April 17, 2014


 

The usual weekly photo spot on Wednesday noon and much of the previous day's snow has pretty much gone.

The usual weekly photo spot on Wednesday noon and much of the previous day’s snow has pretty much gone.

On Sunday, making the first pass with the cultivator for 2014.  The horses and cultivator are way down near the end of the garden. Those are garlic beds to the left.

On Sunday, making the first pass with the cultivator for 2014. The horses and cultivator are way down near the end of the garden. Those are garlic beds to the left.

We now have three little calves, nice looking little calves and are now milking a total of 5 cows, at least Aerron is doing the milking, once a day, the mornings.  Two of the cows are giving very little milk now so Aerron will dry them off and continue with the three who have just calved and come in to milk.  We collected about 4 litres of milk from a few of the early milkings when the milk still

The horses and Aerron on the cultivator making the second pass returning on the same bed.

The horses and Aerron on the cultivator making the second pass returning on the same bed.

had a lot of colostrum in it.  We used this milk to make a custard; ‘Calf’s Milk Custard’ is the name it goes by from the book, The Family Cow by author Dirk van Loon.  This custard is made without any eggs or stirring and thickens, when heated for about 4 to 5 hours in a double boiler, because of the albumins in the colostrum milk which thicken when heated.  It is

A follow on view on the same second pass.

A follow on view on the same second pass.

sweetened with sugar or honey.  The colostrum milk is usually taken from the first through fourth milkings.  So much milk.  we are also making a lot more yogurt which is very easy to make and from which we can also make cream cheese.  We also make a lot of a cheese by heating milk for about 1/2 hour then stirring in vinegar or lemon juice to coagulate the milk, to form a curd, which is then

Getting to the end of the third pass.  Notice the snow still there on the far fence line beyond the horses.

Getting to the end of the third pass. Notice the snow still there on the far fence line beyond the horses.

Six beds made with 12 passes of the cultivator. The garlic bed is in the centre, with the marker stakes to show the change in varieties and the newly cultivated beds are to the right.

Six beds made with 12 passes of the cultivator. The garlic bed is in the centre, with the marker stakes to show the change in varieties and the newly cultivated beds are to the right.

This is what the same spot looked like on Tuesday afternoon after the snow fall.

This is what the same spot looked like on Tuesday afternoon after the snow fall.

 

 

drained.  The whey thus drained off makes a good drink but when we have so much it also makes good drinks for the chickens.  This cheese is called simple white cheese or, depending in which part of the world you live in, it will be called a myriad of different names.

We have yet to get to see the team of mares that we are considering buying.  Weather conditions at the seller’s end have not been suitable.  Muddy ground is the problem.  We will get there eventually and then , if we do buy them, we will have to arrange to get them transported down here, it is a bit far to drive them, though I would love to do that.  Then we have to get harness, used will do from either Martin’s or maybe elsewhere.

The recent bit of cool and snowy weather has slowed things down quite a bit though we did get six beds worked up in the garden using the single row cultivator.  We then planted 4 rows of Broad Beans.  More will go in quickly once we get some more warmish weather, like the stuff predicted for next week.

The cultivator all snowed in.

The cultivator all snowed in.

Wimpy during the snow fall wondering who was calling his name.

Wimpy during the snow fall wondering who was calling his name.

 

Spring marches on.

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April 10, 2014 Farm News


Noon on Wednesday at the usual photo spot. a little bit of snow back there in the trees.

Noon on Wednesday at the usual photo spot. a little bit of snow back there in the trees.

On a sunny warm noon on the 9th of April. The mare just dozing while the gelding is still munching hay.

On a sunny warm noon on the 9th of April. The mare just dozing while the gelding is still munching hay.

Spring steadily moves forward, every week showing improvement, steady greater warming, on average, from over the previous week.  The frost is nearly all out of the ground now, nearly all of the snow has melted away and our laneway is finally dependably passable though still a bit muddy.  There is still enough frost in the ground,

Far left row is stubs of last seasons broccoli, next is a bed of onions for greens while the dead oats covers the first of the three garlic beds.

Far left row is stubs of last seasons broccoli, next is a bed of onions for greens while the dead oats covers the first of the three garlic beds.

Just another view showing how desolate the garden looks at the moment. It will rapidly change.

Just another view showing how desolate the garden looks at the moment. It will rapidly change.

 

in some spots, that it is still difficult to get post holes dug.  At least the car tires no longer sink into the ground and make deep ruts and this week we will try working up a few beds in the garden.  Maybe we will use the horses and the single row cultivator if the ground is dry enough, not to sticky.  The broad beans will be the first to go in and we have some sprouted onions that we can put in for use as greens. lots of seeding now in the greenhouse.

The horses are looking better, they continue slowly to gain weight.  Their coats now are looking quite ragged as they are starting to shed all those billions of winter coat hairs.  We’ll start to brush them frequently soon, but a bit chilly to try to get rid of their winter coats.  We are still looking for a mutually

Mealtime for one of the month old lambs.

Mealtime for one of the month old lambs.

suitable date to have a look at the two mares that we are considering as a replacement team.  We really need them soon because we have an awful lot work to be done.  But this team has not worked for about two years so it is going to take us quite a little while to retrain them to even the basics and then work with them to the point where we can really know

This is one of the oldest of this spring's lambs looking nice and plump.

This is one of the oldest of this spring’s lambs looking nice and plump.

them.  The retraining will mostly be done using a piece of equipment in places that can’t do too much damage if the horses wander a lot. Now that the frost is mostly out of the ground we can also get started on fixing the fence for the pasture where they will stay.

Another new calf was born Monday late evening and is making extra work for us as

The newest calf on Wednesday starting her second day a still pretty wobbly.

The newest calf on Wednesday starting her second day a still pretty wobbly.

She is a pretty little heifer, part Holstein and part Canadienne.

She is a pretty little heifer, part Holstein and part Canadienne.

 

she can’t seem to figure out where the milk supply is located and this in spite of long efforts on our parts to show her. We have resorted to bottle feeding and are hoping that this does not have to on for too long.   But I have to stop this now.  I  have reread the  earlier sentences and realize that there is too much to do.

 

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April 3, 2014 Farm News


The weekly photo spot looks quite different from last week's shot.  Steady improvement.

The weekly photo spot looks quite different from last week’s shot. Steady improvement.

 

April fool's sunrise.

April fool’s sunrise.

Hello everyone.   We will do a very short blog this week as I have gotten very far behind and there is so much to do in a short time so as to catch up with things.  No new lambs this week but two cows with swollen udders, have been promising all week to deliver us new calves.  One did; late Tuesday evening, giving us a little heifer calf.  Everybody is perfectly fine

The new heifer calf just lying around like new born calves do.

The new heifer calf just lying around like new born calves do.

Same calf, new spot. They do get up from time to time especially when they need some refreshments.  She has been nursing.

Same calf, new spot. They do get up from time to time especially when they need some refreshments. She has been nursing.

 

and doing well.  The Maremma puppy continues the sheep bonding process and we think that he is doing well at it.  He even was barking at the new calf which was in a neighbouring pen.  If you are a sheep guard dog anything new and unusual is automatically suspicious.

The horses are doing a bit better, the warmer weather is very welcome to them and they are putting on a little more weight are just beginning to show signs of losing their shaggy winter coats.  The gelding (27 years old) is going to have to have someone in to float his teeth and we probably should have the mare (24 years old) done to.  Floating the teeth is filing sharp points off their teeth so that chewing food does not cause them any discomfort.  We really hope to get to have a look at the team of

William and friend

William and friend

mares that we are considering buying very soon as we also need to get them here real soon.  We will have to drive them around doing nothing useful for a little while just to get to know them and them us.  That should not take too long and probably by that time we can get into the garden and start using them to do some proper work preparing the garden for planting by using the

The largest of the new lambs standing in the hay feeder as they are wont to do.

The largest of the new lambs standing in the hay feeder as they are wont to do.

disc harrows, the plow and the single row cultivator and we have a lot of manure and compost to spread as well.  Lots of work for them and us.

Chickens are laying much better now.  They really like warmth and sunshine and being able to search around scratching for things on ground without snow.  I am also going to be very

Patches of snow on hillsides are irresistible.

Patches of snow on hillsides are irresistible.

watchful now for those few hens who insist on laying their eggs somewhere other than in their nest boxes where it is easy to find and get them.

The Tundra Swans have been moving through in large and small flocks all this past week with the most activity being in the early to mid morning and in the late afternoon and evening.  Tuesday evening

Look at last week's blog to see how this spot looked just seven days ago.

Look at last week’s blog to see how this spot looked just seven days ago.

as I shut up the chickens at dark I could here a Killdeer calling, the first this year.  Turkey Vultures have been back for a couple of weeks now and on Tuesday, again, I saw a Great Blue Heron for the first time this year.

Weather gets more spring like each week.  Hopefully by next blog I will be able to report on things sprouting in the greenhouse.

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March 27, 2014 Farm News


The usual weekly photo spot in the noon day Wednesday sun.

The usual weekly photo spot in the noon day Wednesday sun.

 

 

The lane way in early February.

The lane way in early February.

The lane way last week, a lot of snow gone.

The lane way last week, a lot of snow gone.

 

Seeds:  We have spent a good bit of time earlier this week sorting out seeds and finalizing the list of seeds required for our very early planting.   We made a trip to William Dam Seeds near Dundas and bought the seeds for the earliest plantings.  We now need to get going and finalize the whole list.  There are so many interesting vegetable varieties out there to choose from but we can’t quite grow everything.  Our vegetable varieties are chosen based on our past experience growing them, their popularity in the past and when choosing new varieties we look for something to replace a variety that is no longer available or maybe does not perform well for us and we look for things that may be unusual, maybe fill a niche, maybe have some enhanced

The view on March 26. A lot less snow on the lane and the banks have shrunk significantly. Lots of potential mud here.

The view on March 26. A lot less snow on the lane and the banks have shrunk significantly. Lots of potential mud here.

nutritional value, maybe have some properties that will make it easier to grow than something else similar.  We’ll often try small amounts of different vegetables for some or all of those various reasons.

Weather:  February has been going for 55 days now, several very cold nights again this week.  The days are often nice even when

His own self the goose, soaking up the noon time sun.

His own self the goose, soaking up the noon time sun.

cold and if we have sun there is considerable snow melted.  The cold weather delays our planting somewhat  as our greenhouse is not heated and is nice and warm during the day, warmer when the sun shines but the cold nights make the greenhouse go down to temperatures pretty much the same as outside.  The persistent cold plays havoc

Our old black hen by her lonesome, well away from the hen house, feasting on bits of horse spilled grain and also liking the mid day sun.

Our old black hen by her lonesome, well away from the hen house, feasting on bits of horse spilled grain and also liking the mid day sun.

with our drive way as it gets quite muddy.  We need warmth and drying to get the driveway in better shape.  Most years we have a very few days when we can’t use the lane either for part of the day or the entire day but this year there have been far more times that we have needed to leave the vehicles at the end of the lane. Signs of spring are everywhere though.

 

It is not just the goose and the chickens who can soak up early spring sun.

It is not just the goose and the chickens who can soak up early spring sun.

Chickens: and all the other animals are doing good, the warmer days or at least the sunshine really helps.  The chickens like to get out and wander about as long as it is sunny and there is not too much wind.  The hens are now laying more eggs these days, the warmth is the thing.  The hen house is quite a bit warmer now and that is a major factor in egg production as is the increasing natural light

All cozied up and their friend the pup usually snuggles with them.

All cozied up and their friend the pup usually snuggles with them.

level.  Lambs are still coming, 10 in total so far and more to come.  We have spent a good bit of time doing repairs in the barn.  Calves are also expected any time now.  The Maremma puppy continues to do well and seems to be bonding well with the sheep and the sheep are getting more accustomed to and accepting of him. We are

He is only a 15 week old puppy, eats like a horse though.  Looks like a sheep.  Acts like a Maremma.

He is only a 15 week old puppy, eats like a horse though. Looks like a sheep. Acts like a Maremma.

talking with someone regarding purchasing a team of horses from him and will be going to have a look at them in nearly two weeks time. This is a younger team than what we have now so we can work them a lot more.

Reminder:  If you have not contacted me yet about renewing your share for 2014 or if you are wanting to get a share for the first

Mothers and their lambs looking very nice.

Mothers and their lambs looking very nice.

time, then please do so right away as we need to be able to properly plan. Look for the details on the “Our CSA Program” page in this website and send an e-mail to devonacres@wordpress.com  or call us at 519 752-3980.

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March 20, 2014 Farm News


the weekly photo spot once again. This time was taken on Tuesday at noon. Today Wednesday was just too dull.  All pictures this post are from Tuesday.

the weekly photo spot once again. This time was taken on Tuesday at noon. Today Wednesday was just too dull. All pictures this post are from Tuesday.

 

 

Sort of an in between time. No longer winter, the shadows are now shorter making everything that much brighter but still not spring really as there is far to much snow and the buds have not swollen very noticeably yet.

Sort of an in between time. No longer winter, the shadows are now shorter making everything that much brighter but still not spring really as there is far to much snow and the buds have not swollen very noticeably yet.

 

Half the flock, including the two roosters as well as the Muscovy ducks, stayed inside all the while unconvinced that any special treats were being delivered by me.

Half the flock, including the two roosters as well as the Muscovy ducks, stayed inside all the while unconvinced that any special treats were being delivered by me.

Spring:  Has it arrived yet ?  I think so.  The sunny days are great and in spite of sometimes being below freezing the sun is now strong enough to turn those bare spots, including our driveway, into mud, and, when the air temperature is above freezing and the day is sunny, the mud just gets deeper and water is everywhere and birds are celebrating and it sure feels

The lane way looking down towards the road.  the summertime pick up area was half way down on the left side. All the brown is bare ground and muddy ground if driven on.  this is why we park cars at the end of the lane.

The lane way looking down towards the road. the summertime pick up area was half way down on the left side. All the brown is bare ground and muddy ground if driven on. this is why we park cars at the end of the lane.

The gelding Wimpy looking good, but old (just like me?), enjoying the nice warm late winter sunshine.

The gelding Wimpy looking good, but old (just like me?), enjoying the nice warm late winter sunshine.

good.  Course much of the time now we cannot navigate the driveway by vehicle without the risk of getting mired in the mire.  Still a good amount of snow and ice around though and a little more forecast too but this is surely the last fling.

Work:  As each week passes we look back and wonder what happened.  Well, much did

This hen and a buddy were quite a way from the chicken house when I came and were a little slower but eventually their curiosity got the better of them and they trudged through the snow so as not to miss out on any thing being given out. Nothing was as it turned out.

This hen and a buddy were quite a way from the chicken house when I came and were a little slower but eventually their curiosity got the better of them and they trudged through the snow so as not to miss out on any thing being given out. Nothing was as it turned out.

happen. We cut a lot of fire

wood as usual and we burned a lot too.  We are giving the new pup, the Maremma puppy, a lot of attention, training him. That mostly involves paying attention to his behaviour with the sheep, no chasing, no grabbing for instance and keeping him acquainted with the kids. He stays with the sheep all the time, eating and sleeping with them.  The

The team; our mare Marie to the left. It still does not quite look spring like.

The team; our mare Marie to the left. It still does not quite look spring like.

idea is that he bonds with them and considers himself as part of their family, maybe he will think he is a sheep. There are 9 new lambs so far this winter and there are more to come so that requires extra time just observing as well as helping the new and expectant mothers.  We are finalizing the list of seeds that need to be purchased and are a bit late but we will also be sending out for mail order

Half the hen flock coming over to see what I'm all about and hoping no doubt that I might have brought out something different for them to eat.

Half the hen flock coming over to see what I’m all about and hoping no doubt that I might have brought out something different for them to eat.

seeds.  Much of that is for

varieties that we would like to try in our garden under our care and our conditions to compare with other varieties that we grow.

Horses: We are talking with someone to purchase their team.  The horses are Belgians just like the two we have now.  They are considerably younger so we will get a lot more work out

It looks as though she is doing some sort of chicken dance or going gingerly over the snow but no; this is just normal chicken walking, caught by the camera  in mid-stride.

It looks as though she is doing some sort of chicken dance or going gingerly over the snow but no; this is just normal chicken walking, caught by the camera in mid-stride.

of them for longer each

day.  We will use our old team for light work and we won’t work them for very long each day.  They are 24 and 27 years old so that is getting on for horses.  The gelding Wimpy is doing much better now and is slowly gaining weight again.  We continue to feed him a commercial “Senior Horse Ration” to help him along.  He should really improve once he is on grass pasture once more.  We should have more definite

information to give out on the replacement team next week.

Chickens:  The hens are laying much better now with the extra sunshine and the warmer temperatures. They really like to get outside and wander around looking for little morsels to eat.  They will be searching for insects and seeds and they might come across a very few beetles and ants on the very warm sunny

days and there may even be a few weed seeds still to be had. They all seem to be healthy and not to have gotten any frost bite on combs or wattles.  We really must order the new birds

The large snow banks around and up against the chicken house have melted away and we have been left with mud surrounding the hut instead.

The large snow banks around and up against the chicken house have melted away and we have been left with mud surrounding the hut instead.

soon.

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March 13, 2014 Farm News


The weekly photo spot at 2 p.m. Wednesday during the blizzard.  The snow is getting pretty thick on the ground by now but the two vehicles I saw go by on the road at that time were not going slow.

The weekly photo spot at 2 p.m. Wednesday during the blizzard. The snow is getting pretty thick on the ground by now but the two vehicles I saw go by on the road at that time were not going slow.

Earlier in the week, warm temperatures allowed for making snow men and snow forts, both of which at this time of the year are doomed to a very short existence.

Earlier in the week, warm temperatures allowed for making snow men and snow forts, both of which at this time of the year are doomed to a very short existence.

As I write this mid morning on Wednesday, winter is doing it’s best at one spectacular last fling.  Lots of snow falling, a strong north east wind blowing and the temperature falling slowly but steadily with the prediction of -18C overnight.  What do we have ?  Seven or eight days ’til the vernal equinox ?  The equinox, the start of

Snow goose (Really a Pilgrim gander) never seems to mind that the wind is howling and the snow is blinding. So long as he has water and some feed he will just pull up his feet and tuck his head in his wing and rest while the weather does it's worst.

Snow goose (Really a Pilgrim gander) never seems to mind that the wind is howling and the snow is blinding. So long as he has water and some feed he will just pull up his feet and tuck his head in his wing and rest while the weather does it’s worst.

the spring season; and with it comes the promise of new growth, new birth, rebirth, a fresh start for us farmers. This will likely be the last of the wintry blasts and though we are probably in for more snow storms they will mostly be short lived and the snow will be gone quick.  Friday is going to be warmer so a lot of today’s snow will evaporate then.  We have over the past week had a very large amount of the over winter

The horses are sheltered from the worst of the wind. The snow will stay unmelted on their well insulated backs. They are dreaming of warmer pastures.

The horses are sheltered from the worst of the wind. The snow will stay unmelted on their well insulated backs. They are dreaming of warmer pastures.

Our mare is at least 24 years old and still looks in good condition in spite of her age and a harsh winter.  Warm pasture is much to be preferred.

Our mare is at least 24 years old and still looks in good condition in spite of her age and a harsh winter. Warm pasture is much to be preferred.

snow disappear.

Chickens are doing better now that the day length is increasing and the weather has mostly been warmer the past week.  We have been leaving their door open most days and on the warmest, sunniest days the chickens will wander about outside.  The number of eggs laid each day has been increasing though the lay

rate is far below what it could be.

Horses are still doing o.k. and they are putting on more weight though still a bit thinner than they should be.  They are not that keen on winter, and would rather be munching nice green grass in a sunny warm June pasture.  We are looking at another team for the heavy work and we’ll use our current older team for very

Tippy, our Milking Shorthorn waiting for her morning hay and her little bit of grain before being milked.  She is a very nice looking cow, about 6 years old now.

Tippy, our Milking Shorthorn waiting for her morning hay and her little bit of grain before being milked. She is a very nice looking cow, about 6 years old now.

light work.  More on a new team next week.

Cows are doing o.k. too though the milkers are a bit down on their milk production.  Again the cold weather and not the very best hay.  We have had to bring the cows into the barn as they wrecked a gate and their fencing at the one spot.  Everything is frozen in and the electric fencing is ineffective with the snow

There is a flock of maybe 30 of these birds which come down to feed at horse droppings and spilled grain from the horses feed.  We are not sure just what species these are but they sure are talkative little guys and gals.

There is a flock of maybe 30 of these birds which come down to feed at horse droppings and spilled grain from the horses feed. We are not sure just what species these are but they sure are talkative little guys and gals.

cover and cold.

The major work done for the vegetable growing department was to recover most of the greenhouse roof with new plastic.  The next step is to clean up the greenhouse, build new tables, new trays for growing seedlings and during the next warm spell gather more compost

The 14 week old Maremma puppy with the orphaned lamb, his lamb.  Note the lambs foot on the dogs paw.

The 14 week old Maremma puppy with the orphaned lamb, his lamb.
Note the lambs foot on the dogs paw.

for our seed starting soil mix.

Maremma or to give the full breed name, Cane da pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese, is a sheep dog breed whose origins are in those northern regions of Italy.  They are bred to guard sheep from predators such as wolves, coyotes, other dogs, foxes, hawks and eagles and people trying to steal from the shepherds flock.  We

Maremma, Quincy with his lamb and Briar.  He was all over this poor lamb and we did have to separate them.

Maremma, Quincy with his lamb and Briar. He was all over this poor lamb and we did have to separate them.

William (3 and a half) gives relative size to a 14 week old Maremma puppy.  These dogs love sheep and little children but find older kids and adults to be suspicious entities.

William (3 and a half) gives relative size to a 14 week old Maremma puppy. These dogs love sheep and little children but find older kids and adults to be suspicious entities.

brought home a 14 week old Maremma puppy on Sunday.  He has been living with sheep since he was 4 weeks old and as soon as we got him home he was put in with our sheep.  He of course seen them as family, as he should.  He will bond with the flock and they will be his family to protect.  The sheep however did not immediately see it that way though they are slowly coming around to the idea.  They are very wary of dog like critters.  It is part of their DNA and they have been spooked too many times on pasture over the years by coyotes looking for a warm and woolly meal.  We did have to separate the puppy from the lamb he is pictured with as he chewed on the lambs ears.  This was likely a puppy thing but not great for this lamb which is an orphaned lamb being bottle fed and still not doing near

Lauren, Maremma, and lamb. They all have a lot of fun with each other.

Lauren, Maremma, and lamb. They all have a lot of fun with each other.

as well as he should be. The pup really likes to snuggle with the lambs and sheep but for now the sheep will keep some distance.  It is working though.

CSA shares are still available so do contact us as soon as you can if you would like to get a

One more photo of dog and lamb.  they both were quite happy together and at this point the only sheep that would get any where near the dog.

One more photo of dog and lamb. they both were quite happy together and at this point the only sheep that would get any where near the dog.

share for the 2014 summer/fall growing season.  Look at the “Our CSA Program” page in this website for all the information and do not hesitate to e-mail or phone us if you have any other questions.

Lauren and the lamb and the dog eating dinner.  the dog stays in the pen with the sheep day and night. He stays with the sheep and where they go he goes and protects them.

Lauren and the lamb and the dog eating dinner. the dog stays in the pen with the sheep day and night. He stays with the sheep and where they go he goes and protects them.

Some of this year to date lamb crop. The dog is just a few feet to the right out of the picture but the sheep are relaxed and moving about the pen.

Some of this year to date lamb crop. The dog is just a few feet to the right out of the picture but the sheep are relaxed and moving about the pen.

Another shot of the sheep and lambs. Lambs are quiet here but often they will be bouncing around bunting and chasing one another, jumping on sheep's backs and from back to back and generally having a lot of fun.

Another shot of the sheep and lambs. Lambs are quiet here but often they will be bouncing around bunting and chasing one another, jumping on sheep’s backs and from back to back and generally having a lot of fun.

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March 6, 2014 Farm News


The weekly photo spot on Wednesday , March 5 at about 3:15 p.m. Lots of bunny wabbit tracks with coyote crossing here and there and a spot just past midway across the garden where a coyote caught a rabbit.  Just 2 or 3 tufts of fur as evidence.

The weekly photo spot on Wednesday , March 5 at about 3:15 p.m. Lots of bunny wabbit tracks with coyote crossing here and there and a spot just past midway across the garden where a coyote caught a rabbit. Just 2 or 3 tufts of fur as evidence.

Co-operative grooming.

Co-operative grooming.

Hello and welcome to March here in the arctic.  Southwestern Ontario is not supposed to have these low temperatures in March.  Monday night was down to -21.5C and Sunday was -19.6C here.  Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. was still -21C here while at the same time the N. Pole was at -27.4C and the S. Pole was even colder at -42.8.  So from 032that perspective then we were not so bad off were we?  At the other end of the scale, Tombouctou was at +29.4C a bit below average.   We also had a good bit of snow on Saturday which was blown about enough to really plug up our laneway and the snow was very hard packed too.  It was not a lot but enough to make the laneway impassable.  Aerron and I were both quite worn out and not in a good position to

Brochure side one

Brochure side one

shovel out the lane again so we called on the horses for only the second time this year.  Aerron worked them very carefully and took care not to get them winded or even sweating. He would give them a long break after only one pass with the snow dump before starting another pass.  They did a good job and because more snow came overnight and because the first job left quite a bit unmoved, Aerron had them out again the next day and was even more careful with them.  At the end of the day, the both of the horses were just fine and were not at all exhausted from their workout.  We would really like to see an end to winter.  Another couple of weeks should make a

Brochure side 2

Brochure side 2

big difference as the sun moves closer to our tropic.  The trees will be tapped and the sap will flow.  The snow will melt and the river will flood and soon the temperature will stay above freezing at night until autumn rolls around.  And then we can really get to work and put “another season’s harvest in the ground”  …  and maybe I’ll listen to The Field Behind The Plow too.

Reminder to all; if you have not already signed on again with us for this year’s CSA and were intending to do so, then contact us to make sure we include you.  Read the Brochure again if you are not familiar and feel free to contact us if you have more questions.

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