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Kidding season is upon us

Here it is, not even spring yet, and our first goats are ready to kid. I know, you’d think we smarter than to let animals breed so they have babies when it’s still in the dead of winter.

Well, actually, we are smarter than that. Unfortunately we have a delinquent doe who’s worse than a teenager with raging hormones. Last fall, she got tired of living in her pen with the buck that she grew up with. They had never bred in the previous two years, so we figured she was useless. In fact we were about to send her to the auction.

She and the buck had a terrible argument in the middle of August, and she literally kicked and chewed her way out of her house, squeezed through a tiny fence hole, and took up residence in the Pygmy goat pen. To make a long story short,

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Are we done with winter yet?

Enough with this weather! We have goats due to kid  about February 14 with lambing starting in March. We still need to finish the  two hoop houses and  then have to rebuild the  aquaponics system.

Besides that, we’re getting cabin fever.

Sheep in pen
Sheep are ready for breakfast.

Throughout the bad weather, our animals have made us look bad. The sheep insist on sleeping under the  stars, even though they have shelters. When we go out in the morning for chores, there they are, laying in muck. They get  up and  shake the ice crystals off their warm wooly coats and head for the feed.

More often than  not, our heifer has spent the night outside  although she has two covered wind breaks. She sleeps really close to her feed area, in case she wants to snack.

Zena, the Alpine goat has really frustrated us.

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Posted in Around the farm, Seasons
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Need your help… what do you want us to plant/provide?

Over the next week or so, I’ll be constructing some surveys designed to help us know what you  would like to purchase at the Cedar City Farmer’s Markets (year round, or seasonal).

We will also be asking about other ways to get our produce, meat and eventually cheese into your hands… should we go to other markets… what about online sales… would you come to the farm if we had a farm stand. These are the things we really want to know about.

So, I’ll be using Survey Monkey to help craft the questions and the answers. You may answer anonymously. In a few cases, we’ll need to know locations, but not your identity.

With the construction of our two hoop houses, and enough data to prove that our aquaponics system will produce sell-able product, we have a very exciting future. We’re already selling lamb by the whole or half,

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Posted in Backyard Aquaponics, Cedar City Farmer's Market, Certified Organic Garden, Curds and Whey, Custom Meat Program, Goats, Seasons, Surveys
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It’s Raspberry Time!

Finally, after weeks of anticipation, we will be at the Cedar City IFA Farmer’s Market, Saturday Morning, September 8 at 9AM.

We will have 6 flats of the famous “Mile High Raspberries” from our friends at Shoal Creek Berries.

Each year, we serve as their “off farm” sales reps, so they can concentrate on serving folks who come to u-pick and enjoy the beauty of their farm.

Darrel and Karen trust us to put their berries in the best light, and to confidently represent them at the markets in Cedar City. WE ARE HONORED TO REPRESENT THEM!

So, here’s what you need to do.

Be at the Cedar City IFA Farmer’s Market

Saturday, September 8, 2012

9:00 AM

For those of you who may not know where the big,

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Posted in Cedar City Farmer's Market, Seasons
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Well, the weather changed…

What a difference a week makes. We’ve now had measurable rain for the first time since it snowed on April 14. The rain that broke the dry spell came on July 5, with little more than a trace. Since then, nearly daily thunderstorms are dropping significant amounts of rain. Of course, they also bring lightening, and that means fires.

The first of this week, we watched a couple of lightening started fires to the northwest and northeast of us. They were fairly small and with several engine crews and helicopter crews, they were put out. Yesterday, a fire that was started by lightening took off on the bone-dry cheat grass about 10 miles north of Cedar City. We watched it blow up from a few acres to over 15000 acres by nightfall.

As of this morning, all the evacuation orders for Circle 4 Farms were lifted,

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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.

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