Thursday, January 30, 2014
He was the only one brave enough to come out of the coop during the snowstorm. He's taking advantage of the heated water tank. There is a red disc (with snow on top) that floats in the water. The disc has heated coils attached to keep the water from freezing. Although, the chickens have been known to just eat snow instead.
Friday, January 10, 2014
On New Year's Eve we went for a hike and visited the herd. We found them at the top of the hill, chewing their cud and scratching their heads on some fallen pine limbs.
We noticed some blood spots one of the last times a few of them escaped the fence. This bull has a broken horn. Which I'm sure came from some sort of extra-curricular activities probably involving Clyde.
All the rest of them are doing just fine and look healthy. It is always a treat to just enjoy being around them without the responsibility of chores or the frustrations of herding them back to the proper side of the fence.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
At Christmastime Badger and Coco traveled with us to Illinois. This was Badger's first big trip off the farm.
He was not as good as Coco in the car, especially on the way out. He calmed down when he could stick his head out the window into the very cold midwest air.
It took a few days but eventually Snowy and Badger could be in the same room, settle down, and not bark and snarl at each other.
Badger liked all the snow and cold temperatures in Illinois, but I think his favorite part was the big bed where he could stretch out and snuggle with Farmer John.
This is what the entire trip back to the farm looked like. I don't think they make sunglasses for dogs.
Finally, we were back to the farm, and he was so tired from his big trip that he slept for about two days straight. Thanks Illinois Farmhands for letting Badger come for a visit!
Monday, January 6, 2014
You've probably heard that "Selfie" was the word of the year for 2013. Now farmers are starting to take it a step further. Here's an article about it from Farm and Dairy. See if you recognize anyone.
Plus here are two more #Felfies just for fun.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
At the end of 2011 and 2012 Farmer John and I reflected on lessons learned throughout the year. This year we are more excited about moving forward than looking back. We made some personal resolutions, and we also made plans for the farm. We hope you'll keep reading along as we continue our farming adventure!
Watch out farm here comes 2014:
- Finish the high tunnel
- Expand gardens to grow more produce and varieties
- Add another farmers market
- Add more cattle
- Add more hogs
- Raise chickens for meat
- Finish cabin remodel
- Learn more about marketing our meat and produce
- Fix buildings to make them level
- Try not to divorce each other during bean season (I'm kidding, mostly)
- Any other ideas or suggestions for us?