Monthly Archives: July 2014

What’s Old Is New Again

From the The Farmer’s Friend at the Bow Little Market, I purchased this old pitchfork. It should come in handy for cleaning the chicken roosts, turning compost, and gathering hay. The only mark on it is “I-D-L Top” stamped on … Continue reading

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Early Morning Salad Picking

On an early, Thursday morning, it’s time to pick greens for Tweets Café. There’s always time to enjoy the flowers on the way to the salad rows. The baby kale are perfect for picking today. Light green on top, a … Continue reading

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A Chicken and a Snake

Chickens are like ground vultures. They will scarf most any corpse they encounter, even a snake. A chicken has found a dead snake and the race is on to find a quiet spot where she can feast on it without … Continue reading

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The Cows I Love

Biking to the post office this afternoon I saw that the cows I love were back in the main pasture. After disappearing early this year, I learned that the farmer has cancer and that the cows were at his brother’s … Continue reading

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Butterball Mothers

Mother hens fluff their feathers when they sense danger. They can appear to be twice their normal size. When they fan out their tail feathers, they look like turkeys. This behavior begins before the chicks are hatched. A sure sign … Continue reading

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Fetching Lunch

Eggs laid within the hour, sweet tomatoes, fresh chard, all the makings for a summer lunch. On the way back inside, I spot what I thought was some paper by an apple tree, and it turned out to be a … Continue reading

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Morning Flowers

Early morning is the time to make my rounds through the fields, checking on how things are growing. The many flowers make it a wonderful time. Potato flowers tend to close at night. They pop open at first light. Every … Continue reading

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Attentive Mother

With their wide field of vision, mother hens can see most anything that might threaten their chicks. The chicks are very aware they have someone looking out for them. As long as their mother is nearby, they are relaxed and … Continue reading

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Green Surprise

This afternoon, I discovered a kale growing at the edge of a porch. I was about to go to the garden to get some greens. I was drying kale seed pods on the porch last summer. Some of seeds must … Continue reading

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Garlic Harvest

It’s time to harvest the garlic. Imelda and Lucky are there to help, along with a handful of other chickens. It doesn’t take long to pull the hundreds of garlic I planted last fall. It’s a great crop this year, … Continue reading

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First Garlic

It’s the start of garlic season. We’re used to buying garlic in the store, but what does it look like when you go harvest some fresh? Follow the pictures below to see what it looks like coming out of the … Continue reading

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Making Lunch in the Summer

No matter what time of the year, making lunch starts with going out into the garden and vegetable beds to see what looks good today. Invariably, these ventures include a foray by the pond. What’s the point of going out … Continue reading

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Off to Bed

The hen above has four chicks. Two of them are completely hidden underneath her warm feathers. You can just make out the gray and white tail feathers of a third chick to the left of the one chick who isn’t … Continue reading

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Busy Mothers

Summer is a busy season for mother hens. Every week, there are new hens sitting on eggs. Those with chicks are taking their chicks out into the brush to find good hunting grounds. Each week they take them further and … Continue reading

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Today’s Waste

This is the waste that is left over from processing salad greens. These greens are very edible. The stems may be a bit too twiggy for a raw salad, but they would work well steamed a bit. They’d also be … Continue reading

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Tiger Mom

For baby chicks, their mother is their teacher. They watch her every move and mimic what she does. In the first photo, look how intensely the chicks study her every move. If she pecks at something, so will they. If … Continue reading

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Summer Blooms

When the anemones start to bloom, it’s proof that we are in the middle of summer. The wonderful thing about anemones is that they bloom for a long time. The dahlias look like star bursts. White oregano blossoms are a … Continue reading

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Tar Sands – Breathtaking Destruction

Alex MacLean and Dan Grossman are documenting what the oil companies are doing to the forest and bogs of Alberta as they strip the land to retrieve oil from the tar sands. You can read about their project at Tar … Continue reading

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Time to Pop the Champagne

Spotting the first red tomatoes of the season is more than enough reason to pop open a bottle of champagne and propose a toast to the wonders of nature. The three red cherry tomatoes in the photo above were in … Continue reading

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Mom on the Move

Every mother hen is different. This one is a mover and a shaker. Some mothers don’t take their chicks out of the nursery until they are a week old. This one has them running around outdoors the day after they … Continue reading

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