Well we are pretty slack on posting any updates so I thought i'd put up a few pictures at least :-) Here are the Guinea babys before they grew into loud, teenagers..
The Farm on a nice sunny day in November. We are very busy getting ready for winter - Conservatory, Mill house, Sugar Shack etc
Mari using our new sawmill to Make some Birch Boards. We hope to have custom milled, rough lumber in the next few weeks. Birch, Red Oak, Maple etc
This was the Hopi Blue Corn at the beginning of the summer. It has reached over my head by three or four feet. (It isn't hard to be taller than my small five foot stature!). Yesterday I was harvesting the rest of it before Mister Bear got his greedy paws on it. He has been in at the Guineas as well as helping himself to the corn. It took Dylan a long time and much persuasion, with a sling shot, a horn and the flashlight, to get him to move along the other night! The Guineas had a very stressful night, they all scattered into the trees, the north, field up to the house and along the road to get away from the marauding bear. In the morning I heard the father Guinea (Jesus el Diablo P Morgan) calling to everyone. Out from under bushes, and off our roof where the solar panels are, came the poor little ones. All fifteen of the keets and both parents made it. So time to harvest the corn.
We have been having glorious sunny days with cold nights but the days are getting shorter and there is sooo much to be done.
Dylan just came in to say the water, to sterilize the straw for Oyster Mushrooms, has reached temperature... so I'll have to catch up with all our summer activities in another post soon.
We've had a pretty crazy start to this farming venture. Dylan and I have been experimenting with tapping maples as the woods are full of them. Mum and Dad have been cooking up some of the batches. We enjoyed a number of tasty treats with our own maple syrup. I am sure we have a lot to learn yet. But it is a start.
The Next crop from the woods has been the ramps, the wild garlic! Talus woods is full of them. We got in a few harvests and sold some to locals markets. And we ate the excess, ramp soup, like leek and potato, and in quiches and omlettes! Mum even joked about making ramp custard for dessert.
The weather has been changeable and very wet the last few weeks. Although before that we had a dry spell which we thought might last all summer.
Crops are slow, but growing. Corn is really in it's element here. It truly is the grain of the Americas. I think what they say about watching it grow is true. And I think the broad beans/ favas are attempting to race the corn.
We are in the process of applying for a farm loan and also in the running for a grant for a high tunnel... So fingers crossed it all goes smoothly