Saturday, August 11, 2012

2012 Season, week 14

August 4, 2012

This week's harvest:
Cucumbers (and a few Zucchini)
Sweet Peppers
Hot Peppers
Melons for medium shares

This week's farm news:

We had a fun moving adventure with the livestock this week. For the first time ever, Eric grazed the animals down in the hollow, in the creek bottom near our house for a couple of days. But to get them down there, we had to walk nearly 150 animals (cows & sheep) the 1/4 mile down our driveway from the pasture, through the woods, to the creek bottom. Eric led the way on foot calling his herd (they are very accustomed to his call as he moves them to a fresh paddock daily - sometimes multiple times a day! His call equals fresh food!), and the girls and I followed behind in the golf cart... But I quickly realized I would also need to be on foot to help some rather bewildered sheep (they are not known for their wits!) find their way. We did this to start making use of under-utilized areas of our farm and for landscaping purposes! It's amazing what a mob of animals can do and how the land responds so positively to their presence. When managed properly, animals are the ultimate healers of the soil!

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