Donde vive el cerdo?

November 6, 2007

A highlight of the week for me was the opportunity to mix Spanish and Farm and Forest. Ms Woodley brought 3 of her Spanish classes down to the farm for a tour. They’re learning vocabulary related to city-life and farm-life. As a former Spanish teacher, it was great to introduce our animals in Spanish and share a bit about their lives.

Ms Woodley’s Spanish students were among the first to see the latest addition to the farm. About a month ago we noticed that we had some broody hens. A broody hen is one who wants to sit on eggs and hatch them. Farm proctor, Rosemary, offered to bring some fertilized eggs from her chickens. So, we switched out the unfertilized eggs for the fertilized ones and waited 3 weeks. Saturday night the hens were sitting on fluffy chicks! We now have 11 chicks and the 3 hens appear to share mothering responsibilities.

While playing with cute little babies is fun, the Farm and Forest crew has been busy with some projects that aren’t quite so fun. We spent an afternoon shoveling manure onto our garden. The soil in the garden is very good, largely because of regular manure applications. Another afternoon was spent trying to beat-back our growing thistle population! Over the past couple years we’ve been seeing thistles in our pasture. I recently learned that burrs (another sharp, pokey, annoying plant) have great tasting roots that have medicinal value. If anyone can tell me something good about thistles I’m all ears! It’s no-fun to work with a sheep who has lived in a pasture with thistles!

We welcomed a new student into Gehring this weekend. She’s a first year student whose brother graduated from Gould. Welcome, Anne!


Until next week, Gloggers.

-Tracey

(Happy Birthday, Mom!)

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