Winter 2019

Ah, mid-winter. Winter is an interesting season for grass-based farming. The hard work of feeding the soil, moving fences, and baling hay is behind us and we are simply feeding what we have already stockpiled from a long summers work. But snow, sleet, and ice can make even simple jobs turn into all-day affairs. After the ground freezes and has a solid layer of snow over it, we return the cattle to pasture. They have dense woods to shelter in and an open field to soak in the sun. The pigs are enjoying their piggy palace where they have deep composting bedding that keeps them warm and provides space to root. Their barn provides shelter to the north blocking the prevailing wind but is wide open to the south so they can soak up all the winter sun they can.

Our biggest chores aside from near-daily feeding are safety related; making sure it’s not too slippery for the animals and that areas around the barn and feeding area are cleared off to keep them clean and accessible. There is a fair amount of outside work in winter and the frigid temperatures in January can be exhausting. But we are already feeling the longer days and stronger sun of February and can only imagine that the animals are grateful too. Winter chores are the yin to the summer chores yang; after months in the fields the change of pace to winter chores is welcome. As winter goes on and spring gets closer we all find ourselves yearning for the green fields of summer. For now, we are still embracing the snow and quiet solitude of winter.

Summer 2017

Where did summer go? Even though there are are 10 days left in the season the leaves are already changing colors. And while we are having a warm spell now, the nights are markedly cooler than they were in July and August. Maybe one of the reasons it flew by was how busy summer always is on a farm.

We had our biggest year yet of making hay. There are a whopping 650 hay bales tucked away in the barn and we expect to have over 700 round bales by the time the snow hits. That's a big increase from last year but we are growing so we'll have more cattle to feed this winter. We also have been creating new spaces for our pigs. Now that we will be producing pork year-round we have invested in extra fencing and pig huts and are building a winter structure.

All while rotating the cattle to fresh pasture every 24-48 hours and keeping all the animals fed and happy. While summer is in its twilight we are still reveling in the warm sunny days and hope you are too.

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

It's hard to pick a favorite season at CSR. They each have their own appeal - the pastures blanketed in white in winter, the cool breeze off Gilman pond in summer, the fiery hillside foliage in fall - but spring is undoubtedly the most magical.