“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

Peace Like A River

 Thank you for all of your ideas, suggestions, and personal stories regarding our discussion of flies in yesterday's post.  A really great point was brought out that I had not considered.  With cicadas being more than plentiful this year, the birds and reptiles that normally eat flies are satiated with larger meals (cicadas) and most likely are not eating the amount of flies that they normally would.  I think it is highly likely that this is the principal reason for the hoards of flies that are so abundant around our farm this year.

I have witnessed that our runner ducks spend a lot of time each day combing through the tall grass at the edge of the woods.  I am assuming they are looking for cicadas.  By the end of the summer, we are going to have to change our name from BeeHavenAcres to the Fat Farm!  Our birds are all going to be plump from their abundant cicada meals.  And we already know that the pigs are going to be plump from the mulberries they are consuming.

It's been an amazing berry year so far.  I have been picking black raspberries almost daily and have frozen at least a dozen quarts of them.  What yummy jam (and maybe a pie) these will make this winter!

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