Watch for Hawks! The chickens were making a terrible ruckus, so I strolled over to see what was amiss. Needless to say, they had good reason to be alarmed. We've had terrible hawk pressure this year, losing almost 30 birds. We tried a number of different things, and finally ended up putting a netting over the entire coop. Seems to have done the trick - this hawk was stuck hanging out on the roof, and was unable to fly down and get his lunch. We're going to make it more mobile by attaching the netting [...]
By davidb|2021-08-18T18:26:30+00:00August 23, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on Watch for Hawks!
Who Watches Whom...? I was taking care of the chickens this morning, and Dr. Fauci came out to join me. He sat down, and a few of the ladies came over to observe him as well: Clearly it was more interesting: I'm not sure who was on the inside of the cage and who was on the outside, actually!
By davidb|2021-08-18T18:21:51+00:00August 18, 2021|Categories: Farm Life, Scenery|Comments Off on Who Watches Whom…?
Cranberries! I've been slowly planting more and more brambles and berries on the farm - raspberries (which Anh uses to make delicious jam), blackberries, gooseberries, strawberries, and cranberries. They seem to do well on the property. I planted the first cranberry bush three years ago. Lo and behold, here's the first few! I don't expect to get many this year, but hopefully next year we'll get enough to have them for Thanksgiving dinner. Delicious!
By davidb|2021-08-06T19:42:19+00:00August 6, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on First Cranberries!
The Harvest is Starting! This is my favorite time of year, when all the hard work in the garden is really starting to pay off in spades. I just picked my garlic. It used to last through until February or March, but Anh cooks so much with it that it probably won't make it to January. This is fine, because I love garlic (you can't have too much garlic!) Also ready are the tomatoes, cucumbers, rau mung, carrots, and a bunch of other vegetables. Even the squash, pumpkins, and watermelons are looking great. I get to plant more seeds [...]
By davidb|2021-08-01T19:16:17+00:00August 1, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on The Harvest is Starting…
Fixing up our new greenhouse! Tragedy struck last year (well, in farm terms) when the brutally heavy and wet snowfall caused our greenhouse to collapse. It was especially frustrating because we had parked our truck and other equipment inside to keep it safe from the storm! After spending a couple of months tearing it down when we had the time, we have finally moved on to install a new greenhouse, combined with storage space for equipment and room for a shop. We purchased two high-cube containers, and placed them about 20 feet apart. We [...]
By davidb|2021-05-28T01:03:14+00:00May 28, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on Shop Assembly
Out to Pasture We finally got our pigs out of their winter area today! There's Big Mama with her adopted children out at the back of the west pasture. This is how we keep our animals happy and content - loads of fresh plants and grass for them to root around them. Pigs are basically four-legged non-stop rototillers, and if you go see the ground after just a couple of days, you'll know exactly what I mean! On the farm, we move our animals to fresh pasture every few days, depending on how big the area is [...]
By davidb|2021-05-07T11:12:32+00:00May 7, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on Out to Pasture
Look who just got here! For those of you who have been following our saga of trying to get some baby pigs on the farm, Big Mama was unfortunately not pregnant. It was our first time to try and raise our own babies, so we were disappointed but not surprised (I'm sure Bailey tried his best). We'll give it another shot next year. Fortunately, we had a backup plan - pigs from Niegocki Farms, which arrived on Saturday! Six beautiful babies, about eight weeks old. We kept them separate from Big Mama for a few days, [...]
By davidb|2021-04-22T11:03:50+00:00April 21, 2021|Categories: Farm Life|Comments Off on Piggies are here!
Happy Holidays! Anh and I don't need to tell everyone what a crazy year this has been - we are all doing our best to muddle through it. It's been hard on the restaurant, hospitality, and healthcare businesses across the board. We know that we are fortunate to be healthy and safe, but our hearts go out to those who are not quite so lucky. 2021 can only be an improvement. We look forward to reopening the Inn and welcoming guests to our lovely little spot on the farm soon. Until then, be thankful for what you have [...]