I was looking at the ads in an chicken magazine that is published in England and noticed that there was a company that will bring their cats to your chicken coop to rid them of mice. Then I heard of the goats that were brought to LA ‘s flight runways to eat the brush on the sides to prohibit fires from occurring and spreading after an accident. It’s true, goats will eat the junkiest of weeds. If you ever have the time to watch a goat graze in a pasture do it. Watch how they pick out the weeds and chomp them better then the biggest lawn mowers.
Summer came in like a Tsunami this year. The wetness kept everyone inside and fighting off the slugs. Fortunately we entered what you would call our typical upstate NY summer weather…. 70’s, sunshine and a relaxing breeze on the top of the knolls. Olga and Olaf are enjoying the feeling of being cashmere free for a while with shiny beautiful coats. We are about to welcome three new cashmere goats , Vina, Gwen and Giselle in into our barnyard family. This means more pasture fencing and a new barn. It also means more cashmere! With any luck from the fertility Gods we’ll have some kids in the spring .
I have enjoyed having the time to sit and watch the chickens . The new lavender and white orphingtons from Hinks are magnificent. Nothing causes you to stop and slow down in this busy life more then summer on a small farm. There is so much to see. Chores consume much of our time . However, the real gift is just slowing down to watch and join the experience of the animals, the garden and all that surrounds us. No cell phones , computers, or people. Just the barnyard and it’s simple balance.