Our new egg layers are growing! Here they are at about 1.5-months old – 40 ladies and 1 dude. As we get into growing more of our own grain for animal feed, raising egg laying hens fits nicely into our farm system. As much as possible, we want to close the fertility loop, where we are importing less inputs – fertility (fertilizer, compost, manure, soil amendments, etc.), feed, and perhaps fuel.
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Sometimes, people ask us, “What do you do when it’s raining?” As a matter of fact, we work! Regardless of what Nature feels like, there is some farmin’ to do.
Today was no exception. We knew the big downpour was coming, so the day before, we did as much vegetable transplanting as possible and dug out the trenches/culverts on the hillside to ensure no veg beds would wash away. We also had to make sure the equipment and tools were covered or put away so as not to get wet and rust.
It rained a lot! This morning, Adam and Alder dug some culverts to stop the erosion in the recently cultivated Pond Field. I harvested produce (cauliflower, lettuce, sugar snap peas, broccoli shoots, and green chard) for Head Start and made the delivery in Ukiah. While in town, I purchased 6 bales of wheat straw for mulch. The guys up-sized some summer seedlings in the greenhouse and cut seed potato in preparation for planting later. There was some lunch where we discussed techniques for growing potatoes and how to find more shareholders for the Live Power CSA (which you should join!).
After some administrative computer stuff, I joined Adam and Alder in moving the sheep and cows into a new pasture area in the rangeland. Herding the animals has gotten easier with three of us instead of just two. Cell phones help too. We took down the fence, put it up in the new place, and herded the ovines and bovines – all pretty much at the same time. It went pretty smoothly. No cows went wild, no sheep scattered. I think we are getting better at herding.
Later, Adam and I threw straw down in the gullies in the Pond Field to prevent any more erosion. So, we got a lot done despite the rain, some wind, and a short spell of hail. We did see the sun a couple times, as well as some rainbows! And of course, the daily chores – checking the meat chickens and egg layers, feeding the livestock guardian dogs, and watering the greenhouse – were taken care of.
I was able to take a few pictures of the spring vegetables when it was not raining.
Okay, so I attended the annual Eco Farm conference in Asilomar last month, and I totally missed the double session on using social media to market your farm. So, I know I’ve done this completely wrong, but here it is anyway – our own YouTube channel! Maybe we should work on getting a better video recording device first. Oh, well. Actually, just skip the YouTube channel and just check out embedded videos on this website instead.
- Mendocino Organics strives to be a model sustainable farm organism in the heart of Mendocino County. Along with providing the community with organic produce, we grow grain and raise pastured lamb, pork, and beef.
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