It's been a while since we've shared much news from the farm. One very visible project we've been at work at through the winter has been felling trees. Our property is over half woods so we're slowly trying to open up land that is closer to the house and barns to convert to pasture. Of course, livestock require a lot more care and time than timber, so it makes sense to keep the animals closer. We were also motivated to start working on clearing land adjacent to the electric line right of way after the power company came through to do their periodic clearing. We realized that by clearing land adjacent to the right of way we weren't just gaining more usable land there, but we were also eliminating the need for the power company to run its big equipment through the right of way itself, allowing us to make better use of that space as well. We generated a lot of firewood from the project which will keep us warm for a long time. Some of the wood was put to good use inoculated for shitake logs. And some of the logs headed to our friend's sawmill where he's sawing them into boards to be used for a number of projects on the farm, including better housing for the combine. Other logs, like sycamore, walnut, and cherry we have hopes of selling to furniture makers or possibly doing some fine woodworking ourselves.
|Just some of one year's seed saving efforts|
|Can you guess which one is the goose egg?|
|Red corn tortilla chips and salsa|
|Slicing sweet potatoes to fry for chips|
|Frying sweet potato chips|