A neighbouring field is full in flower. Mainly containing Flanders Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) and scentless chamomile (Tripleurospermum inodorum).
Category: Phase I – Core Foundation
Discovery and Definition (shared vision, communication, involvement and training)
Autumn’s First Frost
Autumn’s first frost has arrived!
Getting Prepared for Winter
The local “Forester” delivered this winter’s firewood supply last week. Now it must be chopped to a usable size for the wood stove!
A Time for Appreciation
On a beautiful Sunday September afternoon we take some time for appriciation ….
Acquired a dilapidated “Bienenwagen”
Acquired a dilapidated “Bienenwagen” (mobile beehive). With a little help it was towed out of the forest to its present resting place. Over the next few months as time and funding allows it will be transformed into a “Mobile Office and Work Unit” (MOWU).
Building a Sheep Shelter
A sheep shelter is built to provide a safe haven for the sheep (mainly for the zwartbles and goat!) from downpours and snowstorms. (in the near future a sheepfold will also be built)
A “Pigmy” Goat Arrives
“Gänseblümchen Freifrau von Mallnow”, a “Pigmy” Goat, arrives.
The first “Zwartbles” arrives
“Guste Freifrau von Ziltendorf” the first Zwartbles arrives …
The first “Skudde” sheep have arrived
The first 2 “Skudde” sheep have arrived:
For a description of the Skudde see – http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skudde or http://www.skudde.de/html/skudde.html
Began to build a fence around a small grazing pasture of approximately 1250 sq m. for the animals. A managed intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) system is planned. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Managed_intensive_rotational_grazing.
As skudde sheep will be the choice of breed which will be grazing the pastures, a fence at least 160 cm. high will be required (skuddes can jump quite high!). A galvanized mesh fence or galvanized cage fence is used. The type of fence chosen has small openings at the bottom (Width x Height x).
Later on a so called “Benjeshecken” or dead hedge will be used to enclose the various pastures or gardens. See: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjeshecke or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_hedge .