I was outside tonight turning compost piles while Dylan got the babies to sleep. It actually rained today, so it was too wet to get in the beds and do anything else. I actually love working with compost. I can't really explain it. Something to do with turning over new soil and making something from scrap, maybe? I have no idea. But I love it.
Well, tonight was not that great. It has been so dry and the compost piles are suffering a little because of that....and because we've been so busy. Compost piles need a lot of moisture to work....and that hasn't been happening. They also need to be turned at least once a week..and that really hasn't been happening either. So tonight, I was working on a REALLY DRY compost pile that hasn't been turned in about 3-4 weeks. So the process goes something like; turn a portion of the pile into a new pile, then spray for a minute or two with a water hose to really soak it down so it will actually be a working compost pile. The first spray of the water hose produced HUGE spiders coming form every direction. Literally.....every direction. (Don't worry CSA people, this is not the pile we ask you to put your compost in on Saturdays!!! That one is PROBABLY spider free....just don't investigate.) It's a good thing I'm not scared of them, and it's a good thing they don't jump. Every turn of the pile and new spray of the water hose created more spiders running from the chaos. It was pretty entertaining after the shock of the first round. After that, at least I knew it was a possibility gigantic spiders would be running at my feet and crawling over the toe of my boot.
I say I'm not scared of spiders, but I have to admit that I really freak out if one is actually on me...or I think it is. So as I'm typing this I'm wondering if one happened to get in my boot and up my pant leg, and I swear I can feel it crawling around in there. Hopefully I'm wrong. But forgive me for cutting this blog short. :)
Despite the drought, we have had an amazing amount of produce over the past few weeks. Since we are already here for at the farm for CSA pickups, we thought we'd have excess produce for sale in the farm room, and open to the public. The first Saturday we did this was last Saturday, and were relatively pleased with the results. In addition to being able to offer our produce to the public, it brings people out to the farm! That is always a good thing!!
We update the email list, our Facebook page, and post on the Ruston Market Facebook page when we are going to be having a sale at the farm. To make sure you get the notificaitons, make sure you are either on our Facebook page or our email list (CSA members get all info automatically). We will be holding a sale this coming Saturday as well from 10-2 at the farm!!!
In the next few years (or sooner) we will also be offering farm rasied meats and specialty produce (berries, garlic, fruit, etc) along with possibly value added products like salsa and jams. This will be in addition to our produce and egg sales!! We like to be a "one stop shop" of sorts for the people of Ruston!! We hope to see you out here to get some amazing produce, hang out with us for a bit, and take a self guided tour through the gardend beds, if you choose!! Tell your friends or bring them with you!! We look forward to seeing you soon. Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) call or text (318-
Our 25 chickens are ALL still with us!! I say that because we are kind of shocked it has gone so well this long. I probably should knock on wood because you know how these things go. A predator will get in and eat them all tonight because I'm bragging about them. Now I've just freaked myself out a little....
Anyway, they have been doing amazing and have actually starting laying eggs in the past few weeks. We got 14 today!! We are going to start selling the eggs out of the farm room possibly as early as this weekend during CSA pick ups. It will start slow, but soon we'll have a pretty good amount of eggs. Each chicken should lay about an egg a day. That's 25 eggs x 7 days a week = about 14 dozen eggs a week. Not bad!
Kade has taking an interest to the chickens and checks on them regularly when he's outside watering, playing, etc. A few times he has found that they are out of the chicken yard and has taken it upon himself to catch them and put them back in. As a side note, the fence is electrified, so it's not as easy as it seems. He's gotten pretty good at herding chickens and tossing them over the fence. He's had a few misshaps, but nothing major, and they were actually pretty comical from a parent's standpoint (and grandparent's, too, as he retold the stories to my mom). After several of these chicken chasing escapades, we decided to clip their wings (actually, only one wing on each chicken). We haven't had a chicken out of the yard since, so things have been much more peaceful for Kade.
Dylan also seems ot have an interesting relationship with the chickens. We have really tried to tame them, and I feel like we've done a great job. We have always taken the extra time to handle them, since they were tiny. They really like Dylan, especially. He can sit or kneel down in the chicken yard and they all come and gather around him like he's the mother hen (or rooster, maybe??) and some even climb up on his shoulders and head. It's actually pretty funny to watch, but the chickens love it, and Dylan seems to enjoy it too.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )