Five Feline Farm

A Modern Homestead

About Us

Hello from Five Feline Farm.

We are a small modern homestead established in 2008 on 5.5 acres in Central Illinois. The name honors the number of felines that moved to the Farm with us. Photo Dec 07, 2 21 43 PM

And there are the humans……..

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Donna

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Julia

 

We added a family member in 2016: Abby. 

All of us have full time jobs (the cats don’t bring in much income from their occupations) and work this land in between. Donna does the gardening and Julia does the cooking. We share the beekeeping.

What is a modern homestead you ask? This small farm serves as an outlet for our creativity and interests. But it is more than that. It is where we live and strive to find a middle ground between learning the skill sets of our ancestors and taking advantage of modern conveniences.

Our focus is two-fold. Keeping bees and growing as much of our food as possible.

We produce a few gallons of honey per season. We developed other products from the hive, such as lip and skin balms. Each year we expand the number of colonies as we can’t keep up with the demand for local honey.

Each year we also expand the gardens. Every new season finds us trying new crops, varieties and techniques to determine what works best. The goal is to grow and preserve as much of our own food as possible, with the exception of meat. Although we remain carnivores, we just can’t quite get into butchering.

So Five Feline Farm has become our way of life. Always experimenting with new things and sharing what we learn with you through the blog Mews From The Farm.

When you subscribe to Five Feline Farm you can expect blog posts delivered straight to your inbox every couple of weeks or so. Sometimes more, sometimes less. And as a thank you gift, you’ll receive a free ebook Wisdom of the Bees. It’s our take on what humans can learn from honeybees.

Thank you for stopping by our website. We hope you enjoy what you read. Drop us a comment if you wish or ask questions. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also email us if that works better for you. Our email is fivefelinefarm at gmail dot com. (You know the drill, avoid spammers.) We love to hear from our followers through any channel.

13 Replies

  1. Amanda Holt

    I read 1 of your beekeeping blogs & you mentioned you smoke your bees. I like to use something less stressful to the bees. I use a fine mist sprayer with a mixture of water, red thyme essential oil & kombucha. The bees once sprayed, just groom themselves. The red thyme has the highest natural level of thymol so can help with mites & the kombucha helps with their intestinal health. Just thought you might be interested.

    1. FiveFelineFarm

      As beekeeping and the rest of the Farm evolves, we are looking at more natural options in everything we do. Thank you for this suggestion.

  2. Wendy Feilen

    Do you sell honey other than at the farmers market in June? It is hard to find raw honey in Charleston.
    Thanks,
    Wendy

    1. FiveFelineFarm

      Unfortunately we are out of honey at this time. We plan to have more this summer. There are a couple of others in Charleston that may have some honey still available, although you would need to ask specifically if theirs is “raw”. Can you send us a message through Facebook and we’ll get you contact information for those folks. http://www.facebook.com/fivefelinefarm

    2. FiveFelineFarm

      Or if email works better for you, email us at fivefelinefarm (at) gmail (dot) com and we can give you contact information for the other beekeepers in the Charleston area.

  3. Ger

    I am a starting beekeeper from th Netherlands. I like your site and way of living. I, am also a miller with a windmill in South – Holland. Space to grow my own food is difficult but i will try aquaponics in the future. Thanks for the free download, so i can pick up some advise and practice my English grammar. Greetings Ger

    1. FiveFelineFarm

      Thank you so much for visiting our website. We are always working on something and have a lot planned for the future. This summer we are venturing into selling at our local farmer’s market. Do you have a farmer’s market where you live?

  4. This is so wonderful! Kudos to you! I like to start a garden, however, my husband loves the squirls! They multiplied in many!! For me to have a garden it needs to be totally isolated lol any advice

    1. FiveFelineFarm

      Here’s some ideas to keep squirrels away from the garden:
      –plant garlic
      –feed the squirrels away from the garden
      –sprinkle hot pepper such as cayenne around the garden
      –plant marigolds around the perimeter
      –scatter dog hair around the edge

      Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in Five Feline Farm. Happy Gardening.

  5. Julia I love your site I came across from the tribe and would love to read more about your life on the farm.

    1. FiveFelineFarm

      Welcome to Five Feline Farm. We appreciate that you stopped by. You just never know what we might be up to.

  6. Cathy Fidler-Bland

    I would like to purchase some honey and I believe you live just south of me a few miles. I live north off the Westfield blacktop at 2200 E 500 N. Just wondering when it would be convenient for me to come buy some. You can contact me by my e-mail (work) or my home phone 967-5632 or my cell 663-0571. Thank you and it is nice to have you in Hutton Twp. Cathy

    1. FiveFelineFarm

      Thank you for your interest in purchasing honey. At this time, we are sold out but plan to offer more in the late summer/early fall. We are starting a list of people interested in honey, so we’ll add your name to the list.

      We will be offering plants for sale on May 17th and 18th from 1:00PM-4:00PM if you might be interested in those.

      As for the location, I believe we could be considered neighbors.

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