finally, the frost free date is behind us..everything goes in over the next few days..melons go in another couple weeks, when it is hot at night too..and today we saw a few flowers in the pea patch, peas to follow soon!
Our broody hen, sitting on 6 goose eggs for the last month (and yes, she was "spread thin") has hatched her first gosling! Homer went to feed her and turn the eggs, and when he picked her up another head appeared..poking out of one of the eggs! Here is a photo of the still soaking wet gosling, in a few hours will be dry, fluffy and wobbling around!
not what I think of as organic..and why our poultry live on grass, move daily, get a custom blend ration that is free of these kinds of "organic" materials..I mean, what is an "allowed synthetic"?! nothing any of my birds want to eat!
the USDA National Organic Program is only loosely enforcing animal welfare rules that require organic poultry farms to allow their birds to have access to the outdoors and "exhibit their natural behaviors." This has resulted in a wide range of farms being certified organic; everything from lush green pastures where hens roam free, scratching in the compost and nibbling greens, to giant sheds with tens of thousands of grain-fed birds that never see the light of day.
At its April 2010 meeting, the National Organic Standards Board had an opportunity to reform organic chicken and egg production by outlawing a synthetic feed supplement called methionine that confinement poultry producers have used as a crutch to help them scale up and keep costs down.
Unfortunately, despite thousands of letters from organic consumers who understand the nutritional and environmental benefits of pasture-based organic systems and are concerned about animal welfare and synthetics in organic, the NOSB voted to keep methionine on the list of allowed synthetics.
Tuesday 4-8 Lauraville Farmers Market Wednesday 3-7 Carlisle Farmers market Friday 9-2 Harrisburg Farmers Market Saturday 8:30-10 Chevy Chase Buyers Group drop off Sunday 2-3 Towson Buyers Group drop off
most other times we will be at the farm if you want to stop for pasture raised chicken & eggs, to order a pasture raised heritage breed turkey, or to pick up fresh picked vegetables!
May 5, Homer's birthday..and the peach trees have fruit all over them..the chickens help by scratching up all the bug eggs in the ground under the tree..and leaving their waste, which turns out to have almost identical chemical composition to the "fertilizer" sold in bags in stores!
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.