The lazy days of August are here at Old School Farm, but they are far from lazy for Dave and WWOOF farming volunteer, Hayley Otterness. Lots of vegetable harvesting and preserving is going on along with the continued building of the bread/pizza oven. The bees are also busy, and as their numbers multiply, so does their need for space. Dave is seen here replacing the hive cover after adding another level of forms on which the bees will build more combs for honey.
|WWOOF Volunteer Hayley Otterness|
Hayley came to the farm back in July to help Dave in Al's absence, and decided to stay on a couple of extra weeks. Here are some photos of Hayley helping out at the farm along with a few of her own words about the experience...
|Hayley harvesting cucumbers|
|The farm wall stone base for wood fired oven - roof bump out added above|
|Portable, solar powered fencing with mineral feeder in foreground|
We continue to move our sheep and portable shelter to fresh grass around the 12 acre pasture and are currently planning a temporary containment area in one corner of the barn. This will house our two mature ewes, Elska and Freya along with our young ram (as of yet not named) for the fall and winter months for the purposes of breeding. The three young ewes are not yet old enough to breed and will remain in the shelter in the pasture. Icelandic sheep are incredibly hardy and only require a wind break and shelter from rain and sun. Cold temperatures alone will not adversely effect them, as they have two coats of wool - a soft inner layer and a coarse outer coat.
|Purple Broccoli (turns green when cooked)|
The garden is churning out loads of produce. Some is being sold locally at markets, but much is being frozen or canned (in the case of pickles) for winter use.
|Beds are re-planted with fall crops - spinach, rutabagas, etc|
We are also re-planting areas with fall and early winter crops. We obtained a grant for high tunnels from the USDA and these hoop houses with raisable lower flaps will be used for season extension in our garden.
|Some serious roof garden carrots and an old snowmobile|
a kindly neighbor gave Dave for easy winter access to
|Our young Ram -his horns will soon completely curl around|
|Blanching Broccoli for the freezer|
Until next time, enjoy the rest of your summer and please feel free to pass on a link to our blog to others if you are enjoying it...