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Goats in the Mist: Summer Reflections 8

Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Today was my final day at the farm. I watered the animals and picked a few tomatoes before heading to the house to process tulsi, lima beans, and fresh millk. Given mozzerella made within the hour, soap, a loaf of zuchini bread, and a round of hugs, I left Hard Earth Farm with the hope of someday returning. My farm shoes are boarding at the Avrett house for that very day.

I've been thinking of the things that I've learned while at the farm, and I'm finding that there's no way that I can...

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Goats in the Mist: The Intern's Top Five 7

Posted by [email protected] on July 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

With my last few days of internship soon to break upon us, I've been thinking of the many jobs that I've completed at the farm. Here are my top five favorite and least favorite tasks in the order that they come to mind.

Favorite Jobs:

1. Shelling peas--by hand or by machine, there's something very soothing about it. 

2. Making soap--I feel like a witch when I'm mixing all the ingredients together in the cauldron (read:  very large bowl).

3. Working in my gard...

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Goats in the Mist: My Green Children 6

Posted by [email protected] on July 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As you may or may not be aware, at the beginning of my internship, Mrs. Avrett provided my fellow farmer Nate and me with a generous plot of land on which we planted garbanzo beans, quinoa, tulsi, blue corn, and mustard.

Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are a type of fruit (any unbelievers are invited to check Wikipedia) full of protein and fiber. Our oldest garbanzo bean plants are now close to the height of my knee--those that have not been bowed to the ground by the recent s...

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Goats in the Mist: Concerning Love, Loss, and Fauna 5

Posted by [email protected] on July 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Sassy, Holly, Jill, Beezle--someday, the only things that we will have left of them are our memories of them. It's easy to picture Sassy and Holly, mother and daughter, lying side-by-side in the shade with their heads resting on each others' backs. Jill's and Beezle's bleatings for food and attention are very distinct in my mind. Even though I haven't known them and the other animals for as long as the Avretts, I've grown very attached to them--I can't imagine not loving them.

No matter...

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The Road Less Graveled: Of Lice and Hens

Posted by [email protected] on July 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I would be remiss (not to mention lying by omission) if I did not give voice to my sorrow over the loss of Beaky. She was a wonderful individual and the most spirited of our chickens. Safe travels, little sister, wherever you are bound.

I have, however, been tasked with writing about the ordeal which served to remove many of the lice which previously infested our new chickens. A moment, if you will. Going from two cringe-worthy puns to a solemn commemoration to more ridiculousness ...

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Goats in the Mist: Requiem in Pace, Beaky 4

Posted by [email protected] on July 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

If you've read our last post, then you're aware that the farm recently acquired several new chickens. This post, however, is a remembrance of one of the old chickens, Beaky, rest her fowl's soul.

Of the four original chickens, she was the one that I could most easily distinguish. She had blue merle feathers, a wonky beak, and an indomitable spirit.

Although her beak made it difficult to eat, she made up for it by being smart and alert. When one called to the chickens she was the ...

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The Road Less Graveled: Strangers in a Strange Land

Posted by [email protected] on June 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Nate here. Though my writings here are being eclipsed by those of our intern, I thought I should shed some light on some new developments. We have recently received a "generous" donation of twenty-one-and-a-half specimens of Gallus gallus geriatricus, or Hell's Neck Vulture Chickens. Most of the hens, either on account of advanced age or the ministrations of their fellows, are missing most of the feathers on their heads and necks. In a few cases the plucked area extends down to the top...

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Goats in the Mist: The Market of Eden 3

Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday (June 26, 2012), I, Emily the Intern, representated Hard Earth Farm at the August Locally Grown Farmer's Market at the Jewish Community Center in Evans, Georgia. August Locally Grown works like so:  Farmers post what wares they have online, customers place their orders, and then the customer collects their purchase on Tuesday at their preferred August Locally Grown location. 

Some Tuesdays, there are people such as my respectable self who sell produce right at the pi...

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Goats in the Mist: Kudzu Bugs from Kudzu Hell 2

Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (1)

 See these nasty guys? They are kudzu bugs, a.k.a. bean plataspids, globular stink bugs, and, colloquially, bugs from Hell. They infest legumes and suck nutrients from the leaves and the stems. Due to their sheer numbers, they can wipe out one's entire crop. For us, they are in the green beans, black-eyed peas, and lima beans.

We've taken several measures against them:

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