We love our peace pole. It is the perfect addition to the entrance of the garden beds. The first time we saw a peace pole, it was at Eagle Heights Community Gardens in Madison, WI. We were living in student housing at the time, and had a plot in the community garden. The peace pole there was the first we'd ever seen, but it was amazing. Something about seeing one just makes you smile...and feel proud.
From www.peacepoles.org regarding the origin; The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer
Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate
his life to spreading the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in response to
the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments
erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to
spread the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in the languages of the world.
Every peace pole has 4 languages. Ours are English, Japanese (in honor of the origin of the peace pole, and our first experience with one. The peace pole in Eagle Heights Community Gardens had Japanese as one of its languages, and Eagle Heights Student Housing had a large number of Japanese families), German (due to Dylan's family heritage and the German heritage we experienced while living in Madison, WI for 5 years) and Creole.
We hope you love our peace pole as much as we do. Read more about the World Peace Project and see some pretty amazing pictures of Peace Poles around the world at www.worldpeace.org.
...just kidding, but it's starting to feel that way a little bit. I have a strange love for chickens that started at a very young age with a pet that I adopted from my parents' chicken coop. It was a baby chicken and I named her Brown Sugar. I seriously have talked about that chicken pretty much my whole life. Ask anyone that knows me well. It's a strange fascination that I am pretty sure I inherited from my mother, because she's chicken crazy too. :) For some reason, Dylan is entertaining this obsession and it's actually working out well for our farm.
Right now we have 28 chickens in the moveable coop and approximately 29 in the brooder (which is in the seed room in the barn). We just ordered 25 more that will arrive during the week of October 17th. When all is said and done and they're all laying, we'll have around 40 dozen eggs to sell each week. CHALLENGE accepted. :) (I'm actually REALLY nervous about selling this many eggs...so please start telling all your friends about it now. Hopefully by spring we'll build enough interest to sell them!!)
Dylan keeps saying yes to more chickens lately, which is strange, but he has his reasons. The chickens in the moveable coop are fertilizing the farm and eating bugs that would otherwise end up in the garden. As the weather cools, we can move them closer to the beds (there's no shade up front so they can't be out there during the hot months) and it will help even more. We also compost the bedding, etc. to use as fertilizer for the gardens. The new chickens will be going in a coop in the barn, which was just started today. This will allow the 50 or so chickens to roam around the goat and sheep pastures during the day and control the parasites that may be in the pastures.
So as I see it, this is a win/win for everyone involved. I have a ton of chickens, our customers have a ton of eggs and Dylan has parasite and pest control, along with fertilization and added income/interest to the farm!! I love chickens!!
(picture borrowed from http://www.nyc-photo-gallery.com/Poster_Animals-Chickens.html)
Dylan drove to Quitman and picked up 4 Katahdin sheep last Saturday.....in his Subaru. It was pretty comical, especially since he arrived home with them during the Produce Sale and CSA pickups. He definitely got a few looks when he pulled in the driveway. He convinced his friend from work to ride along with him so the sheep wouldn't get in the front seat on the way home. :) No disasters except for the whole back of his car being filled with sheep poop.
Katahdins are hair sheep, so there will be no need to shear them. This is good because of the climate we live in and because of their purpose on our farm. We obtained these beauties specifically for meat production. The four pictured will be used to breed lambs for meat sales. We will be selling frozen lamb by the pound directly from the farm room at the produce sale on Saturdays! We have 1 ram (Lewis) and 3 ewes (Cleo, Sunny and Pumpkin).
Lamb meat is a very lean meat that is good for you. You can find more about that here; http://www.sheep101.info/lamb.html. We are VERY EXCITED to be able to add this to our farm products to offer you!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )