Monthly archives "March 2014"

almost sold out on CSA!

Deluxe and Full Shares are now SOLD OUT. Chicken Shares are also SOLD OUT.

We still have Original Shares for your consideration, a Monthly bushel box full of our produce, handmade goatmilk soaps, and Duck Eggs, delivered to one of 4 drop spots, from May through October. 6 months of goodness for $350. We also have Pastured Pork, Turkey and Goose shares available. Email us to sign up!

The snow keeps hanging on! Aren’t we all SO ready for spring!? We’re gearing up for a wonderful season with these starts to spring: May had her baby goat, named Molly. Goatmilk soap production has begun for the year on the front stoop. The pigs are growing like crazy, while maxing and relaxing in the hay between snarf-fests. We have 2 acres of fence panels to install for their forest paddock as soon as the snow melts, and we can’t wait to see them galloping around under the pine trees. The ducks and geese are beginning to lay eggs and we just brought our first egg delivery to Seward Co-op in Minneapolis, soon we’ll be bringing orders to the other co-ops as well. Seedlings are sprouting in the house and in our greenhouse…we are ready for spring!

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Roads and Observation

Over the course of the few years that we have been blessed to be caretakers of our piece of land, we have learned the main design lesson in permaculture over and over and over again. Observe, and then observe some more! Observation is the key step toward any cohesive design, and the more we observe the wiser any of our actions will then be.

P1080427Of course without action any amount of observation can just end up being sight-seeing. Action begins the processes that will allow us to continue to observe the next phases, and learn more, and take all that knowledge and make even better decisions or designs.

We’ve learned that making roads and putting up permanent fencing is a very landscape altering and energy intensive activity. We think it is such a key part to any livestock oriented farm endeavor that it pays to take all the time you need to figure out the best possible design for all your particular animals, plants, machines, vehicles, and water management needs. Roads are such a key part of a design as they delineate the landscape around them, creating segments and access ports that otherwise may not exist.  They direct water from higher up to lower down, very fast. They become animal routes and the default way from point A to point B.

our garden, freshly tilled and backbreakingly howed into raised bed to enable drainage in our clay soil

Arriving here as greenhorns with many great ideas but not much practical experience with landownership, we didn’t put as much priority on the thoughtful construction and placement of roads and pathways as other more exciting things. After a lot of trial and error, we have come to respect the road and all it does to the landscape.