Coming In the Gazette Metro


Charleston Gazette Metro Section writer Bob Saunders, on the left, with a Gazette photographer (unfortunately, my brain has lost his name), visiting the farm last week to do a piece on me and the farm, workshops, etc, which will appear in the Gazette Metro’s special Travel & Tourism edition later this month. It was snowing the day they were here, taking pictures and video–of me, freezing, as I walked them around the farm to see the cows and goats and chickens. The video will, of course, only appear in the online version, not the print version. Because, like, that would be impossible in the print version. THANK GOD. The wind was so cold, it was making my eyes water and my nose run and I’m sure I looked fantastic, NOT. But anyway! Thank you to the Gazette! I appreciate the coverage.

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Free At Last


Free at last, free at last, the chickens are free at last! (I should have posted this on Monday. Heh.) This winter has been really hard on the chickens. We have rain instead of snow, and temperatures fluctuating between mildly warm and slightly chilly. And the forecast calls daily for mud, mud, and more mud. I have young chickens in the chicken house/yard, and all this muddy chill is hard on them–the mud gets in their feathers and weighs them down. They need to be out on the grass, away from the mud. I’ve had my chickens locked up tight in the chicken house for a long time now after a long series of problems with them free-ranging. (Roosting in the wrong places, and chicken poop where you don’t want it.) But, they’re all well-trained to the house now, and I run at light on a timer that comes on a few hours at dusk, so time to try daytime free-ranging again!

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