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A Tribute to the Earth

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Yesterday for Earth Day, my four-year old and I planted sunflowers and peas in a section of the turkey pasture that will not only (hopefully) provide us with peas and sunflowers, but also in a few months when this years’ crop of turkey poults goes out on that pasture — they will have some extra tasty greens to peck at.

As everything we do on the farm — it is satisfying to do, and if it works– great! If something bad happens — well, we’ll do something else.

Tomato, basil and lettuce seeds are slowly turning into little plants both inside the house and out in the cold frame. I haven’t figured out what we will do to keep everything cool enough on Saturday, which is predicted to be ninety degrees here in Western MA. Unbelievable. That should be telling us something about the state of our climate!

The goslings have feathered out and are now on pasture with the ducks and Mrs. Goose. Our small flock of Finn-Romanov (mutt) sheep who share a pasture with the Nubian and Boer goats, has managed to separate and someone JUMPED the fence. Now I remember how much of a pain in the neck it is to have sheep. Years ago when I was a kid, we had a flock of Dorset ewes and one Cheviot ram. He was nasty-nasty — ramming and bunting and pretty dangerous. The ewes were docile and sheep-like… but, they too liked getting out. It is slowly coming back to me. 🙂


Farmers Read Too, Sometimes

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm

It is not easy to find extra time with two children under age five, multiple jobs between us and a small farm.  Once in a while, though, it is absolutely essential to clear your head by reading a book, whether you have the time, or not!  Recently I  have fallen in love with these two:

ON THE FARM by Jimmy Doherty.
It is a fabulous book with stunning photography — it is full of real insights by a real (really good looking) guy who has all of the same real experiences that we do in rural Western Massachusetts.
It chronicles Jimmy Doherty’s efforts to set up a farm in the Suffolk countryside, where he rears top-quality traditional breed pigs.

Another book that I have made time to read is decidedly different: THE HARD WAY by Carol Lea Benjamin.  Confession: It is a mystery, but — the author is a noted dog trainer.  Readers will absolutedly fall in love with the investigators trusty partner, Dashiell.