You cannot see them. But snuggled into the ground, under those squares of protection and in between the straw are the tomato plants. Glacier, Sophie's Purple Ball and Mortgage Lifter are happily growing under there, ready for warm weather to kick in!
tons o rain! We are wishing we had 40 more rain barrels! We have saved 2,000 gallons of water in the last 24 hours. Via a system of drip tape, duct tape, valves and piping, Homer has figured out how to use water pressure to water all 40 garden beds. And as shown in this picture, to defy gravity!
Our first flock of broilers has been moved to their field pens. And the geese are standing guard to make certain nothing gets to them. Those geese might look docile but don't let them fool you, they are fierce! Where do you think the term "goosed" comes from?!
Taxes are filed. Beef cattle are in their paddock, already getting used to moving every day. Broilers will be ready to eat beginning in June, we have a brooder full of them and will have them available daily from June through early November. Our pigs are rooting in what then becomes our vegetable beds..and the peas, lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes are sprouting. Apple trees are in full blossom and smell heavenly. The honey bees are busy flying from flower to flower..along with hundreds of other pollinators. We have eggs in abundance. Spring is here!!
I'll be attending the following events over the next week, and will have eggs and honey if you would like them. And the opportunity for you to order a side of beef, a heritage breed Thanksgiving turkey, an egg or chicken share.
EcoFest at Druid Hill Park, Saturday April 17 Earth Day at Irvine Nature Center, Sunday April 18 Earth Day event at GBMC, Thursday April 22
and check out our website: www.sunny-side-farm.com and my blog: http://sunnysidedru.blogspot.com/
Come visit, it is really looking like the farm now. Bring a picnic and we will lock up the geese so you can enjoy. And we have a guest room if you would like to use it! And acres for camping out..
Dru Peters Sunnyside Farm 1865 York Rd Dover PA 17315 410-336-9735 www.sunny-side-farm.com http://sunnysidedru.blogspot.com/
Tonight Michael Pollan is speaking at Goucher. We were lucky enough to get tickets, and are feeling the need to get there an hour before he is scheduled to speak..since we were shut out the last time he was in Bmore! Dinner with Molly and Andrea tonight, a pickup of some wicker furniture, a meeting with the honey man and seats with Claire. Just as soon as we batten down the hatches here we are moving on.
12 lucky head of beef get to live out the rest of their lives on our property. shade, water, kelp and all the grass (and whatever else is growing on our property) is what they get to eat. Daily moves to a new paddock, longer than a month before back over the same piece of grass means we will get native dung beetles, tons of worms, native fly catchers and lots of butterflies, birds and more. Snake found in the greenhouse today..perfect, they catch rodents and do not eat vegetables.
This funny little water feature was here on the property when we moved in. Filled with trash, debris, dirt and all sorts of things growing from it it was a sad sight. Visitors scoffed when Homer said he would fix it and have a little pond here. A bag of something cement related I picked up at the hardware store (for $8) and about 2 hours work and we have a pond! Our Buff ducklings are so happy, they splashed around all afternoon yesterday, in and out of the water. And yes, the hose you see in the picture is our current water supply.
I am the lucky woman who gets to be the farmer's wife to Homer Walden, the hardworking, creative and innovative force behind Sunnyside Farm. The farm is a pasture based intensive grazed farm in Dover, PA. We grow heirloom, open pollinated vegetables, chicken, eggs from heritage breed chickens, beef, heirloom breed turkeys for Thanksgiving and pork with no commercial feed, honey, eggs, Buff ducks. And the occasional flower or 2.