Tuesday, September 14, 2010

pour water into the bag

I planned for rain yesterday, but the weather report was wrong. The storm waited until the morning and met me at 5AM in the sheep pasture. It was a steady rain that joined me for my morning fence check. The sheep had once again pulled out the lower wire (their thick wool doesn't even register the shock) and to make sure the fence is still goat proof I need to check it several times a day to make sure nothing is grounded and the charge flows. So there I was, in my stood-up rain shower with a flashlight trying to pull the wire tight enough to get it on the corner insulator. When all was done I poured more water on the ground wire and flipped the switch. You can hear the charger click and see the wires give a little shake. I'll check it with my fence tester shortly. If it flashes red at the weakest part: it's on. I pack up my gear and head inside with a sigh. I want coffee, bad.

They should really brew a farmers coffee, none of the store bought stuff is strong enough to make up for rain-soaked faux-electrician work: just pour water into the bag and chew.

Finn is still here, and thanks to Annie's third line of wire and the 30-mile charger we are keeping him inside the pen. He must have gotten zapped a few times because he has stayed in even when the fences were down occasionally: a good sign he's learning a little about proper domestication. Someone was supposed to take him home to their farm Sunday, but canceled last minute and now isn't returning emails. Pre-buyers regret? He needs a new home by Thanksgiving—that's for sure.


Blogger Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

He will get the right place; to help him, we are sending rehoming energy and adoption thoughts his way.

September 14, 2010 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Westfarm Goat Mom said...

I love your farmers coffee recipe! I feel that way in the middle of a Colorado mountain blizzard.

Sorry I live so far away, otherwise I would take Finn - he would be happy with my goat family. I think his escaping problem is boredom and lack of other goats to play with. Sheep are just not as much fun for a goat.

September 14, 2010 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

just pour water into the bag and chew.

Love this!!

September 14, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Beth of the Rocks said...

And instead of chocolate covered coffee beans... Can you have chocolate covered coffee grounds? :)

Thanks for blogging about miserable weather - I have a dream, my son is on board, but I forget about the weather. It reminds me that I need to consider it when I plan my own farm. Well, homestead, I guess.

September 14, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I cold brew coffee in a thing called a Toddy. I can soak the beans for 24-36 hours which makes a VERY strong coffee using just a regular blend. But your description is better.

I'm glad Finn is staying put for now.

September 14, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

The adventures of Finn and Jenna have convinced me that I really don't want to bring goats to the farmette. I would love the understory of my woods cleaned up but I know what would happen. Escaped turkeys and chickens are difficult but they don't eat the shrubs or the neighbors prize young apple trees.

September 14, 2010 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Sara D said...

Wish I could take Finn, but living on the opposite coast makes that pretty difficult. I'm sure the perfect person will come along soon.

September 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to know you can test the fence without just touching it with your hand :)

September 14, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger HotFlashHomestead said...

Perhaps Finn is adjusting to your sheep being his "herd" again; I would expect that would take a few weeks, since he was gone awhile. Maybe he's settling in finally.

September 14, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Tracy Bruring said...

girl get yourself online and buy some Kona coffee from Hawaii. Now that is truly smooth farmers coffee; ok it;s expensive but I am ok with supporting farmers in the USA

September 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Why did you get a goat if you are not prepared to care for it? Why did you get a goat if you want to be a shepard?

September 14, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I got the goat because I was prepared for it. I had a chain link dog run, a hole in my flock (was down to two sheep from three), and plans to train my wether for backpacking and working outdoors with me hiking - something I missed.

But when I was kicked out of the cabin in VT I was told the goat had to go. So he went into a foster home, and then another, while I moved and set up the farm here in NY.

Finn was my first goat, I had no experience with them before. He was a lesson and a victim of bad circumstances. I thought my new place would be able to hold him, but my sheep fences are not. Since my plans and my farm changed so much since that cabin in VT: my dreams of starting a sheepfarm ramped up.

Life changed. The farm couldn't keep up with the goat. I thought it could. I was wrong.

September 14, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Not quite as strong as chewing the bean, but a trick a lot of old farmers I've grown up around do is get a camp-style percolator and put it on before you do chores. If chores are easy and light, your coffee will be too. If you're out there in the rain and chasing off I fox and then accidently touch the hot wire on your fence and then notice you're missing a few.... you know how those mornings go? A quick morning chore turns into a reality t.v. season. BUT, by the time you get in the house needing an extra hot, strong cup, you've got one.

September 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I recently started reading regularly but don't comment often...

Is there a link (or something) with a summary of Finn's story? I have a friend who adopts farm animals. She's currently got 2 donkeys, 1 or 2 goats and a number of aging chickens. She might be interested in Finn if I could give her a little more info, but I don't know his back story.

September 14, 2010 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Sonny Jobe said...

I talked to my friend and he mentioned that he has to put in two 6 foot ground rods and connect the grounds in series with a piece of 8-10 guage solid copper wire. Said that once he put in the 2nd ground rod all his problem ended.


September 14, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the things I liked best about your book, Jenna, was the encouragement to try things and be willing to make mistakes. I like your honesty on here and candid sharing of your own learning curve and trials and errors and successes! It makes a "newbie" like me, feel a bit braver. By the way, I've threatened to hook up an I.V. of coffee on one of those hospital rolling poles and just drag it around with me! :) Oh, and congratulations on the license. It's a milestone. I hope you find a little way to celebrate!

September 14, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Ditto what Julie said. Your blog isn't just about telling people about your farm; it's about showing regular folks that they can do it too. If you didn't tell us about the bumps in the road, you would be disingenuous. Anybody who wants perfection can go read all the blogs out there about perfect, organized, pretty lives. Which are also boring. And make many of us feel lame. So you go girl!

September 14, 2010 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Jeff_in_Pawlet said...

Your not having strong enough coffee after checking electric fences made me laugh.

Once I decided to change out a few outlets without fussing with circuit breakers. Needless to say, I was lit up like I'd had a couple pots of coffee!

Not that I'm recommeding a quick pick me up in the field :)

September 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger RabbleRoost said...

I still want Finn... Sigh.

My Boer buck needs a buddy. ;)

September 14, 2010 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Gelfling said...

I wish we could take Finn! But I don't think our rowhouse neighbors would be as willing to overlook the bleating of a young buck as they do the cackling of our hens.

September 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

You can use a quart mason jar to make a whole bean toddy cold brew. So smooth, so strong! (but not hot) Or if you have a french press, a cold brew with (roughly) ground coffee. Let it sit overnight on the counter or in the fridge and then just press it down in the morning. (you could, I suppose also use a quart jar for this, and then just filter it like drip coffee...) Its amazing! but also not steaming hot...

September 15, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

It's really alot like pouring water into the bag and chewing. just minus the gritty...

September 15, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Karen L. said...

Jenna, Is your Annie the same Annie that help at the author Jon Katz' farm? And do you actually live near him? It seems like all of this might be true but since I don't know the area at all, I was just wondering.

September 15, 2010 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Karen, yes. Jon Katz's farm is about 15 minutes north of Jackson in Hebron. I don't know him well, just say hi when I run into him at farm markets or gardenworks.

September 15, 2010 at 8:27 PM  

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