Lots is happening on the farmstead as we move into the Autumn months, as there is so much preparation to be done before Winter comes. Being that we where unable to find a new home for the end of season we are staying another year. We had many people ask to cut our fields but have found that a persons word isn't much around here as they still need to be done, so we have decided to do them ourselves...well cut them that is. We have plans to move our garden to the larger hay field behind the house in order to keep a better eye on things and I plan on putting fencing around it to keep the night critters from helping them selves...those deer really like my kohl-Rabi and brussel sprouts. The fields all need to be ripped, and worked before Winter comes and I need to get my garlic garden ready within the next few weeks. We have decided to change some of our raised beds in the yard and build coops for the bunnies out back of the barn so they have more room to run and play. In the kitchen I, myself have been canning up a storm and am awaiting next week when I will travel 3 hours just to pick up all my whole sale items we will require for the winter and spring season, such as flour and oats.
I have made an appointment to get our last two pigs slaughtered before the season ends, I was going to keep them over the Winter but have decided that I will just keep my poultry and bunnies over the Winter season and start fresh next year. I also learned that now all pigs in Ontario have to be tagged or tattooed, so I have also registered for that!
With so much more to learn the days never get dull! I'll be back soon to get into more detail about raising our meat bunnies, but must get back to my kitchen as I have lots of cooking to do in order to stock the shelves for all our growing children. :) Jenn