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Last week I had to make a choice.  I needed some veggies and had the choice of a small local retailer, Willow Mercantile, or Meijer’s.  I had to go to Meijer’s anyway for other things Willow doesn’t have, and I did have several children along.  But...

Sometimes this time in the winter feels like the “dog days” of the season.  The sun yesterday was inspirational, though.  We all got outside, worked on various projects, enjoyed the warmth and UV rays.  The pigs are lazy fellows.  Their house flooded in...
Winter

Winter

Winter on the farm: A rare sunny day brought us outside and made for some great photos.  The barn and clearspan with the pigs in the snow make a classic picture.  The clearspan currently houses about 1400 chickens in three different groups.  The barn houses the goats,...

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...

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