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Farm Photography: A Collage of Our Life on a Rural Georgia Farm

A photo of GaFarm Woman PamThis is a small collection from many photos I have of our life on a rural Georgia farm that I wanted to share with you.

Grinding oats with the hammer mill. The hammer mill is a  Harvey Hammer Mill from the 1940s. It is old but is still works just fine. The hammer mill is powered by our 1953 Case Tractor.

Harvey Hammer Mill from the 1940s

Our 1953 Case tractor.  We bought it over 33 years ago. The first picture is right after we bought it when we were a young married couple and our oldest son was a toddler. It still cranks right up and is always ready to work.

1953 Case tractor

The water wheel my husband built. We found out that over 100 years ago a water wheel was here on our farm. Now this one sits exactly where the one from long ago turned.

Water wheel built by my husband

The rock bridge/dam that my husband also put back. After we cleared the brush and trees, we could see the outline of the old mill pond.  The pond is back now, also.

Rock bridge and dam

Brown Crowder Peas. One of my favorite vegetables to grow and freeze.

Crowder or cowpeas are probably native to the continent of Africa. They are thought to have been brought to the United States in early Colonial times. They became a staple food in the Southeastern U.S.A. Crowder peas are eaten as cooked fresh shelled green peas (boiled with usually some seasoning and meat like fatback or bacon) or left to dry on the vine for later use, either for seeds or cooked as dried beans.

Crowder peas or cowpeas

Growing and pressure canning Roma green beans. Roma beans are long, wide, flat-podded Italian-style green beans. I like to can green beans. I just think they taste better than frozen ones.

Roma green beans

This is a recipe for canning green beans that I have used for over 25 years.

Canned Green Beans

3 gallons of broken green beans.
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup vinegar
1/4 cup salt
Combine sugar, vinegar and salt. Add beans and enough water to cover the beans. Heat to boiling.
I usually cook the beans for about 15-20 minutes.
Pack loosely in hot jars. Cover the beans inside the jars with the liquid.
Follow directions for your pressure canner.
The instructions for my canner calls for 10 pounds of pressure for 25 minutes on quart jars. This could vary on different types of canners.

Tomato Horn Worm – How they  love to eat up tomatoes and vines. Chickens – How they love to eat up tomato worms!

Tomato horn worms and chickens

The farm's sawmill. It has came in handy for sawing lumber as we need it around the farm. The oak hardwood floors in our kitchen came from trees on our farm and was sawed on the sawmill.

The sawmill on the farm

Embden Geese. We had 5 last summer. Now we are down to 1. Too many varmits love goose for a meal.

Embden geese

The kitchen sink. When we were building our house (ourselves), we found the sinks at a salvage store. We bought 2 just like this one. One side is very deep. They are a heavy porcelain sink. We were told they came from an old hotel that was torn down in Atlanta. The other sink like the kitchen sink we put in the downstairs bathroom. We also bought 2 heavy single sinks for the upstairs bathrooms. We paid $10 each for the larger sinks, $5 each for the single sinks. I love the view of the barn and animals from the window over the sink.

Kithen sinks salvaged and recycled

Hatching eggs in our homemade walk in incubator. We have hatched hundreds of baby chicks, quails, ducks, and guineas in it. Even though at first it was a trial and error experiment. It was the thermostat. When we replaced the old one, our hatch rate went up to at least 85% each hatch.

Homemade walk in egg incubator

A few of the cows that have come and gone.

Cattle on our Georgia farm

Our 1960 Ford F600 dump truck. It does all sort of jobs around the farm. It even has a working 8 track tape player!

1960 Ford F600 dump truck

I hope you enjoyed seeing just a little bit of the life I love here on our rural Georgia farm.

5/27/2010 8:09:06 AM

Hi Bill, Here is a few links to the incubator. My husband put 16 inches of insulation in the top of the building. I think 6 inches in the walls and underneath the floor.Plus Styrofoam sheets over the wall insulation. I hope that will help some. Thanks for the interest in the walk in incubator. Pam

5/27/2010 7:47:35 AM

Thank-you Oz Girl! We are working on more wood floors(living room and dining room) cut from trees off the farm now. We hope to be sanding and clear coating soon. Have a great day. Pam

5/27/2010 7:41:17 AM

Hi Glenda, We are in East Central Ga. I grew up in Gwinnett county and the dirt up that way is much more of the red Georgia clay. Here it is a sandy gray clay. I know you miss the clean clothes smell from clothes hanging on the line. Especially the sheets! Thanks for the comment. Pam

5/26/2010 10:34:14 PM

Hi i was woundering if you could give a little more information about your wal in incubator for i sure would like to build me one

5/26/2010 9:02:42 PM

Hi i was woundrering if yo could give me a little more on yor walk in incubator

5/26/2010 8:51:01 PM

Is there any way you can tell me a little more about your walk in incubator for i would like to make one

oz girl
5/26/2010 4:40:23 PM

Pam~ I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of your farm. Wow is all I can muster up... I love the floor in your kitchen, it is just too beautiful, and even more to love since it came from trees on your own property. Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

5/19/2010 9:38:50 PM

This makes me homesick! Was raised on a farm in Haralson county Georgia and this looks a lot like that part of Georgia. Been in Arizona 33 years now and really, really want to go back to raising my own veggies and chickens and hanging my clothes outside in the sun. Plenty of sun here but live in an area where we are not allowed to have a clothesline. Thanks for sharing.

5/14/2010 11:18:26 AM

Hi Jo, Dreams(and dream lives) do come true. It sometimes takes a good bit of work and time to go with them, but it all is possible. Thanks for the comment. Pam

5/14/2010 11:15:47 AM

Hi Coalyard Charlie, I hope new memories as well! Thanks for the comment. Pam

5/14/2010 11:14:52 AM

Hi Wendy, Thank-you! We used an oak color stain and 2 coats of polyurethane.We have the wood down from poplar trees off the farm, in the living room. My husband wants to leave off the stain and just use polyurethane on it. We have tried a sample on some scraps of the wood and it looks a nice golden natural color. Good luck with your bayou home. The red oak floors will be beautiful. Pam

jo stewart
5/14/2010 10:26:49 AM

I love your life style and envy you abit as that is my dream life. Thank you so much for sharing.

wendy billiot
5/14/2010 8:13:32 AM

Pam, Thank you for the look into your lives. I am so amazed at all you have done to recycle and reuse. I am about to finish up our "bayou home" down here in South Louisiana. We are using storm-felled red oak trees as flooring. I love the color of your floors. Can you please tell me what stain and finish you used? Thanks so much! Wendy

charlie greene
5/14/2010 8:01:39 AM

Takes ya down memory lane doesn't it?

5/5/2010 11:01:03 AM

Hi Cindy, It is easy to become hermits here. We have everything we need for entertainment and what I think to be better than eating out food here(we rarely eat out). You must try crowder peas! Especially with fresh out of the oven corn bread. Peas cooked with good seasoning(garlic powder, onion powder, and meat seasoning) is sooo good. We planted some black crowders this year. I just came in from hoeing them. I can't wait until they produce! Thanks for the comment. Pam

5/5/2010 10:51:39 AM

Hi Dave, We built the walk-in incubator is a building that includes a brooder section, that we built. (I'll have to do a post about it.) Here is a little more about it> I remember the John Deere B's. My husband had one for a while. The hammer mill is pretty loud. Not too bad though. Good luck with your canning this year. I like tomatoes better canned also. Thanks for the comment. Pam

5/5/2010 10:41:31 AM

Thank-you Shannon, I am so proud of the job my husband did on making the water wheel. It is very peaceful to just sit on the bench we have by the creek and water it turn and listen to the water sounds! Pam

cindy murphy
5/5/2010 9:30:59 AM

Pam! What a glorious tour! If I lived on such a place as your farm, I'd probably become a hermit for sure, and never leave. I'm with Mountain Woman and Shannon - the water wheel is a favorite feature...and the hard wood floors, and salvaged kitchen sinks, and oh! those big goreous cow eyes - who can resist falling in love with such an expression! The crowders are interesting...Hubs always talks of crowder peas that he HAD to eat growing up in the South. He didn't like them, describing them as similar (or the same thing as chickpeas). Interesting to see what they really look like...from his description I envisioned some foul-looking nightmarish thing borne from the depths of Veggie Underworld Hell. And there they sit in your photos, looking all innocent and benign. I bet they taste nothing like his description either! Thanks for sharing your farm with us. It is truly lovely.

nebraska dave
5/5/2010 7:01:56 AM

Pam, there so many things on your farm of interest. I have never heard of a walk in incubator. That has to be quite the process. I love the fact that you are restoring the place back to what it was originally with the pond, water wheel, and bridge. Those were some huge projects for sure. I rode many a mile on a 1949 John Deere B tractor. It was just my size. My uncle drove the bigger tractor and I did the lighter stuff like harrowing, cutting hay, raking hay, pulling loaded wagon to the storage crib, and other assorted things. We ground our own feed too with the hammer mill. It was a noisy operation as I recall. I’m with you on the frozen beans. I tried to freeze green bean a couple times and they didn’t taste as good as the canned ones. I haven’t canned beans in a couple decades. I just got back into canning again last year but it was only tomatoes. Hopefully I can get a little more variety this year. I really like your little mini collages of pictures you put together to show us your farm. I’m not quite so creative. You have a magnificent farm. It sounds like you have put a lot of work into the place. I liked hearing about the reuse of sinks in you remodeling. I like those old porcelain sinks better than the new steel or fiberglass ones. Thanks for giving us the tour of you very active farm. I’m looking forward to the next post.

s.m.r. saia
5/5/2010 5:32:08 AM

Wow, those pictures are all amazing. That is quite an operation that you have going on there. I particularly like the water wheel...nice!

5/4/2010 5:43:46 PM

Thank-you MountainWoman, I do enjoy living and working on our farm. It is rewarding. With the HenPals Nest Box business growing plus the gardening and animals here, it does keep us both busy. I appreciate the comment. I also enjoy your photos and stories from your farm. Pam

mountain woman
5/4/2010 3:11:18 PM

Pam, What a beautiful farm you have. I so enjoyed your collage and the recipes and just all of it but I must admit I'm really partial to the waterwheel. Just a gorgeous place to live that's for sure.