Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring has sprung!


I promise I have been too busy to post. Really, really busy. And to add to that about a month ago my grandfather went into the hospital, and without getting into all the details he has been moved into a nursing home. It is a weird feeling visiting him, as the last time I was in a nursing home was when my great grandparents were there. So there is that and then there is the farm stuff. Spring is coming and boy is it coming like a freight train. All the snow is gone, and the frost is almost out as well. Our tiller is in the shop but I am sure if I had it my garden would be tilled and staked! The animals a quite happy. The barn yard is so muddy we let them all go out to pasture- just so they could run and jump and lay down outside. Well although they loved it that was kind of a mistake. The next day they were all lined up like kindergartners, (okay picture not a straight line but a bunched line with them all looking over each others bodies- wish I would have had my camera) waiting to be let out. Problem is we do not want to destroy the pasture so nothing grows. So yesterday Chuck and I put up some non-permanent fencing in an area we are calling the sacrifice pasture- it grows well but not a spot we mind they be.
We have chicks in a brooder- these are are going to be egg layers. We also decided this year to raise meat birds. Can't tell you how many people have asked us to raise chicken- especially after seeing Food Inc.. Chuck is going to have to put together a movable coop but not for a month. Then last week Chuck had spring break and him and a friend went and took apart our new addition.
Oh, and we are still looking for piglets- we do have a lead but those would come from the Dakotas and we would really like to find a local producer- and one that raises a heritage breed, we need 14 piglets if anyone has any suggestions let me know.
Chuck and I have also been asked to speak at the local Community College during their earth week program. We will be focusing on fresh food, and buying from local farms.

Lambs will be coming in May and we also have a couple of calves coming then too! I just love this time of year! Remember all are welcome to come and visit, May and June are the best times.
Enjoy you days!!

2 comments:

Summer said...

I REALLY MUST SAY YOU HAVE YOUR WORK CUT OUT FOR YOU ..... THIS BLOG IS QUITE INTERESTING I HAVE BEEN ON BEFORE AND I AM ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE FOOD SITUATION (GMO) AND ALSO TRY VERY HARD TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL PURCHASE AS I HAVE A LOCAL CITY DELIVERY (ABOUT 30 CUTOMERS )OF FREE RANGE EGGS AND GRANOLAS, HERBAL TEAS AND OTHER SUCH FARM LOVELIES .... EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO GETTING THE PEOPLE OUT OF W A L M A R T !!!! I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH WITH THE PEOPLE IN OUR AREA .... I MEAN FOR THE MOST PART THEY ARE PRETTY RECEPTIVE BUT IN THIS COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE VERY USED TO CONVENIENCE AND ARE VERY SPOILED SO ITS KIND OF A THING THAT HAS TO UNRAVEL ITSELF WITH AND FOR THEM.WELL I CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON BUT I WON'T ...YOUR BLOG IS VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK....TRY TO POST MORE OFTEN YOU HAVE GOOD THINGS TO SAY !!

LeAnn said...

I love that you're going to speak at a community college! I can't wait to hear about what sort of responses you get from the class.