The weather now is definitely spring. Things are growing well. The garlic is doing very nicely, small lettuces are spreading new leaves, Korean mint growing well, spring onions are quite well grown and some collards are looking good too. Lots of the cabbage, broccoli, onion, kale and more are growing steadily in our greenhouse.
The cows and sheep and horses like this weather too and the cows and horses winter coats have begun shedding. Their pasture grasses are growing nicely now but it will still be two or three weeks before we can let them out on the pastures.
We have been busy too this week rebuilding and building chicken houses and fencing for chicken runs. We got more day old ducklings at the end of last week and will be getting some day old chicks at the end of this week. These chicks are specialty birds kept for meat qualities and for their appearance. Some of these are also pretty good layers. They are a bit of a trial as we are looking for breeds of chicken that do well on whole grains and that can do well on an alternative to the standard or organic commercial feeds and which have a good lay rate for a longer time. These are mostly heritage or rare breeds of chicken. We hope to find or to develop one or more of these breeds to do well under small farm, pastured, organic conditions.
We are still accepting shares in our CSA program for the coming veggie growing season. Contact us if you are interested.