Lots has been going on lately. So much so in fact, that I’ve been distracted, but fear not dear reader, here’s your update!
Everyone, meet Carolina Proudfoot, yes that’s her real name. She’s a student at the University of Arkansas, who is doing a chicken project on the farm to earn a minor in sustainability. The sustainability minor is a new thing on campus. Our farm is on a list serve for volunteer opportunities for students, and I think that’s how Carolina came our way. She’s a wealth of chicken knowledge and we’re looking forward to gleaning lots from her. In this picture, she’s standing next to one of two mobile chicken coops she and her friend are building.
This is Carolina’s friend. Sorry dude, I never caught your name. You look pretty tough though, wielding that power tool.
WOOF-pack planted peas.
The crew also helped Carolina and her chicken coop mission.
This one makes me laugh. John’s face is so intense.
In other news, Paul has brewed a batch of beer, after talking about it for years. Here is his inspiration for starting his first batch, Roy Emerson. He’s about to syphon the beer out of the fermenter and into the keg. Fun times, and great beer! It was one of those why didn’t we do this earlier moments.
There was a peanut gallery waiting for the spoils.
Here we are hunting for carrots and weeding in the process. It’s fun to work inside the new high tunnel….WINK* (ahem, potential WOOF’ers). The roof of the structure totally changes the mood, like you’re in a room outside, I don’t know, but you can help any time you want.
We were trying to accrue 60 pounds of carrots for some farm to school meal thing. For two days we were pulling out babies, the tiniest of tiny. We definitely met our quota of weeds. After the first day of picking we had only ended up with 7 or 8 pounds. It didn’t look like we were going to make the goal, but we kept at it…for the kids.
This awkward photo of me bending over, is meant to accompany the good news that we eventually did pick 60 pounds of carrots. Paul led the team to a different bed entirely where they were able to pick carrot after carrot, with Damian picking the monster of all monsters that weighed a half a pound.
wow, what great things happening, Rus will love a taste of that dark beer. AND I love the hen houses !!!
Here in my little part of Texas, that greenhouse wouldn’t last three months. 😦 I swear, the wind is lethal on anything except the strongest structures. It sure is neat though – I’m jealous!
Is the new chicken house portable? I’m taking a chance, but I have to let my girls free-range. A portable unit would be great.