Winter on the Farm
It’s cold outside. Apart from pruning and planting dormant trees, there isn’t much traditional farm work to be done this time of year. Of course, this isn’t exactly a traditional farm. On the RavenRidge land where the bulk of our hemp is grown, Rich and Michele have been putting the finishing touches on the greenhouse in which our little hemp seeds will germinate at the end of Winter. When there two days a week this season, Nathan works with Michele to change electric fence paddocks for the hogs and roosters and to get redbuds, locusts and other trees planted.
Over at the Hidden Springs farm where Nathan and Cynthia live, Cynthia has been keeping the animals moving, trying to balance nutrient availability with animal needs on too little land with not enough time. She isn’t complaining. This just confirms that even in winter, there’s more to do on a farm than meets the eye.
There are lots of firsts for us on the horizon this year including our first blog posts, our first calving ( anticipated for this fall ), and our first time in four years venturing to hope that next month might be better than this one. So here’s to democracy, regenerative agriculture, and to the little things that connect us all. Thanks for reading.
- Nathan, Farm Manager