|Our snowy little abode in late March|
Just the other day when going out to feed the cows, I had to borrow the tractor-snowblower from Michelle's dad, Fraser (yet again), just to clear the road through the pasture enough to put out some bales. By the time i finished blowing snow, went in for a quick lunch and returned to put out some hay bales, it was almost as if i hadn't blown the snow at all, with snow quickly filling the voids. The winds and drifting action have been incredible this year! And it seems to be blowing from all directions, so snow has accumulated in every nook and cranny possible. The massive amounts of snow coupled with the general shortages of hay have forced us away from our bale grazing regimen as well. However, overall, we are impressed with how the cattle look, all things considered. One has to be willing and ready to adapt and change things up, if necessary, out here. The cows made it through a really tough winter and are looking forward to fresh grass and the first signs of spring as much as all of us. Afterall, they are very close to calving (3rd week in April), so some warmer weather would be welcomed! Soon enough.
|Luring out the ladies with hay.|
|Having a slurp of water.|
|Temporarily cleared of snow!|
Before i gripe about these snowy climes much more, I need to acknowledge that we REALLY need the moisture it represents once it thaws. Last year's drought took a major toll on the water table, the pastures and hayland. It will be very nice to see the creeks and rivers fill up and the the wonderful ways in which the land can truly spring back into shape with a dose of the right medicine. Here's hoping it melts at a slow enough rate that the much of the moisture stays here rather than quickly over-swelling our rivers and flooding our friends and counterparts to the north and east!
|Beehives enveloped in snow|
We've got big plans cooking up for the looming spring. Michelle has been busy planting seeds for the veggie side of the farm, I have been searching for some bred heifers and a bull to expand and introduce some new genetics into our cattle herd and polishing off my maple sugaring gear. We officially have 8 inch high tomato plants along with a bounty of herbs, onions and other wonders quickly growing, awaiting the transfer from the house to the warm embrace of real sun in the greenhouse. As you can see in the pictures, there is a ton of snow out there snugged up to the greenhouses! For local people, we still have a few spots left in our CSA program, so let us know if you or someone you know might be interested. For everyone else, we have big plans for delivering delicious food to you with our diverse other product line, so stay tuned.
Well, time to stop procrastinating, get the shovel out and liberate that greenhouse! Here's hoping for a windless week so i don't have to do it all over again sooner than later. Thanks so much for your ongoing support and we look forward to hearing from you soon. All the best from us to you this spring!
|So much snow!!|
|A cross-section of of our winter|
|Merle guarding the greenhouse|