Friday, June 10, 2016

Ever so late - Rajab & Shabaan 1437

Rajab (April) was a month of...

April 1st, we completed our chicken run. Now, each child has a basket to gather eggs in the morning. Here's the HEG mon "Head Egg Gathering mon"

April 4th, we made our first soap – a Jersey cream and honey soap, masha'Allah. It needs 4 weeks or longer to cure. We then made a farmhouse cheddar, which also needs to age for a few months. We then made Peppermint and Rosemary shampoo and body bars, and a grease cutting laundry and cleaning soap, also left for a month to cure. This was the final piece of our puzzle in meeting our needs for personal care and cleaning, as we already make our own toothpaste, deodorant, salves, balms, etc., al hamdulillah.

April 5th brought a big surprise to our farm – an orphaned Simmental/Black Angus bull calf, just two days old. We will raise him on Jersey milk, just as we are raising Azalea, our Jersey heifer. They are happily keeping each other company in the calf enclosure, al hamdulillah.

We slaughtered two sheep and two goats on behalf of a brother who needed to fulfill his commitments for his sons' aqeeqahs, We ended up being given a young Dorper lamb, who had been rejected by his mother as she had triplets. We named him Rammy Ram, and put him in with the chickens to keep him safe until he grew a bit stronger.

We planted seeds for some cool weather plants: peas, turnips, beets, parsnips, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, etc.

By April 30th, we had the honor of planting a fuji apple tree, an apricot tree, a fig tree, and a grape vine on behalf of a sister, her deceased mother, another sister and members of ICCU, as sadaqah jaariyah (continuous charity). May Allah nourish and grow the fruits, and bless the givers. Al hamdulillah for this beautiful honor.

May 1st brought a huge snowstorm – al hamdulillah the last really big storm However the weather remained very cold at night and continued to drop below freezing after the 15th, the supposed last frost. We decided to wait another week before planting out our seedlings and other seeds, al hamdulillah.

As life sprang up all over the farm, we had a wide variety of wildflowers to enjoy and identify masha'Allah, We have crownleaf evening primrose, ox eye daisies, dakota vervain, soapwort yucca, bitter vetch, common vetch, curly cup gumweed, thistles, snake broom, kota, sunflowers, and a host of other beautiful flowers we have yet to identify. While there are far too many to process, we plan to dry some of them for medicinal use, as they are traditional used for wounds, infections, respiratory ailments & conditions, arthritis and joint pain, soap, fodder for animals, and a food source, masha'Allah.

We planted four pinon trees on May 7th, each around 5 feet tall, as a sadaqah jaariyah (continuous charity) for another family, masha'Allah. These are spaced along the front of the farm, facing the main road, and look beautiful masha'Allah – our first developed trees that can be seen by passing traffic and the beginning of our pinon forest, insha'Allah.

May 8th, we dug, filled in, and poured the foundation for our cob oven in our food forest. It will need a month to fully cure, and then we will be able to start building, insha'Allah.

We finally started using our soaps, thrilled to have silky soft skin, shiny clean hair, and fresh clean clothes from our own products, al hamdullillah. We are in the process of making more, in beautiful molds, to sell as part of the Naturalcraft natural and organic line of products – our daughters' home-based business. They already make this range of salves: All-Purpose Healing, Rejuvenating, Anti-Aging, Minty Foot Fix, Soothing Relief for bites/sunburn/headaches, and Warming Chest & Muscle Rub. They also do organic lip balms and bath & massage oils, masha'Allah.

Our three sheep lambed during Shaaban (corresponding to May 2016). Honey lambed first, having a boy and a girl, named Dodge and Honeycup. Then Sweetie lambed, again a boy and a girl, named Ramtastic and Sweetie Pie. Third was Babes, who had just one ram, named Rambo. The rams are for meat, the ewes for breeding, insha'Allah. That means, by the autumn we will have five sheep to breed, giving us between 8 – 10 spring lambs in 2017, and three rams ready for slaughter...or to keep fattening up for next year's Eids insha'Allah. Rammy Ram was moved into the animal corral after they lambed, so he could enjoy the company of other lambs. A good thing really, as we were worried he might try to lay an egg, living with the chickens!

The warmer temperatures were the perfect environment for our meat rabbits to kindle (give birth). Crystal kindled first, having six kits (bunnies). One was a runt, that died, but all the others are thriving and furry, al hamdulillah. Cutie Paws kindled next, having nine kits, all alive and thriving. Lastly, on this first day of Ramadan, Cliff Bunny kindled, having seven adorable kits, masha'Allah. Dutch Buck is a proud daddy!

We have deep mulched most of the tilled areas of the food forest and planted out many other vegetables and fruits, masha'Allah. Our goji berry and josta berry bushes are growing beautifully and our gooseberry bush is producing a few berries al hamdulillah!

The next time someone says, "go fly a kite" do that. As we are raising the children to have fun without modern technology, kite flying seemed like the perfect activity, especially with our high winds.

Since we arrived in July last year, we have had record precipitation, al hamdulillah. We went directly from snow storms into an early rainy season, which is growing our plants bi idhn Illah, and making our 23 acre plot a nutritious, green pasture for our Jersey cows to enjoy. Yet again, Allah shows us that only He can bestow bounties and provide water in abundance – all thanks and praise is for Him alone!


  1. As'salaamu alaikum! Alhamdulillah. I'm so happy to see the farm prospering - may Allah grant you continued success Ameen. Alhamdulillah. This really made my evening. May Allah increase your family with success Ameen. I love the idea of living a simpler life and especially the idea of raising the kids with less/no technology. But alas Allah has not decreed this for me. Insha'allah in the event you all host a family event please post. I would like to try campung but my husband and I are city folk. Jazakallahu khirin for sharing. Ramadan Mubarak

  2. Wa alaykum ussalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh my dear sister Rumaysah!
    Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.
    Ameen to your du'as and May Allah bless you with even more!

    I'm sorry I didn't respond to your other comments, but I only just figured out that I have to use a different internet browser in order to be able to reply to comments.

    We have longer term plans to make a campground around the masjid, have family and couple retreats, and even counseling and educational services bi idhn Illah, taala.

    It is such an incredible realization, the amount Allah has sent to us and blessed us with since we came here 10 months ago. Alhamdulillah.

    I cannot tell you how much it means to us to get your comments, and how much we appreciate your support and du'a. Baarak Allahu feekee wa jazaak Illahu khayr.


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