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Spring Update

Posted 4/17/2013 8:41am by John Eisenstein.

With the arrival of warmer weather we have finally been able to get into the fields and start planting.  Peas, beets, carrots, lettuce, salad mix, kale, spinach, onions and radishes are all in the ground and are at various stages of growth.  here is a picture of our latest lettuce and or spinach planting, which should be ready by mid May.  Amazing how fast they grow!I even planted a little yellow mustard seed (as in the popular condiment) -not as a commercial crop, but just for fun.  Sometimes you to live it up a little.  Apricots and plums are in bloom and fill the air with their intoxicating fragrance.  The goats are enjoying the green grass and the myriad birds of field and forest sing all evening long.  Springtime is lovely.

We welcomed our first intern of the season this April 5th.  Stephen hails from Kutztown, Pennsylvania and is signed on to stay with us the whole season, if he can stand it that long.  Every intern is required to take on a special project of his or her choosing, and Steve has chosen a static aeriated pile composting system, about which I am very excited.

Also new to our farm is this handsome sheep, shown here before shearing.The little fellow in front is a lamb.  I named her "peaches" (the sheep, not the lamb, who is a future ram named Agamemnon) because  got her from a farm in Peach Bottom, Lancaster County.  She is an East Friesian milking sheep, which is a pretty unusal breed, even in East Friesia.  Most people dont think of sheep as being milking animals, but such famous cheeses as mozzerella, romano, and roquefort were traditionally made from sheeps milk.  Probably, though, I'll just drink big frothy mugs of it, still warm from the udder.

In other news we finished our moveable chicken coop (in this case when I say "we" I actually mean "Hannah") and the high tunnel is moving right alond.  Here is a picture of me perched atop a piece of expensive rental equipment, doing the job and trying to smile.  Thats all for now! 

John

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