Farmall Cub

Weaning Pglets & Rosie Troubles

Pigs & piglets

It is May and as such lots and lots has been happening on the farm.  A few weeks ago we got 30 Guinea Fowl chicks and they are growing happily in the brooder.   We weighed all and weaned most of our piglets.  I say most because four out of the eleven escaped and found their way back to mom.  We had hoped the gilts would wean the piglets themselves but at nine weeks Bon Bon was just too skinny to leave the piglets on any longer.  Randy took our first four boar hogs to the processor on Monday causing all sorts of happy and sad emotions.  In the vegetable gar

Freedom Rangers, Goats and more

Putting chickies in the brooder

Life on the farm has been as busy as ever!  Two weeks ago 100 Freedom Ranger chicks arrived and we have just moved them out onto pasture in the safety of the chicken tractor where they are already happily eating clover, weed seeds and any bugs they can catch.  The chicks come from the hatchery by USPS 2-day priority shipping in special cardboard boxes.  The man at the post office is always exceptionally relieved when I pick them up.  Apparently 100 peeping chicks is not music to everyone’s ears.

A Change in the Plan

Poor Rosie

This week we are practicing an important farmer skill: knowing when to abort the mission, give up, change the plan. 

Fall, a Time to Prepare for Spring

Plowingwith Rosie Our Farmall Cub

Last week it was summer, this week it is winter.  The mice, wasps and birds are eyeing our house as a delightful winter get-away.  A week or so ago I met a bird in the office, today there was one in the bedroom – perhaps the same bird.  We can only surmise that it is coming in and out through holes in the floor and walls, which says wonderful things about our energy efficiency. 

More, Firsts at Tubby Creek Farm

Tomatoes on the way!

The calendar may say it is still spring, but it sure feels like summer at Tubby Creek Farm.  Summer crops are replacing spring ones, with summer squash starting this week and cucumbers likely next week.  The lettuce is done until fall, as are the snow and snap peas, broccoli, and other spring crops.  The farm looks more like summer, too.  The bright greens of spring are gone and the fields are golden with mature grasses.

Fall is Prep Time for Spring

Paul and I working on the Cub

WOW!  Things are moving right along at Tubby creek Farm.  The transition from summer to fall has been quick, yet pleasant with warm dry days.  We badly need rain yet the dryness has helped us do more prep work.

We have already sold a couple of our CSA shares for next year and have begun collecting deposites. For information on our CSA's check out our CSA page.

Sundays are for tactor work

Randy in the sudan grass

Another fall weekend at the farm, with what I expect to be the last of the hot weather.  Hot by October standards, anyway, but still beautiful for working.

This week, we started mowing and disking in our Sourghum-Sudan Grass cover crop.  Although we had seeded cowpeas with the sudan grass, they did very poorly, so essentially we ended up with a straight grass cover crop and not the grass/legume mix we had hoped for. 

Campfires, hillers, and snakes: another weekend at the farm

Beautiful sunset!

This weekend we went down to the farm on Saturday afternoon after the Cooper-Young Farmers Market with the new implements for the front of the tractor.  Randy had spent the morning getting them worked over and ready to go.

Little Red Tractor

Russ and Gary working on our Farmall Cub

Ok, so there is a little something special about the Farmall Cub, it has a fan club.  Yes, the Farmall Cub was and still is a very popular little tractor.  There are folks all over that collect these little gems even in France.

Lil Red Tractor

Our "new" 1949 Farmall Cub

If anyone would have told me, even 3 years ago, that someday I would own a tractor I wouldn’t have believed it, that all changed this weekend.  Jo and I bought a 1949 Farmall Cub.  They are great little tractors that were mass produced starting in 1947.  You see, not that long ago, the small farm was the norm and there were small farmers in large numbers that needed a versatile, small, yet strong little tractor that could do several different jobs. 

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