crazy farm baby
We are definitely feeling the time crunch here on the farm. It’s crazy to think that the year is more then half over and we have so many projects in the works, projects to start, tasks that need to get done, chores that need to happen on time, and maintenance activities that sometimes seem to be on the back burner until they turn into huge monster undertakings (like our potato patch covered in mile-high thistles). But what can you do? We are learning about our land, how we work together, how to define and focus our business on the things we do best, as well as just taking care of business every day. Having a day job is a cinch compared to this crazy farm baby we have to diaper and feed every day.
We’ve finally had our first predator experience which is forcing us to begin looking at all of our creature accommodations and fencing with a highly critical eye (one of our duck ladies was pulled halfway through a fence and mauled by a raccoon, her head and chest eaten and organs scattered). A big air-tight barn makes so much sense now, but we’ll probably never go down that route. But all of our animals do deserve to be as safe and sounds as we can manage, and we’re starting to think of bigger and better structures down the line. Meanwhile we have to finish up our hoophouse and reattach the new plastic covering so that can once again be our safe have for the ducks. A third of it is in tomatoes, peppers, and some other veg now. at 30×60 ft we thought it would be plenty of space for our 220 ducks and some vegetables, but it is looking like we need to expand and protect our flock more, and as soon as we have the funds, time, and labor, a pole barn will be in the works.
It’s been a weird mixture of hot, muggy, cool, wet, dry, but always totally mosquito-infested weather. We’re trying to get the majority of work in before noon, take some time to work inside, and then a little more work outside in the afternoon, but it doesn’t really cool off. Starting to think about working at night with headlamps.
Permaculture teaches that using observation and our brains before we set out some installation is key; garden, orchard, paddock, electrical line, shed, etc… This is understated wisdom, the more thought put into some installation or work, the less energy wasted redoing it in the future when it fails or doesn’t suit your new needs.