Just because February wanted to be spring doesn't mean that March feels the same way. We have had more cold and snow in the first half of March than all of February. The people of the farm are enjoying it, the animals and plants maybe not as much. This late winter burst has provided some fun for Farm School as we have taken the time to look at the different snowflake shapes that are falling. This is a great lesson for the kids. Here are some pictures of snowflakes we have seen during Farm School. Just because it feels like winter doesn't mean it's not time to think about Summer Camp. Check out our Summer Camp page for more information on what we have going on this summer.
Sometimes life comes at you fast. One day we were driving a road that my wife bikes regularly just so I could see the area and 10 days later we were making an offer on a larger than we ever imagined property with her brother. Well one month later we are the proud owners of 85+ acres of beautiful farm land that is only 10 minutes away from our current farm. There is a lot of work to be done, but also a lot of possibilities. We are calling this new land the Chestnut Mountain property, because as you can guess, Chestnut Mountain is the dominant feature. We have already started working with Madison County Soil and Water to create a management plan that includes fencing off all the spring runs and creating alternative watering sources for livestock. Our goal is to be good stewards of the land and keeping animals out of the water is the first step.
This summer we will be running our summer camp at the Chestnut Mountain property. There is so much more space to play, hike, and explore. Well enough words, here are some pictures of the new place.
The new season of Farm School has just started. We are in the process of getting ready for sugar season, hopefully a good Maple Syrup year. We have a lot of great activities planned as well as plenty of time for the children to explore and learn at their own pace. We are also excited that we have closed on the Chestnut Mountain property which will give us an 85+ acre site to run Farm School and Summer Camp. More details posted soon on the new location. Enjoy winter.