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

Jan 18-21 Jan, 2015: It is a busy time here at Redbay Farm. With this warm spell I was able to get my winter sown seed for cilantro, basil, tomatoes, allysum (great beneficial insect plant) as well as dill (also a beneficial insect attractor). I also started black beauty eggplant and three different types of peppers indoors.

Jan 15-17, 2015: The chicken and goat house is nearing completion. About all that is left to do is trim out the house and install the roost bars above the droppings board. One Eyed Willy, he lost an eye to a predator, has already begun inspecting the new house for his girls. The coop is 4X8 with three nest boxes. At 32 square feet of coop and at least 100 square feet of run. I plan on having about 9 hens living in the new house with One Eyed Willy.

The goat part of the house is finished. The goat house has elevated beds made with rough cut 2X6. The main bed is 4'X8' and is elevated about 18" and the second bed is elevated about 48". A second bed is about 4'X 4' and is elevated about 48". I have 4 goats (whethers). This gives each goat an about 12 square feet of bed space. The recommended amount of space is 10 square feet for small goats like mine. The beds are not built flush to the walls so that manure is pushed to the ground below by the goats. The house has a tin roof and is walled on all sides except for one 4' X 6' opening. I don't use any bedding since the goats stay nice and dry on their elevated platforms.

Jan 13-14, 2015: I committed sacrilege when I used some old 6" bead board to build the door for the chicken house part of the chicken and goat house. I had several short pieces scavenged from the old Dudley house. The pieces had been part of a jury rigged closet. They made a great skin for the door frame. Almost finished and pictures will be coming soon.

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