Goat Update & Our Intern Chris Peterson

Chris mulching tomatoes

You will be happy to hear that the goats are doing great.  Moms and babies have settled down from the trauma of weaning.  It will be another three weeks at least before we put them back together.  The weather has dried out finally and the soil is  perfect for tractor work.  Unsurprisingly, the tractor is out of commission.  Rosie’s clutch is out of whack and Randy’s mechanical know-how combined with my excellent ability to follow directions is not enough to get her fixed.  Let’s hope this weather holds while we figure out a solution.

Greens & Goats

Goat kids on their own, eating browse

The box this week is just brimming with leaves.  Red and green, sweet and spicy, crunchy and tender.  Afraid you’ll spontaneously transform into a rabbit if you eat any more leafy greens?  Don’t worry, more “real” vegetables are on the way.  Beets are coming soon (hopefully next week!), and more turnips including Scarlet Queen and Purple Tops in addition to more of the white Hakurei you have already seen in your box.  Kohlrabi won’t be far behind and even the cabbages have started turning their leaves inward to make heads.   Last year we had onions, yellow

A Farm Without Fences

goats jumping the ice coated fence


With all the winter weather making gardening impossible this week we have been snuggled up warm in the house sipping hot chocolate, playing scrabble and watching movies.  No wait, that is my fantasy life.  In reality we’ve been scrambling in the wet and the cold just to keep chaos at bay.  It has been one of those treadmill weeks – running just to stay in place. 

Our First Kidding

Apricot and her baby buckling

We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby goats.  We have been reading up on everything that can go wrong with momma and baby.  A baby goat is 90% legs so there are lots of ways for it to get tangled up on its way out into the world.  And if a doe is carrying two or even three babies, think of all those legs in there!  We even have a small-handed friend “on-call” in case there is a situation that requires pelvic intervention.  Fortunately the vast majority of births go smoothly.   In fact, Kiko goats have a good reputation as easy birthers and na

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.

attack of the killer kudzu

Kudzu the terrible!

This weekend, I looked at the kudzu.  I mean I really looked at it.  Until now, it had occupied my peripheral vision.  I knew it was there, of course, but I hadn't gotten a good look.  

The farm and I have been in a honeymoon stage.  I am still not ready to acknowledge it's faults.  Besides, this is the south.  Of course there is kudzu.  There is kudzu everywhere.

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