What's not to love about ducks and ducklings? The ducklings are so cute with their wide little beaks, their squeaky voices and of course, their little waddle! I have wanted ducks for quite awhile because they are so cute!I think my fascination with ducks was fed when I read the book by Eliot Coleman, Four Season Gardening, which really inspired me to plant a winter garden in the greenhouse. In … [Read more...] about Ducks for the Farm
Warning: This post contains pictures of the actual butchering process - they are real life and may be considered by some to be too gruesome - don't say I didn't warn you!One day that is easy to put off is butchering day. It always seems like such a monumental task - and it is! But, like anything, practice makes perfect - the more we do it the better and easier it gets! Last Wednesday was the … [Read more...] about Home Butchering – Homegrown Grass-fed Beef
As you can see in the photo above, the vineyard is coming alive with beautiful green buds. I love this time of year and standing on top of the filter house gives a great overview of the vineyard. All the debris from pruning has been gathered and shredded. The rows are clean, the rye mowed and soon any remaining weeds will be removed.We have chosen late bud breaking varieties meaning that they … [Read more...] about Spring Vineyard – It’s Coming Alive!
"Yeah" or "Boohoo"- I'm not sure how to respond to no more milk from Margie! She is getting a 2 month break from milking because we dried her off in preparation for calving. She gets a break to grow the calf and rest - and so do we!While I will admit, it is nice not to get up at 6 AM to milk, I really do miss the fresh milk. We have a milking rotation so everyone gets to share the love of … [Read more...] about No More Milk – Yeah or Boohoo?
Shhhhh...can you hear?Its the sound of rejoicing!Yes, we finished pruning the vineyard on Sturday! After only one month, all 32 acres are done. Thanks to our new Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP, we pruned in about half the time it has taken us in the past.Guess what we did to celebrate.We watched the new Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens. I won't give any spoilers but is was good. Real … [Read more...] about 2016 Vineyard Pruning Complete!
We have a new vineyard toy - the Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP! This is the toy I promised to tell you more about last week in "Pre-pruning the Vineyard". The TRP attaches on the front arm of the Pellenc 4560 as it straddles the vine row (like the pre-pruner).The TRP will cut our pruning time by one half to two-thirds! That means that instead of pruning for 2 - 1/2 months, we will only be … [Read more...] about Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP