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April on the farm!!

Hello from the farm!  Spring seems to have come early this year, at least the spring temps seem to be ahead of schedule.  It’s been a great year for fruit bloom, with lots of sunny days, and active bees.  We are hoping to see a bumper crop of peaches and cherries as well as more apples that we got last year.

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Things are rolling in the garden as well.  Planning and planting for 150 shares is vastly different from planting for 10 shares.  Kind of hard to convince myself that I need 200′ bed feet of sugar snap peas, when 12′ was enough last year.  We are finally winning when it comes to bed prep as well.  The wonderful rain we have had has made it slower to get into the areas the pigs went through last fall.  In part, this is because the weather has been warmer, and grasses have started growing sooner/faster than usual (or at least faster than I expected).  This has necessitated more soil prep than we had planned, but as I said.  We are winning!  We are still probably about 4 weeks away from our first share delivery, and we still have room! (Click here for the sign up form) We are asking folks go get their deposit in to hold their spot ($200), and to try to get paid in full as soon as they are able.

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On the CSA / Farm Share side, we have partnered with some great folks for pick up locations!!!  We will have Tuesday pick up available in downtown Marysville!  The location is close to the freeway, and we are excited to be able to bring our food to a widening community of friends!!!  We also are super excited to have a location in Seattle!!!  Just North of Greenlake, and south of Northgate Mall.  We are still working out the day of the week that we will be delivering those shares (early sign ups’ can weigh in on that decision).  Our web based sign up sheet has been updated to show the two remote pick up locations (no extra fee), and if you have any other comments or questions, please feel free to use the comment field at the end of the sign up for that.  You can also print it off and mail it in, or just give us a call, and we can walk through it for you!!!

Our Spring Farm Open House is also in the final planning stages.  More info to come on that, and we’ll have that on Facebook and in an email invite, so keep your eyes peeled!!!

Both our dairy does have kidded now, and we are once again enjoying all the fresh milk, cheese and yogurt we can eat!  We only had boys this year, but they are still cute, and fun.  They will be on hand at the open house, and will be weaned shortly and able to go home with new owners.

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Once again, Farm Open House is coming in another couple of weeks, and if you have questions about our CSA Farm Share, Here’s the post that talks all about it.  Ready to sign up?  Just fill out our order form HERE, and we will invoice you for the deposit!

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Babies!!!

It’s never easy to say goodby to our little ones, but we are sure they will find some good homes!

Beautiful and super-friendly pure-bred Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf 4 month old baby goats for sale!  All bottle-fed, raised playing with children, tested CAE/CL/Johnnes Negative, variety of colors, ranging in price from $75-$250.  Come meet our sweet babies!  Because goats are herd animals, we will only sell singles to families that already have goats at home, or we will sell in groups of two or more to those that do not have goats at home already.  4H discount available!

Please get in touch via e-mail or phone to arrange a visit or get questions answered!

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Adalyn Farm offerings for 2015

Hello, and welcome to 2015!!!

We are so excited and have so much to share with you.  First off, click through to our “about us” above, in the website header.  It’s new and updated, although it might be better said that it’s more in-depth, since we aren’t really new (we’re in our 30’s after all), and we haven’t really been updated (unless you include Farmer Joscelyn’s various surgeries). You’ll find our story there, as well as our management and farming practices spelled out.  We are scrubbing up some other little rough spots, so there might be more to see over the next few weeks.

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We are super excited about the outcome from our farm meeting a few weeks ago.  In short, we are planning on more animals on the farm this year and a test Vegetable CSA.  We are raising pigs again, as well as turkeys for Thanksgiving and 2 batches of chickens.  All are pasture-raised, organically-fed and humanely-processed here on our farm just as before. For the chickens, we will have two different pick-up dates to try to accommodate more people.  Turkey and pigs will be done near the end of October, with a last batch of pigs done in December.  All of the details for each of these items can be found through the links below.  If you want to get in line for some of the tasty meat, simply click on the links that interest you and follow the instructions.  If your mind is currently blown, just reply to this e-mail and we can send you copies of the info. sheets for anything you are interested in.

Info. on PIGS!!

Info. on TURKEYS!!

Info. on CHICKENS!!

Now, how ’bout that Vegetable CSA?  Well, after hours of garden planning and talking through work load and expectations, we are sticking to our guns and running the Veg CSA as a test this year.  What does that mean? It means that we are running a very small (10 share) CSA for a pilot group of customers that will be patient as we work out the kinks and give us the needed feedback for improvement.  If all goes well, we will be going all-in on this in 2016.  In fact, it’s shaping up to be the cornerstone that our farm is going to run on.  Although we both prefer raising animals to plants, a living just can’t be made on 5 acres with only animals.  With a small 100 member CSA, it’s within reach, and we can still run our goats, pigs and various poultry, all without compromising our care and stewardship goals for the property.  Did I mention that we are excited?  It’s all out of our hands, but God-willing, we will be calling ourselves full-time farmers in just a few short years!

How can you help with this awesome dream?!?!  Well, if you’re not already a customer, please consider allowing us to grow food for your family. Additionally, if you have friends who care about environmental stewardship, where food comes from and local economy, please consider sharing this message with them.  We can assure you this e-mail will forward flawlessly.

Again, we love to hear from our customers and would be happy to send you more info. on any of our available offerings for 2015!

-The Adalyn Farmers

Spring is coming, the grass is starting to grow, and the birds are getting louder every morning.

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Tough times….

Farmer Joscelyn summed it up well, so I’m not going to add much more than what she shared on Facebook this morning.

“Many tears at Adalyn Farm today…we had to put down our sweet old llama, Samson. He was such a great guard for the goats that he loved and watched over so faithfully and a big, gentle friend to our girls. He was always so patient with the baby goats as they would climb all over him and treat him like a personal jungle gym; it would remind me to be more patient with my kids. He only spit once and that was at the vet who was poking him with a big needle-totally justified. He was typically quite dignified and stoic and if he could have spoken he would have sounded like Sean Connery, but every so once in a while he would break into a goofy prancing llama run and you would see his sense of humor come out. As you can see, he looked fabulous in a cowboy hat, and whenever the local fair needed a llama representative to come and show how nice llamas can be, they would call us and ask for Sam. Samson, you will be sorely missed; rest in peace big guy, you totally deserve it!”

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Farming is hard, not always in ways you expect.  We do know that Sam loved living here, and we loved having him here.  We develop a relationship with the animals we care for, it’s oddly mathematical, and dependent on the time they are here, their intelligence, and the frequency with which we interact with them.  Sam came to our farm in 2008 with some pesky little goats, who have since moved on, but he has remained.  He’s lovingly watched over dozens of baby goats, and our herd as it’s evolved.  We have never worried about our goats, even when the song dogs are singing in the woods along the creek, because Sam was with them.  It’s going to be an uneasy winter, but at least we will know that Sam, who did not have an easy summer, will not be uncomfortable and cold this winter.  I’ll leave you with some more images, while I go find a kleenex

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Growing beef. (Grass Camp)

Time to send then to grass camp.  It’s been a lot of fun, the five boys have pulled bottles out of our hands, run up and down our driveway in a mad panic (with us not much calmer) and sucked on many an offered hand (or non offered elbow, or boot top, or flap of fabric)

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Here are the boys, all of them over 90# and two over 120# getting the last of their morning grain on the farm.

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We are glad we moved them when we did.  They all just fit in the back of the short bed truck, and it was a grunt to get the big one in…  (note cute skinny calf butts, and the unkind reflections in the truck tailgate)

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They all got a window seat, and also helped clean off the interior of the canopy with their Velcro tongues.

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Unloaded at the the new home!  They will eat their way through the 8 acres of fenced paddocks at our friends farm till September of 2015.  They still have a long way to go, and lots of good food ahead of them.

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Mooving forward.

Well, we are insane.  That’s a sure thing now.  And it’s part of the lack of blogging.  It’s busy, in the spring, on a farm.  Heck, it’s busy all the time on a farm, spring just seems busier I think because there is a sense of the clock ticking. It hits you one day, as you sit milking, that there is more green in the dawn, and that it’s brighter sooner, and that the birds are louder and that you can’t see the neighbors house anymore, and then you realize it’s because of the leaves. Cripes you think, that means I should have greens in the ground, or at least started in the hoop house. But that needs to be weeded, as does the garden. But it’s spring, and after another 10 days of rain, and only two days of ‘sun’ the ground still isn’t back in shape to till. So it’s sit and wait on one thing, and try to get another done. And hope that dry earth, and weekends lineup. And after this little monologue with a slightly sleepy milk doe, you shake your head, and realize that if you don’t kick it up a notch, you won’t be getting down the driveway in time to make a respectable start time at the office. And you shake your head and think “why am I trying to farm and carry a full time off farm job”.

Because it’s fun. It’s hard work. It’s rewarding. I’ve met more cool people, had more rewarding conversations, and felt more satisfaction after a day of working outside than most anything else. And that’s probably because I’m doing it with my family. And that makes all the difference.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard work. And adding 5 bull calves that we are bottle feeding hasn’t reduced our workload. We are handling it, and the kids are loving it. The calves are being grown out for meat, to be butchered sometime in late 2015. As with most stuff here, the calves are already spoken for. Some of the meat is going in our fridge, and the rest is going to the family that’s going to be pasturing them, once they have weaned. We just don’t have the room to do everything we want to here.

So here’s Copper.
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And again…

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The other four are Zinc, Mercury, Calcium, and Thorium.  Photos of the lot are on our flicker, and on my instagram…  Copper and Zinc are Jersey, Thorium is Holstein and Merc and Cal are Jersey Holstein crosses.