Spring has sprung!

On my drive down to the processor this morning to pick up pork and lamb, I found myself completely mesmerized by my surroundings.  Even on the highway, I was surrounded by green and pink: the green budding leaves on all the trees and the pink buds of the pear and cherry trees.  What blew my mind is this: I drove the same route on Monday this week to deliver those hogs and sheep, and I hadn’t noticed any green.  Spring seems to have leapt out of hiding this year, and started battling Winter’s dreary wet “reign” (I know, I couldn’t help myself) with all her force.

The mud is finally turning to grass and we, and our animals, are absolutely delighted!

With Spring’s arrival, of course, comes a lot of preparation for the nice weather and a lot of changes on the farm.  As I write, Graham is out in last year’s hog pastures seeding grass before tonight’s forecast of rain, after which he’ll go back to the garden, which he plowed yesterday, to disk it today and till a row for me to direct seed some lettuces.  It’s all happening today because it might be too wet to do it tomorrow! As for me, after writing this, I’ll get nest boxes ready for our rabbits who all should have babies in about 3 days.  We have 42 rabbits from the last batch that will be available at market in late May!  And then, I’ll help Graham with chores, which have gotten much more time consuming these days as we rotate two sets of sheep (ewes and lambs) through our pastures every two to three days and move our laying hens and first group of meat chickens around the chicken field.

I’ll illustrate what else goes on during Spring from here on, but first, I want to point out that you should all check out our “where to buy” page for an updated list of our summer markets and our “Join our CSA” page to learn more about (and join!) our first CSA program!

In the past few weeks (and months), we…

Had very cold pigs in February

Had very cold pigs in February

Cold pigs

Cold pigs

Snuggled... but cold piglets!

Snuggled… but cold piglets!

Very cold and wet pigs!

Very cold and wet pigs!

Moved the pigs into our big sand floored barn (that wall has two huge windows that open up too)

So, we moved them into our big sand floored barn (that wall has two huge windows that open up too), where they’re in large groups, can root, and most importantly, be dry and happy and stop doing so much damage to our sopping wet pastures!

happy pigs!

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Ever seen a pig nest?! I hadn't until last Spring. Pretty awesome huh?!

IMG_0427 Ever seen a pig nest?! I hadn’t until last Spring. Pretty awesome huh?!

The pigs are moving back outside next week, now that the grass has grown and things have warmed up.  And more recently, in the past few weeks, we…

Had lots of rabbits

Had lots of rabbits

Moved our first batch of meat birds onto pasture

Moved our first batch of meat birds onto pasture

Meat birds (a Red Broiler similar to the Freedom Rangers we did last year)

Meat birds (a Red Broiler similar to the Freedom Rangers we did last year)

Weaned the January lambs

Weaned the January lambs

Moved sheep off hay, and rotating through pastures three weeks ago... and it snowed.

Moved our sheep off hay and rotating through pastures three weeks ago… and it snowed.

Got our rotational grazing techniques in order.

Got our rotational grazing techniques in order.

Found out who the troublemaker lambs were... "how do I get back to the side where everyone else is?"

Found out who the troublemaker lambs were… “how do I get back to the side where everyone else is?”

Moved old nest boxes out of the egg mobile and put new ones on the sides.

Moved old nest boxes out of the egg mobile and put new ones on the sides.

So our girls have lots of space!

So our girls have lots of space!

Used our new auger

Used our new auger

Had lots of help planting an orchard

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Had lots of help planting an orchard

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And got lots of help putting eggs in cartons (somebody LOVES doing this!)

Had lots of helping putting eggs in cartons (someone LOVES doing this)

Had lots of helping putting eggs in cartons (someone LOVES doing this)

Had pig piles galore!

Had pig piles galore!

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And really cute, happy piglets. One of 12.

And really cute, happy piglets. One of 12.

Now, come visit us at market and join our CSA, yo!

4 thoughts on “Spring has sprung!

  1. You should charge for the blog, it is like getting a magazine. Really enjoy reading about what you guys are doing.

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