Compost. Oh how sweet it is. I will take the smell of compost over perfume any day! Anything to do with the raw earth, natural elements, and I’m hooked. Our compost has been sitting since summer. It contains our chicken waste from slaughtering; feet, head, guts, etc.
We also composted a few dead cows. Michael added layers and layers of wood chips along the way after an animal was added to our pile. From time to time we added grass cuttings, but mostly wood chips a carbon source was added throughout the butchering season. This is our first chance we had to move it this season. This past weekend it was sixty degrees. A perfect day for moving compost before snow surrounds us. As you can see it almost completely dissolved into soil.In time it will get distributed back into the earth; into our garden, which will nourish the seeds we plant, and ultimately sustain us. We’ve been milking this last week of warm weather. We even celebrated Thanksgiving with some friends eating outside! It was warm, sunny, lovely, and our pasture raised turkey was divine. Michael’s homemade sweet potato cheesecake completed our celebration.
The time has come! The cows leave today, back to Polyface for the winter. The cowboys come with their trailers, load them up, and head east. A farm without animals to me is not really a farm. We’ve really acclimated to raising animals and we’ll feel their absence for sure. Our winter break has arrived!!! What a year it has been!
In the meantime, life for us will resemble Buxton kitties. Lounging in the warm sun without a care in the world. Basking, resting, restoring, and revving up for 2012. Life is so good. With winter solstice around the corner, our spirits are uplifted! Be well, stay warm, and celebrate you! See you in 2012.