We're back. I promise! And although we're a little late, I thought we could relaunch the Early Bird Ranch blog with a posting of things we are thankful for, because right now they are many!
First, we are thankful to live in a farm community that supports each other. We've been working with a number of other local farms, including Harley Goat Farm, Blue House Farm, Flygirl Farm, 5th Crow Farm, Pie Ranch, Markegard Family Grassfed, and Fat Cabbage, plus, of course, Left Coast Grassfed. It's a real blessing to feel connected to other farms and to develop a network of interdependence. Farming is not a lifestyle that thrives on isolation--and we're lucky to have such great neighbors for shared sales opportunities, "recycled" food streams for our pigs, companionship, inspiration, and baby-loving. Here's a picture of our hens greatly appreciating some Blue House Farm greens!
|Grandma helps Kevi clean a pumpkin!|
Third, we are thankful for the chance to raise our son on the farm. Every day I'm struck by how even at this young age his life is shaped by our choice to be on the farm. Already he is enamored with the animals and has shown a tremendous amount of patience, curiosity, and enthusiasm for this life. He loves to simply watch the hens going about their business, and often we can calm his crying by taking him to the window and pointing out a rogue, escaped hen (about the only time I'm thankful for rogue hens, trust me!). Here he is with possibly his favorite of the farm's animals, Gus--our half Pyrenees, quarter Akbash, quarter Anatolian puppy. If you're not sure what that means, I feel all I need to say is that in this picture he's only 6 months old...