Another week filled with lots of happenings. We gathered and covered all the harvested veggies such as Potatoes and Onions Saturday evening as temperatures of – 2C were forecast. We piled it all in the truck for overnight, It did get down to + 1.8C but this was not as bad as predicted. We also had a much appreciated help Saturday from Rob and from Jennie. Rob brought his expertise and worked hard to help us get more work done on the chicken house at the pick up area. A lot of important repairs and strengthening was done and the entire south half of the roof got covered with wood boards. There is still much more work to be done on this building before it is ready for winter. Jennie is a graduate student at Laurier and is looking at working with us as part of the thesis that she is developing, … I think I got that more or less correct. Jennie helped us with the building as well as harvesting spuds and onions. Anca also once more spent time helping with the harvest this week. We must once more acknowledge with much gratitude the efforts of Ken Peach who once again spent pretty much the whole of Thursday, as he has done for nearly every Thursday the entire season, volunteering his help with the veggie harvesting for the CSA pickup. Ken’s help been crucial each Thursday to our getting the job done. So Mary, make sure Ken reads this. Thanks so much, once more , Ken.
We have, after this week, one more CSA veggie pick up here at the farm. We will, though, likely have kale available for some time; well into the winter probably, and we will have to make an attempt to keep the rabbits from being able to get at the Kale. They will eat it right down, one plant at a time. There will very likely still be a real good selection of a lot of different veggies for this last CSA pickup.
We are still drawing up hay from the neighbours field. It keeps getting rained on and we have been working as often as we can to get it picked up. We have been feeding this hay directly to the cows, sheep and horses as they are not out on fresh pasture right now. The pastures will be allowed to grow out again for a few more days and then we will have them out on a grazing rotation once more. Everyone is still outside just not moving on to fresh pastures.
The cows and horses and sheep are doing fine. Leucan the foal is still growing of course and looking better than ever. Marta, Leucan’s “aunt”, is likely in foal and due anytime from January on through March. She was said to have been with the stallion in early spring. Gestation is about 11 months. So very unsure of the date or even if she is pregnant. Might think soon of having a pregnancy test done to confirm.
The temperature on average gets colder each week with occasional lovely warm days to make the fall enjoyable. Very hard for us to get work done in the rain and cold though and there is so much to be done.