So far this year we have been busy with expanding our food choices by putting some needed grass fed beef in our freezer. We have also changed the emphasis of our sheep herd. We are now going to be raising registered Katahdins. This will be the sole type of sheep we will be raising on our farm. We have been fortunate to raise our CKC registered Pyrenees and find good homes for all of them. In the next few months our garden will be ready and we will have lots of fresh food for the table and freezer. We have also built a “chicken tractor” for raising our own meat birds and this year we will try our first sample of pasture raised chickens.
In the last half of the year we will be simplifying our ventures and try to place more emphasis on those things which seem to work best for us. The bee yard has been scaled down to 5 hives and that’s probably all we will keep. The main purpose of having bees is to pollinate our gardens. That has worked very well. And as always we are experimenting with woven ground cover and drip irrigation. So far so good. We will update later in the year.