March is when wheels really begin to turn after the slow winter on the farm. Not the hectic pace of summer, but a slow, steady roll into planting and kidding. It can seem like a lot is going on or nothing much is going on. It depends on how you slice it. Yay! Spring(ish)!
I flipped my calendar over couple days late this month and realized I had planned to start some seeds THAT DAY and I wasn't prepared. I had to gather up all the trays and start making paper pots for the peppers and tomatoes, sort through the seeds and find the ones I needed, and then find the time to start. I started yesterday with onions, peppers, celery, and ground cherries. My kitchen table is a mess. I'm now out of potting soil, but I still have the 18 varieties of tomatoes to start this week so it will be a mess for a couple more days. Yay! Gardening!
Polly is due to kid on the 23rd of this month. I need to get her shorn before then. Baby goats have a hard time nursing through the hair. The weather hasn't been right for that though. Angora goats have very little fat reserves so shearing them is like taking their clothes off and leaving them outside in just their long johns. Not ideal when the weather is in the teens at night. It's supposed to warm up next week. Let's hope it does. Yay! Goats!
I got 2 new beehives built to expand our tiny apiary. They still need painting and on the next warmish day, that will happen. We have 2 nucs of bees on order from another local beekeeper, Kavita Bay from Rivutet Apiaries and Hindu Hillbilly Farm. They are expected to be ready in May. Yay! Bees!
We also got more chicks this week. 2 silver laced wyandotte and 2 black star sexlink pullets. They are less than a week old and already they are super friendly. Yay! Chickens!
CSA signup is over. We doubled our memberships this year to a whopping 10. I was a little nervous that we wouldn't fill the slots but, we hardly had to try and we filled all but one. I'm ok with that. We stopped advertising because we figure we will have enough going on with our other projects. I can't wait to have our first pick up at the Clark Fork Market. Yay! Community!