Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois | Sowing the seed of tomorrow, savoring the fruits of yesterday
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the forest in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land…
Southern Illinois, farm, CSA, Goat Milk, Soap, Eggs, meat
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Ryder Family Farm-Illinois

 

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In May 2014 we to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the forest in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land…

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Our first family farming project is our CSA (community supported agriculture) program. Essentially we are growing food for a small number of families who have become members of our program. They will get weekly boxes of fresh…

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Learn more about our homestead, read stories, musings, check out our photos and much more…

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What’s Shakin’ Here…

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    It’s got pink spots and it’s in a nesting box…

    I’m pretty excited to share this with you. I collected it yesterday… Can you guess what it is?...

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    Counting down to goat kids…

    Some of you might remember our saga last year when trying to breed our ADGA registered Alpine goats. We dove into breeding them sans first hand experience after owning them for just 3 months, we relied on lab testing to confirm early pregna...

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    What is a CSA all about? Do I want to join?

    CSA is short for community supported agriculture. We joined our first CSA about ten years ago back in Flagstaff, AZ. We heard about it and were immediately intrigued. We had no idea what we were in for but it was an amazing experience. We loved knowi...

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    Canning Fairytale Pumpkin and Sweet Meat Squash

    We drove up north last week to retrieve our award winning produce from the Duquoin State Fair. Nathan wanted the experience of entering stuff in the fair so that we could show our daughters what it is all about (they have been eager to enter stuff at...

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    CSA News Week 5

    We took a road trip to secure some delicious fruits from our dear friends & fellow family farmers over at High Hill Orchard this week. They had quite the blackberry crop this year so we braved the rain yesterday and picked lots of blackberries fo...

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    CSA News Week 4

    Greetings CSA families!   The green beans, collard greens & swiss chard are coming along slowly still. I promise we planted more than what you have been getting.  I’m personally feeling impatient about the garden progress. I usually h...

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