“We were away for three days this week, speaking about farm ethics from a farmer’s perspective at Hamilton College. Mark created a big show, juggling eggs on top of a 14 foot step ladder, starting a moderately out-of-control gas fire on stage, and arranging for a live Brown Swiss calf to make a surprise appearance. (Thanks to Matt and Gillian at Greyrock Farm in Cazenovia for that.) We did cover some serious ideas too, mostly about the tricky balance we must try to strike among the three parts of sustainability: environmental, economic, social. Hamilton College is creating a residential Adirondack Semester for 3rd and 4th year students this fall, and we are looking forward to having close ties with them.
We always get nervous leaving the farm because the farm knows when we are gone, and punishes us. But this time, the team kept everything running smoothly, and moved forward in great leaps. Kirsten and her crew seeded 10,000 leeks and 40,000 onions, plus a few thousand herbs. The germination chamber is stuffed. Meanwhile, Mike and his crew collected the first run of sap in the sugarbush. It was only 150 gallons, but it was great to work though the system once with a small load, in order to flush out the weak spots. The only difficulties this week were injuries – the human kind….” Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.
- Essex Farm: Shearing Sheep (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Farm: Sequel in the Works (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Farm: How Best to Use Our Draft Horse Power? (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Farm: Water and Ice (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Farm: End of Year 2014 (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)