Monday, June 23, 2014

Farm Updates-Finally!

I guess it's about time for some farm updates since so much  has been happening that I haven't had a chance to write in nearly a month! 

The garden is growing, or tying to between hail storms, very strong winds, and enough rain to flood our creek!
We have a fantastic Kale crop this year, I'm getting ready to freeze some for winter soups.

One of the things I'm most looking forward to watching grow is this White Cushaw. It was a favorite of my Dad's family when he was growing up and it's my first time growing it.

We also got a start on our new orchard! So far we have apple, pear, and cherry trees of a few different varieties.

When we moved here there was no longer any way into the top of the of the grain barn. We eventually made our way up there and discovered that it was still FULL of oats and corn from many many years ago. After hauling lots of truck loads of that old grain away we built some stairs and a door to go up there (instead of having to use a ladder and go in through a little hole!). Now we'll actually be able to use the whole building!
There are stairs where that ladder is now but I haven't taken a picture yet!

If you follow us on Facebook, you know we adopted two English Shepherds last week. They are brothers who needed a new home where they could still be together. So far, they're doing well and adjusting to farm life!

We added 50 more chicks to our these, some of them are so pretty!

We've also been spending lots of time with my sister and brother-in-law, working on things at our place and theirs. 
This is the drive up to their house.

They had a fire last winter that burned down their big chicken house, so this spring they bought this cute little one to start a few chickens again.

They also have cows....
....and my brother-in-law works for a dairy, milking cows... we got to go with him last weekend for a tour!

Here's the big girls...

...and the calves!

Have you guessed where this is going?

Yep, we got our first Holstein calf! 

And all that is why I've had a little trouble finding time to write!

What about you guys? What's been going on with you?

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  1. Dang, you have been BUSY! And a calf, oh my goodness!

    1. This is the time of year I start looking a little forward to fall/Winter so I can maybe sit down for a minute! :) But we're having a great time and enjoying our business!

  2. Wow! You've been busy! I'm especially jealous of your kale crop and fruit trees! Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday! :)

    1. Hi Kara! Simple Lives is a great hop, hope to get back over there when things slow down just a little here! Thanks so much for coming over!

  3. English shepherds are my favorite breed. I just got my second one last week. Kudos to you for adopting both so they could stay together.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

    1. Hi Kathi! I've never had English Shepherds before these, but they are working out really well for us! They're very smart and sweet. I can't imagine how they would've done if they were separated, they are such good buddies!