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Whoo!

My kefir grains came in the mail! I ordered them from “Marilyn Kefirlady” in Ohio, who grows them on fresh milk from her heard of goats. I used about 2 cups of milk to help them recover from their journey- that didn’t make good kefir- but the second two cups of milk turned out well, though much more goaty then the stuff I had been making from store-bought starter.

I’m excited for real kefir!!

(By the way, I pronounce it keh-fur, not kee-fur. Saying kee-fur is just weird, even though everyone does it.)

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It’s been a while, but here’s what we, and the soil, the plants, and the critters have been up to this summer.

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[wolf whistle]

Quick! Somebody give me a prize for this broccoli!!

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The mini greenhouse worked!!

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Just like herding pigs

Last weekend down on the farm David and I set up a site for a new garden. We built a bamboo-post electric fence around it- an area about 25 by 50 feet- on Saturday, and then Sunday we moved the 3 pigs from their old pen into the garden site so that they would dig up the grass for us. Given all the trouble it was to get the fence wired correctly and and get the damn pigs into the area while fending off a swarm of horses, it may have been easier just to tear out the grass ourselves… But the pigs were so, so happy to have a new pen of fresh grass that it was worth it. I wasn’t able to get pictures or video of the chaos that ensued when the horses caught wind that we were leading the pigs to their new home with a big bucket of food, which sounded like a bucket of grain, but really, anything in a bucket makes the horses swarm. They’re like a pack of piranhas!

Anyway, hopefully by this weekend most of the grass will be gone and we can start planting veggies and cover crops. Pig poop is one of those manures (like cat, dog, or human manure) that you’re not supposed to use directly on edibles unless it’s super well aged and composted, so this season we will be planting edibles whose edible parts do not touch the ground (like corn), lots of clover cover crop, and things like kale and squash that we can feed to the pigs, chickens, and ducks (which arrived today in the mail!! We now own Ancona ducks!). We’re also going to start a couple things that won’t produce well until next season anyway, like strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb.

So excited! After 3 years with our small yard in Seattle, this garden will be HUGE!!

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Lunch!

Green salad: mustard greens, red lettuce, green lettuce, spinach, arugula all from the garden, plus sharp cheddar and raisins with balsamic vinaigrette; homemade kefir with Ma’s homemade blackberry jam for flavor; hard boiled eggs (don’t worry, I won’t eat all 6 today!)

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