The Intro to Permaculture Workshop went really well last weekend. Our small crew of budding permaculturalists helped us build a swale and berm area, and plant a small polyculture of fruit trees and beneficial understory plants, like comfrey, clover, and lilies. Thanks to all who came out!
We are considering hosting another permaculture workshop before winter. If you are interested, please contact us via email.
We held our 2nd Homemade Cheesemaking Course and the 2nd Goat School Workshop this month as well. Very fun for all, and our the participants learned all about cheese, the goats who make the milk and our farming philosophies. It feels amazing to share skills to inspire and embolden others. Everyone starts somewhere, but you just have to start something!
Some of our ducks are moulting, a different group of ladies this time around. Our flock has many different ages, and so they moult at different points in the year. Their laying has also slowed a bit as the day length and light diminish. Normally our duck eggs keep coming along into November, so we’ll have the co-ops stocked up soon. The customers who signed up with us for our CSA get first dibs on eggs, as their financial investment early in the season helped us get to where we are. One more reason to consider joining our Farm Share CSA.
Last week we got our hoophouse recovered with it’s gigantic sheet of plastic! This structure serves as winter home for the ducks and 1/3 rd of it is also currently a garden which we pick from for our CSA. The covering on the hoophouse means we hope to have October veggies still, which would rock. We have tons of green tomato fruits growing in there, so keep your fingers crossed for a nice long mellow fall.
The goat mommas have gotten into the swing of gearing up to bring us kids in spring. Our new buck goat Walter came home last week and they adore him. He smells like the worst thing you can imagine, but it is “romance perfume” as far as the mommas act around him. Their gestation is 5 months long, so this would bring us babies coming in mid- February. A bit early, but we plan to bottle feed them and start milking the mommas right away next year.