“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

Out and About

After several cold, snowy days, the sun came out yesterday and everyone ventured out into the warm sunshine.

Although they stick to the shoveled paths within their yards, 

they seem to enjoy being out in the fresh air and sunshine.

Even Griz came along for afternoon chores.

and grabbed a quick drink from the goat water.

However, stuck between a snow bank and two turkeys was more than he could tolerate... as he meowed loudly for me to save him.

He had absolutely no reason to fear Tom and Fred... but how do you explain that to a kitty!

With a cold front on the horizon, the melting from this warm day will be minimal.  We are hearing rumblings that a high pressure area in the arctic may be headed our way with more significant snow.  Time will tell.

Besides the aesthetic appeal of a snowy countryside, it is Winter's snow that has the biggest impact on our water table.  Once the deciduous trees awaken in the spring, they utilize most of the water from spring rains to push forth and hydrate their leaves.  It's only during winter, when nothing needs to "drink" the rain and snow, that the water table gets the full benefit. 


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