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Summer for Wildlife

It seems there’s been more than the usual census of wildlife showing up on the farm this summer.  In addition to the doe and her twins that frequent the lower pasture, previously an alfalfa field, there have been quite a few of what might be called fur bearing animals.  Here are a few I caught both literally and figuratively.

Woodchuck #1

Woodchuck #1

Pocket Gopher (small one)

Pocket Gopher (small one)

Possum in unbaited trap.

Possum in unbaited trap.

Raccoon captured with dogfood.

Raccoon captured with dogfood.


Possum INSIDE chicken safe house!

Possum INSIDE chicken safe house!

Maverick calf.

Maverick calf.

 

Not Dormant At All!

Looking across the frozen landscape here on the farm, it’s easy to believe everything is sleeping peacefully.  This is not quite true.  The fruit trees are accumulating their chilling hours preparing to burst forth come spring and the ewes are gestating their lambs.  But most of all … the planning is going on at a feverish pitch.  Much of the activity involves plans to install an aquaponic system for the greenhouse.  This will hopefully be used as a prototype for others – enabling individual households to grow an abundance of fresh produce and fish while using a reasonable amount of space and human intervention.