If I were to step back and look with a totally objective prospective I think I would say that the farm is actually moving along as well as could be expected ... considering the circumstances. I always need to keep reminding myself that when the farm started it started with nothing and now it at least has something! Here is the nickel tour of what has been happening ::
- The pigs remain the centerpiece of the farm and they are being raised with some degree of success in the woods and on the pasture.
- The cows are doing their thing, but the jury is still out on how well the beef side of the farm is working (maybe more on that later).
- I love the sheep ... although they have caused innumerable problems and I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to them.
- The laying hens are still the rescue chickens and have the run of the farm. There is one small batch of pullets in the "egg-mobile" following the cows, but something bigger needs to happen next year so that the layers are pulling their weight on the farm.
- This fall the first small batch of meat birds will be going to the processor. This was the trial run and I believe I'm ready to really ramp things up next year.
- Ten weeks down at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market and two to go. It has been a good learning experience and I have lots of ideas for next year if I'm able to make it full time.