Monday, February 1, 2010

Farm Update

I haven't posted about life on the farm in a long's been fast and furious around here but in the most wonderful way imaginable.

The Lord's favor has fallen on our farm. That is the only way to explain the amount of growth we are experiencing.

Last night we were out in the farm store filling orders and realized that we are just about plum out of everything- even things we typically always have like pork chops.

We were all overcome with thankfulness as we stood there glancing into our empty freezers. Never once did we think last year that we would be where we stand today. God gets all the glory for this. We've not done anything to gain this and certainly don't have a "marketing strategy" in place.

From the very beginning since we moved to the farm, our prayer has been this:

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17

Here are some scenes from around the farm. Despite the coldness of winter, things seem to be fairing alright around here.

The cows and chickens remain one big happy family out in the pasture. We follow our cows with our chickens to sort of "clean things up", if you will. Chickens scavenge through cow manure eating insects and broadcast their poo throughout the pasture. Both of these animals put good things back into the soil by fertilizing it with their manure.

The Guinea fowl are still as loud as ever. They are considered the alarm system of the farm. Have you ever heard a flock of disturbed guineas? The speckled guinea drop the most beautiful feathers.

Our laying hens have been tolerating the cold pretty well. On the coldest of days, they stay hunkered down inside their coop, but have the option to roam and forage in the grass if they so desired.

Cabbage is still growing.......we re-planted after the freeze wiped all of our cabbage out.

The carrots are almost ready....

The swiss chard is looking pretty.......because honestly, that is all its good for to me. I don't really enjoy eating it, but it makes my garden look good.

Our shallots turned out well too.

We lost a whole lot in the freeze including broccoli, brussell sprouts, potatoes, and cauliflower. I wasn't too thrilled about loosing all of this.

Our Spring garden is in the process of being re-vamped so that gives me something to look forward too.


Michelle J said...

Even with all that you lost, you are MILES ahead of where we are at this point in the year. Good for you! :)

Miss A said...

I am so happy to hear how the Lord has blessed y'all! That's HIM! : ) Isn't He wonderful!

~Miss A

mandi said...

pass that chard on to me, sister! i love it!

those pics of the farm are so great. i just love it out there.

Kimberly said...

I'm with you on the chard front - gorgeous to look at - not so much on the eatin of it! I'm so glad to hear that y'all are doing so well!! if ever you decide to get into shipping meat, I would be definitely be interested in checking that out

Anonymous said...

Miss our guineas!