Spring 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A shipment of apple trees arrived this week for a new orchard at the farm.  We planted Liberty, Gold Rush, Honey Crisp and Northern Spy (as seen being planted here by Eliza).

 

Week-21-1

The wave of baby animals continues with two baby oxen, Bill and Ted, who are already being trained to plough and pull logs.

 

And the first batch of piglets have arrived and are busy working out their teat order, only in a trough of grain.

And the first batch of piglets have arrived and are busy working out their teat order, only in a trough of grain.

 

We moved our flock of ISA Browns from their brooders...

We moved our flock of ISA Browns from their brooders…

 

...to their new home on pasture in a mobile chicken coop.  ISA Browns are a hybrid chicken, which is the result of crossing Rhode Island Reds and Rhode Island Whites. It is known for its high egg production of approximately 300 eggs per hen in the first year of laying.

…to their new home on pasture in a mobile chicken coop. ISA Browns are a hybrid chicken, which is the result of crossing Rhode Island Reds and Rhode Island Whites. They are known for their high egg production of approximately 300 eggs per hen in the first year of laying.

 

We learned a lot about why mechanics charge so much money (those bolts are in darn near impossible to reach).

We learned a lot about why mechanics charge so much money (those bolts are in darn near impossible to reach).

 

And at the end of the day, we ended up having to tow this car to the mechanic to fix what we had "fixed".  (We cross threaded a spark plug in the engine).  Josh (behind me) was not impressed.  Thank you Sarah Habeck for the surprise photo.

And at the end of the day, we ended up having to tow this car to the mechanic to fix what we had “fixed”. (We cross threaded a spark plug in the engine). Josh (behind me) was not impressed. Thank you Sarah Habeck for the surprise photo.

 

I also plowed my first field this week (though this is our head grower, Tyson showing us how to use a discing harrow).  I had no idea how exciting freshly turned dirt would be.

I also plowed my first field this week (though this is our head grower, Tyson showing us how to use a discing harrow). I had no idea how exciting freshly turned dirt would be.

 

It is about time to take our first round of plants out of the greenhouse to get them adjusted to direct sunlight and temperature variation as they will soon experience in the fields.  So, we built a new hoop house to help harden them off.  Pounding rebar was one step along the way.

It is about time to take our first round of plants out of the greenhouse to get them adjusted to direct sunlight and temperature variation as they will soon experience in the fields. So, we built a new hoop house to help harden them off. Pounding rebar was one step along the way.

 

As was stretching the plastic.

As was stretching the plastic.

 

Andrew also learned the dangers of brewing your own ginger beer.  The pressure that built up in the fermentation process sent shards of glass all over his room, including 10 feet up in his bunk.

Andrew also learned the dangers of brewing your own ginger beer. The pressure from the fermentation process blew up the growler he was brewing in and sent shards of glass to all 4 corners of his room, including 10 feet up in his bunk.

 

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