Monday, March 23, 2009

Are Farms the Suburban Future?

I've been finding some very interesting reading at a great blog called New Geography.   The suburbs that we used to know are pretty much over with. Too car dependent. People want something better and more sustainable.  Very interesting article here about nice homes situated close to working farms.  Which is quite hopeful as in the past farms were often lost to make way for more housing.  With this new approach, both are better off.   I thought the quote "Agriculture ... is the new golf" was quite interesting.  The only thing I would have added is that there are plenty of appealing small towns already located close to farms and orchards.  Not really necessary to build new.   McMansions no longer work, in the same way that industrial agriculture no longer works.  What is happening is that we are going back in time, to small towns and homestead farms, but applying new knowledge to it to make it not only sustainable but even better than before.  

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

2009 Lambs Debut

Lambing season is finally behind us - we had an action packed 4 day event! Our flock is small, five ewes, but the Katahdin breed often has multiple births. Although we stayed up late and woke up early to check on progress, and were available to assist, we didn't have any birthing problems or malpresentations. This year's lamb total is nine. No triplets this year. All but one ewe had twins. The single baby was almost 13 pounds. Birth weights ranged from 7lb 8oz to 12lb 14oz - and the largest and smallest were from the same momma! The average weight was 9lb 7oz. All babies and mommas are doing great. Milk production is good and all lambs are getting as much as they want. It's comical because the babies go around and "sample" from other mommas when the opportunity presents itself. It's very clear at nap time what babies and mommas belong together. We've updated our records so we know which ones go together! Hope you enjoy the video and pictures. If you'd like to come out to the farm and see these little ones just give us a call. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!