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Hey everyone, can you believe it is the middle of march? I'd like for Spring to get here in Tennessee. Our weather is nuts. highs in the upper 60's one day, drops down to a high of 30 the next.
we had a huge lose on our farm last week. one of our cows went into labor and couldn't deliver the calf. My vet worked for a very long time and unfortunately, the calf was huge and I'll spare you the details (it was horrible) and we ended up loosing both the momma and the calf. I understand this is part of farming, but it still hurts. I didn't even like this cow, but it sure made me cry when we had to put her down. here I was worried about all of my first time momma's and this cow has had several calves and was the one with the problem.
On a happier note, I have a heating & cooling unit set up in my Soap Studio now so I can work no matter what the weather is like. I'm very excited about this. My herd share program is off to a wonderful start and I am still getting new customers for my poultry CSA. Now, it the weather would cooperate, I could actually get some plants in the ground!
Hope everyone is doing well!
One more thing. I lost my day job back on January 6, so I was pushed out of the nest. Got some severance which helps and we are debt free with a year's supply of staples and food growing all around us. I've gotten a lot of writing done in addition to planning this year's CSA and Farmers Markets. Got a lot in the oven, but need to get some of these books to market. Can't get paid if their still on my laptop.
Hey y'all. Been really busy here, too. Wishing the polar vortex would go bother someone else. It's been a hard winter. Lost three litters of bunnies due to the cold. Two of the three does are normally good mothers, but didn't build nests. I'm guessing the weather disoriented them, too. The other one is a pain in the tootie at the best of times. She only had one kit, and killed it. Also, lost quite a few Tilapia. I just couldn't stay ahead of the weather and keep the water warm. The few that survived were smart enough to find a warm pocket between water heaters and stick close by. On happier notes, kidding season is over. 4 does had 8 kids between them. Perfect. All are happy and healthy. Will sell a couple and put the rest in the freezer. My snap peas look good. I have them in earthboxes in the greenhouse. They are ready to be trellised, so will move them outside once this polar wave passes. I guess the only other news is, we have a restaurant to supply with veg this season. He will advertise us on the menu, also. We have one aquaponics gig to speak at in May. And that mostly catches you up for now.
Hope everyong is doing well. I can hardly believe we are at the end of Feb. already. We had beautiful weather here over the weekend and it sure makes me want to start digging in the dirt, but it will be back in the teens at night by the middle of the week.
We still have about 6 inches of snow on the ground and a cold night or two ahead, but it looks like it will warm up in a few days and melt off all this white stuff here in Indiana.
The chickens are sick of it, and so am I. I'm sure we will have a late spring, but I'm ready for it whenever it comes.
I hope our East Coast and Southern members are doing OK through these crazy ice and snow storms. Sam, how is everything in Georgia? We've been lucky to have missed this last round. Other then being cold, we're set. And, this weekend it is supposed to be in the upper 50's WOO HOO
Thanks Luke! Sorry it took so long for me to get back with you.
We are taking a sabbatical from farming. To be self-sufficient and truly sustainable, we have to be debt free, so this year I'll be putting my time and efforts toward selling unneeded stuff, selling a rental we own, and teaching for others until we have our final debt, our house, paid off. I'm hoping that will be this summer, but it may take until the end of the year. Regardless, with that burden gone, Bob will be free to retire when he's ready, and we can then put ourselves heart and soul into ministering through food. It's been very hard for me to get to this point, but it's kind of exciting, too. As we harvest, we're allowing the soil garden to sit fallow. We're selling off all our tilapia except for that necessary to sustain the aquaponic system, and I'm planting things that can be fed back to the fish (except for the great strawberry bed) so I don't have to process anything. No planting, no harvesting, not classes, and no meat birds. The only things that will continue will be our current flock of chickens and our dairy cows. It should be an interesting time, and a beginning of a great new era in our lives!
We did Freedom Rangers and Heritage white meat birds last year. I'm wanting to do the Heritage Whites again and try to breed them here. I'm guessing they do eat quite a bit more feed, but they don't have the mortality of the Cornish X, so for us it more or less works out cost wise.Our layers are "dual purpose" birds, and we are pretty happy there. Actually we have some ISA browns and they are good birds, but too calm for pastured birds IMO. We have some Barred Rocks that are wonderful although I have to say the ISAs lay prettier eggs.My RI reds picked at each other way too much. They were just too much trouble. A different strain might be different though.I think the real advantage of heirloom veggies is when you save seed and develop strains better suited for your needs.
I sold all of my chickens the other day in order to make room for the "Heritage" breeds I want to raise. The heritage livestock and heirloom vegetables I think will be a good niche especially with all of the awareness about gmo's now. Along with growing and raising our plans are to sell products made by us and public speaking. We're all pretty excited about this!
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