Monday, November 8, 2010
Farm Beginnings and Fall Endings
Saturday was glorious but we were inside all day, at the first session of the year-long Farm Beginnings course sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project. The class was great, and it was wonderful to meet a roomful of aspiring beginner farmers like us (some were even middle-aged novices like us) but we did have a few pangs, thinking we should be home getting our winter prep done.
We are taking the Farm Beginnings class to help us focus in on a plan for Squash Blossom Farm. We have been mulling over a list of about twenty brainstorm ideas for a little farm-based enterprise ever since we moved here, everything from making artisan cheese, to opening a pizza farm or a meadery, or growing flowers. We hope that this class will help us evaluate whether we have what it takes for success with one of these ventures.
Lucky for us, Sunday was also a perfect day and we accomplished most of the items on our To Do list:
- Get a load of hay and straw
- Spread new straw bedding in loafing shed for cows
- Spread new straw bedding in chicken coop
- Set up heaters for chicken waterers
- Clean out north end of barn - including power-washing the trailer. upon which the guineas have been roosting and making a mess
- Devise a new roost for the guineas
- Organize potting shed gear in north end of barn (last week I moved the potting shed out of the coop and gave the entire building back to the chickens
- Clean out garage so both vehicles can fit inside
- Power wash patio
- Take canopy off gazebo
- Spread composted animal bedding on garden
- De-hull, rinse and spin sprouts for delivery Monday
Whew! We worked hard! And then Rog made some yummy potato-leek soup for a late supper.
Still have a few things left on our fall To Do list:
- Plant garlic
- Plant the remaining bulbs and wildflowers
- Plant the rosebushes and bittersweet vine
- Store patio furniture and fountain
- Burn brush pile
- Leaf removal in back yard
- Insulate cow water tank
- Fire up the snowblower
We are promised a few more nice days yet, so I am optimistic we will get everything crossed off our list before it snows.