Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Happy Farm
The past few weeks have been busy as we have tried to get projects done on the farm. Of course this rainy weather has slowed us down as we wait out storms and fight through the mud. We are slowly getting our garden planted as the weather permits. Our 90 day growing season makes it challenging to grow anything, but we keep trying. When our finances permit we would like to build a greenhouse. Despite the rain and cooler weather, Spring is a wonderful time of year. It seems that there are baby animals everywhere! There is something about the rejuvenation that Spring brings to nature that brings a smile to my face and just makes me feel good. I love to see the green grass growing, trees budding, birds chirping, new calves playing about, and baby chicks scratching about and chasing the occasional unlucky bug.
This past month we have had a couple restaurant owners/chefs visit our farm. We are excited to be building relationships with these talented individuals. During one of these recent visits, we showed a restaurant owner around our farm. We watched the pigs graze while we talked business. I believe he was caught up in the zeal and energy of Spring when told me that our farm was a "happy farm" and that visiting our farm offered similar feelings "as going to Disneyland as a kid". I kind of laughed as I though about what he had said. We enjoy quiet yet beautiful surroundings. The animals are certainly therapeutic to watch as they roam about. They do seem happy which we attribute to lots of space, gentle handling, and a healthy diet. We also feel a good conscience knowing that our food and the food we sell is raised sustainably, humanely, and without all of the added junk, chemicals, antibiotics, and extra processes. The chef I was with determined that from now on he was going to call us, "The Happy Farm". I must admit that it felt good and was somewhat flattering to realize that other people see and feel what we are blessed to call home.