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We're counting on spring

The dregs of the winter are almost gone

It's hard to remember each year that the logical next step of a hard winter is a gorgeous spring.  But it is coming, and we are planning for it!  Here are some things to mark on your calendar, and a Big Thing to look forward to celebrating: the ribbon cutting on the new barn!
Feed your gardens early and often:  all winter long our animals have been producing gorgeous manure just for you.  We've been working the piles, and soon they will be ready for you green-thumbed people to come by to get your black gold. MANURE PICKUP DAYS: Saturdays between 9 am and 4 pm:  March 7, March 21, April 4, April 11, and other days by appointment. We have shovels, pitchforks, and a front loader. [More information on composted manure]
Shearing Day, Saturday, April 18, 12-4: Come see demonstrations of the fascinating process of shearing.  Farmer Anne will shear our sheep and llamas in a gentle and humane manner and explain the process of fiber removal and how to then work with the fiber the animals grow.  Our gift shop with hand-woven rugs, hand-spun yarn, ceramics, woven baskets, roving, and other crafts will be open, and there will be tours to meet the animals. The event is free and open to the public. [More information and directions]
New barn construction  The new barn is under contract, on order, and in progress!  We will keep you posted with photos and the anticipated barn raising and ribbon cutting date.

Keep the faith, soon the frogs will be singing and the crocuses poking their buds up out of the ground.
~ Farmer Anne

Angel Award: Mr. Newman Goat's Construction Crew
When people bring their expertise to the farm, wonderful things happen.  We have been lucky enough to draw the attention of both some Habitat for Humanity volunteers as well as Eagle Scouts and their dads.  Together, they have obtained donated materials, formulated plans, and spent several weekends at the farm making lots of happy construction noises.  Pictured above is the team with their foreman Mr. Newman Goat in the new fantastic addition to our manure bunker. The team also entirely fenced in our back woods, a favorite hangout for cows in summer, and re-did the fence in the back pasture that was falling down. Lots of work done for the love of the animals.

Kimiko, a year later
This time last year we were contacted by an animal control agency about a horrific abuse case involving a ewe.  Kimiko, as we have named her, had been beaten, burned, starved, and when they found her locked in a Winnebago unable to stand and trying to drink her own urine out of desperation, they did not know if she could be saved.  Her fear of humans very quickly vanished after receiving tender loving care at Star Gazing Farm, and her appetite for both food and life flourished.  To see her now, running with her flock, you'd never know where she came from and what she endured.  We are so grateful to have been given the chance to let her have a second chance at life and joy. [Read more about Kimiko's story]

The Chronicles of Newman

“Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?”

[read this story online]


Do you ever wonder what your animals are thinking?  Lately I’ve observed a great many unusual alliances, so I conducted a series of interviews.  Here are the animals' responses, in their own words.
   
It’s cold. It’s so cold.  Sometimes I shiver at night and then the tall one grabs me and puts a really stupid looking dress on me.  Then I don’t even feel much like head butting.  How lame is that?  All I want to do is to go inside that house.  Why can’t I go inside the house?  There’s super good food inside that house. Here is a warm pig.  He is a nice pig.  Sometimes he shares his food with me.  Other times I steal it. I love this pig.  He is my friend. I can sleep with him and he doesn’t even have horns.
I'm one heck of a lovable guy. 
~ Mr.Newman Goat

It’s endless.  This marauding and stealing.  It’s been going on for years.  I’ve submitted detailed reports and affadavits, and yet the injustice continues.  It’s just take, take, take. This goat, he simply terrible.  Just look at him!  Why is this allowed?  It's a crime against swines everywhere.
 To be fair, he is quite snuggly at night. But that is ALL I will admit to. 
~ Testuro the Pig, Esq.

I can’t find my mum.  I don’t know who this white girl is with the long orange nose, but she is very sweet and lets me eat her food and keep warm.  She is a nice girl.  I just wish I knew where my mum was. ~Olaf the Oppossum

What the he!!? This is BS. It isn’t bad enough that I have to put up with those damn roosters, and then the grackels come in the friggin thousands and invade my porch. This is my porch, MY porch, do you hear me? Is anyone effing listening to me? Helloooo? I used to be a lady and look at me now – having to share my quarters with low lifes.~Elizabeth the Duck


I trust, I must trust, I must I must trust, that this large white bear will not eat me. Wait, wait, wait – he is giving me a tongue massage. OMG a tongue massage, feels so good, OMG, OMG. Life is good, life is very good. Thank you, thank you, thank you, big white bear. Squeak. ~Cinnamon the Guinea Pig



We are family,
I got all my brothers with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing
Everyone can see we're together
As we walk on by
(FLY!) and we fly just like birds of a feather.  ~ Heather and Boots the singing Roosters


Big warm black beautiful animal.  Big and black and full of heat and warmth.  He is good and he is big, bigger than me. Little grey cat, I love this little grey cat, she tickles my whiskers with her fluffy tail and tells me how pretty she is.  My life is heaven, between big and small, here I am. And this is my farm.  I’m on the job. ~Sam the Anatolian Shepherd

I didn’t know they made cows this small. ~Bullwinkle the Steer

Somebody loves me, I wonder who,
I wonder who he can be.
Somebody loves me, I wish I knew,
Who can he be worries me.
For ev'ry boy who passes me I shout, " Hey, maybe
You were meant to be my loving baby. "
Somebody loves me, I wonder who,
Maybe it's you. ~ Evelyn the romantic Grey Cat

Partay! ~ Chickens and Tetsuro the Pig
 





“The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it.”
__ Vik Muniz

 
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