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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for June 8, 2018 -- Shearing Season

Posted 6/10/2018 7:19pm by Cheryl.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!  
Hasn't this been a beautiful week?  What a lovely start to June!  The weather has been perfect for a few tasks on our week's to-do list:  shearing the sheep, making hay and starting garlic harvest.

Shearing Day
Our friend, Laura Frazier of FarmGirl Arts (and BB and Tony's first human) kindly shears for us twice a year.  She is amazingly skillful, using hand shears, not electric clippers.  The fleece was very dense this year -- which made the process quite a challenge.  We vowed to shear earlier this fall and next spring.  Better fleeces, easier work! 

BB and Tony wanted me to show you their before and after pictures -- they feel SOOOOOO much better now!  And the look SO little (especially BB!)

   

Hay Days
Hay!  It's definitely been on our minds (and in our boots, in our hair, in our pants...) this week.  It has been hard to find a window of 5 dry days to get it mowed, raked and baled.  But this week presented the perfect weather opportunity.  You know it's time to mow when you can't find your hayrake in the field!

Man, this stuff is thick!  This will be one of the biggest hay crops that we've had.  All of the rains earlier in the year yielded bountiful grass, clovers and forbs!  Now if we only had more barns....

Garlic Harvest 2018
The harvest has begun with our Turban garlics as well as some of the Music.  Conditions are much better than last year -- thanks to better weeding.  But we think that all of the spring moisture could have resulted in somewhat smaller bulbs.  We'll know better as we get further into the harvest next week.

We also got all of our Elephant Flowers -- buckets and buckets of beautiful bouquets of garlicky-ness!

Farm Tour 2018!
Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Northern Triad Farm Tour on Sunday, June 24 from 1-5 p.m.  This FREE tour gives visitors the chance to see behind the scenes of 5 area farms -- each farm has special things planned for the day and we are all do different things!  Stay tuned for more information about what we'll have here at Plum Granny Farm!

That's a wrap for this week's edition! 

Today is World Oceans Day!  Did you know that 
Plastic pollution poses a threat to human health, kills and harms marine life, damages and alters habitats, and can have substantial negative impacts on local economies? Unlike many ocean issues, plastics pollution is a big problem that we need to -- and can address. The first step of avoiding disposable plastic bags can seem difficult -- but it's not impossible.  It's a great way for an individual to help make a difference. More than 80% of marine litter comes from land-based sources. The primary direct threat to marine life is entanglement or ingestion. Sea turtles, birds, and fish alike accidentally mistake plastic for food and choke or get sick by ingesting it.  Let's all do our part to reduce plastic use -- Reuse, Recycle and Choose Biodegradable!
 
Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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