Time is in short supply so I’ll need to keep this post short because the weather is beautiful and the To Do list is long. But in my opinion it’s the best time of year to be living and working on a farm, especially on a grass farm such as ours where the grass is green and actively growing, baby calves are being born on almost a daily basis, chicks are arriving every week, and all around nature is relishing the return of the warm season. And while work may be plentiful and endless on the farm, so is opportunity and quality of life, and here at Freedom Acres we find work – and life in general – quite enjoyable (most of the time).
Below you will see a few excerpts of the scenes we’re surrounded with this time of year. Our cow herds calve seasonally (in sync with nature) and the baby calves are doing great on pasture. And of course, the mama cows are milking well which means abundant milk, spring butter, ghee, yogurt, etc.. On a seasonally oriented farm such as ours, spring is synonymous with abundance, and it truly is as stated in Psalms; The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24
In addition to calves being born, broiler chicks are arriving from the hatchery every week, which on this farm, is a harbinger of summer. Raising chicken on pasture versus confining them in a climate controlled barn (as is conventionally approved) limits us to only producing chicken in the warm season, but we’re just loony enough to refuse to do it any other way. Not only are they healthier and happier outdoors in a natural environment, but they get more exercise (think meat texture), have free access to greens/grass (free vitamins & minerals), and last but not least, the obnoxious odor surrounding conventional chicken houses is non-existent.
Wendell Berry got it right when he said that farming that’s not aromatically and aesthetically pleasing is not good farming at all. If we ask these sensual properties of food, why not from farming, which is the basis of food? And that’s the View from the Country.