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After I retired I wanted to stay busy on our farm. My almost 30 year career was in the hunting & fishing industry, so raising the birds I had hunted for years was a natural for me. Being married to my best friend, wife & help mate is all I could ask for. My wife of 34 years and I love living on our farm and doing the chores it takes to maintain it. We are living a wonderful slow life in our retirement. Our grand daughter is such joy. Having a big garden to feed us, raising bees for honey, loving our pets and no debt. I feel blessed to have enjoyed this country living and sustaining our family through growing our food and simple ways my whole life. I am happy to see others across this great country deciding to live instead of just collecting more. A less-stress farm life is making us very happy. *******************************************************

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Starting our Cleanup in Preparation for Startup

With this nice weather we sorely desire to work outside on the farm.  We have begun to clean up our incubator room and giving the incubators and hatchers a good disinfecting, too.  Our brooder barns floors are covered in roof felt and pine shavings.  We put new pine in after every session of birds, but felt in once a year, so we started that long process. The fly pens are inspected for little holes that preditors make when they try to get in before our watch dog Shadow gets 'em.   Took all the feeders and waterers out and started cleaning them.  Our 55 gallon water barrels that feed each pen will get disinfected and whatever falls into them is removed.  We have a little more electric fence to run and new netting to hang.  Plus lots of other stuff that will show up as we inspect. Our gardens are tilled and new areas are marked off. We have 2 areas about 20'x 40' & 2 - 20' raised beds.  Adding a bunch of rasberries, grapes and prarie flowers for the bees. Our son and his family is moving to their new farm in a couple weeks.  They are moving to some land that is also CSA farm  that has about 80 summer share customers.  They are going to sell their eggs and raw milk.  Should be good for them.  Leslie takes care of all the farm sales and chickens and cows. Shaun is testing for an arborist certification real soon for his Greenways job he loves.   We are still getting calls for birds and booking orders. Should be an interesting 2011.

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