(The first of our eggs from 4 new Ameraucana hens! A banner day!)
A vow has been made...I promise to post more often! I manage to take pictures, so I will just pop them up even if it means there is not a lot of text! Sound good?
For some reason, I can't get pictures to load today. Hm...I guess I will just have to come up with a list of what we have been up to! (Now I can...on Sunday
The baby chicks that were featured in video are now living in the greenhouse and have grown! Heavens they are big! I make it a point to hold each one of them everyday because they are just wild. They still respond to my clucking noises, but I found one of them tucks her head against me when I hold her. I came inside after a holding session and my little cat, Chloe, climbed onto my lap and tucked her head against me. I found it fascinating that two very different animals did the same thing...
Also sharing the greenhouse are 7 other baby chicks: 4 French feather legged Marans, they are supposed to lay very dark brown eggs, 2 Welsummers, also dark egg layers, and a Belgian Booted Bantam. They are about the size of the first set of chicks in their last video.
Of course the greenhouse also has 1,000 tomato plants along with some marigolds and sweet alyssum and lavender, all bee friendly flowers. Farmer Jeff and I ...and some volunteers if we can find them, will plant the tomatoes on or around May 4th. He also has 1,000 peppers growing in the sprouting room. No, he doesn't know when to quit, but why should he? He has SO MUCH FUN!!!
Of course, the big deal of the week, Farmer Jeff is building display crates as well as fruit/vegetable crates for us! Give that man a couple of pieces of wood and a new nail gun and look out! So far he has made 10 display boxes, 22 picking crates and is about to start on the market display. It will be very cool!
All of this was started because tomorrow is our first Farmers' Market in Windsor. It is to celebrate Earth Day! A handful of farmers, knitters and spinners, as well as Farm Trails kid booth, will be there on Sunday, April 19th from 11 am - 2pm. Farmer Jeff and I will have a couple dozen eggs, broccoli, green rhubarb, Swiss chard and maybe even some roses! We are going to go great guns come July (tomatoes) but until then, we will just have fun at market!
The other fun thing going on...I have had my first workday with bees! I have a couple mentors and was lucky enough to go up and work for 3 hours yesterday. I had no idea whether or not I would panic with all of the bees around me, but I didn't. I have been standing very close to pollen gathering bees and observed them. The more I learn about bees, the more I like them. I am also connecting the holistic approach of bee keeping with raising a closed flock of chickens. All very interesting!
I promise to post pics as soon as the system allows me (Sunday!
) Until then, get outside and commune with nature. This is what feeds our souls!