|Sunrise at Seven Pines Farm|
|Nesting boxes in high tunnel. Egg|
production drops off in the winter
but they still produce enough eggs
to eat and sell.
The laying hens have been moved into the high tunnel for winter. Fresh wood chips are placed on floor for bedding to keep the chickens dry. They have room for about 170 birds in here and their body heat keeps it nice and toasty in the high tunnel. The sound of the chickens in the video below is kind of cool.
|The little pigs at Seven Pines Farm have tripled in size. Note in the background of the photo,|
how the have tilled up the soil while eating quack grass roots. It looks freshly plowed.
|A PTO driven wire winder was used to unroll the high tensile fence wire. |
The video show it in action
|Electric fence energizer with lightening arrester|
As you can see Thursday's agenda included making feta cheese. We also spent time putting final touches on the greenhouse to get ready to plant next Friday.
Tom Sawyer white-washing the greenhouse with homemade white-wash made from goats milk. The temperature in the greenhouse was pushing 80 and it was over 100 at the ceiling.
Friday at Bluebird Gardens we raised the rafters on two more new high tunnels they are constructing and then started putting up the Purloins. Prior to starting on the greenhouse we checked on the status of the cover crops we planted a couple weeks ago in High Tunnel #1.
|High Tunnel Cover Crop|
|Close-up of Cover Crop|
|New High Tunnel construction|
|Installing purloins. I am now ready to try out for the high wire act at the circus.|
Most of you probably do not know this but I did spend part of one summer working
in a carnival side show in Zamora the Gorilla Girl so I have circus experience.
After finishing the high wire work we headed for Farm Skills class. There we took a field trip to Roers Equipment by Brandon Minnesota see website at http://www.roersequipment.com/ . They specialize in red tractors (International Harvester / Farmall)
We are a family owned business in operation since 1946. We are located between Alexandria and Fergus Falls in west central Minnesota. We specialize in new and used farm equipment. We also have an extensive selection of both new and used parts for tractors, combines and all types of farm machinery from our huge salvage lot. We invite you check out our large inventory on our website.
We learned more about different farm equipment. There is a lot of used farm equipment that a small scale beginning farmer can obtain at a reasonable price.
|The wheels on this tractor are able to be adjusted to a wider stance while operator is sitting on tractor.|
|This running gear is basically a wagon, you can add different boxes, like a hay wagon.|
Note the Minnesota Brand on the wagon. They were made by inmates at the State Pen.
|Pat's egg mobile, outside.|
|Inside of egg mobile.|
|Pat's movable pasture pen for broiler chickens|
|Pat's movable pasture pen for turkeys|
|Pat modified an existing shed that was not being used into a greenhouse.|
|Winter Greenhouse with white pine paneling.|
|The Garden Goddess imparting her gardening wisdom on the class.|
|Rain-gutters re-purposed for use as planters which will be hung in the green house.|
Here the seeds have been planted, additional soil sprinkled on top, and patted down.
|The right side shows the proper seed density for planting the winter garden.|