THE SAGA CONTINUES: Getting into the Swing of Spring

After getting settled into our new digs and acclimating to early mornings out on the farm, we started our training on transplanting seedlings from the greenhouse to the fields.

Soon, these little guys will be grown and ready for harvest.

Soon, these little guys will be grown and ready for harvest.

First on the list was learning how to operate a tractor.

Angela takes her first ride on a tractor with instruction from research specialist Evan Taylor.

Angela takes her first ride on a tractor with instruction from research specialist Evan Taylor.

We used the tractor to create rows in the two Upper Fields, and in our Home Garden.

Newly created Home Garden.

Newly created Home Garden complete with pea trellises, you can see our solar powered greenhouse in the background.

Having gotten some experience on the Small Farm here in Goldsboro, we traveled to NC A&T to tour their Small Farm Unit. While in Greensboro, we attended a lecture by Robin Emmons, who operates Sow Much Good in Charlotte. The following day we attended a seminar presented by Chatham County Co-operative Extension centered around the techniques and challenges of high tunnel production.

Each of us has the opportunity to work on one of the CEFS Animal Units. Myeasha and I have been visiting the Pasture Raised Beef and Alternative Swine Units to get a feel for the work and research being conducted. In the evening between two of our morning swine shifts, the sows had given birth to piglets, and before we cleaned out their pens, I was able to snap a few shots.

It's not easy being Mom...

It’s not easy being Mom…

with all those mouths to feed...

with all those mouths to feed…

but the special moments make it all worthwhile.

but the special moments make it all worthwhile.

In addition to animal husbandry and agricultural production, we also focus on community engagement and the business of farming. In order to better understand how to run a successful farm operation from the business perspective, we began attending monthly classes with Charles Gaylor from Wayne Community College.

Charles giving an introduction on how to create a business plan.

Charles giving an introduction on how to create a business plan.

And this week also saw the first visit from a group of elementary school students from the Discover Ag program.

The Discover Ag group (mostly) listens to community outreach coordinator Shorlette Ammons talk about sustainable agriculture.

A group from the Discover Ag program (mostly) listens to community outreach coordinator Shorlette Ammons talk about sustainable ag.

We still have a lot to learn through the Spring and Summer, like who or what is laying the eggs in our backyard, but we’re off to a great start and looking forward to the rest of the year!

I think it's the foxes, but Jordan, who studied biology and ecology, thinks otherwise.

I think it’s the foxes, but Jordan, who studied biology and ecology, thinks otherwise.

Until next time, so long from Goldsboro!

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