Wood is now needed - in quantity. With the old Kalamazoo cast iron stove running pretty much daily now, it has become evident that our wood stocks are not nearly sufficient. The chains have been sharpened and the Stihl "Farm Boss" saw has been called into service.
|The first turn of the old road bed - now much easier to navigate|
To improve our old road bed, we turned to a local excavator, Bill Pykus. Bill came highly recommended by our neighbors Jim and Pat Sanders, and we were certainly not disappointed by the job Bill did with his dozer.
|A portion of the re-claimed upper pasture- 350 year old sugar maple in center|
|Sugar cake inserted into bee hive - this will supplement their own honey|
The garden is being "brought in". Potatoes, beets and carrots are now all safely stored away in the old springhouse where it stays damp and cool but does not freeze. We will continue to harvest kale and brussel sprouts well into December. Our loan application with the USDA was approved this past summer and come April we will be setting up a large 100' long walk in high tunnel (hoop house) over a few of our beds for crop season extension. This is a good thing when you farm in zone 5 in a frosty river valley!
We'll be heading up for some family events at the farm and at Elk Mountain ski area over Thanksgiving and we'll be back in touch soon thereafter with an update.
We wish everyone a very Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving season !
Your Friends at Old School Farm
|Frank Dean with 1 day old Owen Benner at the hospital -2006|
Frank was a sage - his words of wisdom and positive outlook on life will remain with me always. I am so proud to have been his friend for ten years and I miss him and his infectious laugh deeply. I know he is smiling down on Old School Farm - he was an "old school" kind of guy - a real class act. We love you and miss you Frank - the world needs more guys like you.