We’re Growing

Things are moving and shaking here at Mountain Hollow Farm. We just installed a bus parking lot so we are better equipped to handle large groups. It required 108 tons of stone, that’s 216,000 pounds! Two weeks ago I called Goins Hollow Quarry to find out what kind of rock would be best to use …

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Our Babies Are All Grown Up

This evening I am home alone because Brett is at work and our youngest son, Ryan, is at the Senior Prom with his friend Karri. It causes me to pause and reflect on the past 18 years with him. Ryan & Karri Recently he has started showing signs of adulthood. One of the big changes …

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Just Call Me “Doctor”

Yesterday, I performed my first surgery. Two of them, actually – on goats. That’s right, I finally took the plunge and wethered (castrated) two goats. Since I had never wethered a goat before, we took the larger goat, Elvis, to the Harrogate Hospital for Animals to do it under the supervision of our vet. I …

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Not Your Average Snow Day

It’s been snowing a lot here in NE TN lately. Personally, I LOVE the snow, but as a store owner – not so much. Business has been terrible lately. However, we are still busy on the farm. Brett and Ryan are almost done demolishing the wall around our fireplace. We needed to do it because …

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Our Farm in the Snow

This week has been unusually snowy here and last night we had freezing rain. I think we are going to brave the sloppy roads to go out for dinner tonight. I am feeling terribly shut-in! Here is a virtual tour of our farm in the snow. I hope you enjoy it! The holly tree in …

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Our Farm in the Snow

Yesterday we had the biggest snow storm since we moved here 2 1/2 years ago – about 8″. It made it difficult to feed the animals, but I carried my camera along and took some good pictures… and had a great workout! Here is a pictorial walk around our farm in the snow: Cool snowcicle …

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Making Lye Soap

I never thought I would make lye soap, but that is exactly what we did the other day. It all started with raising pigs and the butcher telling me that you can make soap with lard (melted pig fat). So I took many pounds of frozen pig fat home and made lard. You can read …

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Rendering Lard

Pigs were our first farm animals. We received 2 free piglets from a pig farmer who didn’t want to fuss with bottle feeding them. After raising them to a good weight, we had them butchered. We sold one and kept the other for ourselves. When the butcher asked if we wanted the fat, I asked …

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Fixing the Car

This story is a continuation of my prior post titled Redneck Week at MHF. The car is fixed! I forgot to take photos of it before they started working on it, but I’ve included photos of the hood after Andrew & Ryan cut it open with a sawzall and bolt cutters and a photo of …

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Redneck Week at MHF

First, I have to say that I love being a redneck, even if I can only claim part-time status. This story started about 3 weeks ago. Andrew wrecked our car on his way home from college. He is fine but the car is pretty smashed up. Since it is 12 years old, we decided to …

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