Spring has Sprung!!!!
Spring has Sprung!!
It is already the last part of March 2012. As one gets older they begin to ask “where does the time go” but, when the weather throws us off - as it has this month, we then begin to wonder about more than just the time.
The sun has been shining each day for last few weeks, the buds are on the trees, the spring bulbs are in flower, we can hear the frogs chirping and the birds are happy. Funny how the change of seasons will enhance our senses.
One of my favourite sounds are the frogs, even as a young child I loved frogs and their sounds. We have a large area on our road that frogs mate and live, when driving by this time of year we slow down and open the windows, and listen for their sounds. A sound that brings balance and confirmation that all is okay. On our farm we also have many pockets of where the frogs and toads love to be, I enjoy and look forward to each year where they come out of their hibernation and enjoy the warmth as I do.
Spring also brings us the return of many species of birds. Robins have been seen for the last few weeks. To see the orange of their breast is a sign that spring has sprung. Now we will wait for the Baltimore Orioles that usually nest in our yard to return. After that we will honour the return of the Barn Swallow.
I think Spring touches us all, but I think a Farmer the most. A Farmer relies on Mother Nature to work with them as we respect the fact that we want to also work with Her.
A good Farmer will respect Her. Managing the soil and land while farming and providing a home for wildlife, which includes the soils, water in the area, and always take in consideration the overall health of the environment.
Providing healthy food for eaters is not rocket science, but it takes time and effort. Please take the time to find your local farmer and support those who are going that extra mile and taking the time and effort to do so for you – the Eater.
Now that I have had my “rant”, (which is not my style), I shall blog about our farm for the 2012 season.
Planning, planning and planning, who takes more time planning than a farmer?? We have a few new buildings to be erected in 2012. A new chicken coop for the layers that can be moved around, a new chicken area for our meat birds, and a new shelter that will be for the piggys. It is important to have the animals move to new areas throughout season, to not only forage but leave some manure behind.
The vegetable garden is in well swing, many seedlings in the greenhouse growing fast, we are waiting to get the hoop house erected (maybe this weekend). Michael and Daniel are very dedicated to growing heritage and organic vegetables. Their plants are super and delicious when harvested.
What we do know is; we will continue to have Black Angus beef available by the cut, beautiful brown fresh eggs, meat chickens, turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Birkshire pork by the cut, and various vegetables as they become ripe throughout the season.
If you would like more information about our farm - please call us
Peter and Karen