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Moving Mountains

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Farm Blog | 31 comments

Moving Mountains

There are at least two meanings to this blog title, which will become clear as this post progresses. For the astute few that still check in on our blog from time to time, it will not have escaped your notice that we haven’t posted an update since March of this year. We apologize, but this has been an incredible year, some of it good, some…not so good. 2015 had a very bumpy start, with the loss of no less than THREE cherished family members in the first few weeks after the new year. Thankfully, things then settled down, briefly, and then kidding season came roaring around the...

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Kidding Season 2015: Part I – Lotus!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Farm Blog, Goats | 6 comments

Kidding Season 2015: Part I – Lotus!

It’s that time of year again. Kidding season is finally upon us! This year Lotus was first up in the kidding order, and on day 147 she kidded with beautiful twin gold-colored does, sired by Zedoary. Knowing that kidding was imminent, toward the end of last week we had moved Lotus up to the new kidding pens. She then spent most of Friday and Saturday out in the sunshine, browsing on her favorite blackberries… …and taking an occasional moment to lay down, and rest. Not that laying down, on a slope, when you’re heavily pregnant, is very easy. Then Saturday evening,...

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February Update: Another Early Spring

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Farm Blog | 12 comments

February Update: Another Early Spring

This winter many parts of the country have been entombed in bitter cold, and record snowfall. As such, I’m almost afraid to say that so far our winter has been incredibly mild. We have had a few storms pass through, but our temperatures have been spring-like for weeks, soaring past the 80-degree mark for a number of days this month. The advantage of our unseasonably warm winter has been that we’ve been able to cross some projects off the list during our relatively quiet time of year. Our first priority this season was to install a new dedicated hay storage shed. The shed was...

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Waiting For Spring…

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Farm Blog, Goats | 12 comments

Waiting For Spring…

I must have been good last year, as Santa was kind enough to upgrade my camera and lenses for Christmas. For the last six years the blog has depended on my old camera, but it had some shortcomings, especially in low light conditions, so I’m quite excited about the upgrade.  I’m still getting used to the differences between them both, as it’s amazing what they can pack into a DSLR these days. I spent some time with the girls in the barn yard this morning, specifically because the lighting down there is always challenging, as it’s surrounded by tall trees, and this time...

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A Season of Reflection

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 10 comments

A Season of Reflection

It really is difficult to believe that yet another year is drawing to a close. Some days we’re convinced the farm has slipped into a time vortex. One minute it’s February, we blink, and we’ve been instantly transported to the end of December. Unfortunately, we have yet to figure out how to make this time vortex work in reverse. The laws of physics, and space-time, simply don’t apply on the farm any more. Part of the reason for this year’s time-slip is that, even though the gardens were left fallow due to our endless drought, we had more than enough to keep us...

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Nature’s Wrath: From Drought to Deluge

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Farm Blog | 12 comments

Nature’s Wrath: From Drought to Deluge

Having just officially entered our fourth year of drought, a recent series of Pacific storms have had many Californians jumping for joy, myself included. In our last post the farm was in the midst of one such storm. Once the rain ceased, we were already preparing for the next storm. This next storm, however, was predicted to be MUCH stronger than the last. Earlier this week the National Weather Service was predicting that this area of the Santa Cruz Mountains could receive a daunting 7.5 inches of rain with the next storm, which was also predicted to bring steady 30-40 mile per hour winds,...

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An Absence of Deer

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Farm Blog, Flora and Fauna, Native Wildlife | 11 comments

An Absence of Deer

I’ve written a number of posts over the years of about our frustrations with trying to grow fruit trees, and vegetables, under tremendous deer pressure. I never expected to write a post about a paucity of deer on the farm. Usually we’re posting about deer that have raided the orchard, repeatedly,  and the kitchen garden. But this year, something has changed. The honest truth is, despite the occasional frustration at nibbled fruit trees, and devoured cucumbers, I love looking outside the window in spring, and seeing young fawns playing, and deer grazing on the grass, just outside...

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Pecan Pumpkin Bread

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 10 comments

Pecan Pumpkin Bread

I admit I’m a little disappointed that the days are getting noticeably shorter. I spend more time doing farm chores in the dark now, than in daylight. However, it’s all worth it once the classic aromas of fall begin to permeate every corner of the kitchen. The scent of pumpkin and spice has been filling the kitchen all week, but sadly, up until now, the end product wasn’t even remotely edible. This is because I was crafting multiple batches of Spiced Pumpkin soap in preparation for the upcoming holiday rush. However, the side effect of the soap-making is that I was left...

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