“Mark pulled what passes for a farmer all-nighter last night, harrowing the upper field to get it ready for corn. He came home sometime after midnight. We have 20 acres of corn planted and starting to germinate now, and are aiming for another 10 in the next few days.
Meanwhile, Cory, Ryan, Asa and Chad worked late on the new mobile chicken coop. Egg production has been sagging, so we’re pushing hard to get the layers out on pasture. The new coop is an A-frame design, built on the running gear of a hay wagon, and it will be covered by a tarp. (Our new tarps are splashed with brand-name advertising. We are not being sponsored by big box stores. These are spent billboard tarps that we bought at a deep discount, and for better or worse, they seem to be nearly indestructible.)
Meanwhile, the rest of the crew maintained good spirits under a grueling planting, weeding, seeding, chore-ing, milking, harvesting, haying marathon…” [Continue reading this Essex Farm update by Kristin Kimball.]