It's a New Year!
Thank you for supporting us through a big year of growth... and a fair share of obstacles.
2018 Highs and Lows
- After a rough winter last year of frozen water tanks and escaping cattle, we got new permanent fencing and a frost-free winter waterer thanks to an NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program grant that rewards rotational grazing practices. So far this year, winter has been a breeze!
- Jason took down and moved a pole shed from another farm back in 2016, and in June, our family and friends helped us put it back up. Then we got to throw a farm party potluck inside the shed in September! If you couldn't be there, we hope to make it an annual event.
- One barn project just wasn't enough, and as soon as the pole shed was finished, Jason got to work taking down another barn he found in southern Minnesota. It's a wooden barn that was built in 1880 and is in beautiful shape; it now rests in pieces inside our pole shed! We have many community-building dreams for it, but it needs a new foundation and the time to put it back up. We will be sharing more about the project with you as our plans develop, and hopefully someday you'll stand inside it with us!
- Harvey's vocabulary expanded from car to tractor, trailer, truck, train, combine, crane, cart, wagon, mower, skid loader, snow plow, backhoe...
- We sold our first grass fed beef! We will have a few more of our smaller beef boxes available for delivery in February and then we're taking pre-orders again for fall quarters and halves. Let us know if you want in on February's delivery!
- We switched to a new organic pig feed... and our pigs didn't grow well. We finally switched back to our original organic feed supplier and they now look great, but it took them longer to finish and that means we still have pigs in the winter. They are unfazed by the cold at this size, but I'd personally rather not be filling pig feeders in the snow and ice. Lesson learned! What it does mean is that if you thought you missed your chance to order, it's actually not too late. Our pig butcher dates are in early February and we still have a few available. Pork will be ready for pick up or delivery by March--see all the details below.
Thank you, again, for following along with us on our journey.
All in all, it feels like we are finally a real farm with a barn and fences, and we're looking forward to now being able to expand our cattle herd and offer you more grass fed beef and lamb.