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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