The KICK STOP - Well, it has been two milkings now, last evening and this morning that I have not been smeared with cow poop from Sierra’s over active leg!! How exciting. I thought that things were beyond hope yesterday morning. Disappointed that the families coming this summer wouldn’t be able to witness the magic of real milk from a real cow. Then Peter, dan’s dad, picked up the ‘kick stop’ - a small metal bar that hooks on her back leg and over her back - that I ordered two weeks ago. She literally cannot kick her leg. She can still shift around. But it seems like things will be okay. She is still a little sensitive to changes and people around, but I have a feeling that in time she will get used to those things too.

We are even beginning to have a little bit of a routine. She gave 2 1/4 gallons this morning! For the last week we have been able to put her out in the pasture next to the barn. It is a bit of dance getting her out to her area, but we are working on that too.

PEAS PLEASE - Dan helped me get the pea trellis up yesterday. It took about two hours, and dan wants to know how much money we will be making on peas this year. To be honest, I am not sure. Not sure how to track everything diligently AND get all of the farm work done. But does this mean I stop everything I am doing and only do the one thing that I am SURE we make a little bit of money on? Our pasture raised uber organic chickens, for example. I don’t feel like this is the answer simply because as sustainable organic farmers we know that raising a lot of one thing, denudes the land, inputs too much of a single type of manure (with animals) or encourages a single pest (like Potato bugs). There is an amazing system at work when you combine all of the little parts of our farm - I just can’t place a dollar value on that.

I have a lot of big questions about how we as a people expect small farms to do all of the amazing things that they do, but still pay the price we see at the grocery stores. Interested to hear what others think about this. I was talking to a dairy farmer about price increases not following the cost of living increase since the 70’s - if milk prices had been left to the market forces, like real estate for example, a gallon of milk (not organic) should really cost about $16!!

AuthorDaniel Marsiglio