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About lovecreekfarm

2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.

Bee Hive – Melting Wax

For many months, I’ve been keeping my eye out for an upright freezer to freeze any extra frames with nectar over winter.  Turns out, my friend’s friend/beekeeper Hans reminded me that I didn’t need to freeze them, I could melt … Continue reading

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Garden Gate – Getting Started

This is an amazing photo I found online that I would like to use as an example for our garden fence.  I believe the photo is from a house in Canada.  I love the Victorian-style spindles, rustic farm tools, and … Continue reading

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Another Mud Grid from Lighthoof

The first Lighthoof Mud Management Grid turned out really well.  To read more about this installation read: Corral Mud Management Grid Panels At the end of August, farmhand Will Burke dug out the next area for a second 6×12 grid.  … Continue reading

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Bottling Cider & Wine Yeast

On Saturday, September 14, we bottled the cider, about 8 gallons. 5 gallons of Cider/Mead yeast with Hauer Pippin and Gravenstein apples.  3 gallons of Champagne yeast with Gravenstein and Golden Delicious apples. We lost about a gallon of the … Continue reading

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Hard Cider Update

Log of Activities: Monday, September 2: Made the Hard Apple Cider Wednesday, September 4: Added yeast nutrient (1 teaspoon per gallon) Saturday, September 7: Took gravity readings Champagne Yeast = 1.000, starting 1.050, 6.5% alcohol Cider/Mead Yeast = 1.002, starting … Continue reading

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Moving a Locust Log

Rich and Tarek using cant hooks to roll a locust log.

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Catio

Thinking of our indoor cats, I knew we needed a Catio for sun and fresh air over Love Creek.  The cats must remain indoors due to our mountain predators. But, I still wanted them to have a space they could … Continue reading

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Redwood Shoe Boxes

I needed a place for my shoes, why not custom shoe boxes?  Rich and I worked on the design measurements, and he milled the redwood.  I stained them redwood. Besides shoes, I also store my work gloves and baseball cap.  … Continue reading

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Making Hard Apple Cider

After many days of research, asking questions, and washing apples, Chris and I finally got to make the cider.  I rented an apple press and grinder from Mountain Feed and Farm.  It was in good shape and worked well.  One … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Apples

Today was an apple washing day.  I had asked the local brew shop, assistant manager about soaking the apples in bleach, and he looked at me like I was crazy.  My brother said I should have used a sterilizer to … Continue reading

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