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Quail Run Farm is a semi organic bio-diverse farm nestled among the juniper and sage brush in the foot hills of Eagle Mountain Utah.

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  • Breaking the Silence…and other such musings

    Breaking the Silence…and other such musings

    Our blog has been silent the past few months, mostly the business of putting the farm to bed, getting kids back in school and taking on some new adventures occupied our time. We have also been much occupied, musing over the direction we …Read More ...
  • Badger Wars

    Badger Wars

    We have mentioned before Quail Run Farm at one time was home to a den of badger.  A couple years back, we found a badger den on the property.  It was a ways away from the house, and in an area that was …Read More ...
  • Autumn

    Autumn

    Autumn or Fall as some people refer to it is one of my favorite times of the year.  To me it is like the Earth taking in a deep breath just before a long slumber. Even in a person most times indifferent to …Read More ...
  • Front Yard Spring

    Front Yard Spring

    This is one of the views you get when you travel the roads that lead to our little piece of heaven.  To get to our farm, you have to drive on a gravel road.  Being isolated like that gives has advantages and disadvantages.  …Read More ...
  • Jefferson’s Canons of Conduct

    Jefferson’s Canons of Conduct

    As a lot of people know, I like to study the writings and documents that were created by the US Founding Fathers.  I find their insight refreshing, and their forward thinking an inspiration.  This is not a political post in nature, but a post …Read More ...
  • Beans

    Beans

    I almost always plant a lot of green beans, they seems to grow well under any circumstance, and it seemed like this season it would be the same. Except it isn’t. Everything seemed to start off well, the beans popped right up and got big and strong at first, then they stalled a bit, and […]Read More ...
  • Red Clover

    Red Clover

    Red Clover is another one of my favorite medicinal, nourishing herbs that I use on a regular basis, not only for the human body, but for the land. We have red cover planted in a few places here on the farm, in our back yard among the grasses and in the orchard meadow, we do […]Read More ...
  • Beautiful Dissapointment

    Beautiful Dissapointment

    This is a picture of our freshly harvested carrot bed, it is currently waiting for a fresh layer of compost and a new generation of carrots.  However, if you notice in the fore ground a nice little group of flowers. Those are carrot flowers, and there is a story. The thing with a carrot is […]Read More ...
  • Carrots, Beets and Cotts, Oh My!

    Carrots, Beets and Cotts, Oh My!

    One of my very favorite summer chores is canning.  I know, weird, but I love it. There is something absolutely satisfying to me about sitting down, with a chipped enamel-wear dishpan and a piles of vegetables in front of me.  I carefully and quickly peel each vegetable, quietly channeling the energy of all my grandmothers […]Read More ...
  • Carrots and Beets

    Carrots and Beets

    We had a killer crop of beets and carrots this year.  They loved the deep mulching methods we used this year and all our hard work sure paid off with the root vegetables. Fresh beets and carrots are absolutely the best and we all enjoy eating them fresh roasted or raw, but these lovely ladies […]Read More ...
  • Goats on Pasture

    Goats on Pasture

    The Goats are almost three months old now and fully weaned, its time they go to pasture and be trained on the line. Part of the purpose of our goats is weed control and sustainable grazing. Grazing animals can be very destructive to the land if their grazing isn’t focused and managed.  On the flip […]Read More ...
  • Unwelcome Visitor

    Unwelcome Visitor

    We try to live with nature as much as possible.  We will tolerate a pest until it becomes a danger to humans, pets, live stock, or our gardens.  And when it does become a problem, we try to relocate and discourage it, before we dispatch it.   We had such a visitor the other day, one […]Read More ...
  • Interesting Visitors

    Interesting Visitors

    Over the last few days we have had some fun visitors of the insect variety, they were unique enough that we had to investigate further. Solifugae The first one is called a Solifugae, or as some people would call them a camel spider, wind scorpion, or sun spider. There are a lot of urban legends […]Read More ...
  • Spring Babies

    Spring Babies

    We all love the babies here on the farm and the last of the spring babies have arrived!  Rabbits can be bred all year long, but they tend to struggle in the heat and a pregnancy only adds to the difficulty, so we take a break in the heat of the summer. We also take […]Read More ...
  • Own it, Fix it, Move on..

    Own it, Fix it, Move on..

    As an IT professional, I can tell you that the more systems you work on, and the more power you are given over those systems, the more likely you will mess something up.   And I have also learned that the quicker you accept the fact you messed up, and concentrate on fixing the problem, the faster […]Read More ...
  • What is all the buzz? – Cicada

    What is all the buzz? – Cicada

    Cicada are an interesting insect.  And they are not something you see or hear very often in the high desert.  We have a couple of willow trees in our front yard, and they have been buzzing with the sounds of cicada. I guess the cicada like the sap of the willow trees.  You can hear […]Read More ...
  • Plantain, Nature’s Band-aid

    Plantain, Nature’s Band-aid

    Plantain is another favorite medicinal weed of mine. This plant can easily be found in lawns, cracks of sidewalks, along roadways and in abandoned fields. Plantain is native to Europe and Asia, and now can be found throughout North America.There are two main varieties of plantain: broad leaf and narrow leaf, both can be used […]Read More ...
  • Spring Greens

    Spring Greens

    One of the first vegetables on the farm is lettuce, pretty little leaf lettuce.  It has a rather short growing season, when the fiery heat of the summer rolls in the lettuce likes to grow bitter and make seeds.  We are experimenting with methods to keep the lettuces cool and hopefully prolong the harvest.  But […]Read More ...
  • Comfrey Harvest

    Comfrey Harvest

    When the comfrey starts blooming it’s time to harvest! I so love the pretty purple flowers of the comfrey plant. When the comfrey produces a long stalk and flashes her blossoms its time to start cutting.  Through out the season I do pick the big, broad leaves for infused oils, but it is that long […]Read More ...
  • Planting Permaculture Style

    Planting Permaculture Style

    One of the hallmarks of permaculture is using deep mulch to build fertility, slow down weed growth and preserve moisture. We’ve spent many hours gathering yard waste, chipping and shredding it and spreading it in the garden beds. In some of the beds we already had plants growing, in those beds we piled the mulch […]Read More ...