I’ll admit this also… I’m a father – as of 6/26/11!

That’s right! Martha successfully and amazingly produced a baby boy, Jasper, weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. June 26th.

We are enamoured, excited, and entrenched. Back when we were young, playing the board game Life, it never seemed that difficult to simply put another peg in the back of the family car and keep on driving. Let’s see how it works out this time!

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Thanks to all our friends and family for the wonderful support we’ve had so far.

Hay, that’s what we make (in the summer anyways)

It’s funny how maturity (a kind word for getting old, encroaching responsibilities, and all sorts of other changes shunned during the vigor of post college hedonism) changes what you get excited about. It wasn’t long ago that my bros and I cranked up the 50 Cent to race out the door every day searching Wyoming white smoke to leave contrails 20 plus feet long as it splashed over our shoulders. Will gravity ever cease to amaze and please?

At Green Wind Farm we milk about 25 Jerseys and maintain a youngstock herd of about 25 animals as well. Not to mention the two belgian draft horses that each eat about 40 pounds of hay per day in the winter. This adds up to a lot of dry hay which we put up ourselves.

Just last week I cranked up some Craig Morgan “International Harvester” as my wife and I got ready to leave our house in Burlington. A quality tune that brings to mind quality concepts like “Right to Farm Law”, “Have You Thanked Your
Farmer Today?”, “Don’t Complain About Farmers With Your Mouth Full of Food”, and “No Farms, No Food”.

We were hoping the weather would cooperate and we could assist (truth be told; Martha over 8 months pregnant picked strawberries for the freezer) my parents in baling the hay from an entire 12 acre field in a single day. We did it! Just under 1000 bales put into the barn. Almost 1/3 of our necessary hay for the winter.

The last 75 bales or so were baled in a light rain that had been looming to the west for hours. To avoid the possibility of starting a fire in the hayloft these bales were stacked on their sides with some space between them to be fed out prior to second cut hay which will probably go in the barn in late July.

The day was so successful I didn’t even have the energy to drink a second beer prior to bed. Almost like the good old days in the Tetons except meritorious efforts instead of hedonism gone up in smoke…

2011 Season wrap-up

That’s right we used a lot of wood. The pile above is about 10 feet high. We burned almost 70 cords this year! Thanks to those of you who help move a load or two.

Don’t ask about the carbon foot print this year. Sorry Gaia. We’ll do better. Promise? We’d better. do better.

The reason we burned so much wood (and made so much syrup!) was we added vacuum to a pipeline system that was previously on gravity. The increase in sap was astounding. Vacuum is the conventional method for most production of maple syrup nowadays. Look for a post soon describing how vacuum works in a sugarbush.

better do better.

A reverse osmosis (RO) machine will help. Some say the use of ROs lessens the flavor of the syrup. Continue reading “2011 Season wrap-up”

Sugaring 2011

Sugaring season is always a rush. We wait, ready to react and unable to plan for much, reading between the lines of each updated weather report. What does “snow showers on the western flanks of Mt. Mansfield with sun through the St. Lawrence Valley” means for us in the foothills of northern Champlain Valley bumping into the St. Lawrence Valley?

weather, flat tires, a down cow… Continue reading “Sugaring 2011”

Bees, Lumber, and Lady Liberty

This was a tough summer for the bees. Cold and rainy. I didn’t take any honey this year… Fingers are crossed as the bees have been moderately prepared for winter. They give me a new reason to scratch my head every time we visit each other. Some animal has been persistently scratching the ground underneath one of the hives while this hive is also experiencing many dead bees outside the entrance of the hive. Hmmm. Hopefully some closer observation and communication with some experienced beekeepers will provide some insight.

The end of fall is nearly upon us. As such each pleasant day for working outside becomes increasingly treasured. Mike and his helper spent three days during this last week of October milling out some lumber and beams from trees my father thinned from the sugarwoods. The plan is to build a facility dedicated to canning maple syrup with the potential to process other food products too. That Green Wind Farm label might be appearing on something else one of these days! Any requests?

Sitting in traffic on the Manhattan Bridge a view of Lady of Liberty supported by her multiple booms of commerce…can we keep them simultaneously aloft maintaining the current disregard for survival’s basic tenet, conservation (and of course population control!)? Might be tough. Let’s think we can figure it out!

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