New kids on the farm and happy bees...what else could a girl want!

We picked up our newest goat kids last week, from Gun Plains Pygoras.  Nan and family were nice enough to meet us in Fort Wayne for the pick up.  They are settling in well and starting to warm up to us a bit, though they are definitely not as friendly as Fred and George were.  Meet Jet and Jeena.

And look at the beautiful pollinator habitat strip that we put in last year to buffer us from our neighbors.  It is beautiful and the bees and other pollinators are all over the yellow flowers and clover. 

Fred and George are happily down in their new home tonight with this amazing family. I guarantee they will be the most spoiled goats ever, and so loved by Amanda, David, and the three kids! We hope we are always so lucky with our animal placements!

The rolling has commenced

Not only will we be heading to the first farmers market of the season, sending off our first CSA shares, and having a bittersweet farewell with our two beautiful pygora kids, but this is also the week of planting the fields.  The rye is being rolled and the soybeans are being no till drilled in the same pass.  Not only does this cut down the compaction caused by driving over the fields multiple times each season but it also adds organic matter to the depleted soil and works as a weed barrier for the crop.  Fingers crossed we have good luck with it (last year was the first time we used this method and we faired pretty well). 

The kids are growing like weeds!

And we're happy to announce that the boys will have a loving home just outside of Cincinnati.  They will be joining a young family whom I'm sure will spoil them.  And lucky for them they will get to stay together...as you can see they are nearly inseparable.  They will be leaving by the first week of June so if any of our friends out there have yet to meet the duo please feel free to stop by.  They could not get any friendlier!

Sad week on the farm...

Its with heavy hearts that we inform the world that our 'cover man' goat, Norris, passed away.  Though one of the youngest, he is the first of our flock to die.   Though we tried to find answers, the necropsy was inconclusive so we most likely will never know why.   Everyone else is healthy and happy and we are keeping a close eye on them all.  I feel terrible that I am now hoping the prison break last month (when the boys escaped and freed the girls for the night) will result in a couple more Norris kids.  One last pic of the cover boy himself...

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Bags, Bags, and More Bags

We are busy making market bags for our CSA shareholders.  It's nice to have found a use for all those grain bags we've been saving for years.  Fingers crossed they hold up well.