Friday, February 21, 2014

NOW it's spring on the palouse

There are two things on our farm on the palouse that signify spring is here.  The first is the winds.  They are always blowing... hard.  they usually start in mid February and blow most of the way through March.  The upside is that it starts being sunnier here when all the clouds get blown right past you.  This morning dawned partly cloudy and surprisingly only mildly windy.  Today was the first day that the sun peeked above the hills before HannaMae's bus arrived.

The second thing that signifies spring on the palouse is restless sheep.

Makes sense, right?  No more snow covering the ground and things are starting to warm up and grow fresh green grass.  WAAAAAY better than all that dusty dry straw they've been eating all winter.  Grass, oat or alfalfa, it doesn't matter how much they've been spoiled or not because the fresh green stuff is always better than any type of hay.

The ramboulliets apparently just whine. Baa, Baa, Baa.

The Jacobs are too smart for that.  They have learned that sometimes the people hide the good grass outside the fences.  ometimes next to the red barn, sometimes over past the gardens.  Sometimes the people even hide the grass up the road by Betty's house.  The Jacobs have also learned that barbed wire, especially ancient falling down fence, doesn't hurt.  Those fences are really more of a suggestion than a rule.

The main reason those fences never have been fixed is because they are on the border with a grain field which happens to be uphill.  Those particular neighbors are better than others about plowing more soil downhill on top of the fence but there's still a nice cliff between the edge of their field and the old fence.  We are working with our landlord to be allowed to build a new fence for that section on top of the field.  We just only have room for so many projects each year.

That all aside, the Jacobs or rather a few particular escape artists, have figured out the easiest sections to climb through.  The easiest fix? grab one of our small panel sections, climb the pasture hillside, attach the panel section over the wooly area of fence.

The hard part is to then go find the adventuresome sheep and convince them they need to go home.  The first part of spring is easy: there isn't really much grass to argue over.  Give it a few weeks and the sheep probably won't believe me anymore...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

And on with life we go...

Firstly, a huge thank you to all the folks who helped us out in the wake of our barn fire!  Many of our neighbors dropped off anywhere from a few bales to a pretty good sized stack to help us through the short term and we've been sent many names and numbers of folks who may have hay for sale.  Others have sent money towards a hay fund or offered to pay balances for CSAs that aren't due until March to help keep us liquid while getting ourselves put back together.

The folks at Wilson Banner Ranch rallied the whole clan and then some with about 120 bales of straw in about 5 trucks to come up the evening after our barn burned to construct some straw bale and cattle panel hoophouses to shelter our homeless sheep and piglets!

We are ever so grateful for all of the family and friends who have offered their help and assistance during this time.

But alas, life continues to move forward, whether you're sick, your barn burns down or your creek floods itself to nearly-record levels because of a single day melt of a foot and a half of snow.  (no worries, the piggies didn't have to swim... but I do think they were starting to consider building themselves a boat...)

This Weekend, February 15th, Omache Farm will be at Artfully Yours Bakery on Main Street in downtown Pullman for another mid-winter sale.  We will be there between 11 am and 2 pm along with Wilson Banner Ranch!

Omache Farm will have Lamb and PORK! (no bacon yet.  Sad, i know!)
Wilson Banner Ranch has promised pears and apples, honey and fresh eggs.  Yum!

Come on over, say hi to some of your local farmers, snag yourself some pork and apples and enjoy something gluten and allergen free from Artfully Yours with your neighbor!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Barn burned down...Hay anyone?

Our sheep barn burned down this morning.  Pictures below plus more can be found at the Facebook Photos link above.

All the creatures got out. and are fine.  We got there early enough to shoo the piglets out and Jason had to pull Missy the goat's head out of a fence and grab her kid but everyone is out and fine.

If anyone has a little extra hay, please let us know!  We can pay for it.  Small squares are best: we don't have the equipment to move large squares or rounds.  We've been using about 4-6 bales per day.