Tuesday, December 24, 2013

New stuff for 2014

In late fall Mr. Greenspot decided to pot up some fruit and nut trees, which will be available to plant in the new 2014 spring season here in mid coast maine. He will offer his selection thru Long Branch School in downtown Bowdoinham. Some of his selection includes hazelnut trees, mulberry trees, and other small fruiting bushes and trees. The Kunekune pig breed are compatible with orchards in that they are non-rooting pigs that east grasses all summer and fall here in our Maine climate. When fruit bearing trees and bushes drop fruit, the pigs would eagerly eat it up and turn it into delectable pork products for any family to enjoy. Ducks are good at cleaning up gardens and orchards, eating many slugs, bugs, and all sorts of fallen fruit and other vegetation.

Here are some of our egg laying duck flock. They are in front of some of my amaranthus plants. They eat amaranthus greens as well as our pigs.
Black and white magpie hen with two drakes 

New Feathers and Fur Calendar for 2014

Made a new Calendar for 2014 featuring my chickens and goats, Deans ducks,s and kunekune pigs. From May to November 2013 we had a flock of muscovy ducks. We decided not to keep the muscovys. Dean kept his egg laying ducks. Mid November we added two alpacas to our farm. They are Maxine and Angelina. They seem to be content for now and spend considerable time watching our milking goat herd over the fence. I will get some pictures of them in the near future. Here are some photos of our chickens, pigs, goats, and muscovies that are in the new calendar.

Lovey and Beg Momma

Robin and Frosty 2013

These were some of the muscovies we had through the summer and fall. They liked to sit on fences and fly to the top of the chicken coops and to the top of the garage. They were pretty to look at, but were rough and rowdy with our other egg laying duck flock.
some of my Jersey giants

Kunekune pigs new to our farm

Added kunekune pigs to our farm in February 2013. Started with two gilts purchased in Penn. Then added a boar from a farm in WV. They are super friendly pigs and are a joy to keep. Dean started New England Kunekunes and hopes to increase his Kune herd in the future and offer baby kunekunes to interested folks in the New England area. Here are some pictures of the original three pigs.

Lincoln in front girls in the back
 Call Dean for more information on our Kunekune pigs. Ph. 207-666-8960.  Our gilts were on pasture from May to end of October 2013.  They have a new pig palace to go thru our winter weather here in southern Maine.
New male "Lincoln"

Big Momma and Lovey