One of the ways I help those in my community is working on my neighbor's organic farm, whenever she needs a helping hand. I wash eggs, plant and garden vegetables, help with the packaging of broilers, clean chicken coops, and whatever else comes up. It's hard, but a pleasant, satisfying sort of work. Just being outdoors is the best part. :)
So let's take a peek at what I do! :D
Let's check on some of last weeks work. We put some kale plants in the ground, that were started sometime in January.
Here's two beds we put together. They are full of red lettuce, and even more kale. All should be ready for sale at the farmer's market come the end of March. :D
We have recently been starting broccoli plants. About 800 in all. They are currently being kept in this homemade greenhouse, until our larger green house is set up.
More potted broccoli, and some lettuce on our "planting table"...
One of the prettiest sights, the new plants springing forth.
Now it's off down the road to gather today's eggs. Here's my buddy, Steve! Ain't he the cutest! He loves to ride on the Kubota RTV when we get eggs.
Together there are about 200 chickens. All Red Stars.
They are kept in a large fenced in field, with the coop in the middle. The coop is regularly moved so the chickens will wander and free range more.
Most of the time, the chickens will gladly let you get the eggs out from under them.
Then there are other days when one is down right determined to hatch the eggs, and the only way you are going to get them is to forcibly remove her. ;)
One five gallon bucket a day is average. That sounds like a lot, but back in the fall, we were getting two. '_'
Of course I wash and package the eggs for sale. I try to wash them two days a week. I will usually wash about 150 dozen in those two days. All by hand... :)
I have learned so much about farming while working here. I've also learned what it truly means to work hard. Having this job has been such a blessing in the fact I can pretty much set my own schedule. Which is great for days when I may be needed at home more. (or when I'm sick like today...) Thank you LORD for blessing me with this wonderful time of learning, and service on this farm. :)
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
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