It is hard to imagine that two weeks ago there were a couple of feet of snow blanketed over our whole area. Now we have mostly bare ground and the robins have returned to Pautauwak Farms!
We had a few calves born during snow storms in the past two months and are now looking to the rest of the herd to fare better calving on the grassy slopes. All in all, it was a tough winter, and I am glad that spring has decided to show up! Yes, we will have a couple of weeks of mud to deal with, but the maple sap has finally begun to flow, the days are getting longer and warmer than the nights, and nature seems to be giving a sigh of relief that things will now be able to start to grow!
Spring brings a lot of activity to the farm: repairs to winter damage; preparations for planting; cooking of maple syrup; cleaning out the build up from indoor housing of animals. Some of our spring projects will also include planting of seedlings in our green house, and planting of new elderberry starts; separating calves from their mother cows, so the mothers have a bit of time to rest before a new calf demands their attention! The sows are also in need of being bred, to deliver a summer litter. And of course, final plans need to be put in place for this year's plant and animal growing season.
With that in mind, a note to all of you that we will have meat birds this year, so put your orders in now, as we will likely only raise a few above the pre-ordered amount.
That's all for now.....Happy Spring!