“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Short Sleeves

Is there anything as wonderful as those first few spring days?
To feel a warm breeze as it blows across your skin
and not feel the need to cover up... is heavenly.

With the change of seasons, comes a change in the structure of each day.
Days are longer... allowing for more time outside.

We still awaken before dawn, and spend a little time reading before getting up to start the day.
As the sun rises, we make our way out to the barn and get started
on morning chores.

Everyone gets fed and watered.
The equines are turned out for some pasture time and the night's deposits of manure
is scooped.

The chickens, turkeys and ducks houses are all opened up
 and the birds emerge for a day of free-ranging.

Nightly bird droppings are scooped.

By the time the sun is in the sky, the farm has been tidied up and
all of the animals cared for.

Farm chores in the spring are my favorite.
Shedding the bulky layers of winter and working in just jeans and a shirt
is a much-anticipated pleasure.
We end up feeling 40 pounds lighter and so much freer!

The rest of the day's chores are pushed back a few hours
with the lengthening days.
More time is available for doing the extras like gardening and yard work.
It isn't until almost...

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