Let's try this again!

Well, clearly blogging took a back seat over the past year, which to be honest was probably our toughest one yet - between a very hot, dry summer and some business growing pains - but it's a new season and I'm giving it another go! 

Our season has begun in earnest. We have our cows and lambs rotating on pasture, we've got our first three batches of meat chickens going, and we've got piggies coming out our ears. One group is out in the woods and the other group is learning the ways of the hotwire in the barn. 

the meat chickens reside in these Bottomless pens which are moved daily to fresh pasture. the pens allow the birds to forage and enable the manure to be spread over the pasture for natural fertilization while protecting from predators and weather. 

the meat chickens reside in these Bottomless pens which are moved daily to fresh pasture. the pens allow the birds to forage and enable the manure to be spread over the pasture for natural fertilization while protecting from predators and weather. 

black angus cows enjoying the spring grass

black angus cows enjoying the spring grass

berkshire pigs rooting in the woods

berkshire pigs rooting in the woods

suffolk/hampshire lambs grazing with a view

suffolk/hampshire lambs grazing with a view

The biggest development on the farm is that I am now a full-time farmer! (Previously I was doing some part-time engineering work in addition to the farm) It is a bit nerve-wracking but all-in-all I am excited and optimistic about the opportunity to full-time farm. The farm has grown to the point that with both of us working off-farm jobs, we were getting close to burning ourselves out.  

With these changes, we are continuing to expand the farm to help it become more financially sustainable. We'll be increasing our CSA shares as well as keeping our farmstore stocked with plenty of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and eggs. We're also going to be offering specials at the farmstore more frequently so be sure to sign up for our newsletter on the sidebar -->

Be sure to keep an eye on the blog too for updates from the farm, as well as the kitchen! 2016 - Let's do this!