|Milking cows at Seven Pines. The pit parlor is a back saver.|
|One of the advantages of working on a dairy farm|
is you get to take home lots of milk for making butter and cheese
Notice how yellow the butter is from the grass fed cows
|This is a Chevre cheese in my homemade molds. The one on the left is|
garlic and black-pepper and the one on the right is garlic and basil.
both where very tasty.
|This is a Fromage Blac cheese that I am draining off the whey.|
As a learning supplement to my internship I attended some additional workshops this summer. The one in the pictures below was on goats.
|Agenda for goat workshop|
|Using electro netting for setting up the paddock into which the goats were rotated for their afternoon move.|
|These are a couple solar powered fence chargers. I believe the large one|
cranked out 2 joules.
|This is the Milkstar Galactica, which is a portable goat milking parlor.|
|This Paradox Farm pasture pen contains ducks which are producing eggs.|
The duck eggs are very good.
|Some of the portable electric fencing materials that were demonstrated.|
|I think this was the slaking demonstration that showed how well the healthy soils held together.|
Here is a video of some mail order chicks. Kind of like a mail order bride only fluffier!
|Here are our 25 Cornish Cross Broilers in the make sift brooder we made.|
They do not stay this cute for long!
|Making baleage at Seven Pines|
|Here I am interseeding a multi-species cover crop into the recdently cut hay field.|
Purpose is to improve soil health, increase diversity of the sword to increase production
|Here is an example of a pasture that was previously planted with the diverse cover crop.|
It was very lush. In this picture I am trying to show how well the cattle did trampling
and grazing the pasture.
|Pasture pen under construction|
|As you can see the chicks are no longer cute and they are about ready to move out on pasture.|
|Here they are out on pasture.|
Since we now raising broilers I felt I needed some experience in processing chickens. Fortunately a prior graduate of the SFP Program Andy Hayner (and his wife Noel) now has a business where they teach people to process their own chickens right on their farm. Andy supplies all the equipment needed, trailering it right to the persons farm. He then teaches them how to process their chickens, and provides as much assistance as needed to get the job done in a timely manner. So I spent a day with Andy and his assistant Mack processing 90 chickens at a farm outside of Parkers Prairie Minnesota.
|Scalded chickens going into the chicken plucker.|
|These finished chickens are being vacuum packed using a standard shop-vac|
and special bags. They are then dunked in boiling water to shrink the bags tight.