Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Next, came Facebook. What started as a simple way to keep track of my sisters and nieces soon became a time-sucking obsession as I re-connected with college pals, old church friends from Tulsa, and folks from other random areas of my life. I had resisted Facebook for a long time, thinking it was just a hook-up site for college kids. Wrong. I have to admit some really fun times reliving my college years - 30+ years ago. Those walks down memory lane notwithstanding, I find Facebook to be terribly difficult to figure out, and frustrating to get it to do what I want. But, our first Shareholder came through my associations with Facebook, so I'll stick with it. You just never know...
The newest place I found, thanks to our friend Mary, is Vimeo.com - a place to upload videos, kind of like YouTube, but with strict rules about what can get uploaded - nothing commercial. It's the video version of Etsy - it all must be home made. Good production values here. I'll be spending more time there in the future.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Today I learned that I have the opportunity to display my CSA board this weekend at the DFW Fiber Fest in Addison. I had thought my chances were nil to have a presence there, but our friend Diane from Fiber Circle in Farmersville graciously offered me a little corner of her booth. So now I'm putting fliers together for folks to learn more about the farm and what we do.
I really appreciate all you do to get the word out about Jacob's Reward Farm. It's still a relatively new idea in the fiber world, but catching on, and growing every day. Don't you know that if folks could hang with us just one Saturday while we play with fiber and fiber critters, that they'd be completely hooked? (Laurie's quiche doesn't hurt anything either!)
At our Easter Egg Hunt, visitor Kim Harrison took the darling picture of the lambs up there at the top of the post. Beautiful, isn't it? Kim and her son Parks got the full tour that day - Parks even helped feed the donkeys. Kim posted lots of fun pictures from the Easter Egg Hunt on her Flickr page. You guys are getting all the good shots of the farm lately - THANKS! And thank you for letting me pilfer through them for blog posts! ;-)
Please let me know if you have any ideas about how the farm can be more... fun. Any events you'd like to see? More services we could provide? (I don't do laundry or windows... just sayin'.)
I'll keep saying this, but I'm aiming at Saturday for the sheep shearing. And then I'll be working on getting all of our fiber cleaned up and ready for processing. Spinderella's turn around time is still pretty good right now, so the sooner we get the fiber to Lynn, the better.
I'm dying to spin! Carding all those beautiful batts is really giving me the itch. Some of them have sparkles! And I actually picked up my knitting needles over the weekend and came closer to finishing Emma's little bolero top. Must keep in touch with the fiber... Is it time for a SPIN IN?
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Eli is small. It looks like Belle went dry early, but both her lambs are eating pellets and grass. We tried to bottle feed both twins, when we realized her bag was getting smaller. Eli fought so hard, he choked himself. A couple of rounds of that and we quit trying. I wanted to help him, not kill him. However, I have had small lambs before, they still grow full size, they just take a little longer to get there. His twin, Bonnie took the bottle for a while, then quit. Now all the flock is together again and she sees Dinah and Dorothy with their bottle, she wants one too. Eli is the best lamb for getting under the ewes and getting at the pellets. The ewes want them for themselves, but he gets his share and more, everytime.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This YouTube video is making the rounds today, and with blinkin' good reason. If you haven't seen it ten times already, give it a look. If you need the inspiration to revive an old, discouraged dream, or if you're wondering if you ever had a dream... maybe this will bring it back to life.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
First, the Easter Egg Hunt went off without a hitch. Ted, Emma, and one of her friends hid eggs all over the place, finding really silly and creative hidey-holes. On cue, a gaggle and half of kids, with their families, assembled in an orderly fashion to learn all the farm rules and the egg hunt rules. Then, at the signal, all scattered to retrieve the candy-filled eggs. I put business cards in three of the eggs, which were worth one free dozen REAL eggs at the end of the hunt. Big kids helped little kids, everyone showed grace and charity - I was very proud of all the egg hunters. We also enjoyed cookies and juice, and bubbles! Emma and Ted gave informal tours of all the different animal areas, and Emma held a chicken for the kids to see up close. Ted was our official photographer. And the weather was spectacular.
Once everyone had gone home (to slip into sugar stupors, no doubt) a young couple stopped by for a visit, interested in learning about homesteading, raising livestock, and basically living green and sustainably. Wallace and Annette had been cycling across Europe recently, living in tents, working on organic farms, and building their dream of bringing the knowledge and experience back to the states. They really enjoyed the alpacas, though they were complimentary of all the critters. I hope they will come back and work with us on the garden or other projects.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Now, who knows what deep secrets of the farm animal world we'll learn as we chase our critters with a camera, a boom mic, yards of extension cord, and a carrot or two. (They really perform better with bribes.) As I say, stay tuned for future interviews.
Let's not hit them all up with offers of representation or for personal appearances. If you want to speak to any of the animals in particular, let me know and I'll hook you up with the appropriate agent. That would be me.
In other farm news, Emma and I went to Green Elementary in Allen this afternoon to speak to about 100 kindergarteners about animals on the farm and how wool becomes sweaters. Talk about technology... I had a powerpoint presentation and a clip-on mic. For kindergarteners. Emma was my trusty techie and operated the teacher's wireless keyboard to run the slides. Next time I'll just video-conference the thing from home. Schools have come a long way since I was in kindergarten. Am I showing my age when I say I had a "Jetson" moment in that classroom?
Easter Egg Hunt here at the farm on Saturday. So far I'm expecting about 20+ little kids. It will be a chocopalooza!
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
So today, Emma and I put them in their harnesses and let them sniff noses with the big sheep in the big pen. When that seemed to go alright, we let them off the leads and let them run. There was a good bit of tentative head butting as they said hello to their elders, and then the chase began. Those five sheep went round and round like an ovine blender. Emma ran and got the camera and I started shooting video as fast as I could. Unfortunately, I was in such a hurry that the camera never did get a good lock on the subjects, so the focus is all wonky. So sorry. But I hope you can get a feel for the fun that was going on.
After the running, jumping, butting and playing, I got the lambs back by waving their afternoon bottles at them. They were ready for lunch, so it was a simple task to snap the leads back on the harnesses as they gulped their milk. They're not ready for full time living in the big pen - I discovered several places where the fencing is not baby-proof. So back into their little pen they went, for the time being.
At the end of the video is an interesting exchange: Shadrach bumps one of the lambs, but then Zacchaeus really bashes the lamb. Shadrach goes over to Zach and I swear says, "Hey, cut that out - you're being too rough!" But that's just me. Here's the video... you make the call: