Happy New Year!!!
Happy New Year everyone! So- I just got LTD Farm up and running on INSTAGRAM!!! Click on the icon below to find the farm account- I’ll be sharing pictures there much more frequently now, yay! Isn’t it amazing to see how quickly technology is developing, and for small scale farmers, this one in particular is so fun and gratifying.
After one of the warmest starts to winter I’ve ever experienced, the snow season has finally arrived. This is a bit of a relief, as the “Autumnal Mud Season” was lasting a bit too long in my opinion! Now the bedding in the duck barn will stay drier and more comfy for the duckies, and the ladies have clean fresh fluffy snow to run out on during the day. They even take snow-baths like little penguins! I can trek out to the hayfield to visit with the cows in my winter boots and snowpants and stay clean now too. Ruby and Lola are figuring out the best way to tackle the enormous round hay bales is to begin in the center! I know they will end of “wasting” a lot of hay by not surrounding the bales with a hay feeder, but this is actually part of the plan, I want them to help add as much organic matter to the soil up there as possible. Along with their manure, I just bet that the hay yield next summer is going to go up significantly. I can use all the hay I can get for so many things on the farm- the ducks’ bedding, mulching the gardens, feeding the goats and the cows too. Feeding the soil and the microbial life naturally like this is what is so important about natural and regenerative farming. Sure it’d be cheaper and easier to spray on some petroleum based fertilizer, but that is just not good for anything! The last picture is of some young Muscovy ducks that I’m raising as a trial. They are really cute now, but soon their faces will fill up with what are called Caruncles, kind of a bumpy warty mask. Muscovy meat is supposed to be some of the best duck, more dark and lean like goose, which they are actually more related to than to ducks.
Stay tuned for the release of the 2016 calendar and my CSA offerings, I’ll be offering pastured meats and hosting a number of Open Farm days next summer and fall. Have a Happy New Year!