It’s a sunny day outside, the clearspan is glowing, the chickens are stretching, the pigs, goats, sheep and cow are basking.  I looked at a couple of pictures of chickens on pasture this summer with longing.  The clearspan still grows a mighty fine chicken in...

On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve we received the best presents a pig can give: piglets!  Two of the blond Mangalitsa sows had litters.  They have proven to be good mothers.  They are in loose stalls with deep straw bedding.  The room is insulated and stays...
Winter pigs

Winter pigs

This snowstorm has us all excited about skiing, snowmobiling, and sledding.  The animals just hunker down, though.  The sheep are cruising the garden for leftover goodies.  I had to rescue the remaining brussel sprouts from them–they preferred those to the...
Let it snow…

Let it snow…

The kids, as in generations previous, are cheering for the snow.  They’ve got a few sleds out.  They’re checking the ski reports since they invested in season passes this year.  They complain about how hard chores are now.  All is normal and well. The...

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