“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

Spring Arrives At Maven Haven

 You may have noticed that Maven Haven sits at the edge of our apple orchard.

It's the very coldest spot on the farm... its own little micro-climate.  Amazingly, Spring arrives about two weeks later in this particular spot than it does elsewhere on the farm.  

The daffodils in the front pasture have been blossoming for weeks, but, here in the apple orchard, they are just opening.

It's wonderful to see that all of the planting work that I did last summer is coming back again this year.

I will be adding a few more specimens to this garden in the next week... hoping that something will be blooming every day until the next snowfall (hopefully not for many, many months, though!)

Everywhere I look there are happy little flower faces greeting me!

The chickens are all a flutter right now.  Their world has turned upside-down - or so they'd have you believe.  Because our flock is small in size right now, we have decided to close off the upper chicken house and use it for new chicks.  The hens will have to roost in the lower house for the time being.

Today we will be picking up some chicks (hopefully all females) from the feed store.  Until they are large enough to move in with the larger hens,...

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