I took a trip over to the vegetable fields the other day. As you can imagine, there is not too much going on with the
soul crushing record-breaking snow/ice/freezing temperatures. The real action begins when the earth is soft enough to dig into. Below is Charlton gazing out at the snow.
Mostly there is planning going on. Timing and scheduling for the coming season. Everything cleaned and ready to go. Thumbs twiddling.
But I did find some signs of new life. Below is the ginger germination room. (Don’t let the lights and blackened windows fool you – I swear, it’s ginger!).
Mostly though, we’re waiting. And I do say, it’s been a long wait. Even the pigs are climbing the walls – LITERALLY!
One amazing thing about pigs is their ability to reproduce – and grow – at lighting speed. The gestation period for a pig is 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days – ON THE NOSE. We do have some piglets just born over by the solar barn. Here they are peeking out of their enclosure…
These little guys above are probably 2 weeks old and still need the heat lamp inside the hut. Right next to them is a group of Ossabaws. About a 6 weeks old, they also need the heat lamp but are expert burrowers in the hay. The females are all black and the males have black & tan spots. Love the little runt out front!
In the solar barn on one side, we have the 3-6 month old pigs. No longer nursing, they roam in a pack. As always, they fly away running when you approach, and then come trotting back to see why you’re there.
Finally, on the other side of the barn are the larger 6-18 month old pigs. These guys take leisure to a whole new level. Their enclosure opens out to a paddock in the back where they can root through the snow and grasses. But really, they like to just relax.
Feeling the Need to See Something Green?
We know we are looking forward to warming sun and tall grass in short order. Following are some farm photos from springs past, where the fields are lush, the animals are content and the word ‘Polar Vortex’ has no application.