Posted by Jennifer | Posted in Past Posts 2011 | Posted on Mon,08-08-2011
I owe the blog so many posts it’s not funny. Most of y’all are unaware that I am on my fourth nervous break down in a two month time frame, that I only had time to write this post because my back was out, that the Gulf Coast Sheep finally arrived and then met disaster, and the list goes on. However, instead of entertaining you with the more interesting farm news, I felt it was time to finally admit we’re going into the third season of Operation Farm Start-Up.
Now I realize I’m a little behind the ball since summer officially started well over a month ago and unofficially nearly three months ago. Better late than never. These posts may be a little dull for my audience (I’m imagining all six of my readers yawning) but they’re pretty therapeutic for me. Even though Joel Salatin is on my sh*t list at the moment for certain omits from his book, he notes a very apt observation about working farms: they’re threadbare. Slow Food Farm is no exception.
Threadbare is hard when you’re used to things not being threadbare and I find it easy to get overwhelmed by the piles of crap everywhere (sometime literally, like in the case of spent chicken bedding), the half finished projects, a mile-long to do list and such. Typing a post where I review what has been accomplished and what the goals are for the next season puts things in perspective. I’m including pictures of my piles of stuff too as my way to lay it out there and get over them. Plus tackling most of them is on the to-do list for fall and I want a good account of what was. Hell, if I really wanted to post a tell-all I would photograph the piles of dog hair that have invaded my house. Oddly, getting rid of those is not on the summer or fall to-do list (sorry Harry).
So here goes…
What we’ve accomplished so far:
- The brooder and processing shed have been built (lots of piles of stuff in front of the building)
- We have our Grant of Exemption from the State
- There are 12 portable coops in the pasture
- H-braces and corner posts are in for one of the most important portion of the new fence (thanks to help from our friends Ward and Jill Taylor)
- We sold all but our favorite cow and her granddaughter
- We have tons of chickens
- Rabbits are successfully kindling
- Rabbitry is 85% complete
What we plan to do by the end of summer:
- Install plumbing in the brooder
- Run waterline out in the pasture
- Install automatic waterers for the pasture coops and brooders
- Set-up grain silos so we can have bulk chicken feed delivered
- Complete the rabbitry
- Build a new chicken coop for the laying birds
Oh my goodness, did you just read that to-do list? I can not believe I am typing this blog post instead of working in 130 degree heat outside. . . better get to it!
But real quick, here’s a peek at what blog posts should be coming soon: Who’s Drought Tolerant Now?, Mantras to Live By, The Crazy Chicken Lady, Farm Life Survival Kit, and Help! I’m Grounded.