ok, so it's not Christmas just yet. But if it doesn't come soon little Lucia is gonna bust a cog. We're all decked out and waiting for Santa to come. Things have been pretty snowy around here for a couple weeks now - though we didn't get a single flake from the recent craziness along the East coast. Lot's of light snow in the forecast for this week though (maybe a little rain on Christmas, ughh)

We haven't checked in for quite some time about our animals or our wonderful bounty of offerings in the farm store. Our freezers are stocked so please come on by. We can pretty much guarantee that you'll find all the pork and lamb you could want. I'll post our most current price sheet to the price-list link.

best wishes,

Dan & Kate & Lucia & Isaac

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cows on their Winter paddock

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cia's snowball

Lucia's snow chunk

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sheep in their Winter pen

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Pete taking strings off of some round bales

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Pete and Greg refurbishing an old wood stove for the pod

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hey everybody,

Sorry to be out of contact for a while (though i have dropped a few things onto the companion pic site recently).

We just wanted to let everyone know that we brought 3 large pigs and five lambs to the butcher last week! Lamb and pork for everyone!!! (butcha gotta pay for it :) And 3 more pigs going next week as well as up to 20 more lambs. Please call or email with your questions / requests. We will be posting an updated price list very soon.

thanks,

-dan

607-821-4089

info@stonycreekfarm.org

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We were awakened by the sounds of 60 hungry sheep this morning taking a stroll dangerously close to pod garden. El lead the charge to greener pastures. Looks like a neighbor's dog precipitated the event with an early morning visit to the fence line. After Alice, Anya and Greg made it to the scene we managed to wrangle them into a new fence line above our house. Terra shepherded the 3 lambs that stayed in the old pasture and we gathered them up.

Fun stuff at 5:45am on a monday morning!!

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Well, we had to cancel our may day celebration because of the tremendous amount of work that lies in front of us to get this ecotourism thing off the ground by June. And of course the farm continues to thrive and grow - seedlings to plant, peas coming up, weeds to pull out, lambs being born, chickens to move to new grass, eggs to collect, beef cows to check on. Still, we had a couple of friends stop by yesterday. The day turned out to be gorgeous by the afternoon.

Some lambs were born in the morning - one needed some help getting to its incredibly patient mama, Angel. The little bugger seemed done for after Kate assisted it around 1 o'clock. But by 2 o'clock the little guy was up and trying to nurse on his own. What an amazing thing to watch. He continues to thrive today, with his big sister and patient mama on the lookout.

Mom and dad, aka Nonno and Nonna came over to play . We thought we were going to get some plants in the ground. Instead we put up a May Pole and buried some feathers in the hay and set up a hayride. All per Lucia's instructions, "the hay pile goes here" "is this how long the ribbons should be" Isaac slept soundly while Nonno whiled away the time playing games on his ipod.

Some good friends brought our barn cats back from the spay day at Delhi. thank you bret and laura! Their daughters Elena and Sabine had fun riding in the mule and taking a woods walk where our new tents are going to go. then Lucia and Elena turned into Laura and Mary from the LIttle House on the Prairie for the rest of the evening! Never seen two little girls so enjoy themselves!!

The newest member of our family, Elizabeth, brought her family over for a tour and walk about as well. We all had a great time eating trout lilies, talking about how amazing our creek is, thinking up names for the tents and smashing caterpillar tents (okay, I guess Lucia and I were the only ones doing that last thing).

Of course while all of this is going on Dan and his father were overseeing the excavation of three of the tents sites. Peter cutting out dead trees and dan piling them up to be wood chipped later. The Excavator did a beautiful job: nice level sites, with minimal damage to the surrounding area. Dan and I are ready to move our house over there.

So far our tents are named: sunset, trout lily, creek side, may apple, pasture walk, hideaway, - well we could change a few. But that is wehre we are for now.

Oh, and in case you think that is too much for a weekend, that was just Saturday!

At night, I drove to Delhi to pick up a prospective apprentice, Terra. She spent the night. And after pancakes in the morning we went straight to work transplanting cabbages and lettuce into the garden. We moved the sheep. Terra got to carry a newborn lamb into the new area with its concerned mama bleating all the way. Terra finished transplanting lettuces while dan and I picked up some large saplings from the tent site and replanted them near the house. After a bite to eat Terra and I headed out to Nonna's house to pick up Lucia and Isaac. After a delivery of some diapers, Terra and I headed to Oneonta so that she could catch the 3 o'clock bus to the city. A short visit that will hopefully turn into a long summer stay.

Dan did some more overseeing with the excavator, finished up some graphics work and coordinated some things for tomorrow - for we receive the tents tomorrow!! Yike-o's.

Hope everyone out there had an equally rewarding weekend!

Gooooooo Team!!!

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Wow! We had a great weekend learning to shear our sheep the old fashioned way!

Our good friend Amy Gillingham organized the event with the inimitable Kevin Ford!! He is, in a word, The Master (i guess that's two words) Our small group of students from all around New York came together to learn the finer points of preparing shears, assessing the animal, and of course, SHEARING!

Check out Kevin's book - http://www.amazon.com/Shearing-Day-Handling-Science-Blades/dp/0966915348/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237749884&sr=1-1

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checking the blade curvature

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kate and amy practicing new skills

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kevin overseeing eric's handiwork

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hey everybody.

Well, we did a "silent" butchering this past Saturday. We never got around to advertising but we butchered the rest of our 60 broilers and they are available fresh until thursday. Then we'll put them in the freezer. We have lots of chicken beyond the 60 that are already frozen so come on by and stock up.

Hard rains this morning. We really need it, but it would be nice if it didn't come down too hard for too long because of our recent MAJOR excavation that was done to add an upper farm road and more garden flat. We put down all the wire mesh we could find on the farm to stabilize one bare hill. So far so good. No major landslides. And there is some grass starting to poke up.

Also, we got a new ram last night. A nice little Romney fellow who is yet to be named. We're in need of some new genetics to breed this years ewe lambs. Bruce is going to take a year off. (and maybe go away..boohooo!!)

pictures pictures pictures....

soon.

take care

-dan

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