“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

Monday Surprises

Some days are like surprise journeys.
You start out in one direction not knowing where you will end up.
Yesterday was one such day.

We assumed, though it was Labor Day, that it would be a typical Monday for us.
We arose at sun-up and gathered the laundry.
Monday's are always laundry day.
Before leaving for the barn, we threw the white wash (sheets)
in so that they could be hung on the line after chores.

We headed to the barn and the day began as always.

Griz has been joining us for chores lately...
hopping in the gator and heading off to all areas of the farm with us.

He's taking his job as farm manager quite seriously,
and likes to make sure that all of the work is done to his standards.

He has grown accustomed to all of the animals around the farm;
and with the passing of time has become much less fearful
and much more adventurous.

He does give the turkeys wide berth, however.
And to a being as small as him, I believe the turkeys must
be no less than terrifying.

Who could have guessed, last winter when he appeared on the farm,
too scared to approach,
that he would become such an integral part of farm life!

So our day, which started out as any other Monday,
ended up with a surprise visit from our...

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