This is the final week of feeding hay. The herd is pleased to be moving on. They remained in the same field temporarily while feeding hay for 3 weeks. That felt so strange to them and us! We’re all used to being mobile. Rolling very large round bales down the hillside took a lot of body strength. Nice challenge!
In the meantime, you can see how nicely pasture restored itself. Salad bar ready just on the other side of the fence. So good!
The herd was sort of confused their first day of moving after their hiatus. It was one of the longer moves, a mile down the road, in pouring rain. But once Tonya, lead cow, got wind of the transition, the rest of the herd cooperated. That was a relief!
Our tomato plants are all that remain where the hens winter hoop-house once stood. Polyface interns dismantled the house and took it back to Swoope. The hens are cleaning up the tomato beds and a very pleased neighbor comes by everyday for loads of some of the best fertilizer we’ve seen. The work of nearly 1200 hens.
We walked the latest foraging pig area yesterday for the first time and quickly grew intrigued. It’s just down the road from Polyface. Fascinating how pigs work the land. What a life for them in that vast open acreage. These were some very pleased pigs.
With a lot of help, Polyface will raise nearly 1000 pigs this year. I look forward to learning more about pigs. A good laugh is almost a guarantee working with pigs and I appreciate that! They’re so darn cute.
After coming to apprentice at Buxton Trevor’s world shifted a bit. It was so much fun watching his world unfold. He’s an awesome worker and an incredible manifester. Shortly before leaving us, he sold everything he owned but an old 1972 VW bus, and headed north to Pennsylvania to work on another farm for a year. We have one word to describe Trevor, “effortless.” Can’t wait to hear some of his future farm stories.