We’re hoping to move all of the mammals over to our new slice of paradise on Tuesday. With a [human] baby arriving in 1-6 weeks, the clock is ticking, and V is working miracles
A bloody mix of neighborhood irresponsibility: Us trusting the dogs to stick to their territory while patrolling (which ... they’re always by the livestock whenever we come through, regardless of the time) and hunter neighbors who throw all of the bits they don’t want in a pile somewhere on the edge of our property, where the dogs find treasures like this deer hide and, last week, a leg. 🦌 #northofthewall
The Scrumble Wood variation on ramen: our own boar butt steaks, duck eggs, pork/duck broth augmented with dandelion greens, mushrooms, and chili sauce #winterdinner
We just can’t say enough how much we love Pietrina and Graziella, our livestock guardians. They protect our stock so that wild predators can do what they were meant to do, thus playing their key role in the food chain. We don’t interfere with them, meaning we will rarely, if ever, need to kill wildlife just for the sake of it. These brave sisters keep their herd safe, at their own peril. It may seem strange that we prefer not to kill wildlife when we kill livestock to feed ourselves and our guardians. But protection and intervention are our preferred methods of keeping the wild predators at bay, hopefully so that one day balance can return to the natural world within which our farm exists as a small pocket. We don’t wish to close out wildlife entirely, and yet we must find a way to keep our farm from being overrun by predators. We think livestock guardians are an elegant, lovable, innovative solution to a serious challenge. We’re always happy to share if you or a farmer you know would like to learn more! Many farmers already feed and care for canine companions, a couple more should fit right in!
Portrait of a carnivore not wholly respecting herbivores’ winter food stash
Local acorn squash stuffed with farro, onion, foraged apples, boar bacon (#notaint), and sage 👀
When Southern city friends visit and you treat them to a nice, relaxing, high-in-the-30s visit in the country #clearingfencelines