We had our first May Day celebration this Sunday. The tetherball poles were decorated with flowers and ribbon, acting as the perfect sturdy center for the young dancers. We were fortunate to have talented musicians leading them through the steps. The clouds broke around midday, allowing us to celebrate the sun and the rapid spring growth that is happening around us. The kids stamped silk streamers to use as mini may poles and made paper baskets to collect flowers. People of all ages created delicate and beautiful paper flowers with Heather Frye of Venn Floral, www.vennfloral.com. You can see pictures of the lifelike flowers they made at http://vennfloral.tumblr.com. We hope to celebrate the start of the season for many years to come.
We separated off two steers from the herd today to join the bulls. We like to begin moving the bulls on pasture when the grass is green and before we put them in with the cows. However, moving two bulls alone is tricky so we add other steers to keep them company and offer us a buffer.
The mobile chicken coop is done. We are moving the chicks in on Thursday. They will stay in the coop for several days to acclimate and then be out on pasture soon. Next we will build the coop for the turkeys and meat birds.
The greenhouse empties and then refills as we plant out starts and sow more. By the end of this week, most of the large plantings are in the ground; we will only have winter squash left. It seems that as soon as we put the plants in the ground, they double in size. They are growing so quickly. I get hungry just thinking of all the good food that will come!