So over the last week, I have been learning the real duties of actually STARTING a farming project - you see, Jason already had fencing in place, fields ready, and experience from growing up with pasture raised animals, so I wasn't really exposed to the down and dirty part of it all that he grew up doing . . . . . until now.
The gardening part is pretty fun and rewarding, although I am a little behind as far as putting things in the ground...I have been working very hard on starting plants, though, and have quite a few ready for their garden box! I am so excited that all of these plants have sprouted from seeds that I purchased from "Seeds of Change" - an organic and heirloom seed company that is GMO free. I have transplanted many of them into larger containers for "hardening" and hope to plant them this weekend!!
The fence at the new place was in place on three sides, but needed some patching done and about 270 feet of new fencing installed. Luckily for me, Mark, from the "About An Acre" carpenter team offered his help in installing the fence and the use of his fencing tools, stretching thingy, and post hole driver. I wanted to do half of the work myself to get a real sense of accomplishment and Mark let me have at it. It took us all day, but it looks great and I am very proud of it!
They met Forest and Speckles, the two resident sheep, that have lived in the field for the last two years since they were just little baby lambs, and seem to get along well with them. After exploring until dark, I rounded up all the animals and put them in the barn for the night.
When I arrived early this morning to feed Misty and Milly and let everyone out for the day, the sheep were cuddled together, Eli was cuddled next to Ellie and Ellen was on the other side of Ellie (so sweet the whole family sticks together!) and Misty and Milly were snuggled up to one another. I opened up the barn door and they were excited to go out and explore some more.
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