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7-3-2009 (34)

The transition to horse power has moved slower than we’d hoped. This year we had hoped to do a lot more than we have been able to with the horses. Some cultivation has been done with the horses, but that’s about it. Bell and Blaze have had an easy start on Mitchell Family Farm!

The goal had been to mow and rake hay with the horses then bale the hay with the tractor (haven’t figured out the art of stacking loose hay yet!) Rebuilding the horse drawn hay mower is now finished. Josh got the tongue installed just the other day and was able to hook the horses up for a test drive.

7-4-2009 (64)

7-13-2009 (37)

Unfortunately, the tractor we need to run the hay baler broke down (a bearing flew apart in the transmission) so between taking it apart, ordering parts, waiting for them to come in, returning the wrong parts for the right ones… we’ve still not been able to put up much hay.

In the photo below you can see the tractor is in three big pieces – back wheels to the left, transmission in the middle, and front wheels to the right.

7-4-2009 (22)

Doing surgery on the tractor…

7-4-2009 (40)

Grease monkeys on the fourth of July!

7-4-2009 (49)

Gotta wash up outside before they can come in the house!

7-4-2009 (55)

Finally all the parts are in, hopefully everything will fit back together and run like it should real soon!

Spring has faded into summer and between all the equipment repairs the garden still needs to be tended. Josh has been foliar feeding many crops to help give them a boost as well as spraying pyrethrum and hand squishing squash bugs. Most of the irrigation pipe has been connected and is functional but still needs to be buried to protect it.

7-16-2009 (5)

The summer crops have been slow taking off. Many crops will have a late harvest this year.

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Renewing a strawberry bed.

7-3-2009 (9)

The turkeys are 4 weeks old now, just big enough to start taking out on grasshopper patrols. They’re beginning to get the idea that there are some pretty good things to eat out there in the garden and are enjoying the hunt.

7-11-2009 (21)

CSA shares being filled this past Tuesday – lots of help in the packing house!

7-14-2009 (12)

Of course Jena has to spend time with her horses every day… Tartan is showing Jena he wants scratched… right here!

7-5-2009 (15)

The patriotic ladies all dressed up for Independence Day!

7-5-2009 (39)

A CSA member blessed us with a special Independence Day gift to encourage us to take time off work to celebrate… fireworks explode over the farm on the fourth!

7-4-2009 (76)

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