All posts by Denise Skidmore

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but you’d be amazed how hard it can be to convince the animals of this.

The calves and the sheep have separate accommodations in the evening, but go out to graze together in the morning.

Yesterday I opened up a small field that had just finished a good rest and was flush with clover. The critters would have eventually found it on their own, but it’s just good practice for me to move them. The calves are learning commands, and I like to give the sheep good reasons to come when I call them.

The boys did not want to go. They only recently have been weaned off morning milk and oats in favor of me having time to move them to fresh pasture in the morning. They kept mooing at me and at the barn and trying to turn back around. Once we got where we were going though, they stopped dead in the gate, front feet on the good grass, back feet on the old grass, and started eating. Seems I’d been right after all about where the good eats were…

The sheep had been roaming far off and would be a long time in coming, so I went on with my other chores, which put me outside the corner of the fence. When the sheep finally came, they made a beeline for me, and got stuck in the corner. “No sheep, you just passed the gate, go back! See, that one’s gone in, follow her!” I had to go around, and get it all sorted out. They were quite happy tearing up great mouthfuls of clover when I left for church.

First Yoking

Two calves in a red yoke facing their teamster.
First time yoked, they did pretty well.

Thanks to Vicki Solomon of Evergreen Oxen for loaning us the yoke and taking the picture, and to the folks of Western NY Oxen who encouraged me to put this little gathering together.  John Deer and Case did well, although I myself made some mistakes.  They’re well on their way to becoming useful members of the Eddy Ridge team.

Imperfect Fruit: It’s good for you

Two lumpy apples
Disfigured fruit is still healthy to eat if the skin is in tact.

Eating blemished fruits and vegetables reduces waste, reduces the need for chemical treatments on crops, and frees up a little more change in your pocket, but it may also be good for your body:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/04/26/475739569/beneath-an-ugly-outside-marred-fruit-may-pack-more-nutrition