Spring is Here – Hemp is Soon to Follow

Today we saw our first robin.  Geese honking overhead.  And a mating pair nesting on the banks of farm pond.   Green shoots are pushing up everywhere . All that plus the mud-puddles and the mushy ground underfoot mark the official start of new growing season. Suddenly, sitting in front of the fireplace has lost its…

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Beauty and the Beast

The glistening snow is beautiful and unlike snow in cities, it stays pretty clean until it disappears.  But here’s a messy situation.  The rear tire of our trusty bucket tractor leaked out some of its filling — beet juice, molasses, and windshield wiper fluid.  Don’t ask why tractor dealers use that combination of fluids.  But…

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Hard Work and Hardly Working

It’s snowing as I write this but it won’t be long before the growing season is in full swing.  There will be a lot of work — of course, farming can be hard work.  But, we like taking time to appreciate nature.  Here, we are relaxing after a wicked (hahaha) afternoon of blueberry picking at…

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Working Dogs

Jennie captured the essence of winter in this photo of Gabe, the older of our two Great Pyrenees working dogs.  He lives outdoors 24/7 guarding our 40-head flock of sheep, mainly from coyotes, and is a central figure of the farm.  Admirers stop to take his picture even though he regards just about anything that…

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Working Cats

Let us introduce you to Ella, Buddha, and Leo, the farm’s working cats.  These and two other feral cats — way to shy to be photographed and not often seen — make up the farm’s rodent patrol.   All  from the same litter, they move as a unit and cuddle in the same bed. On duty…

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