Series: Part 3

Picture this: You are the 23-year-old owner of 40 acres of chemical-free, stunningly beautiful though-somewhat neglected land. You decide to restore your land to its historic roots as a Midwest Savanna. In late summer, you get together with another young farmer who knows how to do these ...

Savanna Restoration Series: Part 2

(Read Part 1 of my Savanna Restoration Series HERE.)(Read Savanna Restoration: Part 3 HERE)(Read Savanna Restoration: Part 4 HERE)Here at Farm on the Hill, we are faced with the problem of a lush but tired hayfield in great need of food: the natural fertilizer that grazing ruminant animals can ...

Savanna Restoration Series: Part 1

It’s been a busy summer up here in beautiful Wisconsin! The work has been overwhelming, exhausting, sweaty and dirty, but we think it’ll all be worth it. So what is it that we’re doing here at Farm on the Hill? Welcome to Part 1 of my Savanna Restoration Series! Farm on the Hill is ...

Hiatus is Over and the Farm is Waking Up for Scrambled Eggs

After taking a month-long hiatus from the farm in order to see to my parents' move to an assisted living apartment, my husband and I finally returned to celebrate Easter with our son, Farmer Bryan, at the beautiful farm in Wisconsin! One of my favorite moments was when I walked into the barn, ...

Winter Arrival Delays Turkey Processing and Brings Challenges

Tuesday: Here in the beautiful Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, particularly in our city, Richland Center, there is just a dusting of snow. But three hours to our north and west, a nasty 5 to 8 inches of heavy snow and ice took direct aim at our poultry processor, and hit just a few ...

Autumn Table Decor for Holidays and Everyday

Happy November to the Capper's Farmer family! For most of us, the harvest has been gathered in, and we are completing preparations for the winter that will, no doubt, be upon us before we can blink twice. Hearth and home are true focal points at this time of year as we bring the colors of fall ...

From the Brooder to the Pasture

My last blog post left off with the purchase and homecoming of our day-old turkey poults to the brooder that Farmer Bryan had just finished ... in the nick of time! The little birdlets spent seven cozy weeks in their newly crafted brooder, where they learned to eat a little grass and the ...

More Farm Babies

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post … my apologies! Let’s see … I left off as the concrete work was happening at Farm on the Hill. What a difference! BEFORE:The masons did a great job in the old barn, completing the interior tuckpointing on the original stone foundation ...

Concrete Work Helps 100-Year-Old Farm

It's been an incredibly busy week at Farm on the Hill here in Wisconsin's Driftless Region! After watching the barn form frozen waterfalls inside this past winter, where the water was pouring into the place we plan to have sheep, and seeing the floor of the room in the barn that we planned to ...

Life and Death on the Farm

Strong storms moved through most of Wisconsin last night. Though we had quite the lightning show and heavy wind and rain, we were spared the structural damage that seems to have hit farther east, in the Madison area. Nonetheless, the wind and soaking rains did lead to the loss of three of our ...

Making Low Sugar Jam With Agar Agar Instead of Pectin

With summer knocking at the door, I thought I'd share my method for making jam without commercial pectin. Agar-agar is made from a variety of sea vegetables (seaweed/kelp), and is used like gelatin ... only it's completely vegetarian! It's a great alternative to pectin in jams, and it can be ...

Pastured Eggs

After enjoying a wonderful Easter Sunday cantata at our church, Bryan and I headed another 45 minutes south (and thus about 1 1/2 hours south of our farm) to pick up 20 1-year-old laying hens from an Organic Valley Coop egg farmer who had them for sale. I like Organic Valley and am a loyal ...

Almost Egg Time

Here at Farm on the Hill in Richland Center, Wisconsin, "Mud Season" has begun in earnest. We eagerly await the pastures complete thawing and firming up enough to bring our first critters out to the green grass. This year, it'll be the chickens. The broilers are still in the brooder in the ...

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