September 14, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Calving has begun! This is our second calf, and was born to #806 a few days ago. #806 is one of our orginal cows, and is an Angus, as one would suspect. She was bred to a pure Red Devon bull, so the calf is half Red Devon. This is a bull calf, so he receives the same number as his dam, only with an s before the number. This bull calf will be castrated at six months of age, so the s stands for steer. Thus at a glance we know the sex and lineage of the animal. Year of birth is written at the top of the eartag, and is currently hidden by the ear. We write the same information on the back and put one tag in each ear. Periodically animals loose eartags, and we have to replace them.
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September 7, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
August 24, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Creating an Authentic Life Requires Moving Dirt! If you are concerned you have not yet moved enough dirt for your life to cyrstallize as you would like, fear not, for we have just moved 200 truck-loads (3,000 tons) from this creek-bank to where our new driveway intersects with the state road, in quest of authentic living... And in quest of safety, so we aren't run over by unseen logging trucks!
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August 10, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This building was recently constructed to store hay. Erecting a new building like this calls for more complicated deliberation than renovating old ones. This is the first new building we have erected in 35 years. New buildings claim footprint and change the landscape for an indefinite period of time. Productive ground is foregone for the structure, which will bear ongoing costs of maintenance and increased real estate taxes. So, new construction on a farm can be somewhat of an aggressive action.
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July 20, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
These barn beams are being sawn in half, lengthwise, at Phil Weaver's sawmill.
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July 13, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Johnson Grass is the bane of the corn-farmer's existence, yet the fruit of the grazier's.
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July 7, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This 150-year-old soul is being rejeunvenated to provide house and home for another century or two.
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June 21, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This simple plant is our nemisis. We can not conquer it.
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June 8, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This rare Kirtland's Snake was identified this past week in our wetlands. It is an exciting discovery because this snake is highly reclusive and known in only one other location in the county. A local herpatologist has been patrolling our wetland in search of this species, and several days ago discovered it. This is big news for local herpatologists and for us. It indicates our wetland is rich with biodiversity and is protecting threatened species.
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May 31, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Several weeks ago this black snake crossed my path. Black snakes are omens of good fortune. Like most good fortune, they are inconspicuous and rare. So, when a specimen presents itself, it behooves one to take notice. I was able to capture the last half of this mysterious and dignified being, as it undulated into reaches unknown. The perlexing question left behind was, what is the beneficial news it portends?
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May 24, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Two shadebmobiles offer welcome reprieve, even on an overcast day.
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May 10, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This past week has been rich with grassfed offspring, bringing the future to the present. Lambs, dairy calves, children from Head Start, great-nephew, granddaughter, and Robin's egg - are all finding purchase on this grass-based farm.
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