Well, the snow is falling from the sky again. 6-10 inches predicted for tomorrow.It is quiet and soft and lovely. My dad said perhaps we will ski tomorrow. He is finally feeling better after a visit to North Carolina to see my brother's family. Too many kid germs. He got back and became violently ill. Poor guy.

The snow sprinkles down and all is still. For now. We have begun planning in earnest and taking a look at what we can actually afford to grow/do this year. The garden is taking shape on paper. I love the straight lines of the ruler and the grid paper. And I equally love the little curves and wobbles that the garden takes once it is carved into the soil.

I worked with Sierra today: tying her to the railing of her pen, brushing her, touching her bulging udder, and then finally giving her a treat of grains and minerals. She is due in the middle of March and it is going to take every bit of training that I can do between now and then to get her used to all of the attention that she is going to be getting.

We are getting over 3 dozen eggs a day from our chickens, and are in need of a sales outlet. This glut of eggs is so common at this time of year. No farmers markets and the few natural food stores in this area are swamped!!

Come buy eggs!! We have to keep them up at our house since the fridge in the store had to be turned off.

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Many people may think that not much happens on a farm in the snow and ice of January.

Those people are not accustomed to Winter with sheep, chickens, a cow, cats, and dogs. Oh yes and our two favorite farm animals: our children!!

Besides the daily care of the farm, which can be as easy as filling up waterers from the running creek or as difficult as breaking a hole in the ice and fishing around for water, there is a ton of planning that we must do in order to provide our customers with the delicious food that they count on in the warmer months.

For instance, right now we are sitting up deciding what exactly to do about the broiler debacle. A broiler is what we call a 'meat chicken' they are the cross bred birds who if they continue to grow past the 10 week mark their internal organs fail because they cannot support the immense bulk of their body. Not a pretty picture. Not to mention: they can not produce offspring (since they cannot live to the 24 week, egg laying age). This fact alone has pushed us to reconsider how we grow chickens that people want to eat. We want to support truly sustainable agriculture. It does not seem sustainable to be unable to reproduce (this is why we steer clear of GMO crops).

So stay posted to find out how we solve the Broiler issue. Other things we will be doing this week:

*submitting a lengthy seed order to FEDCO seeds (based in Maine. An AMAZING seed co op that, if you grow anything, you should order from. go to www.fedcoseeds.com),

*wrestling with our Bosch propane hot water heater(something is not working right and it has been apart more times than dan would like to count. He is considering becoming a service technician as soon as he figures out WHAT is wrong with ours!)

*picking up grain from our local farmer up in Canajoharie - thank you Peter, dan's dad does this drive for us -

*driving our sheepskins down to the only east coast tannery in Quakertown PA -

*Seeing our local bank about a business loan

*Hosting a toy and clothes swap in the community center on Tuesday!

Hey I have to get to work

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Just when I was saying to Dan, "Sierra hasn't been in heat for a while now. I wonder when we will be able to breed her?"

We woke up this morning to a beautiful mooing cow. Because of the site of our house: her pasture is directly across the creek from us. With our windows open, her moo sounds like she is right there in our front yard!

Mark your calendars! A few more months and we will be calling the Artificial Insemination specialist! Not our preferred way to breed animals, but a bull for a single heifer is not very cost effective. Not to mention the fact that nobody here feels confident enough to have a big guy like that around. But in the future, when we have our small herd of heifers and mama cows....anything is possible!!

Fresh chicken available today at the farm. Come by between 2-6pm for the 10% discount from our market prices.

See you soon.

kate

Here are some recent photos from the gardens...

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Well, after some soul searching, and just a general FREAK OUT here at the farm....I have decided to start a list of the things we accomplish everyday...Since I am a lover of lists.

Instead of making the list of the billion of things we have to do, want to do, need money to do...we are going to talk each night at supper about what it is we DID DO each day. Ahh...

Here is the list from today:

*built a shoe shelf for the milk house and put up 3 kids coat hooks

*cleared sod away from the base of many willow and a few birch trees

*Organized canning equipment

*brought tools down from woodshed at Kate & Dan's house

*pulled a BILLION nails from reclaimed barn wood= created more lumber to build with (YES!)

*stacked wood in The Big House - for Pete and Karen

*delivered 9 dozen eggs to Lucky Dog Farm and saw a local CSA in action

*Picked up 3 tons of locally grown organic grain and loaded it into the barn

Whew....and that doesn't include our regular chores, making meals, or any of dan's computer work..

As a note, Rush said he plans on running around to do lots of little things tomorrow...this really gives me an idea of just all of the things we can accomplish in a day....

Bring on Tomorrow!!!

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