Springtime is a busy time here at the farm, but the pace is definitely mellower than the rigors of farming in the summertime, when we’re harvesting animals, going to farmers market, etc. But we thought we’d give you a peek at what going on right now. It’s a pretty amazing time of the year. We’re already nurturing lots of LIFE here: plants, animals, micro-organisms (i.e. the soil), each other, the wild, the grasses, the pastures.
We have brand new babies at the farm! There’s nothing cuter. In fact our three mama goats — Dahlia (now a grandmother), Genepi (a maiden mother) and Hazel (belonging to gardener Anne and her boys) — all kidded in the past week. They’re happy moms! Even happier are the kids that get to hold them and feed them bottles when needed.
There’s even more babies! These piglets were born about 6 weeks ago here on Wrights Mesa from a boar and sow belonging to Chad and Meredith, just down the road. Here they’re munching on last season’s kale which overwintered in the garden.
A wide-eye view of our world. Some of the farm’s irrigated pasture is in the foreground, with the farm house and then the northwest San Juan Mountains in the background. Current water supplies are currently dangerously low in this part of Colorado. Hopefully we will all fare well as the “dry season” approaches. One encouraging note is that there’s more snow in the mountains now than there was a month ago. That’s what’s needed for a good runoff and irrigation season. But mountain snows don’t help the ground water table, nor moisten the trees on neighboring mesas, forests and canyon country.
Anne is busy preparing the garden’s beds for spring and summer planting. Here a stand of cold season cover crop — rye and vetch — remains standing, next to a couple beds that have been plowed under already.
Already, we have two batches of birds out on grass. These pastured poultry pens, modeled after Joel Salatin’s designs, are roomy and and provide protection from weather and predators. They are moved every morning onto fresh pasture. The birds leave behind fertility, while ingesting an amazing amount of grass, which translates into great soil health and nutrition for those of us who enjoy healthy proteins.
The pastured poultry pens are equipped with gravity-flow drinkers and feeders.
Our farm has 52 solar panels to harvest energy from the sun, enough to power the farm. Here, grazing layer hens also enjoy the shade one of these solar arrays provide.
Vedder, our red healer, standing next to the farmer, in attention and obedient! Good girl!
While Anne, who is the garden leaseholder, doesn’t plan a CSA this year, there’s plenty going on in the garden. She will be providing fresh produce to the Fresh Food Hub this growing season. Here’s a bunch of starts in the hoop house that will eventually be transplanted.
We cover crop our dormant beds to keep them fertile, to add organic matter, and to compete against weeds.
School-aged kids visit the farm throughout the growing season, part of our effort to educate children about where their food comes from. Here, a kindergarten class from Norwood enjoys a tour of the garden.
If you’re in the ‘hood, come out for a visit sometime soon! We’ll try to put our work down and say “howdy.”