“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

Mowing Season Begins

Although it started out cloudy and cool,
yesterday turned into an absolutely beautiful sunny day.
We have had such a lovely spring thus far...
occasional rain showers and lots of sun.
Everything is blossoming, and leaves are popping out more and more each day.


The pastures are green and lush right now... and in need of a mowing...
(which, by the end of yesterday afternoon was accomplished...
"Thank you, Anna" - who helps us with the enormous amount of mowing here.)
The horses are enjoying their daily time in these rich fields,
and don't seem to mind the required grazing muzzles.


Every day, when the horses and donkeys return to their dry lots,
I open the gate between them.
Every day it's the same routine:
The donkeys hang out in the horses' lot...


and the horses all try to crowd into the donkey shelter!
(They have three large stalls and shelters in their own lot...
but they always prefer somebody else's digs!)


We have lived on the farm for ten years now...
I know, it's hard to believe!
When we started, there was a barn and a ramshackle front pasture fence.
The fence was torn down and replaced, and over the next few years more fencing was added.
We added four more pastures and several animal yards as...

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