This page is your source for the everyday happenings on the farm. Here we will talk about about new developments, ideas, and challenges. We will also (maybe the best part) try to post new photos every week so you can see restoration agriculture at work.
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The sheep grooming some fresh pasture. The sheep are great because they love to eat broadleaf “weeds” such as ragweed and cockleburr as well as thorn bushes, but they can also thrive on pasture. I like to call them our crossover species. Right now some of the lambs (born in May) are nearly as large as their mothers. As you can see in the background the terrain is rather rough and might I add remote. Therefore, we have three guard dogs that faithfully protect the flock.
Speaking of the guard dogs… how many do you see? Mable (7 months) is on the far right. Sheep Dog (5+ years) is in the center. I will explain the very “creative” name another time. Lastly Sadie (7 months) is on the far left. The black blob. Fierce toward threats to the flock all three are friendly once they know you. Sheep Dog and Mable will come close for some petting but Sadie is all business. They are a wonder to watch. They will triangulate themselves in a large field. Once danger is detected two will charge with fierce barking while the third (almost always Sadie) will hang back with the herd to protect it from additional threats. The sheep and goats know what to do as well. The minute they hear barking they form a tight knit ball and run for high ground. Once the all clear is sounded (actually a lack of barking) the herd calmly disperses and the dogs retake their positions.
A young calf woke up from his nap to discover he was surrounded by chickens. Quite funny to watch as this was his first encounter with the hens. All I could think of was the children’s book “Are You my Mother”.
Speaking of the hens this is a picture of our nutrient dense egg (bottom) compared to a another farm’s free range egg (top) we were quite please with the visual contrast. Our hens eat a diverse diet of forage, insects, and non gmo grain the result: a nutrient dense product that is pleasing to the eye and the palate.
That raps up this week on the farm.
A healthy soil means healthy plants, healthy animals, and healthy families.