Ewe 145

What do you do when nothing you do seems to help?  When no matter how hard you try, you fail?  I have always been a firm believer that tenacity it worth as much as know-how.  That force of will can move mountains.  The events of the weekend proved me wrong. In my last post, I … Continue reading

Vet School

Growing up, I wanted to be a vet.  I loved animals in the way that nearly all 8 year old girls love animals.  And we only had dogs, cats, and a rabbit for about a week.  It was all I dreamed of doing for many years.  Then it dawned on me that a vet also … Continue reading

Little Orphan…Daisy

Lambing season is both my favorite time of the year and the most stressful.  Every time we go out to the barn we listen for the sounds of a new lamb.  Like the cry of a newborn baby, the sound is unmistakable: high pitched and relentless.  The sound of the mother is just as recognizable … Continue reading

The Turkey Curse

The Turkey Curse

Some things out here just feel cursed.  Problems happen.  Practically every day something needs fixing.  With seven buildings, three tractors, a dozen or so implements, an old truck, and a couple hundred animals things are bound to break.  Luckily Sam can fix just about anything.  But there are occasionally things that just don’t stay fixed…like … Continue reading

This Morning

Farmers deal in a risky business, one that is rooted in the cycle of life and death.  And most of the time, I can take it in stride.  Swearing is a common occurrence.  I can often be seen holding my head in my hands, or, for that matter, throwing my hands in the air.  But crying … Continue reading

Turkeys in the Dark

I’ve decided that vegetables just aren’t funny.  Or dramatic.  All summer long, I thought and thought of stories to share.  Nothing.  The drama of dying corn or invasive weeds just don’t spark good stories, they just aren’t that interesting to most people.  And what happened in the darkness of today’s stormy morning isn’t particularly funny, … Continue reading

Chicken Chores

Chicken Chores

I’m on my way outside to begin my morning chores…a little later than usual.  Yes, farmers procrastinate too.  We are raising our chickens differently than we have in the past.  We are raising them on pasture, in little “tractors”:  covered pens that we move daily.  Yes, daily.  And there are three of them, filled with … Continue reading

Just one more…

Just one more…

Everything about life on the farm is dictated by the domino effect.  In order to plant, there are 10 steps that need to happen first.  We are installing a toilet in an outbuilding – no, we need to rip out the plumbing and rebuild a bathroom.  We have learned to expect the unexpected.  Everything takes twice … Continue reading

A Lambing Adventure

A Lambing Adventure

Friday morning went something like this. 6:00  Sam left for work.  Or, rather he staggered to work as his two ruptured discs are acting up again. I went out to feed the animals and check for new lambs.  No new lambs, but one mother obviously in labor – pawing & sniffing the ground and bleating … Continue reading

By The Numbers

By The Numbers

Farming is a lot of math.  Row feet.  Days to harvest.  Schedules.  Acres, tons, application rates.  Cubic yards, drip rates, planting densities.  It’s a good thing that we like numbers.  Number seem firm, dependable, predictable…nothing like farming. So here is our week in numbers. Inches of snow:  18 Number of ducks spotted in our field:  … Continue reading