Vine Garden 2020

This year I planted 5 rows of vine crop. From east to west:

  • Row 1 Pumpkins – Jack O’ Lantern, Atlantic Giant, Small Sugar Organic
  • Row 2 Cucumbers – Pick a Bushel Hybrid, Burpless Beauty, Straight Eight
  • Row 3 Tomatoes – San Marzano, Rutgers, Burpee’s Big Boy Hybrid
  • Row 4 Watermelon – Bush Sugar Baby, Georgia Rattlesnake
  • Row 5 Gords, Squash, Cantaloupe – Ornamental Big Gourds Mix, Early Acorn Hybrid, Heart Of Gold,Winter, Buttercup Burgess Strain

Pasture Poultry Eggs

Eggs from chickens raised on pasture are often considered to be better in terms of nutrition, taste, and animal welfare compared to eggs from conventionally raised chickens. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Nutrition: Chickens that are raised on pasture have access to a wide variety of plants and insects, which can contribute to a more diverse and nutrient-dense diet for the chickens. As a result, their eggs may contain higher levels of vitamins A, E, and D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
  2. Taste: Many people find that eggs from pasture-raised chickens have a richer, more flavorful taste compared to eggs from conventionally raised chickens.
  3. Animal welfare: Pasture-raised chickens have more space to roam and forage, which can lead to a happier and healthier life for the chickens. They also have access to fresh air, sunlight, and grass, which can reduce the risk of disease and stress.
  4. Environmental sustainability: Pasture-raised chickens often have a smaller environmental impact compared to conventionally raised chickens, as they are raised on a more natural diet and have a lower risk of producing waste and contributing to pollution.

It’s important to note that not all pasture-raised eggs are created equal, and the quality can depend on factors such as the size of the pasture, the quality of the feed, and the farming practices used. However, in general, pasture-raised eggs can offer many benefits over conventionally raised eggs.

MCU – Mobile Chicken Unit

A mobile chicken unit, also known as a chicken tractor, is a movable coop designed to house chickens.

A chicken tractor is a portable and movable chicken coop that is designed to be easily moved around a yard, garden, or pasture. It typically has an open bottom and is built on wheels or skids, allowing it to be moved easily from one location to another. Ours will have an open bottom and be built on a stock trailer platform.

The purpose of a chicken tractor is to provide a safe and secure environment for chickens to roam around and forage for food like nature intended; while protecting them from predators. It also allows the chickens to fertilize and till the soil in the area where it is placed, making it an excellent tool for us small-scale farmers and gardeners who want to incorporate poultry manure into their land management practices.

Chicken tractors can be made in various sizes and shapes, from small, mobile pens for a few birds to larger, multi-level structures that can house dozens of chickens. They can be built from a variety of materials, including wood, PVC, metal, and even an old stock trailer. Our tractor will be customized to suit the specific needs and requirements of our flock.

Stay tuned to see the progress of our chicken tractor or MCU!

My International Harvester – Farmall A

The Farmall A tractor was first introduced by the International Harvester Company in 1939. It was designed as a smaller and more affordable tractor for small to medium-sized farms. The Farmall A was produced from 1939 to 1947, during which time over 100,000 units were manufactured.

The Farmall A was a compact tractor that was powered by a four-cylinder gasoline engine with a maximum output of 18 horsepower. It had a three-speed transmission and could achieve speeds of up to 12 miles per hour. The tractor was also equipped with a hydraulic lift system, which allowed it to power various implements such as plows, cultivators, and mowers.

During World War II, the Farmall A was used for various tasks such as plowing fields and hauling equipment. After the war, the tractor became popular with small farmers who needed a reliable and affordable tractor for their operations. In the 1950s, many Farmall A tractors were sold to developing countries where they were used for agricultural purposes.

The Farmall A underwent several changes during its production run, including the addition of electric starting and lighting systems, as well as a redesigned hood and grille. In 1947, the Farmall A was replaced by the Farmall Super A, which featured several improvements over its predecessor, including a more powerful engine and an optional hydraulic system.

Today, the Farmall A is a popular collector’s item for tractor enthusiasts and is considered a classic example of early American farm equipment. Its compact size and versatility make it a popular choice for small-scale farming and gardening operations.

Steering Rebuild

Gas Tank Cleaning

Cleaning tank with BBs, nuts, bolts, and various ball bearings.

Rebuilt Carburetor

All parts were ordered ed from Steiner Tractors.

Flynn’s Famous White Chicken Chili

2 lbs. cooked/grilled chicken (or 3 cans of Swanson Chicken – Drained)

3 cans White Northern Beans (Drained)
1 can Ro-Tel Tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Oil

1 Large Onion – Chopped
1 can Chopped Green Chilies


2 Tablespoons Chili Pepper 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon Salt

2 Cans Swanson Chicken broth
3 Cups Grated Mont. Jack Cheese 1 Medium Container Sour Cream

In a skillet with oil, cook onions and spices until the onions are soft.
In a crockpot, combine beans, broth, tomatoes, and chicken.
Then add cooked onions & chicken to the pot. Cook for about one hour.

Add sour cream & cheese until blended.