Monday, May 25, 2009

Interesting but not surprising

The kids spend their days on the farm moving from one activity to the next, often on their own initiative. A couple of weeks ago Chris came upon this scene:

Note the safety goggles and ear protection. Apparently it hadn't occurred to Eliza that a shirt might be a good idea too.

I'm not sure what they were doing but it certainly looks interesting! They do seem pleased with the results.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Farm progress

Several times recently I've gone out with the camera to document the status of the farm but I'm so bad at keeping up with the blog that most of the photos become outdated before they get posted. So I'll just give you a summary of what's been going on here the last couple of months.

Here is a shot of the greenhouse in March after I managed to get some greens planted.

In April we were visited twice by students from the UNM Sustainability Studies program. These folks were wonderful to have here and they were terrific help. The first time we planted potatoes, worked on the solar panels, and worked on the rainwater catchment system on the greenhouse.

When they visited again two weeks later we planted the sweet potatoes in the greenhouse and continued the catchment installation.

We really enjoyed talking with these students and their instructor and hearing their thoughts and ideas on sustainability. Here we are discussing the merits of aquaculture.

Meanwhile we have been following the progress of the pig pregnancies with much anticipation.
The girls are very friendly and just love having their bellies scratched so it's easy to get them to lie down for a belly shot.

This is Aelita about three weeks ago.

And here she is just before she farrowed. I know the feeling!

Of course it wouldn't be springtime on the farm without lambs! We have 10 little bouncy lambs on the ground and there is a possibility for a couple more. The lambs have formed a little gang and they roam around together looking for trouble in the early evening. One of their favorite activities is to "hop on pop" in which they jump on and off the ram.

Stay tuned for new piglets, Bear the dog, and a little road trip.