Hello Farm Followers!! Sarai here with a weekly farm update... yes that's right... I now have a calendar alert that says "STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND BLOG!" It's working... well at least this week it worked. Hopefully we'll be posting at least weekly updates on the farm and another blog post for some unschooling fun!! Our weekly farm updates will include what's new on the farm... what we're currently working on... and where we totally failed. As always our goal is to be honest about what works and what doesn't and to learn as we grow.
What's New on the Farm?
We got a new mini potbelly pig this month!! His name is Scourge (after the Thor Ragnarok character because my 5 year old loved him) and he is a tiny viscous boar.
Seriously guys... He's vicious.
Lolly Pop, Our female pig has been lonely since moving outside and we've had a few problems with her behavior...
We love her to bits, but ultimately the pig responsibility falls to our 5 year old... he is crazy about pigs and after visiting the fair last year he made the case for pigs to his daddy ending with "I may not be very big, but I'm big enough to take care of pigs." A week later we had a Lolly Pop... He is very serious about his responsibility and is out there daily making sure she has food and water... sneaking her treats... and rubbing her belly because pigs LOVE belly rubs... who knew? He extra spoils her when it's cold outside...
She's been a little frustrated with this cold weather and we knew that ultimately she needed another pig out there with her.
Scourge came to us a little quicker than expected. He's the runt of his litter and his siblings were pushing him out of the food. So we got a call one night saying we either had to come get him or he probably wouldn't last the week... the next day I put the kids in the car and we drove 3 hours north to pick up a palm size piglet... he was so small that we decided to keep him inside for a few weeks to keep him out of the cold so we've been snuggling and loving on him like crazy. Boars have a tendency to get mean if not handled enough and we definitely don't want that so Scourge has had LOTS of belly rubs and sleeping on laps.
A few days ago he moved out with Lolly. Her behavior problems were gone almost instantly. He did try to assert his dominance and she gave him a little pinch, but other than that they got along great and it does my heart good to see them out there chasing each other around... I never thought of myself as a pig person, but now I can't imagine life without them... they're amazing creatures and I adore them!!
What are we working on?
Number one priority right now---> trash box.... we've tried the rolling ones and it's just not cutting it... between the raccoons and the dogs running around I've had to go pick up trash everyday for months.... It's driving me CRAZY!! So... Joe is building me a box that hopefully will not get messed with as much. We're using 2x4s and chicken wire to dissuade the animals from stealing the trash... ultimately our goal is to have more in the recycling, reusing, and composting piles than the trash piles, but we are slowly working our way towards that goal... having our recycling picked up is turning out to be harder than expected... who knew rural recycling would be so darn difficult!!
We're also working on building a tumbling composter... and possibly digging some composting pits... we'd like to try several different ways of composting to see what works best... we've tried having it in a bucket and using a shovel, but because I'm super short it's hard for me to turn it... so that method simply isn't working for me.
Where have we totally failed?
Ok guys... I'm hanging my head in shame on this one... When I went to the feed store to get pig food they didn't have any for Lolly's age group... and I thought "Well she's only 2 months older than the Scourge food so I'll just use that until I come back into town in a few days and can get hers..." BIG MISTAKE... there's a reason they have age groups.... I went to give her breakfast a few days later and she was checked out... like low blood sugar wasn't functioning very well... I feel awful about it and did tons of research later... apparently with the wrong nutrition they can have absence seizures and we now know that... a little extra fruit in her and she perked right back up. So we will not be making that mistake again.
Just some fun...
There are tractors running up and down our road... farmers getting out and plowing their fields... we do not own a tractor so we've not been out plowing ours, but it does my heart good to see them because it means that spring is coming!! Yesterday we went out and moved some dead leaves around and found beautiful evidence of spring... strawberry shoots and daffodil shoots are coming up... the first stirrings of life around here in months... I'm SO excited!!
Joe and Sarai are a husband and wife team who moved their 4 kids out of the city and onto a mini farm. They practice ecologically friendly and sustainable farming, herbalism, unschooling, and simple living including primitive techniques for the modern day man. This blog is where they hope to teach you how to do it too. Is it possible to leave the city for a rural farm life? Follow the journey to find out.