Daffodil harbingers

There’s still a lot of snow up here in the hills of Caroline, but who’s complaining? I can see bare ground in most places, and where there’s bare ground there will soon be grass, and flowers, and LIFE! The daffodils have poked their heads proudly up through the chilly soil to announce that Spring is really coming. Tomorrow is the first day, after all. We’re also supposed to get snow tomorrow, but I’m going to pretend I didn’t hear that bit of news. I’m also going to pretend I don’t remember the 2 1/2 feet of snow we got on April 16 just a few years ago.

Because we have too many projects planned; we can’t afford to have snow holding us back anymore. This is a big season for Shelterbelt Farm. We’re actually going to have water and power on-site this summer. No more hauling water from our bathtub for the chickens! In addition, we’re building fence, a walk-in cooler, a new turkey brooder, and a new chicken shelter. And we’re moving to the farm in July! Craig’s business (Ironwood Builders) will finish building his parents’ home on the farm in June, and we’ll move into their basement shortly afterward. Our commute to do daily chores will no longer involve getting in the car – hurray!

This year we’re raising 6 pigs, 200 meat chickens, 75 turkeys, and 2 hives of bees, all starting in April and May. We’ll keep you posted on our adventures with all the critters, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to order your good, old-fashioned, healthful meat from Shelterbelt Farm.


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