No one does everything here. Everything exists on our farm because of multiple people pitching in, bringing their piece of the puzzle. Our mushroom logs came from a friend in Newfane, that Jesse and Caitlin manage, with the help of an existing water system that the Bailey's put into place in years past. The beef cows were located through phone connections that Ashlyn made, are grazed in partnership with Scott Farm, and are rotated daily by Ben. Although it takes extra energy to work in a highly diversified group on a highly diversified farm, we are able to fill in each others holes and magnify each other efforts. Its kind of like magic!
We have had some beautiful broilers from our pastures this year. They have been increasing our soil fertility during there 10 or so weeks of life on the farm, and providing superb tasting chicken to our various customers (including ourselves!) The beef have been building soil to at Scott Farm, using the grazing techniques of Ian Mitchell-Innes, with great results. We have had a slew of guests and helpers, most notably the amazing work of our dairy intern Yarrow. "The Boys", Miney and Luke, our tried and true Haflinger team has headed back to the northern part of the state with Bekah (Jay and Janet's daughter). We unfortunately lost one of our favorite goats, Ira (seen below in earlier entry, the black/white spotted Nubian), the weeds are a little tall in spots, and the chickens have had some predator pressures that we could do with out. Despite these minor set backs, and our lack of free time depending on the week, our season has been progressing well and we have loved all of the support that this community has given us. It keeps us going.
Please swing by if you haven't come in lately, tons of above mentioned delicious chicken, sweet corn from or buddy Rod Winchester over the hill, grass-fed milk, and Fair Winds Farms premium eggs.
Time to get back to it!