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Rhonda Crank

Raising Heritage Breed Chocolate Turkeys

on January 20, 2017

chocolate turkeys

Our goal is to help preserve as many of the endangered heritage breeds as we can. This is just one reason we chose Chocolate Turkeys. Because we focus on raising endangered heritage breed livestock, we went to The Livestock Conservancy’s website to research heritage turkey breeds. 

We raise heritage breed chickens, so adding heritage breed turkeys seemed the natural thing to do. Raising turkeys is more challenging than raising any other poultry. We didn’t choose Chocolate Turkeys because they’re made of chocolate, which would be a good reason indeed. Our reasons were more personal. Continue reading

The Goat on The Homestead

on January 3, 2017

the goat on the homestead

The goat is one of the most productive additions to almost any homestead. It doesn’t matter if you have one acre or a thousand, goats can provide several benefits for the average homesteader.

I remember the first time I had my own herd of goats. We had a few acres of the farm which needed to have the overgrowth of junk trees and weeds cleaned up. My grandfather had used them for this purpose so I knew, for us, this was the most cost-effective strategy to regain some control over those areas. Continue reading

Voices of Heritage – Another Christmas Story

on December 20, 2016

Welcome to The Farmer’s Lamp series, Voices of Heritage. In this third installment, Granny shares another Christmas story with us.


This a resharing of one of your favorite posts in our series. If you’re new to TFL, Enjoy and be sure to read the other installments.


Voices of Heritage - Another Christmas Story

In our previous installments, we’ve shared the beginning of my grandparents’ life together and one of my personal favorites “A Christmas Story“. Sharing the memories of those who have gone before us is a way to keep alive the value of life. It enriches the lives of their descendants who did not have the privilege of experiencing life with them. My children were blessed to know their great-grandparents. They have fond memories and of course these recordings to ensure their presence in their lives. Continue reading

Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

on December 14, 2016

coconut cream pie

Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie is a comfort food for us. It was one of the first pies I made for my husband. He says it’s what helped him decide to marry me!

There are mixed ideas about whether it’s best hot or cold. We like it both ways. I have to admit warm is more comforting to me but J prefers it cold. So, we compromise. The first piece we have is warm and the rest of the pie is served chilled.

If you’re a regular reader of The Farmer’s Lamp, then you know all my ingredients are organic, non-GMO. If you don’t follow this way of living, then use the ingredients you’re used to. If you haven’t had organic, non-GMO coconut cream pie, then you won’t notice the difference. Continue reading

Voices of Heritage – A Christmas Story

on December 6, 2016

Welcome to our continuing series, Voices of Heritage. Sharing the stories of my heritage to encourage and enliven you to consider your own heritage and the heritage you are leaving behind.

This is a resharing of one of your favorite posts. For all those new to the series, enjoy!

Voices of Heritage A Christmas Story

Each life fades into the mists of time. This is the way of all men. The memories and traces of ourselves we leave behind in others is all that remains. These are Voices of Heritage.

I won’t try to recap the first installment in this series, but I will share a little bit for those who did not see it. My maternal grandparents are the most influential people in my development as a person. The lives they lived, the lessons they taught, and the legacy they shared are alive in me and now in my own children. Continue reading