In The Winter

We often get questions about farming in the winter, so many people think that once the snow comes magically our animals must disappear or go into hiding but nothing could be further from the truth; we are a year round farm and the animals are still allowed to free range even in the winter; whether they prefer it or not is another case.  Debbie and I have different specialties and one I have chosen to take on is to grow fresh organic fodder...now you might be asking, what is fodder?  Fodder is fresh food that the animals can eat- since the grass is covered in snow I grow different greens that is fed to the animals that they dig into (and love) in addition to the fresh fruits and veggies that we feed them.  Lately I've had a lot of success with buckwheat and mixed results with wheat.  I am expanding my repertoire and they all seem to gobble everything down the second they see the tray within feeding distance, its just a matter of growing enough for them.  We still give them their regular organic gmo-free feed but the fodder is simply to supplement their diet.  I'll be planting organic watermelon, kale and cherry tomatoes indoors once the seeds arrive (hopefully sometime next week).  Anything we can do to keep our animals happy and healthy.

Some of the fodder that has been grown- the wheat is the grass-looking stuff on the far right and the far left in the back and the rest is buckwheat.

Some of the fodder that has been grown- the wheat is the grass-looking stuff on the far right and the far left in the back and the rest is buckwheat.

Debbie Hansen