The Cowpasture River runs through Buxton Farm. It’s magnificent. I’ve heard a few local people say that it could be one of the cleanest river on the East Coast. We take the cows across the river to graze for about 2 weeks. The scenery on the other side of the river is glorious. Buxton Farm is really really beautiful. It’s a bird lovers’ paradise. There are birds here, I’m certain are not commonplace. Their songs lift our hearts! Nature lovers would really appreciate the dance between farming and the natural world here at Buxton. They do merge.
Sometimes it’s hard for to stay focused on work because there is so much to witness on this farm. Breathtaking scenic views from different pastures. Yesterday a bald eagle soared above us while we worked. We trust he will stay away from the hens now that guard dog Jack is home.
It’s a little tricky getting things like bags of minerals (they can be heavy), and the water buggy across the swinging bridge. Thank goodness for the tractor!
The cows have been consuming their daily mineral supplement. Michael’s been giving them minerals twice a day, more than usual.
On the other side of the river we’re working on the brooder. After every batch of birds we aerate the brooder. This helps kill off bacteria. Then we add thick layers of sawdust, a carbon source for a thick bedding. We’re getting ready for our third batch of peeps.
On the other side of the plastic our second batch of chicks and turkeys live. About 2 weeks old.
You get the feeling from this photo, the life that we’re living. Managing a farm comes with challenges. Indeed. Is there a job, a marriage, a day, a relationship that doesn’t? We do our best to keep up with the expansion challenges bring. We’re devouring the subtle and extreme colors spring brings. Everyday we’re blown away by something exquisite.
Sometimes it’s the way the hens pull at our shoes strings while we’re collecting eggs. They always succeed at untying one of mine. Or, the way the geese gather in one of the pastures after they bathe in the pond. It feels like they’re watching us do chores. Maybe it’s the eagle we found perched in a maple tree outside the house by the garden. Or going to sleep listening to two great winged owls hoot, while the stream softly runs outside our window.
It’s definitely completing the day watching the kitties play as we eat dinner and the sun slowly sets. Whatever is guiding this dance, we can sense it is good and we’ll take more!