Everything is falling into place here on EB Ranch. I received my order of cornish cross chicks yesterday, I may refer to them as my little godzillas from time to time. A few weeks back I bought 10 embden goslings from my lady farmer friend Khaiti. Around that same time both of my does, Minerva and Daisy kidded and all had boys. Sadly one of Daisy's boys did not make it past two days as he had some kind of respiratory problem. I was treating it like pneumonia but I'm still not sure of what it was. It's always very sad when this happens, I put so much time ,effort, and emotion into any animal on the farm, it's hard to lose one. But the other little boy I named Brynjar is doing fantastically, along with Minerva's two boys!
There are chicken and turkey eggs in the incubator, I'm finally getting caught up with seedlings, fruit trees have been pruned and general cleanup and garden work are happening in full force. Every year I try to remember to not get stressed out about making sure everything happens like it should. Basically things happen as they will and I need to be fine with that. Though I am super happy with myself for being even more organized this year! Nothing like really using the good old calendar.
A big change at the new EB Ranch location is initiating the use of electric net fencing for the goats and poultry. On this new property I want to put rotational grazing into full effect. We don't have quite as much open land as we did at the old place, so I need to be thoughtful about how I use the open land. A big hurdle is creating portable housing that the goats and poultry can all use. It's still in the works, but I think everything will eventually get figured out. I have big plans of fencing all the geese around the fruit trees to keep the grass down and to fertilize. The chickens and goats will be pastured together so the chickens and scratch up all the parasites and bugs after the goats. We will create a permanent housing structure and fencing for them in the winter time.
There are so many other fun things happening. My friend Bretton and I are creating more mushroom logs for mushroom growing. There is a whole big woods to explore, so I'm sure there will be plenty of mushroom hunting and wild foraging. I'm still making goat milk soap and shares are available year round. I had my first San Clemente Island goat presentation last weekend at Green Oasis greenhouse. A small group attended, but it was my first time doing a presentation such as this. It helped to boost my confidence and keep moving forward to spread the word about the wonderful goats. On top of working at the Menomonie Market Food Co-op as the cheese buyer, I also took on a few hours to work at Blue Ox Organics again this year. So I am one busy lassie, but I keep learning so much. Exciting times!
Keep tuned for more exciting updates, and thanks for the support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.