While having our quick morning meeting, Vasek and I discussed how we now feel like real farmers. This week has been full of struggles and joys. We unfortunately lost the twin goats we were so anxiously waiting for and with that we were plunged into the world of goat milking. Cami, our sweet La Mancha, had a severe case of mastitis which caused more than a little stress on both of us. She is milking wonderfully despite the setback and should be able to have more babies next year. Until then, I get to milk her every day and bond in a new way.
Vasek has been hard at work creating raised beds for the vegetable starts and battling the kudzu. It is a full time job keeping those vines from strangling our fruit trees and berry vines. The layout of our property has really come together as the new beds look orderly and the plant starts stand so perfectly in their rows.
We love having people stop by and see our progress. Many people have sent messages that enjoy watching the progress as they pass by on there way to town. If you see us out, please feel free to stop and chat. We'd love to show you what is growing.
I know the blog has been pretty quiet for a few months. It was due to massive changes happening on the homestead. We have cleared, cut, built, and planted until we fall into bed exhausted each night. Vasek will go full time on the homestead in two weeks and we could not be more excited.
To test run how things will go, we started a very small CSA for this spring. Very small. Only three members for a six week CSA. We are doing this for two reasons. First, we needed cash upfront to purchase our seeds for the year. We also needed to see how feasible it is to plan and plant to actually get the produce we need. Let me tell you, this was more complicated than we had anticipated.
Our first basket consists of a whole chicken, chickweed, lettuce mix, and a bundle of radishes. Also "included" is a wonderful recipe for Chickweed Pesto inspired my herbalist friend, Anne-Marie Bilella. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Vasek and Brooke
We are thrilled to share our homesteading successes and struggles with you. There's a steep learning curve here and we are ready for the challenges.