Sunday, August 7, 2011

August is here..

A rainy, cold wet spring to a blistering hot summer, who ever thought this season would change so dramatically in such a short period of time.

As we are learning and growing with our farm each year we start to realise that one season will never be like the last and this really has been a testing season for us at the farm.
Some vegetables have suffered with the heat/draught conditions as we do not have irrigation but others have done incredibly well.  We have more rain today which is always welcome, but sadly when plants have spent so long without water, when we have lots of rain it then causes yet another set of problem as vegetables are now starting to split!

The CSA is in full swing and our members are enjoying the bounty of the garden.  We keep our fingers crossed it will continue being fruitful 'till the end of the season.

Last month also saw the arrival of our two Berkshire gilts Ina and Nigella.  They will be the founding breeding stock for "Le Cochon Volant" herd.  Registered stock and wieners will be available for purchase in 2012.  

Eva and Soren are growing each day and have brought a new dynamic to the farm.  Soren is generally rather quiet and still a little shy, where as Eva likes to stand at the back door of the goat house and scream down the valley to hear her voice echo around the farm.  "Knotty Ash" is now our official herd name and we hope to be breeding Eva towards the end of this year or early next year.