It was all about hay this week, friends. We’re striving to bring in enough high quality second cut haylage to keep the dairy herd milking through the winter. These big round wrapped bales require systems and equipment that are all new to us. And it is taking a village to do it. This is community supported agriculture all right. We are supported not only by you members but by our neighbors and fellow farmers. Allow me to send out a big pack of thank yous.
- To Ron Jackson, who has loaned us his truck and trailer yet again.
- To our new neighbor, Eric Craig, who is a retired dairyman newly moved to town. He has offered sound advice based on years of experience, and today he’s driving tractor for us. (You might meet him at the ferry dock – he’s working part time in the ticket office.)
- To Scott Bridge, who loaned us his new Ford tractor when our Ford broke down. That has saved us countless hours and much frustration.
- To Shelby Gardiner, for his bale spike.
- To Tom Salva, for loaning us a bale wrapper.
- To Rolling Hills farm, for the baler and mower.
- To Scott Christian at Ward Lumber for delivering twine when we needed it.
- To Jason Demar and Haulin’ Junk for transporting bales.
- To our own Scott Hoffman, who worked with Mark until midnight this week.
- To Cory and Travis for keeping all the equipment running, and to the rest of the team for keeping the farm running while short handed. We have 158 bales wrapped now. If nothing goes wrong (knock wood) and we get the rest in, the cows should eat well this winter…” (Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.)
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