It’s now mid-January 2015 and I have not been very good about about making any updates or posts on this web site. It seems as though life just got in the way. For that, I apologize and I’ll try to make more of an effort this year to revisit and make progress updates about what is going on around the farm & railroad. I’ve also not responded to inquiries or comments until now because when I changed my email address a few months ago, I forgot to change it on the back end of the web site so that notifications of comments would be emailed to me – but I’ll take care of that shortly.
What is new? We’ve developed a need for a much larger band saw lumber mill than the one we presently have. Ours is too small and does not have the capacity to saw the size logs we wish to process or produce the volume of lumber we wish to create per day. Therefore, we may offer our sawmill for sale, probably around April 2015 (this year). The sale of our mill will make a down payment on the larger mill we’ve been looking at.
Our mill was made by Rip-Saw. Their URL is www.ripsaw.com
You can look up their site for more info if you are interested. I added up everything we spent on our mill and it came to just a little over $3500.00 when it was purchased new (that included many options/add-ons). So far we’ve put less than 10 hours of actual running time on the mill, so it hasn’t been used very much over the years. The new mill we’re looking at is priced well over $12,000.00 but we think we’ll get plenty of use out of it and make it pay for itself in short order.
You can see a couple of pictures of our mill by hovering your cursor over the “about” button on the menu bar of our site until you see the drop-down menu appear, then click on the equipment pictures page.
Another news item: This past growing season, we experimented with “hugelkulturs,” a type of growing system that made our vegetables look like they were being raised on steroids! It was so successful, we think it will work even better by building a greenhouse over the hugelkulturs to extend the growing season, so we have installed two, 20-foot long hugelkulturs spaced about 3′ apart, and we are in the process of building the greenhouse framework (we were interrupted by winter). You can see pictures and descriptions of our hugelkulturs by visiting my wife’s blog www.downeastthunderfarm.com
You may have to search for it in the archives or use the search feature she has on her site. If the greenhouse works well with the hugelkulture, we’ll build a few hoop houses in the future with more numerous and larger hugelkulturs.
Sad News: We were hit hard by predators this past season. We lost a total of 50 meat chicks out of two flocks totaling 100 birds. We also lost a couple of a bantam egg layer chickens and two of our larger egg laying hens. Thankfully, we haven’t lost any of our ducks.
New Equipment: We’ve added a hydraulic wood splitter that saves a lot of back-breaking work while processing firewood and also saves us quite a bit of time.
Another new venture (as if we don’t have enough to do): My wife is professional web developer and when the local, regional newspaper shut down a few months ago, Susan decided to build an on-line e-magazine of sorts as a community service. Local residents can keep up with local news and events by going online and visiting Downeast Coastal News. Local area businesses can get a listing free in the business directory, as well as post help-wanted ads at no charge. There are no subscription fees either. The site is not live just yet, but should be within a couple of weeks of this posting. News and events content will be contributed by local residents.
That’s all I have for now. I promise to be back more often and be more attentive to comments and inquires.