Saturday, March 2, 2013

Grain Bin, Up!

The four-ton silo went up on a snowy day last week with help from family and friends.  Luckily, it doesn't actually weigh four tons, but it does hold that much grain.  We're due to get our first delivery of grain in the next couple of weeks.


Seth with the wrench on the inside...

...and Tyler with another wrench on the outside, tightening bolts.
Our clan has had a bit of a temporary out-migration; at the moment, about half of us are away on trips to Nicaragua, Alabama, the Snow Row, and a spinner's retreat.  Lucretia and Oai are holding down the fort on Stovepipe Alley and making phở while Tyler and Elsie keep critters fed on the Stream Rd.  And I'm keeping my little one fed, snug and warm at home but with many adventures planned for the next couple days.

Also in the news for the week:
Fauna update:  We've sold our lovely, hungry, escapist flock of sheep off to some farmers on Isleboro.  The sheep have been on the market for a while now, but with spring and green grass in the foreseeable future we finally had some takers.  We may get into sheep again at some point, but focusing on the dairy and relieving the pressures of almost daily fence-moving duties seemed like a good move for the time being.

Flora update: We set up the seedling greenhouse and planted our first seeds this week; one thousand shallot seeds and 1500 leek seeds are now waiting on some sun and light to get them up out of the soil.  We're also enjoying spinach and cilantro out of the greenhouse, along with the ability to dig in real brown thawed ground.

And coming up next! Tomorrow we'll be at the Belfast Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries Fair at the Belfast Boathouse, from 1pm-3pm.  Come see us and buy our eggs and salami!  

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