Monthly archives "March 2012"

snow to SPRING!

our little baby Khaki Campbells, who will be our new layers later in the season. Such cuties!

one of the favorite pics of the year so far- Belle being very gentle with her goat buddie Valentine.
blizzard in the beginning of march, this is the “dog teepee”

a week later, the goats maxing and relaxing in the warm spring sun

Apricot blossoms, Little Blue and a beautiful sunset lighting up the massive oak

the turkey hens are beginning to lay eggs, and we'll soon have their boyfriend here to make fertile eggs so we may hatch our own turkey babies!

a favorite spring green- stinging nettles! Pick them tips off with gloves, sautee without touching and the heat will dissolve the stinging part. A Delicious and Nutritious spring tonic food!

here’s some visual of the tremendous difference we’re seeing in our seedlings this year, due to using our very own potting mix made from our composted animals’ poop and bedding:

some of our pepper plants, yes we started them "too" early in january, but was it too early? Don't think so!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner on the Farm

Oh boy!! We are super excited for this awesome event being held on our farm in June for Father’s Day…….LTD Farm is hosting a Dinner on the Farm event!

Here’s the info on this unique organization  which brings chefs, farms, food, local brews and people together right on the actual farm. Check it out and purchase tickets through their website: http://dinneronthefarm.com/

There are two extra awesome highlights for us – our favorite sous chef from Heartland Restaurant is cooking for this event, and the beer is coming from New Glarus Brewing!! Hope you can come!

 

the rains come a tumblin down

Here we are, March 12th, 2012, and the rains are a tumbling down. We’ve started our 2012 season of farming, but we are still waiting for the soil to thaw out. It’s interesting to realize that so much of our work depends on the soil and it’s conditions. In fact, you could say almost everything depends on the soil. Ideally, we would like to be raising only pasture fed animals on our land, and that will eventually happen, but in the meantime we have to observe and analyze our soil and take steps to improve it’s condition as well as begin to create a mosaic of the grasses and legumes we need to grow in order to provide a full and healthy diet for our pastured animals. This takes more time, energy, and thought then most people realize, but we are taking steps to achieve this goal.

But right now the rains pour, and the snow melts, creating rivulets that slowly wash away the silt. Without thick layer of humus in the topsoil, the nutrients in the compost can easily be leached and wash away into the gully the bisects our property from the NW to the SE. And some of  these nutrients end up in the ditch which flows under the road into our neighbor’s forty, fertilizing his scrub trees so that the deer have good browse in the winter, and finally the creeks that meander through our area making their way to the larger flows of riverwater that define the watershed.

The humus is decayed organic matter that acts as a sponge to soak up the water. It also has positively charged sites that attract and hold negatively charged atoms like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Humus is essentially the battery that charges our plants. Sometimes your soil is not actually lacking in nutrients, it’s only lacking in it’s ability to hold  nutrients in a bioavailable form. So it is our job as gardeners to assist this process by adding as much organic matter to our soils as we can. With a field of 10 acres or so, this is a complicated process because we can use imported compost, but to facilitate a more sustainable and regenerative system we need to use cover crops that create a lot of biomass fast. One small step at a time.

So we have so many little chores and jobs to do. Make cheese, replace muffler, take care of duckling, get ready for building sheds, start plants, as well as the normal stuff humans do like eat lunch, nap, read a book, and take walks. Trying to find the balance in all this is our true task, and it’s a doozy.

it’s that CSA time of year

Here Ye, here ye—-we’re actively reminding you to sign up for your LTD Farm CSA Farmshare! In the past two days we have sold 5 more shares, which means there are only 10 shares remaining for this season. Our CSA Farmshares start in May, which is right around the corner!! Were you thinking about it, and want some convincing? Do you want to get an amazing goodie box once or twice a month for 6 months this year from our farm, full of all kinds of amazing things from our very own hands, hearts, soil, plants and lovely animals? Do you want to support small scale farmers who love tending their animals and plants & are returning REAL fertility to the earth, working with natural, permaculture systems instead of using synthetic chemicals for fertilizers and poisons for pest control? We offer an Original Share, which is once a month for 6 months, for $350. Our Delux Share is twice a month for 6 months for $600.  Signing up for these shares also gets you 4 passes to our on-farm workshops– these also make great gifts! See our events calendar for the complete listing of workshops. Our shares are not just another box of veggies, they are a sampling of all the best we produce and eat ourselves on the farm.

We also are signing up the last available Chicken Shares (2 dates to choose from, 5 big organic broilers raised on pasture for $125, on-farm pickup required.) And don’t forget about Thanksgiving, although it is VERY early to be thinking about it, we will be offering our turkeys again this fall for $3/lb, with a $20 deposit required to hold one for you. This year we’ll have more of a range of sizes.

If you have any questions about anything we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We literally cannot do this without you, and we’re honored to be your farmers, thank you so much for your support.

some cool classes coming up

April 28th 4pm-“Getting your Goat”

A very fun interactive workshop,where you’ll learn all about goats, their care and milking, and even learn to make a simple goat cheese. We’ve kept goats (or been kept by goats!) for over 7 years, so we have lots of experience to share.

May 13th at Noon- “Cheesemaking Workshop”

Come learn about cheesemaking on the farm! We’ll be making 6 or 7 different kinds of cheeses in the workshop, talking about goats and milk handling to produce the best homemade cheeses ever!

April 15 and also May 26th at Noon- “Goatmilk Soap Making”

Do you want to learn a simple way to make incredible soap? And do you want a tried and true formula for gentle on the skin, long lasting bars? Come and learn how we do it, and even go home with a bar of our homemade soap to experience how lovely it is!

All classes require an RSVP, prices are listed on our events calendar. Please email us for details —-farmers (at) ltdfarm.com

Thanks so much for your support! By attending our workshops, you enable us to continue running this farm, sharing what we do and what we’ve learned, and living the dream.