Some recent farm shots

Words are nice to write, but sometimes it’s a kick to post photos of what’s been happening around here this spring. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Enjoy!

A pair of farm workers

Caroline and Cary Kimmic are here apprenticing for the season. In a word, they’ve been “awesome!”

A close up view of farming gear

We like to measure the height of the grass in our two-acre intensively rotated pasture where we rotate broiler, turkeys, layer hens and steers, sometimes all the livestock at once. These next photos were all taken in the same location, only days apart. It was a wet winter, and it’s been a wet spring. The grass has really responded, as the photos attest.

A look at farming attire
Pants used in farming

From boot-top height grass (first photo), to knee-high in about one week’s time. This pasture has been intensively grazed, mostly by pastured poultry for about 17 years, so the fertility is second-to-none!

A newly born goat kid

Genepi (named after the French flower), mothers her newborn kid, moments after giving birth.

A herd of cows grazing on grass

Twenty yearlings from Laid Back Ranch have been enjoying eating down the grass in our intensively rotated pasture. In the background are pastured poultry pens housing our meat chickens, which are rotated to fresh grass every morning.

The yearlings on fresh pasture: m-mm good!

Construction tools and equipment

All in a day’s work: The tools of the farmers on a typical day here at the farm. Check it out closely to see how varied the activities are on the farm.

A group of people planning

Every week we have a scheduling session with our apprentices so that we’re all on the same page and can anticipate what needs to be done.

A woman testing the soil

Here, Caroline plants tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds in a flat. Eventually, when these plants grow and after the last frost date (early June?), these plants will be transplanted into one of the hot houses.

A boy near ducks

Elias cares for his young ducks.

A fire pit with wood

As part of our Regenerative Agriculture initiative, we’ve been making biochar to feed to our young broiler chickens in the brooder.

Two kids watching flowing water

Regenerative Agriculture: Two aspiring young farmers observe the results of slowing down the flow of water down a slope that was previously being eroded.

A field covered with snow

Of course, springtime in the Rockies isn’t complete without a few snowstorms thrown in for good measure!

A column of plants

The garden is looking soooo good this spring, helped by great soil, good water, cool growing conditions, and, of course, lots of hard work. Thanks Anne!

Small herbs in planters

Early-season seedlings ready to be transplanted.

Herbs and vegetables under a shade

These are the remnants from the fall/winter garden in one of our two hot houses. Nutritious greens, kale, chard, parsley and spinach.

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