Author Archives: Joan Falcao

Life is Good!

We just love fall grazing. The awful heat is gone, along with the flies. The cattle are (hard to believe) getting frisky. The cool grasses are flourishing again, with yummy clover pushing through. The skies are dramatic, and the fall … Continue reading

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Gone with the Wind

Our greenhouse cover could not withstand the high winds we experienced Saturday morning. The cover tore off on the leeward side and flapped for hours before dawn. The noise was so loud we wore ear protection while we cut it … Continue reading

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Who wore it better?

A world of fashion opens up when your chicken likes you. My vote goes to Lorelei, but you have to admire Cole’s spirit. Lorelei goes on to hone her runway skills with other placements. photo credit: Scout Sullivan-Fielding

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G’ma Joan’s Boot Camp

There’s so much to do in South Hero. So, four grandkids have come from Virginia and South Carolina for a week to visit. They can’t get enough of the animals. First it was a “name them and tame them” session … Continue reading

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VT Digger Q&A for New Farmers Joan and Bob

June 5, 2019 edition VT Digger article Q&A: New farmers in retirement: ‘The animals keep us young’. Article and photos by Anne Wallace Allen.

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In the news! SEVEN DAYS article on Humane Certification

Health Hero Farm Promotes Awareness of Humane Certification By MELISSA PASANEN (photo credit DARIA BISHOP)

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Finally Grazing

This is what we’ve been waiting for — fresh, nourishing grass. Even the newborn calves are trying it out.

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Grass Gods, Make it happen!

We’re running out of hay and the grass needs to grow some more, before we declare “TURN OUT DAY”!!! Allowing cattle to graze soggy fields or grass just starting to grow will stunt the pasture for the coming year. So … Continue reading

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Do cattle wear makeup?

You be the judge! Update:  This little bull calf just weighed in at 113,  13 days after birth.  Given that we could lift him as a newborn, he probably gained 60 pounds.  That grass milk is amazing!!!

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And it’s a girl!

Kit just gave birth to a little heifer. This morning, we noticed that we were down a head at the bale ring. When we checked the barn, there she was — Kit with her sweet little calf. Now we watch, … Continue reading

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