Starting out five days premature and not knowing how to or be strong enough to feed from mama, Pokey… Cause she took two hours to get her first meal… is doing really well. She is now feeding from mom on her own and she’s even exploring the other white animals of the barn! She is 75% American Alpine from our new ADGA guy Sycamore-Acres PP Charlemagne aka Chuck! This is going to be one heck of a milker!
It feels like spring has snuck in the back door, and that means there are plenty of babies for the farm! But our season started a little early this year. The Villa’s first 4 kids were born healthy and have been bottle trained and are headed off to their new homes as 4-H goats!
For our trial run at our new garden up by the silo, with no electricity and no water near by, I think we did pretty a-ok. We learned that you definitely need to remove the weeds when you till it up the first time. We also learned that weeds take nutrients from the soil that the the vegetable plants could use. Finally we learned that pepper plants can be very prolific. This is the last round of weekend harvesting. More butternut squash coming up though!
Later this fall we’re going to cover the current garden site with cardboard and put our barn waste on top of it all winter. Next year we hope to have bigger badder veggies! Can you say road side stand! Nick sure can since that may be his job!
It all started memorial weekend when Curt thought that we would only have one baby duck hatch. So after a fun trip to our friends over at Feral Foods in Willis, Curt and Nick decided that not only would they want to make sure our probable one hatched duck would have a buddy, but that turkeys are awesome so we needed one of those for a while. While Tim was away working for the weekend and Curt sent pictures of not one, not two, not three but four baby ducks and some other mysterious creature, we were now raising two hatched ducks, two bought pekin ducklings and also a heritage breed turkey. It was decided that he would be named TG in honor of our favorite belly stuffing holiday in the fall!
Yesterday, TG finally strutted his stuff and showed his true colors. It was a beautiful sight to see! He acted like he didn’t know what was going on. He has this look of “um guys… Could you please make this stop.” But we loved it! Now, let’s see how things go for the next month. After Curt has now processed six ducks and TG makes the grossest poop on top of the duck house, Curt says he’s ready the the annual harvest feast! These are the signs of true farmers…