North Woods Homestead, Trained Registered Mini Jersey Family Milk Cows & Rare Salmon Faverolles Chickens, Priest River, Idaho
From the moment we arrived in Idaho we were in a race to meet Winter head on. We had footers for the foundation but needed a home with a heat source and insulation against the negative temperatures we'd face. We needed shelters for the animals, ways to keep their water thawed, and the feed dry.
Some of our lumber was milled by my husband's step-father on his personal mill. He also helped us frame the house. That's our daughter, Amber, on our beams with our house dog, Lacey.
The north 40 acres were cleared from the forest by the Shouns to create hay ground and grazing for the dairy. We don't have all the equipment needed to hay it so we did shares with a local farmer. That left us just enough for our cows for the Winter. We'll be working on acquiring the machinery to hay for ourselves and our neighbors. The first step was to get this big 55HP Belarus tractor.
We threw ourselves into more work, building a quick run-in shed, hoop shelter, and feed bunk. We put up some extra alfalfa and straw then fortified the 2-horse trailer to house the chickens. We moved into our new home on Nov 13, our 23rd Wedding Anniversary. This Winter is proving to be a challenge without a barn but we plan to fix that this Summer. Yes! We have another big building project planned for our homestead.
Praise God for His many blessings and thank you all for your prayers and support.