“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

Weekend Adventures On The Farm

 This weekend proved to be adventurous from beginning to end.  It all began Friday evening as I went outside for barn chores and nighttime tuck-in.  As I walked out of the garage, I was met by a black bear standing across the driveway from me.  He slowly looked at me as I looked at him.  Neither of us was in any hurry to move.  (He was about 50 feet away from me.)  We stood there looking at each other and I gently said hello and suggested that perhaps he just keep going.  After a few minutes, he slowly ambled down through our front yard, stopping every few yards to look back at me and ponder.

At this point, I ran into the house and grabbed my camera.   By the time I reached the driveway again, he was gone.  I knew which way he was headed (towards the pond), so I took off in the gator and drove down the length of our long driveway to the pond.  I searched the woods for Mr. Bear and found him, hiding behind some bramble.  Sadly, this is the best photo I could get... he wasn't about to leave the shelter of his "hiding" place.

Saturday morning we found this in the yard beneath the bird feeders the hang from our front deck.  Yes, this is bear scat.... way too big for any dog, and...

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