Summer 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s we go, back in action! Cultivating a row of tomatoes to kill weeds and break up the hard pack on the surface of the soil to improve air exchange for the roots.  I somehow managed to only kill three plants despite having only a 18 inch gap between my cultivating discs to weave around the plants.  (Photo by Dina)

 

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For a long time, tractor cultivation was impossible because the fields were too wet. How do you know when your fields are too wet? When you have Newts in your bok choi (this is actually an Eft, a juvenile stage Newt).

 

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Despite the rain, we aren’t without successes. Here at market is the product of our labor.

 

When we're not in the fields, we're often working with animals.  Here, Andrew transports a wriggly piglet to its new home in the forest after it has been trained on the watering system and electric fences.

When not in the fields, we’re often working with animals. Here, Andrew transports a wriggly piglet to its new home in the forest after it has been trained on the watering system and electric fences.

 

And if we're not working directly with the animals, we're cleaning up after them.  Andrew shovels out a winter's worth of chicken poop for our compost pile, deciding in the process he smells slightly better.

And if we’re not working directly with the animals, we’re cleaning up after them. Andrew shovels out a winter’s worth of chicken poop for our compost pile, deciding in the process he smells slightly better.

 

Oh.  And then there's the glory of dead animal forensics.  This is the lamb I wrote about that died back in the spring which the vet determined succumbed to pneumonia.

Oh. And then there’s the glory of dead animal forensics. This is the lamb I wrote about that died back in the spring which the vet determined succumbed to pneumonia.

 

But that's gross, sorry, here are some pretty flowers, that Caitlin probably made it into a tea or tincture of some sorts (not my area of expertise).

But that’s gross, sorry, here are some Calendula flowers, one of many flowers Caitlin has been working hard to transform into teas and tinctures.

 

We've also spent some time working on one of our current construction projects - removing the side of a cabin to make way for a timber frame extension.

We’ve also spent some time working on one of our current construction projects – removing the side of a cabin to make way for a timber frame extension.

 

Scything an overgrown field (this one is for you Caitlin).

Scything an overgrown field sure beats a lawn mower (this one is for you Caitlin).

 

Look quick before he disappears.  This is Ben, The Farm School's wonderful and modest founder who wasn't quite fast enough to escape Dina's camera.

Look quick before he disappears. This is Ben, The Farm School’s wonderful and modest founder who wasn’t quite fast enough to escape Dina’s camera.

 

Wendell is now two months old and is taking EVERYTHING in ALL the time.  This week he has decided there is way too many new things too look at to take naps and sit calmly for his parents to have a meal.  So I end up by the pond a lot, counting frogs and lilly pads.

Wendell is now two months old and is taking in EVERYTHING ALL the time. This week he has decided there is way too many new things too look at to take naps and sit calmly for his parents to have a meal. So I end up by the pond a lot, counting frogs and lilly pads.

 

Sarah and company take a Wendell break while seeding fall crops in the greenhouse.

Sarah and company take a Wendell break while seeding fall crops in the greenhouse.

 

He loves the farm.  But he loves his mom the most.

And Wendell seems to love the farm. But he loves his mom the most.

 

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