A Fine Stretch of Weather

Now that we’re full-time farmers, we watch the Weather Channel like it’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. And this past week has been a winner!  It seems like everything  is blooming at once, including allergies…

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One of the things that was new to us as we learned how to raise animals: chickens do not like to lay eggs in the cold weather. Especially the breeds that are from warmer climes. And both layers and broilers will convert almost every morsel of food they eat to grow feathers (not eggs or meat).

But…now that it’s warmer, they are laying everywhere!

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Brett can barely keep up as the girls are nestling and laying all over the place -  in the chicken wagon, on the ground, in his ATV!!

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And the chickens are hungry. Check out this scene with Kasely’s food. As if they don’t have enough food in their wagon!

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Every time Kasey looks around, the chickens move in…

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Brett had to give Kasey some love for being so restrained.

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You might ask, ‘where’s Bea?’ She is with the sheep who are JUST starting to lamb. There will be plenty of pictures to come!

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After a Long Winter…Fresh Vegetables Are Coming

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There has been a TON of activity of by the vegetables fields. The greenhouse is humming with the business of planting seeds, transplanting seedlings and getting organized for the growing season. **Keep posted for our May SEEDLING SALE DAYS at the market**

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Charlton and Lindsay are watering the soil to get it ready for seeds and seedlings. We use a press tool to create the individual planting squares so we don’t have to use plastic for all our farm plantings. Check out Andrew working his fine-motor skills with petite plants in each soil square. Hand cramp!

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This is what the trays look like when the seeds start to come up.

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Ahhh – peppers.  How ’bout that ‘Ring of Fire’? Maybe I’ll use that to spice up my tequila this summer.

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Chard, Beets…just weeks away from the juicer!

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Okra for gumbo and for stuffing and frying.

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We can’t wait to get cooking!

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Chickens In the New Chicken Wagon!

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The new chicken wagon is out on the fields! After snow (and more snow), rain, sleet, wind and more, the inaugural launch was ready to happen.

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First, a trove of ornery laying hens with cabin fever had to be relocated and introduced to their new deluxe laying house. If a chicken can be happy, I swear these ones were. They explored, scratched, and nestled in before roaming the grounds to see what interesting bugs and grasses could be found.

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Kasey was right back in action: patrolling the perimeter and barking his head off, elated to be doing more of the ‘work’ he likes to do.

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There are now 2 herds of sheep grazing at the martin Tract. JK captured them from her window. Thanks again for these pics!

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They are complete puffballs this time of year. Just about to shed, but not quite there yet.

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Photo by JK

Photo by JK

Photo by JK

Over by the pigs, Brett and Orlando are surveying the action. Apparently, Brook, the new boar, is the cat’s meow.

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Such a nice day to be out walking the land!

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