2014 was an amazing year for Indigo Acres! We not only built a barn, but became a loving home for: 2 horses, 2 goats, 4 barn cats, 1 dog, 24 chickens and 4 ducks. This was only the beginning…
Winter in Michigan can be brutal! Each year, I am amazed at how well the critters adapt! Growing fresh fruits and veggies, in Michigan, is not possible in the dead of Winter. Knowing how important it was for the animals to still have their greens, we set up a fodder growing system. We purchased whole barley and whole oats from our local mill. Growing fodder is the same process as growing sprouts or micro greens, for human consumption.
In the beginning, we experimented with different types of trays. We found that the black seed trays worked best. They could be purchased with pre-cut drain holes, which was very helpful! The seeds would be soaked in the morning and at night. Within 3 days, roots would appear, followed by sprouts, forming a dense fodder mat. Once the sprouts were 3 inches in height, we would break the large rectangles apart and feed them to the chickens and ducks. The goats and horses enjoyed these yummy treats as well!
Magic and Velvet had settled in beautifully and changed my life in so many ways. It always amazed me that, even from the beginning, they knew what I needed. They helped me help them. We shared a beautiful language, combined with silence and strength. Although, when I was late for a feeding, Velvet would sound off with her impatient whinny!
It was time for a new addition on the farm!! It might not be fuzzy or fluffy, but it sure was a wonderful and welcomed purchase! (I bet that tractor would end up being the perfect place for singing a few show tunes!)
Spring was right around the corner and that meant only one thing…baby animals! Since Wifey just received her new green baby, it was my turn! I can’t think of anything better than 2 1/2 week old, bottle fed, nubian goats!
Most intelligent people would stop and enjoy the blessings of the year! But, it was spring and that meant more than just baby animals…gardening! Over the Winter of 2015, Wifey and I started to design our dream garden. We were ready for a large expansion, from the small-scale square foot gardening we had been focusing on. It was definitely time to get the graph paper out…
We were ready! All we had to do was patiently wait for the ground to thaw so we could put a post hole digger and a few teenagers to work! Next week, watch for Part V of If You Build It, They will Come, for a glimpse of how the garden began…
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