Each year we do a controlled burn on one of our three native prairie fields. It is always and exciting, yet beautiful experience. And a bit terrifying too. Here is a very short video of the fire in our front field this year.
Despite the crazy, unusually cold weather we had, just before another deep freeze, the students of the Mora High School agriculture class spent the day working on the farm. It was such a blessing to have 14 additional sets of hands to help get caught up this spring. A great group of kids, with their wonderful teacher did a terrific job working in the hoop house and in the field. And everyone went home with goodies from the farm.
This year was the first time I grew fresh ginger on the farm, right here in Minnesota. I am happy to report that it was a success. I planted about 10 pounds of ginger seed and now have about 30 pounds harvested. With the success of this year’s crop, I plan to plant a whole lot more in 2016.
Our little baby, the 2000 Chevrolet (Geo) Metro turned 300,000 miles this weekend. We’re so proud of her. She’s a dependable little thing, has survived a few mishaps, and is so efficient that she runs on only three of her four cylinders. Now we’ll see if she can make it to 400,000 miles.
It’s still autumn but we got the first big snowstorm on Monday November 10th. Timing was a bit inconvenient as it is firearm deer hunting season, but it did force us to get all of the winterizing on the farm done in just one day. It feels good to be ready for the snow, and it certainly is a beautiful scene.
The first snow of the season started last night. About 2″ fell and lasted for about 24 hours.
After a windy day, all of the leaves are off the trees and on the ground. This year was such an enjoyable autumn and the colorful leaves seemed to linger longer than normal on the trees.
It was so enjoyable to just enjoy the scenes that nature provided, both here at home and at the family’s lake cabin.
The dogs are always enthusiastic to be outside, playing in the yard.
The girls in the hen house added their own colorful flair with brown, pink, and green eggs.
But even though the leaves are off the trees, the scent of autumn is intoxicating and the naked trees now get a chance to rest. And it’s fun to watch it all from the rocking chairs on the porch of the bunkhouse.
What happens when you leave the neighbor’s pasture gate open? Cows believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, so they will always choose to escape when the opportunity presents itself. And Jim gave them this opportunity on Saturday.
The good news is that our farmers are very forgiving, and they gave us a free lesson on how to round up cows.
This is how we do apple tastings here on the farm. The problem is, they’re all good, so it’s hard to pick a favorite.