“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

Blackberry Season Begins

I love that I live in a place where I can experience
the changing of seasons.
Each season brings it's own perfection... but some I favor more than others.

We have entered the hardest part of the year for both the animals 
and myself.
The heat is brutal.
Daytime is best spent somewhere shady.

Up to this point, we've been lucky...
our nights have been cool.

Mornings are definitely the best part of the day...
and the time we get as much of our outdoor work
done as is possible.

Every few nights I keep the horses in from the pasture...
just to give their noses a break from the grazing muzzles.
Then, the following morning, they get to go out in the 
front pasture for some grazing time, without muzzles.

For some strange reason, we have no flies right now.
This is the first time, in all of the years that we have had
horses on the farm, that we have had no flies to speak of.
Even our solar fly traps, which are always busy,
have had no activity of late.
It's certainly weird.
I'm not complaining... it's weird and wonderful!

It's a blessing for the animals.
At least now while they are dealing with the heat...
they are not also being plagued by flies.
(At least for now.)

We are passing from blueberry/raspberry...

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