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Melissa

🏳️‍🌈Mama • Wife • Seeker • Storyteller🌀 👩🏻‍🌾1st Generation Farmer(s)/Dream Chaser(s)🍎 📍Care-taking 10 acres in NM 🌱 💚#thinkglobalchooselocal🌎 ⬇️

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I want to Thank You all for your kind responses and intentional questions in relation to yesterday’s post and stories about my experiences with this year’s slaughter day. I have been pleasantly surprised and humbled by the encouragement and kindness offered in this space which is a balm for my tender heart 💗 I find it funny that I lost a *bunch of followers over the whole thing, but they went away quietly (no name calling or other such nastiness, remarkably) and they weren’t meant to be here anyway if they can’t handle such (real life/farm related/purely honest) things 🤷🏻‍♀️ And so I’m grateful *you’re still here and sharing this journey with us through these tiny squares and shared moments ✨ {Unrelated pic of Lucy because her gentle smile is also a balm for my tender heart and I wish the same for you} 💕 . . . . #ofquietmoments #farmlife #gratitude #thelittlethings #kindnessmatters #thankyousomuch #instagramhomesteaders #soyouwannabeafarmer #agameoftones #nigeriandwarfgoat #homesteading #hobbyfarm #abundance #grateful #lifeisbeautiful #instagramersnm #iamcountryside #nothingisordinary

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Yesterday was intense. It was long and full and and heavy and forgiving and vulnerable... and it’s left me with layers upon layers of intentions and reflections to dive into✨ • Taking a life is not easy. Participating in any aspect of the slaughtering process is not easy. And, by its very foundations, I believe firmly that it shouldn’t be. But over the past few years of slaughtering our own poultry, I’ve found that I respond to it differently (physically, mentally, and spiritually) every single time✨ • I plowed through yesterday. As did Kim. As did George and Raven, who came to help and experience the process. We each said our own blessings (out loud and in silence). We breathed through it all. We got shit done. And in the midst of it all, I practiced zero self care. No water, no food, no breaks. And so I’m paying dearly for it today. I feel raw and broken, battered and bruised. And maybe I should. Maybe that’s part of the process this year. Maybe it’s meant to balance out my deep gratitude for the lives we raised and then took... for the lives that will now become sustenance for our friends and family✨ • I believe firmly in giving our critters the best lives possible and then ending those lives as gently as we can. I believe in the important role that small scale diversified farms play for our environment. I believe in knowing, intimately, what goes into the food that goes into our bodies. I believe that this farm life we’ve chosen is good, so very good, even when it is hard. I believe that deep gratitude for life, for the land we walk upon, cultivate and sustain ourselves from, for each breathe, is absolutely imperative and that none of it, not for one second, should be taken for granted ✨ . . . . #thinkglobalchooselocal #earthdayeveryday #eatlocal #noplanetb #localfoodfirst #fromtheland #oldfashionedonpurpose #instagramhomesteaders #farming #lifeouthere #smallfarm #firstgenerationfarmers #gratitude #nothingisordinary #knowitorgrowit #knowyourfood #ducks #muscovyducks #turkeys #blueslateturkeys #feathers #iamcountryside #nothingisordinary #thanksgiving #selfcare #reflection #takenothingforgranted #whatgoesintowhatsonyourplate #intention #awareness

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Golden Milk ✨ • One of my favorite self care routines is making myself a big ol’ mug of this delicious nectar. Not only does it calm and warm my body, it soothes my soul ✨ • I generally follow the turmeric paste method, but when I have a bit of extra time and fresh ingredients on hand thanks to our local farmers, the process below adds a deeper layer to this self-care routine . Of course, you can play with the ratios, but here’s what I do ✨ • In a medium sized pot over low heat add: 2 cups milk (or milk of your choice) 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick 2 TBSP fresh grated turmeric 1 tsp fresh grated ginger 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1/4 tsp black peppercorns Slowly warm for ~10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until your milk is gently steaming and a gorgeous golden color. Strain and enjoy ✨ • If you don’t have access to fresh ingredients, you can make a turmeric paste and keep it on hand instead. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup turmeric powder, 1 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1 cup water.  Over low heat, stir the mixture until it becomes a paste.  Remove from heat, allow to cool, and put in a jar.  Store covered, in the fridge until you are ready for it. When you’re ready to treat yourself, simply combine 2 cups milk (or milk of your choice), 1 tsp turmeric paste, 1 tsp coconut oil, and 1 TBSP honey in a medium pot, heat on low for ~10-15 min, until steamy. Enjoy! ✨ . . . . #goldenmilk #turmeric #antiinflammatory #myeverydaymagic #ofquietmoments #cupsinframes #cups_are_love #motherhoodunplugged #selfcare #recipe #farmtotable #farmfresh #abundance #grateful #knowitorgrowit #supportlocalfarms #supportlocalfarmers #organic #nongmo #instagood #farmscene #simpleliving #theartofslowliving #plantsheal #plantmedicine #foodasmedicine #medicinalplants #knowitorgrowit #plantpower #naturalremedies

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Handsome fella ❤️ • I never would have imagined enjoying keeping ducks as much as I do! Muscovy Ducks are not only beautiful birds, they’re also awesome pest controllers, fierce protectors, gentle members of the flock, fair layers, super quiet, and (trigger warning) absolutely delicious. I’ve not raised another breed so I can’t give you comparisons, but if you’re looking to begin or diversify your flock, I can’t recommend these guys enough ❤️ . . . . #thinkglobalchooselocal #ducks #muscovyducks #ducksofinstagram #backyardpoultry #backyardpoultrymag #raisingducks #earthdayeveryday #eatlocal #noplanetb #localfoodfirst #golocal #localfirst #locavore #eatlocalgrown #homegrown #growyourown #diversifiedfarming #firstgenerationfarmers #farmtotable #sustainablefood #knowitorgrowit #nofarmsnofood #organic #farmscene #locallygrown #newmexico #knowyourfood #nothingisordinary

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What a difference a day makes! Five inches of snow, frigid temps, and confused animals ❄️ Winter is looking promising so far and we’ll take every bit of moisture we can get! 🌨 Schools are closed and the roads are slippery so we’re all cozied up, working from home, drinking copious amounts of hot tea, and feeling grateful for the warmth of the fire 🔥 . . . . #snow #snowday #aseasonalshift #embracingtheseasons #novemberdays #climatechange #winteriscoming #literallyandfiguratively #littlehouseinelvalle #littlecornersofmyhome #rusticfarmhouse #farmhouse #farmhousehappy #oldschool #naturalhome #instagramhomesteaders #home #homesweethome #farm #goat #goats #goatsofinstagram #nigeriandwarfgoat #farmanimals #blueslateturkey #turkeys #turkeysofinstagram #backyardpoultry #backyardpoultrymag #freerange

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There’s just something about a big bowl of apples that makes my heart sing ❤️ • We have so many apples in storage I’m beside myself with excitement and overwhelm! And so, on my To Do list currently is making sauce and dehydrated chips, apple pies and cider, cookies and cakes. Not all today, of course, but soon and for the foreseeable future 🍎 • What’s you favorite thing to make with a big ol’ bowl of yummy apples? . . . . #anappleaday #apples #woodbowl #bakingseason #weekendbaking #fallbaking #bakingtherapy #loveourplanet #eatlocal #eatclosetohome #fromtheland #locallove #localfirst #eatlocalgrown #farmhouse #farmhousehappy #naturalhome #instagramhomesteaders #simplefood #inthekitchen #onmytable #knowitorgrowit #firstgenerationfarmers #farmfresh #farmtotable #eattheseasons #seasonaleating #eatlocalgrown #knowitorgrowit #abundance

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I am not a fast reader. Not for lack of want or passion or excitement but due to my sheer exhaustion at the end of each day (work life + farm life + family life can take a lot out of me + I equally blame my father who read me to sleep every night as a kid so reading = sleep) 🤦🏻‍♀️ So, at this point, when I pick up a book, I’m lucky if I can get a few pages in before simply passing out 😂 It doesn’t stop me from trying though! As so, what you see here is a pile of hope! Me hoping desperately that I can stay awake long enough through the cold months to carve my way through all the magic, inspiration, and knowledge that lies within all those pages ✨ I’m currently reading #gameofthrones and (of course) love it! Next up will be either @jedidiahjenkins #toshakethesleepingself because I absolutely adore him and how he writes and can’t wait to dive into his journey or @gpn1776 #foodfromtheradicalcenter because I desperately need to find some hope for our climate chaos somewhere and he’s pretty good at giving me hope and inspiring new ways of looking at/doing things 😊 • What’s on your bookshelf and calling your name these days? Do you have the same exhaustion problem as me or can you whip through books in no time flat? Do tell! . . . . #cinemagraph #cinemagram #movingpictures #plotagraph #artofvisuals #movingphotographs #ofquietmoments #littlecornersofmyhome #rusticfarmhouse #fireplace #farmhousehappy #naturalhome #autumnfeels #winteriscoming #bookstagram #bookworm #booklover #bookgram #bookaddict #bibliophile #mybookfeatures #ilovereading #readingnow #bookcommunity #booksofinstagram #rootsy

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Breeding Season is in full swing and we have our fingers crossed that young Draco was able to seal the deal with Mama Mello and Ethel in October while his Papa Ricky had a date with Lucy yesterday. As luck would have it, if they are in fact all bred, we’ll have a good month of kidding next spring. Not ideal, but how their cycles fell this fall so 🤷🏻‍♀️ . . . . #buck #breedingseason #blueeyedboy #dairygoats #goatherd #goat #goats #goatsofinstagram #handsomeboy #nigeriandwarfgoat #farmanimals #farmlife #homestead #homesteading #hobbyfarm #hobbyfarming #abundance #grateful #lifeisbeautiful #livestock #simpleliving #natureisbeautiful #farmscene #instagramersnm #iamcountryside #smallfarm #minifarm #familyfarm #firstgenerationfarmers

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Prickly Pears! I got these beauties from B&B Farm @santafefarmersmarket a couple of weekends ago and planned to make some jelly with them...but as with most things these days, time was in short supply, so I made some syrup instead following @huntgathercook ‘s recommendations. I tell you, this syrup is absolutely divine (and *so gorgeous)! Now to drizzle this magic on top of blue corn polenta and french toast and yogurt and... ooohhh... I think I also need to buy some *good tequila and make us some killer (fuchsia) margaritas! Mmmm...margaritas 😍 Have you ever made prickly pear anything? Do tell 💗 . . . . #pricklypear #pricklypearcactus #wildforaged #cactusfruit #foodinjars #searchwandercollect #wildfruit #eatlocal #drinklocal #localfoodfirst #eatclosetohome #fromtheland #localfirst #eatlocalgrown #knowitorgrowit #plantpower #thewildernessinyou #bringtheoutsidein #botanicalpickmeup #foodphotography #simplefood #instafood #inthekitchen #farmtotable #huntgathercook #seasonalproduce #sustainablefood #eattheseasons #seasonaleating #seasonalcooking

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The last of the garlic went in the ground this morning! We rounded out our Inchelium Red planting with a bit of Russian Red from @revolutionfarm. We now have just over 300 cloves in ground which should get us through next year with (hopefully) enough seed left over that we won’t have to purchase any for the 2020 crop! Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 . . . . #redrussiangarlic #garlicplanting #sopretty #thinkglobalchooselocal #earthdayeveryday #eatlocal #noplanetb #fromtheland #localfirst #eatlocalgrown #lesbianfarmers #queerswhofarm #countryqueers #morningscenes #instagramhomesteaders #inmyhand #growwhereyouareplanted #iamcountryside #homegrown #garden #growyourown #familyfarm #firstgenerationfarmers #sustainablefood #knowitorgrowit #nofarmsnofood #farmscene #sustainable #newmexico #thehappygardeninglife

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Marilyn *really gets into her food 😂 Happy Friday (and Happy November), y’all! Whats on tap for you this weekend? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I aim to: 1) Pick up a quarter of beef for the freezer 🐂 2) Plant another few hundred cloves of garlic ✨ 3) Make some Prickly Pear jelly 🌵 4) Read a few pages of GOT by the fire ✨ . . . . #aseasonalshift #embracingtheseasons #novemberdays #goat #goats #goatsofinstagram #nigeriandwarfgoat #farmanimals #farmlife #homestead #homesteading #hobbyfarm #lifeisbeautiful #livestock #farmscene #iamcountryside #nothingisordinary #chickens #backyardchickens #backyardchickenproject #mypetchicken #backyardpoultry #backyardpoultrymag #chickensofinstagram #layinghen #freerange #chickenlove

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