Over the weekend and again on Monday we woke to winters return. A blanket of snow covered the ground. Monday morning we work to several inches, roads that were barely plowed, and slow still coming down. School wasn’t delayed, so we got up and moving as we would any other day.
Many complained about the storm, the roads were awful because the highway department have removed all snow equipment weeks ago, and have been working on ditches, and clearing trees from the sides of the highway. The farm looked beautiful with the fresh coat of snow, but chores were a little harder. I had to take Tucker our house dog to the Vet, and renew his license at the town hall. On the way as I approached an intersection the swagger wagon decided it didn’t want to turn, and we slid right into the ditch, just barely and no damage was done, but none the less we were in the ditch, about a quarter mile from our excavators shop, Bud hoped in his truck and pulled me out. It was the shortest time I’ve ever been out of service on the side of the road. The roads were pretty slick, and the swagger wagon really doesn’t like the snow to begin with.
I decided to take the truck instead when I went to pick up the boys in the afternoon. Much better even in 2 wheel drive.
What good does the snow bring? Snow melts slowly allowing the soil to soak in the water, so there is less damage to the top soil, and our water table is restored more efficiently with less ending up going down stream.
Something more amazing happens when we receive a spring snow. Snow contains nitrogen, which is a fertilizer, typically the nitrogen dissipates, but when the soil is thawed the snow slowly melts, the water and nitrogen make there way into the soil, 5-10 pounds per acres has been observed. Read more about the phenomenon here.
Last week my beautiful and talented cousin Alicia spent an hour or so walking the farm, and snapping a few pics. She sent me several shots that I will be using over the next few week. Alicia has made quite a few trip to our farm, and has taken some really great pictures.
This summer at our farm tour we will be having a amateur photography competition. Look for details in the coming weeks!
Question of the week:
Jason S. do they still make those 80s socks we all had?
I did a little research, low and behold they are still available with a little searching on amazon.com. I think Hunter would love a few pairs.
Alison S: I’m thinking about getting a “family” cow. How many acres would you suggest fencing in for her (and probably one calf for butchering) to be “grass fed”? Thanks!
Raising a family cow can be a great way to supply your family with healthy meat. Number of acres required greatly depends on how you plan to care for the cows. 5 acres per animal is taught in many conventional farms that stick their cows in a paddock and leave them continuously. If you get into rotational grazing, the amount of land needed rapidly decreases as your frequency of rotation increases. Other factors include soil fertility, drainage, sun/shade, breed and size of cow, and type of pasture. Its always best to have more land than you need available.
Jason and Alison stop in after 4/15/16 for your free hamburger patties
Sales at the farm store hit an all time high last weekend, between the farm store, and CSA deliveries we sold a whole cow in 4 days. No worries though if you couldn’t make it last weekend, next Friday we will be picking up another half from our butcher.
This weekend pork and chicken, and eggs are in good supply.
Eggs: Galway Food Pantry received 15 dozen eggs last week, 25 more dozen will be delivered in the next week or two, thanks to our customers purchasing during our buy one give one event.
2884 West Glenville Rd
West Charlton, NY 12010