Its been a busy week here at Schoolhouse Farm! We started the week by harvesting around 125 meat chickens. This is always a tough day but a necessary one. Knowing where your food comes from is extremely important. The understanding on life and death. The fact that death does bring life to us is an amazing concept. Im not sure that I will ever grasp the whole meaning of this. But we now have a freezer full of wonderfully delicious chickens, that lived a great chicken life.
Harvesting chickens is a community effort
We got a new area cleared out and planted a cover crop. This area we hope to develop into pasture with fruit trees and bushes mixed in. It will take a while to get there. We planted pearl millet, buckwheat and sunn hemp as the cover crop. This hopefully will help smother out any unwanted plants. It will also serve to add nutrients to the soil and help attract and feed more pollinators. The next step will be to create swales and plant pioneer trees. We will do that in late winter.
The new cleared area
Another angle of the cleared area
Today we started a much needed barn. This will be a place to store the winter hay and milk the goats. Its not going to be huge or anything just big enough to get the job done. We are using the wood that we had milled last year from our property. It give you that feel of being a pioneer to be using wood that came from your own land.