Two new Cayuga ducklings joined the mélange of poultry at Thistle Whistle Farm today! The plumage of these all black ducks is an iridescent beetle green that shimmers in the right light. According to the Livestock Conservancy this is one of the few duck breeds developed in North America. Supposedly a miller in Duchess County, New York, near Cayuga lake caught a pair of wild ducks on his mill pond in 1809. This breed is listed as “threatened” meaning that there are fewer than a 1,000 breeding birds in the US. More farmers like Mark are needed to help further secure its future so it doesn’t disappear from the barnyard as a nice multi purpose fowl. #themoreyouknow
New life is nature’s way to give a chance to complete the circle for the living. And even so, discovering how life goes on despite the drought, putting things in order on how we have not done. The secret is patience to follow the pace we have seemed forgotten...to adapt for the betterment of ourselves and those around us.
For animals such as yaks, it's often up to mom to teach their young how to survive and use their instincts wisely. Genghis might be walking slower than a normal calf due to his current condition, but his experienced mom, Myrtle, will not abandon him. Often following where he goes and making sure he is right next to her. 💗
Another week at Thistle Whistle Farm and Gateways To Transformation...here is some favorite pictures over the five days and a reflection too. It is through both places I get the opportunity to reconnect to my spiritual roots in not only in farming lessons from supervisor Mark. But also going to the Gateway center that is unique, lovely, and peaceful. Both places give me permission to be good to others, including animals and to be good to the earth. By incorporating roles of responsibility that require justice, compassion and stewardship it is no wonder I feel it everyday.
Just moved the herd into their fresh salad bar pasture. Raising animals such as Yaks on a mixed forage diet consisting of orchard grass, clover, timothy, lambs quarter, dandelion and chicory is so important for their health. As each piece of the “salad bar” has a different nutritional value. Also a fundamentally fresh way to look at the symbiosis between rancher, field, Yak and the health of the planet. 🌱☘️🌿🌾🐃
One of or shall I say two of these things are not like the others. 🐥 🦆
Now finally my summer reading list is here! A belated birthday present to myself as I just got one of each of Joel Salatin’s eleven books. The liberty set includes one of each of the following:
Pastured Poultry Profits,
Salad Bar Beef,
You Can Farm,
Family Friendly Farming,
Holy Cows & Hog Heaven,
Everything I want to do is Illegal,
Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer,
Folks, This Ain’t Normal,
Fields of Farmers,
The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs and
Your Successful Farm Business...and now the question is which book I should start reading? What do you think?
And into the sustainable farm internship at Thistle Whistle I go to let lose my mind and find my soul. The future belongs to the few of us in society willing to become #lunaticfarmers. 👨🏼🌾 🌱 🐓 🌞
Yak crossing at Chinatown within Washington DC...who knew?! 🇨🇳 🐃 🚸
My completion of some finals relaxed face looks more like I forgot my sunglasses face...🕶🐦🌱🌼
Sunshine. Check. Friends. Check. Dog friend. Check. Springtime at Canisius. Check. Life is good. Check! 🤓 ❤️ 🐶 📚 📝
New Buffalo New York hashtag... #It’s. April. Stop this nonsense.
Where’s my spot now? 😹😻
The more you spend time in a herd, the more you will find yourself.🤠 💓 🐃
A day to celebrate with our canine teachers the inner puppy who lives inside of us all. 🐾
This journey has been unlike any other and nothing could of prepared to have courage of following my heart. College is all about building - building lifelong friendships, building experiences, building connections, and more importantly building a future.
Cool icicle formations at Franklin Gulf County Park. 💦❄️💧