Last Monday Jim, Jonathan and I traveled to Bismarck for an appointment, and also visited with some new friends south of the city. They did their first year of a CSA, and it went well for them.
The family just finished putting up a high tunnel, and it was quite the structure. It was hot in there! They had just planted carrots, and I can't remember what else they will grow in there over the winter. Quite impressive.
It's a good thing the sides roll up from the bottom. On a warm winter day it could become quite toasty in there for the plants.
The family also has smaller hoop structures, which will help to stretch the growing season for what was planted this spring. I think they said there were 50 members involved in their summer CSA, and now they are doing a fall/winter one. I didn't hear how many members they have so far.
We believe in making do -- notice the balloons. They are remnants from Jim's run for state senate!
I turned 54 on Friday, and the boys make it quite a festive occasion. I felt very loved.
Finally each family has a King James Version Bible. Mine happens to be a large print one!
Jonathan's hoop structure for his laying hens is progressing nicely. The door frames are also in place, and he's waiting for the company to send the felt needed to cushion the plastic resting on the pipes before installing the 2 layers. Thankfully it was the company's mistake so Jonathan doesn't have to pay further postage.
Zoro finally arrived yesterday, via the Stegman family. He is quite the bruiser. Hopefully next spring we'll have piglets from 2 of our sows.
As soon as they got him into his pen, he touched the electric fence which is inside the panels. After being shocked a couple of times they shut off the fence, in favor of allowing him to get used to his surroundings before using electricity to keep him in.
It's a bit hard to see, but Zoro made quite a dent in one of the panels. That was the first order of business -- toughening up the walls. Hopefully he will enjoy his pen and not make moves to get out. I'm not sure how we would get him back in!
Andrew and Jonathan working on the panels.
Funny Face had 5 kittens over the summer. We were so busy we really didn't take time to tame the kittens, so they are quite afraid of us. I took one photo of this kitten, and then it zoomed away into the woods. Hopefully we can get them fairly tame, since a friend in November wants to take 2 of them back to her home in Montana.