Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 21, 2017

The Bee House 

My granddaughter is very curious about the “bee house” .  She took a close look at it recently to see if there were any bees inside and what the inside looks like.  We don’t have bees yet but will soon.  

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 17, 2017

Day Clean

Day clean
The sounds of roosters crowing break through the stillness of the night announcing dawn.
Pink and yellow hues nudge the darkness and light creeps into view, the day is new.
Cackles from hens grow louder, birds make their presence known with song as they hop through dew.
Flickering lights of stars fade as the sun moves higher, the sky is brighter and I see the sun rise.
Squirrels scurry across forest floors, climb trees the prize of nuts and seeds to seize.
Cool breezes waft through branches of trees that stretch up and outward making a canopy.
The day is well underway, clean, cool, refreshing, new with room for exploration, adventures and possibilities.
It’s a “Good morning”! 

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 4, 2017

Baking Bread

Two loaves of Amish White Bread baked after a loaf of Rustic Italian.  I used unbleached #flour rather than white all purpose.  This is a family favorite.  #bakingbread #baking  #breadthestaffoflife affoflife #thestaffoflife #staffoflife #foodie #bread #loafofbread #farm2table #Farm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #breadandbutter #homestead #homeeconomics #sustainableliving #gastronomy #amishbread #recipe #allrecipes #sclowcountry #gullah #sthelenaislandsc #beaufortountysc #theseaislands #coastallife 

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 4, 2017

Swedish Ducks

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 3, 2017

We Need Black History Month | Desiring God

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | October 28, 2016

Our Hurricane Matthew Evacuation

We brought all of our hens and a few roosters with us when we evacuated to Orangeburg.  We put together a makeshift chicken yard for the hens incorporating the crate we brought them in as a part of the fencing.  There is tarp across the top now since a few decided to be escape artists. Two legwork hens flew down from a cypress tree where they roosted. So we have to catch them and put a few back each day.  Some are laying here but not all, they are adjusting to the stress of moving and a new location too.  Tony saw some people we know from St Helena who also are in Orangeburg now. They experienced a great deal of damage to their house and property and all of their chickens died too. There will be a lot of starting over for many in the Lowcountry. We thank God our fellow island neighbors,are alive and well.    #PostHurricaneMatthew #Cleanup.

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Taking hens and a few roosters during evacuation.

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Taking tractor during evacuation.

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Leaving our #Homestead for evacuation

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Make shift chicken yard during Hurricane Matthew

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Hen finds New place to roost during evacuation

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | October 27, 2016

Crochet: An Enjoyable Hobby

I started working on this blanket a month ago, got busy with fall planting, then picked it up again during the time we evacuated during #HurricaneMatthew So I finally finished this the Tag Along Blanket, a free pattern from #RedHeartYarn.  There is a video tutorial presented by Marly Bird with great instructions and tips. #crochet #Homestead

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | September 21, 2016

National Small Farms Conference Tours

Thx @WholeFoods in Virginia Beach 4 having #SmallFarmConf attendees visit ur store & 4 ur support of local #farms 

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | September 21, 2016

On the Road Again: National Small Farms Conference

This week my daughter Sarah and I are traveling with the Gullah Farmer’s Cooperative and the South Carolina State University 1890 Extension Service to attend the National Small Farms Conference in Virginia.  We left our home on St Helena Island Tuesday morning to meet the other members of the travel group and board the bus in Orangeburg on the campus of SCSU where we began our journey to Virginia Beach.

We are among a group of small minority farmers from the state of South Carolina who are affiliated with the 1890 Extension Service of South Carolina State University.  Each 1890 Extension cluster is represented by a small group of farmers from the area it represents and serves. We appreciate the opportunity to attend this conference and represent our community. 

From bottom to top the photos represent our travel from,just outside of Orangeburg to our arrival in Virfina Beach and the conference center. Now on to attending the sessions, networking and learning more about our work.

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