Really can't think what delivery of basic farm supplies could make me happier than today's six truckloads of well-aged cow manure. Since we don't have an on-farm source, getting this from a farm less than a mile (1.6km) down the road, loaded to order and delivered by the farmer … [Read more...] about Like a pile of gold!
This has gotta be the most painstaking way to plant out two acres of veggies! To recap: different sections of the two fields are at different stages of tillage (Peter down the road has had to come back a couple of times to disc, and there's STILL a small section to go), and of … [Read more...] about Ways to spread
Back to cold and wet, with a bit of snow... Today was an interesting first in my brief tiny farming career: compost on skids! Fertility delivered! How convenient... This is about 5.5 tons (5,000kg) of fully composted, certified organic cow and sheep manure (half and half). … [Read more...] about Different kind of compost heap
Winters on the tiny farm have always been a time for research and a bit of book learning. My first two seasons were crazy for reading, especially the winter before Year 1, when I had four months to pick up enough, from zero knowledge, using books and the Net, to map out the … [Read more...] about Hitting the books: Composting!
Sammy the Steer, born at 4am in the freezing cold barn last January, is healthy and hefty at around 800lbs (360kg), and approaching the end of his arc as a provider of tasty, mainly grass-fed beef. He and his three pals will likely go off to auction in March. They're heavier than … [Read more...] about Checking on the beef