October 2014

What we picture and don’t picture



1: We woke up early to seed the cornfield back to prairie on a frosty morning since the previous afternoons were too windy.


2: Travis is always a good help on workdays.


3: After broadcasting seed by hand we disced in the prairie seeds and cover crop. We’ve been feeding bales out on our drier hillsides to get nutrients as high in the landscape as possible. Lucky for us October weather has been good to us and the cows are still munching green grass on pasture as well.



4: The pigs enjoyed their last day on the farm lounging in the sun as usual. Always a tough day for the farmers.


5: Two of our pigs didn’t end up going to slaughter and stayed behind. They’re getting bored without their buddies and leave their paddock whenever they want to follow Peter around everywhere. He is worth the electric shock, we all agree.


6. We finished paneling the interior walls, got the windows in and are working on gathering parts for our stove and chimney, and a couple doors. Almost ready to insulate the outside envelope, add siding, and enclose the crawlspace for storage. (Photo by Dayna Burtness)

Not Pictured:

1: Waking up in a freezing yurt for a month of near or below-freezing temperatures every night. It’s really hard to get out of bed when your sweater, slippers and coffee mug are all 25 degrees, let alone run off to do chores…

2: Not only waking up freezing cold but to a kitchen (and freshly-washed dishes) covered in mouse poop. The cold weather has brought our rodent friends in to the yurt in a coordinated attack on our sanity.

3: Trying to wash dishes in below-freezing temps. We do dishes in buckets, heat water in a kettle, and then wash as many as we can before the water gets cold again, which these days is not that many….

4: The two pigs who got left behind spending a day looking for their friends. It wasn’t our intention to separate them but it so happened that they refused to get on the trailer. They’ve since calmed down and adopted Peter as their new comrade. They will be processed on farm for personal use as soon as possible.