Thank you for following our farm page and being so incredibly patient while we finally catch up with all the varied stragglers that somehow fall by the wayside,as we tend to our farm and lives.
I received a most lovely email from a person,who had found us via the American Dexter Association. You should have seen my wide eyed look when the realization seeped into my bones that, wow, people can FIND us and contact us and, oops, there is also this thing called our "website". Well, this wonderful and engaging human,has now been the impetus for me to finally delve into writing some blog posts -who knows, maybe there will even be a newsletter in the future!
First,just a sweet little rundown of what has been going on here at BeastWood.
2017 was really important for us. We have been on this land now for three years and last year was the first time we got the sense of a sort of rhythm between us and the land and the animals. The landscape is changing, the beasts have truly helped in making the soil richer. The apple trees, that formerly had tasteless, tiny apples, now have bigger apples, more taste and look overall happier. The almost impenetrable understory in our woods,is now a lot less dense; I feel we are quickly on our way to getting some respectable silvopasture areas within the next year. We also walked the complex road of sending some of our livestock to butcher for the first time. Tears were spilled,doubts wrestled with,prayers found....and,yes, delicious food for us and friends! Cheese production is in full force, now that we added an in-milk Dexter cow to our mini-herd. Milking Joy,in all ways, is definitely part of our guiding principle.
2018 hopefully will allow us to make some more headway on the aesthetic side of our farming life: a straw bale chicken coop, outdoor kitchen, sauna...and a more successful vegetable season!
This winter has been for dry-curing pork,processing Icelandic fleece into yarn, making cheese and enjoying the contrast between the bright cold outside and the cozy warmth inside.
So, my goal for this blog is to write it regularly, share things that inspire me,small snippets of what is going on at the farm and to share our passion for fully living on this Earth and tending to ourselves through tending to her......(I definitely need to figure out this formatting thing )
A few inspirations from this week:
A one hour podcast on the novelist, Barbara Kingsolver's experiment of living off the land for a year. I found it quite engaging!
Our son asked for lasagne....well, Marcella Hazan always obliges with the best recipes,and I had the time for the lengthy undertaking! It turned out beautifully and is well worth the effort. Below the recipe,if you feel like treating yourself to something extraordinary!