In a barter of farm-raised chicken for the use of a roto-tiller I was able to tear up a 15x15' area of sunny forest behind the barn. Being the contrary farmer I am, I am very happy to break that much sod with some borrowed power and write about it on this fancy internet - but there ends the amped technology. The kailyard will be cultivated, weeded, seeded and tended by hand tools. But not just the usually hoes and shovels. I have graduated to Varsity. I have a Kentucky Wheel Cultivator, and Precision Seeder from Earthway. I contacted the company about sponsorship and not only did they happily jump on board but sent along these tools of the trade. It's a big step up in backyard vegetable production for me. These are smart, simple, human-powered push tools that take the back bending and time loss to on-hands-and-knees weeding out of the equation. This 225 square feet of growing space will have a fence, rows, and a more sophisticated system of work and reward.
After we tilled up the ground Cathy, Tim, and their son Joe helped me assemble the Wheel Cultivator and it took us about ten minutes. When it was set up I stood behind it and felt three inches taller. I walked behind the big metal wheel with its shiny new paint and let the teeth grind into the dirt driveway. Hoo! It'll be doing much the same work as we cultivate and reseed the hill I am moving the sheep off of as well as in the kailyard rows. Today I'll assemble the seeder. I'll be using it to grow the kale that fuels me and this farm, my favorite vegetable.
Get it now, KALEyard.
I'll be here all week!
I gotta say guys, this farm is getting me excited all over again. I am downright twitterpated. There's all this new engergy and life now, and I'm not exactly sure where it is coming from? But there are pigs in the barn, milk flowing from goats, a brooder full of laying hens, packs of Antlerborn chicks running behind their mama's, geese sitting on eggs, turkeys strutting, kitchen gardens planted, kailyards tilled, hawk's molting, seeders being assembled, wheel hoes rolling, fences being repairs, horses being saddled, trails explored, lambs leaping, and I am about to get in an order of 50 meat birds and on May 31st ALL THE PEOPLE who came to the meat bird workshop this past sunday are returning to make our own chicken tractors! It was a hell of a workshop, that. Not only did everyone help, learn, and take part in backyard butchering but we decided that day that we would do it. Every single person put in money for birds, got out a supply list, and we are getting back together to build our tractors and raise our backyard broilers for our own safe and healthy chicken supplies. I'm so proud of these folks. And I'm excited about all the things ahead. So excited I tuned my banjo this morning. I still got it, folks. Still got it.
I did tell you guys to buckle up, didn't I? It's going to be one wild ride this summer. I'd write more but I need to go milk a goat and then load up the truck for a hay pickup. The radio will be turned up, the windows down, my dog hanging out the passenger side. I'll be singing and smiling because I am one happy gal these days. I'm busy, tired, and happy. Good food, healthy animals, sunshine, green trees, and hawk feathers swirl around my heart. My dance card is never empty at this place and I'm off to to go waltz!