A short list of some of the priorities for 2016.
1. More Fencing – a few thousand more feet and the majority will be done.
2. Buildings – roofs, foundations, various repairs, replacements and modifications.
3. Cattle weighing program – this is going to be enlightening and worthwhile. Being able to set a baseline for my pasture management is something I’ve wanted to get done. Having a more detailed picture of the predictably and consistency of the genetics will help guide breeding decisions. It should also lend some numerical confidence in selecting ideal butchering dates for individual animals. More information should result in higher quality and more consistency in your kitchen.
4. More marketing, networking and “outreach”. This is an ongoing push. It is getting ratcheted up this year in several ways. Stay tuned for new efforts, events and offerings.
5. A time and effort shift from cash cropping to more value added forestry/wood related work than in the past. Several Custom Sawing and unique “individual” furniture items are booked and it’s an area that is a good fit with the farm.
6. Improvements around the house. Some things are in need of updating, repair and replacement. Everyone has been eagerly awaiting some projects and it will be great to have them off the to do list!
The photo below was taken yesterday. Trying to get all pasture to look like this by early April is a target worth aiming for!
Pretty decent considering this was a couple of days earlier.
-12 reported by the weather network, the next four days sub zero?!! It’s getting a bit tiresome. Painted turtles were sunning themselves in the pond 10 days ago and frogs were singing – at least I’m not the only one getting impatient. I guess it’s “early” April.
I finally got around to watching Cowspiracy last night. A lot of really good bits of info and I plan on looking into a few of the people he interviewed. It certainly reinforces my thoughts on the industrial corn soy animal system.
He curiously missed the step where 40% ish of the U.S. corn crop gets brewed into ethanol before the spent grain gets to the cattle but it’s only a small addition to the overall silliness.
His takes on grazing/Allan Savory/human population growth are not as thorough or accurate as they could be in my view. Curiously, the carbon sequestration in soils or a discussion on improving soil health didn’t get a significant mention. When one of the focuses of the documentary is sustainable food production- improving soil health should have had more attention in my view.
I did think that the dairy guys from California were refreshing. In my view their comments indicated that they had a better understanding of the situation than almost all the others interviewed.
Mr. Lyman seems to be well grounded in reality too. The biggest hurdle with the vegan approach in my view is the free choice and free market that a lot of the world operates in. People with money will eat how they wish and use their resources as they wish.
As always, Pollan’s comments are refreshingly sincere, unbiased and based in reality.
In Summary- well worth the watch. Some omissions and distortions but more credible than a lot of amateur “environmental” documentaries I’ve seen.
Delivery dates for the remainder of 2016 are tentatively set. Please check your inboxes/junk mail folders for the email. I’ve set the dates intending that they work well for holidays. There’s more than one route so its broken down for the different areas – you’ll only get the schedule that applies to you.
If you haven’t received the email, either it’s on its way or you’re not on a regular route. Please don’t let that deter you from ordering! Delivery/pickup can certainly be arranged.
Enjoy your food – stay warm – Tom
Charlie at work – helping to feed wrapped hay.
A short list of things that are going to be changing and/or appearing on the website over the next few days, weeks and months.
- updated pricing for the new year
- improved packaging/pricing options
- delivery schedule determined for the entire year in advance!
- A BBQ and farm tour for customers in the summer if there’s enough interest
- more photos of the people/livestock and wildlife around the farm
- a summary of the ups and downs of 2015
- projects and goals for 2016
- more consistent blog posts that show what’s going on here
- bonuses for participation and comments on the website!
Identify the fungus growing on this tree and you are entitled to a two pack of #1 t bone steaks! If you’re not on a regular delivery route, you may have to visit and pick them up.