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Posted 3/28/2013 6:56pm by Renee Savary.

From our farm to you table : Easter Brunch Essentials

Organic duck eggs to poach over greens ....

Poached duck eggs ...


Fresh ducks ready to be roasted ...

Roasted duck


or if you prefer a fresh chicken ?? 

chicken to roas


... chicken eggs to make custard and other meringues ....

wild berries custard with meringue top


Still not too late for some egg coloring ...


Posted 9/20/2012 8:26pm by Renee Savary.

I had the good fortune to be nominated, by the Holmes county director Mr. Shep Eubanks, for this year Agricultural Innovator Recognition Program.

The University of Florida/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida collaborate annually to recognize innovative farmers and ranchers from 16 counties, from Jefferson west to Escambia Counties. County Agriculture Extension Agents nominate one honoree from each county. From this distinguished pool of farmers, an “Innovator of the Year” is selected to represent Northwest Florida.

The purpose of the award is to increase awareness of the diversity and innovation of today’s modern agriculture. By sharing the story of the highlighted farmers and ranchers with local and regional media, the general public will gain a new appreciation for the business of agriculture in their area.

The criteria for recognition are : Farmers and Ranchers who are innovative on their own operation, willing to work with Extension Agents and State Specialists to share their knowledge, and take an active leadership role beyond the farm gate.

The nominees are then judged by the following criteria: Creativity and innovation of the operation, Interaction and cooperation with Extension and Service to agriculture and their local community.

These photos were taken during the luncheon, in Jay Florida, where all the nominees were recognized ...

Each county had its table, all nicely decorated ...

Ag Award

They created a really nice brochure presenting each nominee  ...

ag award

Each county extension had created a slide show presenting their nominees, here Mr. Shep Eubanks, Holmes County Extension Director ...

Ag Award

Mr. Eubanks presenting me with the Holmes County Agricultural Innovator 2012 ...

Ag Award

Yes ... looks nice ... feel nice ..:):)

Ag award

Ag Award

Here is what Mr. Eubanks said during his presentations :"...  is very conservation minded, setting an outstanding example of a diversified production system that encompasses both animal and plant agriculture. Her operation is unique in that nothing is wasted from the products that she is producing. All animals are completely utilized either as fresh meat, canned sauces, dog products and compost. Her operation is very low impact on the environment as nutrients are recycled and the impacts on groundwater are non-existent. ...".

It is interesting to mention that Mr. Eubanks was presenting the only certified organic farm in the group.

Thank you for the nomination and the award ... Both ment a lot to me...

Posted 4/10/2012 2:02pm by Renee Savary.

Thank you

Seaside Times

for featuring me, the farm and my feathered co-workers ...

We love the article and all the pictures ...


http://www.theseasidetimes.com/






Posted 8/13/2008 9:13pm by Renee Savary.

 

 Snack time 3 days old

Today is a good day to start a blog !!

My first 50 chickens arrived ... they are totally cute ...

I got two different breeds, 25 Dominique and 25 Rhode Island Red, both are heritage breeds, meaning they are old breeds that have not been genetically modified for fast confinement production !!!

I got them through US mail .. pretty amazing to me … all squeezed next to each other to keep warm … I was ready for them when I got home from the post office … as soon as we put them in their space they run for food and water, I had read that when you get them out of the box, they need some time to adapt … not those ones … they were
ready for snacks … and they are still snacking !!!

They are getting organic starter feed and of course because it is organic the feed does not contain any medicine or other scary stuff … That was my biggest problem to resolve when I decided to get the chickens, to find feed without medication and organic … nobody is doing it around here … sad !!! 

Chickens 3 days old

Now,  what they don’t say in the books … those little things are very noisy !! well I guess 50 girls in a pool what was I expecting ??? and yes they are in the house … I need to keep them at 95F for now, so not sure how I will sleep …

 

I will keep you posted ...

 

in the meantime if you are interested check those links to learn more about heritage breed :

http://albc-usa.org/

a few month from now that is what they will look like ....

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/poultry/chickens/dominiques/index.htm

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/poultry/chickens/rhodeislandred/index.htm