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Jim Hamrick in the Red Bay Farm forestOur small flock of chickensBeard the goat

April 11-15, 2015:

Got 5 great looking Buff Orpington hens! So Willy the one eyed rooster has 10 hens to tend to in the Bovigal shack he shares with the goats. The total hen tally is 5 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Barred Rocks and one cute little black Cochin. We also have 3 barnyard hens in the chicken tractor behind our house.

Our flower and vegetable gardens are coming along nicely. We have some nice informal flower beds in front of our homes. My favorite gardens however are the new raised bed gardens I have been constructing and filling. The picture of the new raised bed gardnes was taken on 14 April.

What to do with 100 year old lighter wood railroad ties? I salvaged old railroad ties that had been repurposed for fence posts. At

over 100 years old they are pretty decayed but still pretty solid. I trimmed up 4 of them for raised bed garden borders. I took the picture to show how tight the end grain is in these pieces of old growth timber.

I traded the greenhouse frame for the five Buff Orpington hens. I had been using the greenhouse as temporary storage for a variety

of things. I found this banged up black snake (non-poisonous) basking on some lumber that had been in the greenhouse. Looks like he had a tangle with something...my guess is a hawk due to the wound in the middle of his body and the smaller wound near his tail. He took off shortly after I took this picture.

April 6-10, 2015:

Thank you guests who stay with us at La Casita!

This week we have guests staying with us from the Midwest and from New England. It is our pleasure to share La Casita with our new friends and see them enjoy all that Eastern North Carolina has to offer.

Top guest destinations are: driving out to Emerald Isle and walking out on the Bogue Inlet Pier (it's free to walk out on the pier); visiting the the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores; and taking the Hammocks Beach State Park ferry over to Bear Island.

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About Redbay Farm

Redbay Farm is a 47 acre suburban tree farm. Our tree farm is named after the Redbay Tree. Like small family owned farms and undeveloped land the Redbay is a threatened species. The tree is being slowly decimated by an imported virus. Read The Unnecessary Extinction of the Redbay, a defining southern tree to learn more. The Redbay tree is an important food tree for bees, deer, and turkey. The wood has been used for cabinetry. The leaves can be used to season seafood or other foods as one would use bay leaf. The leaves and wood have a lovely bay scent. Redbay Farm forms the start of the headwaters for for Hall's Creek and Cartwheel Branch which are tributaries to Queens Creek and the White Oak River.

A couple of years ago we bought the house next door, Redbay Cottage. Now we rent our kids next door vacation house, La Casita. Right out the securely fenced back yard you see the Redbay Farm Forest. For more information visit our La Casita webpage.

The Redbay Farm website provides useful information for anyone interested in being a forest owner, owning/managing a guest house, or becoming a backyard farmer.

Useful Information

To help myself and others I started this web site to capture ideas which I may implement at Redbay Farm and La Casita. Some of the ideas I have collected may be of interest to visitors. Have fun exploring the website pages and the links listed below.

The list above is just a sampling of the information that is available throughout this web site. Visit the table of contents and you will find an index of web pages.

The Local Area - Come to Swansboro, the Friendly City by the Sea

During your visit to the Crystal Coast area of North Carolina please keep in mind that Redbay Farm is one of the many small tracts of forest and farmland still remaining in the area that contribute to the clean water, abundant seafood resources and beauty of Bogue Sound, White Oak river and Queens Creek. Just think about that when you see the beautiful clean water or eat a plate of local seafood. Clean water is a product of well managed streets, yards, forests and farms. When you stay at La Casita ...you will have a better time and be supporting local people and help to preserve the environment.

As you plan your trip check out the links below for information about some low cost destinations in or near "The Friendly City By the Sea." Click the "Let's Go" button after selecting a destination from the drop down list. You just can't miss when you visit Swansboro!

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updated Jan 13, 2015