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First Things

The season cycled over the weekend – officially it is not quite spring, but in fact, spring now has a toe hold. Even if it goes back to chilly or even snows, the ground is too warm for it to last, by the end of an unusually warm week the grass will be green and…

Mid-Summer Redux, with Pix

I thought y’all might want to see as well as hear what’s going on around here. First, there’s the baby goats: (Asher with Midori) (Isaiah holding Margarita) (Poppy nurses little Grog. Stout is in the background waiting his turn.) The baby goats aren’t the only baby things we have in profusion: (Marigold gave us 8…

Dances with Bulls

Last night as I went about my chores, I was mulling over a possible post on how farming is actually easier than most people think it is. I’m winding up a stretch of time where Eric and the boys have been in NYC visiting Grandma, while I stayed at home to tend the farm. While…

I came home last Monday night after three days spent in Washington working on business for the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, and it was one of the most glorious homecomings I could imagine. Not only was there the joy of coming home to my boys and Eric, but also my…

Crap. We’ve had so much flooding (not the house, thankfully, but the creek has breached its banks, the driveway is flooded and the barn has about a ton of much-needed ;-P mud added to it) that I have to cancel our planned open farm day this Sunday. We’re just not going to be in shape…

Open Farm Days!!!

Ok, have you always wanted to come to see the farm? Here’s your chance. On Sunday, May 22, we’re having an open farm day from 10am to 4pm at our place at 43 Crow Hill Road Delanson, NY 12053. We’re about 45 minutes west of Albany in rural upstate NY. We will have baby goats…

Jessie’s Girls

(Just in case you didn’t grow up in the 1980s and need the reference.) Two years ago, we bought Jessie the goat from our friends Jamey and Carol. We wanted Jessie because of her great genetics – she’s a milk machine, and a sturdy, healthy goat who makes stunning babies. Zahra, her first daughter is…

Well, first there’s the baby goats. Last Friday, we collected our foster goat, Tayish. He belongs to a friend from our synagogue who won him in a raffle, believe it or not. He’s a 10 week old wether, and the kids have made a pet of him. Here’s Simon holding him: Then, on Sunday, Bast…