And I Present to You

January 27, 2011

Hello Glog Readers!
Guess who…

Chris and Helen asked if I’d like to be a guest glogger this week. Of Course!

I figured I could share a bit about the Southwest in this glog-spot. Are you thinking about dry hot deserts? I’m not. I’m thinking of the Southwest side of Gould’s campus-

the FARM!

Gould’s farm is home to sheep, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, AND Gould’s Farm and Forest program.

In the fall and spring Farm and Forest students are at the barn every afternoon, involved with all aspects of running a small New England farm. In the winter, however, the barn is a little more quiet. Biology students and farm proctors meet at 6:30 to do morning chores, but not much changes at the barn in the winter.

This past week, however, there was some excitement. I’ll start this story at the beginning- August -Summer time.

Proctors were arriving at school. Faculty were getting their classrooms set and going to meetings. Down at then barn the ram was looking at the ewes and at the fence that separated him from them. Apparently a decision was made, and the ram gained access to the ewes. When I found the ram with the ewes I felt certain he hadn’t been in there long enough for anything to “happen.” Can you tell where this story is going? It’s an, “I was wrong” story.

New Addition

Skip forward about 145 days. HOLY COW! No, SHEEP! HOLY LAMB! During some of the coldest days of the winter a little black ram lamb was born to Kioko. Though he was small and skinny, he was able to get up and take the critical first step- nurse. The critical second step involves continuing to nurse and gaining some fat- a tough thing to do when it’s so cold. In order to give him a little boost we made him his very own turtleneck fleece jacket. As I took the scissors to a pair of toddler size fleece pants my 4 year old son asked, “Mom, are those mine?” Thanks, Reiley. Your contribution likely saved a life.

This is the first time we’ve had a lamb born early. Lots of farmers intentionally breed for January lambs. We’re normally welcoming lambs in April, right after March break.

New born

If you’re near campus or coming for parents’ weekend and the auction, feel free to stop by the barn, visit our animals, and meet the newest addition. Farm proctors Allie Shelley and Marguerite Wiser will be choosing a name soon, and it should begin with the letter “N.” Suggestions are welcome!

Now back to your regular Gloggers!

-Tracey Wilkerson
(Gehring dorm head, Farm manager, Spanish teacher)

Thanks Tracey

Hope you enjoyed our guest writer.

See you next week. The Davies’s’s’s’s

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