Winter on the Farm

You would think that in winter one would have more down time to write blogs, catch up on reading and now working so long of a day, but that is not the case on our farm.

We still have lots of clean up work in the berry patch after planting new blackberries in the fall. Irrigation needs to b upgraded and new lines installed before it get dry again. Our lake is over three fee low so I anticipate another dry summer.

We have had a good calf crop this year and a few will still be coming in th elate spring. At Rocky Branch Grass Ranch we have three herds of females with their calves and each herd has a breeding bull.

After the diaster of trying to raise chickens for eggs in the winter we finally moved 175 into a field house to free range only to lose 10 more to a fox!

Onions and leeks are planted and the garlic is doing well in th egarden. Fingerling purple potatoes are in a dark room and are sprouting so they can be planted soon. Several rows have been prepared for cool season vegetables like sugar snap peas, kale, carrot, beets, etc. They go in the gound next week. Seeds will be started soon in the greenhouse.

We still make weekly deliveries fo eggs and meat to Longview and the Historic Longview Farmer's Markets start Arpil 4 on for Saturday market and April 9 at the Institute on Wednesdays. Since we do not have an intern, that will make our life busy until the first week of November. I like getting up at 4:00 am two days a week!

We kept a heritage breed gobbler and three hens and are starting to get turkey eggs. We need to see if one will sit on them or if we need to use an incubator.

It is time to update our newsletter and get out another irregular edition. Eva will have her cooking classes ready to post. the first Farm to Fork Cooking Class of the year is March 7.

Euripides Speak

When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.'

Stowe Speak

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone"
Harriet Beecher Stowe