I apologize for taking so long to get around to puting an update here. I have a tendency to post more regularly on the Facebook page for the farm (Quinn’s Irish Hill Farm).
If you have been reading Facebook then you will know that Pat and I spent the winter at our place in Florida. Pat has retired from her 43 year carreer as a nurse and is spending some well deserved time getting into the swing of retirement. We have both spent more time reading and catching up on some hobby stuff.
Pat has been knitting and sewing. I have been restoring an old Honda motorcycle that I picked up while we were in Florida.
Things on the farm are getting going now too. We have our first fifty chicks in the brooder with more expected very soon. I have contracted for a couple of lambs again this year.
My experiment with hops is going along well, with all five plants growing strongly. I hope for a good harvest this year.
The winter was hard on our bees. I lost both hives. Thankfully I had a good amount of honey put up so I can go into the season with a decent supply of honey to sell while I look for more bees.
The garlic is up and looking fiesty. I am a little worried about the fruit trees. There are lots of blossoms, but not very many bees to polinate them.
There is a flock of wild turkeys hanging around which is something we haven’t seen in a couple of years so that is a good sign.
I just learned yesterday that I was aproved to participate at the Homer Farmers Market. It seems odd that I would have to be approved. I was there at the begining.
If you are looking to buy chickens this year you will need to get in touch with me ahead of time. Supplies will be limited as we are producing fewer birds this year. Prices will be adjusted as well because of rising fuel costs that affect feed.
PAt has been making more of her popular “Just Plain Soap” and some lip balm as well. I have also been spending more time on brooms.
We still welcome visitors to the farm, please call ahead though.
We hope you all have fared well. Take care and do good for each other.