People have been after us to start writing about our farm, so here goes....
As the cold season makes its presence known across Southern New England, here at our farm we embrace all the weather has to offer. Our kids, Violet and Liev, have found a great sledding run in our pasture and have outlasted me out there several times already. We've had several measurable snow events, and I for one am delighted to be plowing it all away in my "new" 1963 Farmall Cub. What a great father's day gift. And to top it off, my wife travelled up to VT to get the snow plow for me! I have to put a new carburetor on the tractor, and I'll update this blog when that time comes. (It will have to warm enough for me to feel my bare hands for that job.)
We've been fighting the dreaded "icing of the waterers" battle for some time, and found out that we have some faulty wiring in the barn. We'll have to rent a small digging implement (sweet!) and run some new power lines out there this summer. For now, we've been using the woodstove in the workshop, some well-placed heat bulbs, and a rotation of waterers to fight the ice battle. Who knew how much water cattle take in each day!
Our progress on firewood this year is not as productive as last year as we're finding the new farm offers endless other chores, but we've still made a dent in the large pile of logs out in the front.
On the other hand, our CSA membership is almost full and there is lots of book-keeping and calendar "figuring" to do to ensure all the meats are ready for each pickup date.
We are currently debating between getting a silo to store delvered grain and picking it up ourselves. The latter option requires that we construct some sort of smaller grain storage system...More on that as we decide what we will do. There are several used silos available somewhat locally, but they still must be moved with semi-heavy machines.