Its been hard to get off the mountain this week, really its been hard for the last several weeks. Not having internet or a phone and being a mile up a dirt road and having so much to do really makes it hard to take the time to drive away and communicate with the outside world. The past few days have been sunny with cool breezes but this morning it rained, hence me going to use the internet.
Josh and his dad have been busy figuring out the high-tunnel. Josh will write a more detailed report about how it has been going, but so far we have found level ground using a hose, water and some clear tubing, they have figured out how to drill the holes for the pipe and connect them together, and last night at 8:00 they got the first bow done so now the rest theoretically should go faster.
They also made a farm cart that has proven to be incredibly durable and able to withstand some rough work. Everything else has continued to grow while we’ve been busy, our tomatoes are in full swing now and we have boxes covering every flat surface with tomatoes of different sizes and stages of ripeness.
My goats had a bout of diarrhea last week, I believe brought on by consuming something in the pasture their stomachs were unaccustomed to. I gave them baking soda, and some Dynamite Miracle Clay and within 24 hours they were pooping berries again. The pigs are happy, we have to move them faster now as they go through the pasture so quickly. Their tails are always curled up in curly-cues and when we go out there they make happy excited little grunts and squeals. We’ve decided we are going to keep Ham for ourselves, he is the smallest of the lot and also the one I am least attached to. Really I could have eaten Ham or Bacon but Pork-Chop I would have had a harder time with, just because she is so cute and has a bigger personality than the other two. We got Cole Ward’s video about butchering our own meat. It is cheesy but very well done and worth the time and money if you are interested in cutting your own pork, lamb, or beef.
We have also just been approved for a kick-starter program to build rice patties in september! We’ll let you know when our page is up on the web!