April 19, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
And wildflowers emerge from beneath,
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April 10, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
We employ both on our farm, with preference for the latter. Dairy cows and calves, however, have to be under roof at this time of year, because cows are lactating heavily and calves are newborns. Exposure to wet, cold mud creates significant problems for both. So, for several months, they are sheltered and kept off pastures. The trade-off is a lot of bedding has to be spread in the barn, eventually collected, and then spread back on fields, which is a cost.
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March 28, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
The leg is a favorite for Easter.
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March 19, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
We had been intending to replace this aged fence this winter, but frozen ground prevented the work. With the recent thaw, however, we spent Tuesday pulling 60 - 70 posts, leaving me plenty fatigued. Despite essential help from equipment and partner, Brenden, the posts had to be manually handled several times. They are deceptively heavy, with some weighing in excess of 100 lbs. The in-ground portion is usually saturated with water, providing weighty reluctance to clearing old in favor of new.
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March 5, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
The past few days of highly variable weather have presented extra challenge for humans delivering feed and water, but the livestock always seem comfortable, as long as we do our job.
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February 23, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Fat on the backs of these cows insulates them from inclement weather. It offers a form of protection, enabling livestock to reside in fresh air and full sun at all times, despite freezing temperatures. We are selecting cows who store enough back-fat to make it through the winter without pampering, while nursing calves at the same time. Fat provides shelter.
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February 7, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Decent housing is central to decent living. It comprises one of the three basic needs, the other two being food and love. During the last half of 2014, we renovated this 100-year-old farmhouse, so Landis Weaver could move into it in January. The house was transformed from being dark and tired to upright and happy. For the past three years, Landis has been working from dawn to dusk to build the organic dairy on our farm, and is thus deserving. He is also courting a young lady from a Mennonite community in Maryland, and is thus awaiting. So, he and we are prepared! Good housing attracts good people, as does good food and good loving.
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January 30, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
as Dante relied on Vergil to steer him through Purgatory. For without such, one resides on the sawed-off stump of technological bewilderment, as I nearly have the past three weeks. But my dear nephew kindly delved for me into the depths of: coding, programming, downloading, installing, uninstalling, re-installing, browsing, snipping, cookies, crackers, updating, searching, and outsourcing to rescue me from the purgatory of technological helplessness.
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January 17, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
So, what happens when MailChimp's upload of pictures is not working, as it is not at this moment? Do we substitute each picture with 1,000 words. I have six pictures to share with you. Would six thousand words or ten pages of type serve as a substitute? That would be deadening. The pictures will wait until next week!
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January 8, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
It has been 30 years since we last harvested timber from our woods, despite monthly inquiries from loggers. The venture three decades ago left us with scarred trees, deep ruts, and considerable apprehension.
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January 1, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Old family friends once shared with us their grandmother's recipe, with which we indulge once a year during these holidays. The eggs come from our farm, but we can't claim the Maker's Mark or rum that lace egg whites and whipped cream with addictive powers.
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December 17, 2014 • 0 comment(s)
This picture was inspired by fearless friend and neighbor, Nancy Stranahan, who runs the Highland Nature Sanctuary about five miles up the road. Her Winter Newsletter features "tree people" and the majesty of local forests she is preserving, with the help of many supporters.
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