Monthly Archives: June 2010

Harvesting broccoli




It is kinda weird for me to be letting the kids ride in the back of the truck, but the fastest we go is about 5 mph. Gwendy does sit in front with me, well she stands. Huck and Harrison, the other farm dog, usually follow behind us. Okay sometimes they are in front of us. We had all those tubs that you see in the next post and then went and harvested about that much more. Really all the broccoli came in at once.

broccoli

Okay so I love broccoli almost as much as cucumbers 🙂 We ended up with A LOT!!!! like way too much to eat at one time, though that was, was, hard for me to imagine. So we, Ame and I, spent a day, and I really mean a day, from like 9 to 7 only breaking for lunch, washing, blanching, cutting and freezing broccoli. It was fun. We listening to Irish folk music and the kids played with the cabbage worms, these are organic broccolis 🙂 while I tried not to squeal too many times when I found the big ones. The girls did think that was funny. And we had some miscommunication. The girls take the slop out to the pigs and well there are small pigs, a mama pig and babies, and a pen with a good number of pigs. So we had been handing the girls big 5 gallon buckets to take to the pigs and after the 3 one I asked, so you girls are taking them to all the pigs right, not just to one pen, right? Nope, they had taken 10 gallons of broccoli trimmings to the 3 small pigs. Yep. We had to have a talk about how much food a small pig like that can possibly eat. But it was a fun day and we got much accomplished. I am going to upload some pics of the harvesting we did that day also.



just some random stuff

I am not sure what I am going to write but I am sure I will figure out something. Currently I am outside watching the girls play, seeing the lightening bugs light up the lawn like lovely little fairies and I can smell the honeysuckle in the air. It is quite idyllic. Of course I could also mention that there is heat advisories and it has been so hot today that we have all been dripping sweat. But still, the slight coolness now and damn the honeysuckle smells good. Well, balance right?
Farm life is fun though. Jack is kept busy. I am too. It is insane that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I mostly collect eggs every day, clean and sort. One of my jobs. It is hot work. But the chickens are getting to the point where they aren’t pecking so much, which makes it easier. Usually I go by myself or Layla comes with me. It is a quiet point in my day which is nice. A favorite part of my day is when I am walking back from taking the eggs to the greenhouse, where the cooler is. It is quiet, and I just get this view of the farm. It is beautiful. There is so much sky here. That would make sense if I could get a picture of it. It is sky and it is blue and well, it is lovely. Lovely. It makes me yearn though for a place of our own.
I have also been helping when I can. Seeding in the greenhouse is something I can do and the girls stay decently occupied. I have done it a few times now and while I have never had a green thumb I have been praying quite constantly to the goddess of green growing things. It seems to have been working and I am happy to say that my seeds are growing nicely. Oh and by the way, those trays are heavy!!! I have also been helping with the processing of chickens. I am happy to say that I have finally gotten it down. I am decently fast and I feel very accomplished that I can do this now. Natalie has been helping also by actually killing chickens. The girls also helps wrangle chickens. I am very proud of them. Oh and one of the pictures is my view of the night sky while spinning. It is quite something. Oh so, egg collecting, processing chickens, seeding. I have also been helping with sales, have taken some chickens to market and done one farmers market and hopefully that will be a regular thing. I enjoy farmers markets. The rv is getting liveable, it isn’t quite there but getting there. I’m still waiting for pictures to load right now… Jack is trying to hook up power so we can have ac in the rv. It is pretty unbearable in there during the day. It is one thing for how hot it is outside, but inside? It is bad. And trying to cook in there? Even worse. It is also getting quite dark out here now 🙂 I am probably going to have to close this post now. Oh we did find 106 acres for about 145 here. No house so if anyone is interested in going in with us and living in yurts and farming that land, let us know 🙂 Okay I am going to do a separate post with pics cuz I wanna go home and shower and just can’t wait any longer!!!

animals




So it is really sweet that people have actually asked how our animals have been adjusting. The cats, well, they could about care less. I did have a picture of Kali but it is on my phone and I don’t feel like trying to figure out how to get it on here. The biggest problem with the cats is that their litter box is in our shower. This needs to be changed soon but I am not sure how. They have both ventured outside and mostly just stayed right by the rv. Kali did have a run in with a locust tree. For those of you who do not know, these have some major thorns on them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Honey_locust_thorns.jpg
That is what the thorns look like. She tried to climb the tree and got a branch of thorns stuck in her. She very calmly came to me when I called and I pulled it out. A thorn was stuck about an inch and a half into her chest. She seems to be doing alright though.
Our rabbits have not faired so well. Joe died. It was our second day here and we think the heat and well just the stress of everything he died. The others seem to be doing alright. Silver Foxes just might not be great for this climate. We haven’t bred anyone yet mostly because we do not know the market just yet. So really besides the death of one they haven’t done bad, but still, it was very sad for us to lose him right after getting here.
Now Huck though. He has transformed. Really transformed. It was worrisome the first week we were here. He howled and whined and freaked if Jack walked off, or if we actually left the farm. We had to have Curtis occupy him so he didn’t notice if we left. He was totally confused over what he was supposed to do. There are other farm dogs here also. He is getting along fine with most of them, the other he just runs from 🙂 Anyway, so Huck was totally a fish out of water. He was used to be mostly inside and being outside without a clear home base freaked him out. I can proudly say though that now Huck is an amazing farm dog. He roams the farm, mostly with us, barks at the odd things and only the odd things. He can follow the farm trucks bounding along with the greatest of ease. He comes with me every time I go to collect eggs. He follows Jack into the field when there is planting. He guards the greenhouse while we are seeding. He is awesome. And sadly, sorry, he is the only one I have pictures of.