Well August and September went by in a blur. We did take 3 days off for a trek to Dick's Stadium in Colorado to refresh and recharge our soles with 8000 of our favorite Phish phriends. It was an awesome 3 days of nothing but Music, Dance, Eat, Sleep, REPEAT! Can't wait til they come on back to the Gorge. But that's another day. Time to buckle down into the fall.
Going forward we have selected Muscovy will be our duck of choice to go big with. Faster growth rate makes it ideal meat bird, as well as their natural ability to hatch and raise chicks without "technology" interventions. They just need a safe place from predators. As we cull out the remaining Pekin/Mallards we have found selling them will not be an issue. Market demand is high for pastured free range duck on the West Coast. A big THANK YOU to Daniel for his patience and steady hand teaching me how to butcher them properly. You are a great mentor in all things wild game, and I appreciate it immensely.
We were able to rent a brush hog and get about .5-1 acre completely cleared. It almost killed me. With all the new "safety" equipment on them, the new brush hog is almost worthless. They climb the vegetation and then do the cutting when you back them up. Took way too much effort. figured we would have to rent one at least 20 more times to get it done. Plan has now changed to working our tails off and stashing cash for a small used tractor/loader. Way easier to get the blackberry cleared and then will be very helpful for all projects in the future.
We just put an ad up on Craigslist and Facebook to try and find a tenant to occupy the farm in the near term. The income will be used to drop in the electric, and then start to build perimeter fencing. We are still thinking and doing research on the best fence system for us. Upcycling is our first choice. Whatever ends up going in needs to be compatible with becoming an electric fence as soon as we get that far. Plan is also to completely clear a good 5' internal and external so we can zip around with a wheeled thing and do maintenance quickly in the future.
Hunting season is also here. We are listing up on HipCamp.com to try and get a few campers in before the end of the year. Happy Fall!
Food Forest Farms - Owned and Operated by Brian & Candice Norton