April showers better bring some sweet May pasture

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Forget May flowers, let's see some May pasture!

Our animals are still in their winter quarters, but we can't wait to get everyone out grazing.  With some good rain like we're getting today, and more on the way in the next few days, the pastures should really pop when the sun comes out and temps head into the 70s at the end of next week.  The cows are just starting to find some green grass to nibble in their winter area, and hopefully they'll be grazing properly by the second week of May.  The breeding pigs will move sooner rather than later to their woodland habitat, and the younger pigs will move shortly afterwards to their summer grazing grounds.  Once there, our growing porkers will begin the work of pasture renovation, turning the soil and spreading manure as they go.  And digging up stones.  So many stones.  I'm pretty sure that pigs are the only tillage implement that would work in our stony south field.

Also right around the corner - vegetables!  We'll be growing a lot of our own ingredients this year, everything from cilantro to chilis to onions to tomatoes.  We plowed, planted cover crop, and spread compost late last summer.  Earlier this week, I was able to get out and start to prepare the soil for planting.  I should be able to make a few beds next week and get some seeds in the ground.  Only a week behind schedule - not bad considering we had well over a foot of snow just three weeks ago!

Be sure to come see us in Berwick this Sunday between 10am and 1:30pm.  We're back in Portsmouth, Exeter, and Newburyport at the beginning of May.

Also, don't forget about the "Woodcock Walk" on April 26th at 6pm!  For some reason, it really seems like it needs to go in quotes to keep this family-friendly newsletter from going from sanguine to salacious, but it's possible that I just have the maturity of a 15-year-old boy.  Wouldn't be the first time the accusation was made.  Sorry, moving on...... Come out to the farm and we'll all head into the gloaming to see if we can find some little birds looking for love in all the right places.  Bring a date - it's romantic!  We'll have a full spread of Short Creek goods for sale in the barn, and all you dedicated nature lovers will get 10% off your purchase.  And you never know, there just might be snacks.  Birds AND bargains, how's that tickle ya?

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