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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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We’ve had a busy day here on the farm.   Anna Jacobsen  joined us yesterday, and she got her introduction to dairying this morning,  milking all the cows and goats.  After breakfast, Anna went to work with Beth in the garden.  Eliza and Maddy did chores, and we were scheduled to throw the remainder square bales up today but it seemed best to wait for Chris and Dillon to finish up work, so Madison and I went up to East to work on the cross fence.  We got all the wires pulled, although it was a bit of a pain because or spool of wire was pretty tangled.  About 2:30  she took the tractor back home while I finished up with cross fencing, and waited for a call from Christopher and Dillon.  About 3:30 I decided to call home to see how the hay project was proceeding, and noticed that the gate was open and all the cows had left the pasture!  So, my call home was a little more excited than I was planning.  The cows hadn’t left the property, but were happily foraging in the front pasture.  In a few minutes Eliza, Noah, Madison, Chris, and Dillon arrived and we quickly rounded up all the cows and got them back into the fence.  Better yet, Chris and Dillon had already picked up all the  hay and it is in the loft.  We have our year’s supply!  I was able to pretty much finish the cross-fence, except for the end piece and the gate.  I hung it, but it is a 12′ and we need a 14′.  I quit at around 6:00, and found a good dinner waiting for us back home. That’s it for the day at Woodcrest Farm.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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It was a busy day here at the farm.   After milking,  Eliza and Madison worked on converting live broiler chickens into dressed and frozen delicious chickens.  I think the tally was 28 or thereabouts.  Meanwhile,   Chris went off to Thomasville to look at a billy goat replacement.  Thomasville is evidently in Georgia.  She was evidently impressed enough to leave a deposit, so it looks like I will be making a return trip in the near future.  Chris and Dillon started out by framing up Diane’s kennel floor and grading the area with dirt and gravel.  We need a little more gravel and then we will be ready for cement.   As for me, I finished the insulators for the cross-fencing at East, and by the time I got that done, the guys were back and we picked up 216 square bales and threw them up in the loft.  So, busy day.

Dinner was one of our chickens + creamed corn, courtesy of Maddy.  She did a good job.  That’s the day at Woodcrest Farm.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

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Our newest blogger (Mikah) is spending her last night in the familiar “old” house her family will be vacating tomorrow to take up (temporary) residence here at the farm while their new home is being built at Woodcrest East (or “East” as it has become known in our vernacular).   So, I will try to maintain our commitment to daily updates here at Woodcrest Farm Today.  OK, so what’s the news?

We have had more rain, which refreshed the mud, which is driving us crazy, and delayed gardening – again.  I was going to finish planting the sweet corn I started yesterday, but the corn patch is just mud.  Beth was harvesting for the start of our CSA tomorrow, but most of it is out of the hoop house so the muddy garden was not too big an impact.  This afternoon, we sort of gave up and took a farm supplies trip to Country Farm and Home in Pittsboro.  We bought the millet we need to seed East, a bunch of fencing supplies to finish the east pasture cross-fencing and the west pasture exterior fence.  I also bought lumber to rebuild the well-house door frame which has been falling apart (mostly done).

On the down side, it looks like we have lost most of our pigeon flock.  This was the week we decided to let them fly, and apparently we were too trusting in their homing instincts.   They have been out over 24 hours, and its not looking good.  We’ll keep hoping.  It raises a question:  if they are homing pigeons, and this is the only home they have known, where would they go?

That’s it for Woodcrest Farm today!

 

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