Finally after a grueling week of picking rocks with my one in a thousand wife and hard working children. We were able to get our pasture seed in the eight acres across from the house. We harrowed, picked rocks, top harrowed, picked rocks, limed then guess what? Yup more rocks over 25 loads in all. Then on the first day of summer we spread out 800 lbs of oats for cover then press in 500 lbs of custom pasture seed Orchard grass, Prairie grass, Kentuky blue grass, Rye , Italian Rye and White clover with an old brillion seeder. We finished just before dark very satisfied. Then we prayed for rain. Sorry folks but that rain this whole week is the answer to the tarty dirt farmers prayers.
Well our winter has been very trying but out of hardships come numerous blessings! So this is what we have been up to !
We have received a $10,000 grant from MDAR. We will be able to finish our greenhouse with a farm stand, and do some very needed upgrades to the farm.
We are creating a meat CSA, so we are looking to start with 10 members. We would love to share a piece of our farm with you. We will be raising Freedom Ranger Chickens, Turkeys, Muscovy and Moulard Ducks, Pork and Beef. They are pastured raised and moved to fresh grass every day!
Our Carriage Barn collapsed due to all the snow and it looks like we will also be building a new barn with the help of insurance to replace it.
We will have new fencing and water hydrants installed with the help of NRCS. We have had to carry water buckets to the animals this winter. Let me tell you they drink a lot of water! And with all the snow our electric fencing has been buried. Our cows have been up to their knees in snow!
Kristin had surgery in January and has been “off farm duty” and Tom has been plowing and taking care of the farm by himself. So with a big smile and sore muscles we continue and strive to make a difference in our food. We feel so strong about natural foods and that our animals are fed what God intended them to eat.
Our kids (Julia age 9, Sarah age 8, and Caleb age 5, are becoming little entrepreneurs. They bred their pet bunnies and will be selling the offspring for Easter. We are anticipating the births tonight 2/16/11. Julia and Sarah also are planning a very big organic garden they can call their own . They will like to sell the vegetables they raise at our farm stand, (of course with their names on it so everyone knows “who grew what!”.)