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Our November workshops are filling up fast, but there are still a few places open for both the 10th (adults only) and the 17th (family day).  A whole day of hands-on intensive rotational grazing, fence, dairy, captured water systems, farm fertility, and non-GM animal feed crops.  Check out our schedule here and contact us to hold your space!

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Masha got the last three and a half gallons of sauerkraut canned yesterday, eliminating one funky smell in a basement where there are often several.  Ashley washed all the winter outdoor clothes, eliminating another.  Now if we can just get some flashing on the mousehole in the cheese cave door, we could move the cheeses out there —

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IMG_8830 Fall farm classes are filling up, and the last of the apples are going into the press.  Busy life!

 

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Mangels are great pig food for the winter months since the store very well and are a high-energy food, good for helping animals keep warm when the temperatures drop.   We harvested a 30 x 50 foot bed two days ago; the crop was just fair, but even that is about 1500 lb. of roots, plus there are all the tops to feed out right away — about 200 lb. of high-iron greens.  Fall is abundant in its provision — we are backed up with farm-produced calories for the animals.  It helps to have some experience in determining how to put these to put these to the best use — for timing, for the right animals, in the right proportions and combinations.  On the farm, there is no such thing as waste.

 

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Housing for the fall farm workshops is available in our new guest house, a beautiful remodeled cabin here on the home farm.  One free night is included for workshop attendees; both Friday and Saturday nights are presently available.  Please let us know when you register which night you prefer; or, if you like, spend both nights with us for an extra fee of $25.

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battening the hatches

Although the forecast only takes the temperature down to 36F tonight, we pulled out the high tunnel cover after chores and got it up.  No sense taking chances.  We don’t want to put the winter squash  in the dry cave until we catch the mouse we know is in there, so we just covered the squash with a tarp; that will be enough protection even if it does frost.

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Fall Farm Workshops

Thanks to Justice Mercy for letting us know that the link in the first Farm Workshop post wasn’t working!  We’ve fixed it now and you can find the workshop information here.  Check out all our offerings; it’s going to be a full day of sustainable farming skills, demonstrations, and information.  Hope to see you then!

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