Author Archives: Joan Falcao

Helping Grandma

What a gift and a joy when grandchildren come to the farm to help. At 14, Cole is a big help — driving us around, refilling the mineral feeder with more salt and kelp, setting up fencing and water tanks. … Continue reading

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Haying Fever

So much work, so little time! And it was hot! Photographer Rob Swanson caught almost everyone on the project. Dave Brownell raked. John Lafayette baled the hay. Joan helped Bob bring in the bales and wrap or stack them. We … Continue reading

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Vincent van Gogh visits the farm

Vincent commandeered my camera from the world beyond to create this image to his liking.

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Spring Grazing

May grazing… When the grass is fresh and lush and growing like crazy.

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Turn Out Day 2020

FINALLY!!! The cattle have been waiting for this all winter. Just recently, they have been watching the grass grow on the other side of the fence, while all they had to eat was hay. But now the grass is full … Continue reading

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Spring Calving

Such a joyful time to see the new calves suddenly appearing. They start out so innocent and will let you approach them and even pet them. But after a day or two, you will have trouble catching them. As time … Continue reading

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Winter Cattle Care

What does “grass-fed” mean in the winter? The energy of the summer sun has been captured by grass and clover and harvested as baleage for winter sustenance. The cattle eat the hay outside and come back to the hoop barn … Continue reading

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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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