May 18, 2018
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~Margaret Atwood
The fields are getting green & the cows will go out to pasture soon.
Apple trees are budded and blooming.
The kids saw a baby newt.
Thanks so much for checking in!
May 4, 2018
“Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.”
– Vladimir Nabokov
I wish we had smell-o-vision, or a scratch & sniff blog, because that is one of the most amazing experiences on the farm!
The smell of the soil warming in the green house.
The smell in the woods of the wet earth & decomposing leaves. The smell of new ferns & new plant growth.
The vanilla milkshake smell of the formula fed to the calves, before the wonderful breakfast smells at the dorm.
The sweet, sweet smell of the barn. Yes, really, it smells of pine shavings, molasses, sweet grass/hay, orange peels, & grain.
The smell of fresh air, and sunshine on everything it touches, cows & kids included.
Of course there are those other pungent smells. The whey, the pigs, the chicken coop, and manure. Lots & lots of manure.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Thank you for checking in!
April 27, 2018
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. ” ~Benjamin Disraeli
Some of the most beautiful happenings this week were the student’s expressions, as the Educators recounted their experiences, challenges & successes, to each of them individually. This is an award ceremony that happens at the end of each week, when every student is recognized for their own personal accomplishments.
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April 20, 2018
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. “~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This Tuesday was our last sap bucket collection of 2018. We beat last year’s record, and made 1313 gallons of syrup!
Spring is being reluctant, but that isn’t slowing our gardening efforts. Spaghetti, Delicata, Summer & Butternut squashes, which were deemed “Dinner Winners”, Zucchinis, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, and Pumpkins, were all planted this week.
Regardless of the weather, the coop is nice & cozy. The newest chicks were moved out of their smaller space & in with this Spring’s farm hatchlings.
Thank you so much for checking in!
April 13, 2018
This week was full of amazing teamwork & communication!
In the Cheese House, as they worked in the aging room.
To the Coop, where they prepared a larger space for more chicks coming in.
To the barns, taking care of our heifers and cows.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. ~Henry Ford
Regardless of differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder… [T]eamwork can be summed up in five short words: “We believe in each other.” ~Author Unknown
And here’s a Friday Flash back! Today vs. 2016. Vashti has perfected her camera face by adding a wink, and her tongue, well….you can see that for yourself.
Thank you for checking in!
April 6, 2018
A chipmunk was spotted Monday! Too quick for my camera, but here is a link to some fun information! http://vtfishandwildlife.hosted.civiclive.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73163&pageId=149079
Local students visited this week, and collected 700 gallons of sap.
So far we are at 1,200 gallons of syrup, which equals more than 48,000 gallons of sap!
The chicks are loving their new bigger coop.
Radishes, and tomatoes & Basil, OH MY!
Check out these catkins that a recent windstorm blew down.
This weekend we will have a booth at Flavors of the Valley! Such a fun event, please stop by and say hello!
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March 30, 2018
The seedlings are happily growing. You can now recognize the types of plants by their leaves!
We had 2 days that 2 bull calves were born, and the students were lucky enough to witness a birth.
The hatched chicks were large enough to move into the larger coop.
Kudos to the 18 amazing students (and their teachers) that got up at 3:30 a.m. this morning to head to the dairy barn & help milk cows!
March 23, 2018
It was a beautiful week!
This week the students tapped trees, and hung more sap buckets. Later in the week, our first sap buckets were collected!
Sprouted seedlings were transplanted. String beans & radishes were planted.
Our hatched chicks are growing and growing! We have divided them into 2 living spaces, so they have more room to run about & flap their wings.
We have many expectant cows, so I hope to have new heifer reports next week.
Thanks so much for checking in, have a wonderful week!
March 16, 2018
Seeds planted last week have sprouted.
Pancake & Jennifer were weaned and are sharing a larger living space, until they move to the heifer barn.
Niblet & Arya continue to make strides on the weight chart.
Our recently hatched chicks are getting lots of love
We still have so much snow, but it is beautiful!
This has been another amazing week! Thank you for checking in!
March 9, 2018
Late last Friday, during a surprise snow storm, Strawberry delivered our newest heifer, Gooseberry. Both mother and daughter share the same March 2nd birthday!
The incubated eggs, at the dorm, have been hatching.
This week’s students had the added experiences of planting starter seeds & tapping trees.
The sap continues to run, and we have now made 650 gallons of syrup.
The Education Staff stopped into the aging room to reorient themselves, for this weeks time in the cheese house with the students.
What a fantastic week it has been, having kids back at the farm! Thank you for checking in!
March 2, 2018
We are so excited to welcome students back to the farm next week! Our staff has been readying the farm, and dorm, with new tools for learning.
Many of us have been involved in some amazing team building activities this week. One done by High 5 . They shared some really fun new games & activities. And another at King Arthur Flour. Adults can use tools to help communicate & work well together too.
Monday brought spring weather, and by Thursday, there were plants starting to sprout. But, Spring will have to wait, it is Vermont, so today we are having another snow storm. “If you don’t like the weather in New Egland now, just wait a few minutes.” ~Mark Twain
Nike, pictured here as a calf, calved teeny-tiny Niblet, who looks just as beautiful as her Momma.
Sap has been running & syrup boiling. We have made 400 gallons, so far. This is the most we have ever made, this early in the season.
Canada(ian) Geese have been heard & seen checking out the ponds on the farm.
A safe & happy weekend to you all!
February 23, 2018
What a wonderful treat we had today! A student that visited as a 5th-grader in 2011, came back to visit with his family today. He is now a senior, and is trying to decide which college to head off to next year. His visit here had such an impact on him that he kept his journal and workbook. He has allowed me to share some of his thoughts with you.
This weekend he will be participating, for the third time, at FIRST Robotics Competition at UVM. He is very interested in engineering & agriculture, and as the farming industry moves forward, we are seeing more and more of this combination. Did you know that some farms are using robotic milk machines? Did you know some cheese caves use robots as affineurs?
Sunday morning Jumbolina welcomed our newest heifer, Jiffy.
We have two New Educators: Todd and Magaly who have been training this week. I hope to get pictures and bio information up for them next week.
Thank you for checking in!
February 16, 2018
It’s still rather quiet around here, or at least as quiet as a farm can be. We are so excited to have new staff coming to train next week!
Hollyberry, Apricot, Wasabi & Chestnut were moved to the heifer barn. That is our winter residence for the heifers & dry cows.
Wendy was our Employee of the Month for February!
Jumbolina, seen here as a new heifer four years ago, is due to deliver at any moment.
There are some local woodpeckers working hard to find food.
And woodpeckers aren’t the only ones “tapping” trees. Next week weather is forecasted to be warmer, and with luck, the sap will start running!
These girls are free to roam. We are incubating some of their eggs at the dorm, which should hatch early in March.
Reading, Ashbrook, Tarentaise & Tarentaise Reserve cheeses are being entered into the World Cheese Competition, which is being help March 6-8 in Wisconsin, for more information, click on the image below.
Thank you for checking in! Have a happy week!
February 9, 2018
Vermont brought back winter, with gusto. This week, two storms came through, each bringing about a foot of snow!
You can see the snow volume well through Lanie’s office window in the Cheese House.
Luckily, our heifers, like little Janis, all have fluffy winter coats & friends to snuggle with.
February 2, 2018:
The farm is starting to show hints that spring is on it’s way. Mostly in the form of blue pipeline, which is being readied for the upcoming sugaring season. The sugarhouse has been woken up from it’s winter nap. In the sugarbush, winter storm damage is being cleaned up.
Huckleberry, Apricot & Wasabi were all weaned this week. They get to room in a stall together until they get moved out to the heifer barn.
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January 30, 2018
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