With all that’s going on, figure it’s high time I sit and collect all the newsbytes and articles that ya’ll may have missed this week.

On Fridays, I am going to try to make it a weekly h, haaaaaa….. habit (whew, that’s a hard word to write!) to post some highlights.

Git along, little dawgies!

Start off the “Round Up” with the news of our new social network – Barnyards and Backyards.

* This week’ you’ll find a GIVEAWAY  for a FREE bag of Natural Poultry Supplement and articles (like the Frugal Chicken or this one about Arsenic in Chicken Feed) by some wonderful contributing writers.  We had a bunch contributing writer applications so there are more writers on tap to join the network, so stay tuned – perhaps you are one of them!

* Next up will be the revamp of Freedom Gardens.  The site will get upgrades and include contributing writers (yeah) similar to that of B & B so we’ll be looking for some passionate garden/farming folk to write about growing their own food.

* And that’s not all!  Jordanne is working on a site called “Freedom Kitchen” where we can easily share and feature recipes.  Sorta like an online cookbook.   Sis and I also have conjured up another social network, but we’ll keep that one under wraps for now.  Besides, we have enough on our plate for awhile. LOL

* Our online networks wouldn’t/can’t survive without community, so make sure you sign up at Barnyards and Backyards and Freedom Gardens.  Tell your friends, post around and help the sites get going and growing!

* With the recent summer growth spurt one needs to make sure that these sites are “cared for and watered.”  So please remember there are many ways you can support our non profit outreach work. In fact, we just added two with these two affiliate programs at (get $5.00 off your first order – enter code JUL275 ) and Mountain Rose Herbs

It’s been  awhile, but we’d like to hear from you -how we are doing.  I know there are still issues with the site(s), etc., but what we’ve done so far – how’s it working for ya?

Hope ya’ll have enjoyed the entries this week, have a good weekend!

PS: we are getting close to naming our new four baby ducks.   In fact, I can hear Dixie playing now!


  1. Robin says:

    Hi Anais, I have been meaning to write for some time now and tell you how much I enjoy your website. Living in Canada, our growing season is so much shorter than yours. Seeing your pictures of everything growing in February helped me get through another Canadian winter. I was inspired by all your gardens. This past spring my husband and I expanded our little garden (we have a very small yard) and tried some new vegetables. Everything except the beets (the rabbits got those) grew very well. Thank you for all the wonderful work you and your family do. Take care.

    • Anais says:

      @Robin: Thank you, appreciate your comments! 😉

  2. Kathryn says:

    Love it! Not much more to say.

    We are not as far along as you are with being self-sustaining & gardening & all, but i love to see an idea of where we can go.

    Your blog/webpage journal is just delightful.

    • Anais says:

      @Kathryn: Thank you!

  3. Kat says:

    I don’t comment often, but I thought I’d chime in and let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I dream of being able to do what you’re doing (at least some of it), and God willing, I’ll be able to at some point. Currently, we live in an apartment, but I do grow beautiful, delicious herbs on our balcony. There’s no room for chickens, ducks, or a goat, but we do have 2 dogs, whom we adore. So, happy for now and hopeful about the future. Keep up the great work. One of these days soon, I’ll order some of your produce. I’m especially excited about trying really fresh eggs. Take care!


    • Anais says:

      @Kat: Thank you for taking the time to comment. We really do enjoy hearing from our readers. We look forward to seeing you at front porch farm stand!~

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