Week 7

At the Farm School, snow has started to descend, lightly for now, but enough to make fully grown adults giddy with childlike excitement.  More than once, work has been put on hold to accommodate spontaneous snowball fights. Continue Reading…

 

 

At right, Andrew and Tess work to collect all the loose hay from the Waslosky Barn in the back of a truck for use in our winter compost piles.  It was one of the first chores in the ‘independent farm work’ block which is intended to allow us to make our own decisions, independent of some the oversight that happens in other farm work.

 

After loading the truck, one of our first independent decisions was that we MUST hold down the hay with our bodies so that it didn’t blow out while driving it to the other side of the farm.  We found this type of independent thinking exercise rather satisfying.

 

After we ‘graduated’ our old laying hens and turned them into chicken stock last week, we finally able to disassemble the coop in the chicken swamp where they used to live…

 

…and our eggs have never been cleaner. Nora and I were on chicken and sheep chores this week and here is one afternoon’s haul: 59 eggs which after a minimal amount of sorting and cleaning were ready for market.

 

After a brief intermission for a snowball fight…

 

…We were back to work digging post holes for a new high tensile strength electric fence, a permanent solution to pasturing our beef herd on the south side of the farm.

 

Here is the oldest member of our beef herd being inspected by students during a recent vet visit and into to animal health class. She has remained a member of the herd due to the fact she is a good mother and produces exceptionally healthy calves.

 

Kim and co. returning from the woods with our winter solstice tree, felled with a leatherman.

 

Nora removing a carbonized layer from an 18 pound pork leg we named “Jurrasic ham”. It was the final meal we prepared in our wood fired bread oven, after the roof of the oven caved in half way through the process.

 

Burning brush removed for the high tensile project.

 

Josh in the shop using an angle grinder to cut a metal track to length for a barn door slider.

 

Working in a puddle of halogen light, we mounted the sliding door to the timber framed shop extension, the final step of the project.

 

Patience showing my bestie, Mr. Marbles who is boss.

 

Scarf joint vindication. Making oak braces for our new timber frame project.

 

Diligent students reading their botany homework besides the winter solstice tree.

 

And finally, the obligatory sunrise photo of the week.

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