I don't know about you but it feels as though winter has been hanging on forever. With 13 gallons of maple syrup and 2 gallons of Black Walnut syrup for sale, we are looking to the spring growing season with excitement.
This is curly dock. It's an alien invasive weed. Because it's not poisonous, some websites refer to it as an edible weed. IMHO, just because it's not poisonous, doesn't mean I should eat it, especially when I have much more tasty things growing in the high tunnel. It's root, if met with a tiller, slices up into pieces that rapidly take root. We want to suppress these weeds and prevent them and other weeds from competing with our vegetables.
On the farm, we honor the rhythm of life and believe that ultimately we are on this earth to feed and to be fed. One of the many blessings of our work to sustain ourselves here is to harvest deer in the over-populated hills of our property.
Two does, harvested in September, are in the freezer and will help to feed us, our families, and future interns coming to further the cause of sustainable living at Red Sunflower Farm. This seven-point buck was found sitting in the middle of Banklick Creek, the back half of his body paralyzed. Our best guess is that someone shot him with an arrow in the spine on his left side (because a bullet would have made an exit wound on the right side), he ran away, and as the infection from the wound spread, it moved to the spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. We killed the animal quickly to end it's suffering, as it was destined for death by starvation.
A Kentucky hunter is permitted to kill only one antlered deer per season. Under the circumstances, the mercy killing of this buck is a true blessing to our farm. The inordinately long periods of time in a tree stand sometimes means that farm chores suffer. We are blessed to have this animal come into our lives and allow us to have more time to get back to our daily life, making ready to process our Thanksgiving turkey, prep for maple syrup production after the first of the year, and plan for next spring and summer's crops.
Thank you, Mother Earth, for this nourishment that will be provided to us through the winter.