New Beginnings

May has wound to a rainy, windy close, and it’s clear, even with some chilly evening temperatures, that spring is in gear as we head towards summer. Everything’s coming up green and bright, and people going about their morning and evening rituals are serenaded by the hum of insects and the sound of new life all around.

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This month has been full of new additions to the farm, with a scampering, bleating multitude of lambs joining their mothers in the pastures, as well as quite a few new (and very adorable) piglets. Baby birds add their songs to the mornings when we get up to start the day, and if spring is supposed to be about new life and renewal, then Fox Hollow has fallen neatly in line.

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This spring is heralding an exciting summer, that’s for sure, and there will be plenty to show and tell about as things really start heating up. This is the perfect time to follow us on Facebook and our new Instagram (insert link), if you haven’t already. We’re excited about everything we have planned, and we hope you will be too.

Spring has sprung

This week the woods exploded with green. All of the trees are leafing out now and the beautiful spring ephemeral wild flowers
are trying to get in a last dose of sunshine before the forest floor becomes dark. The wild edibles and medicinals are also out in force. Yesterday Chelsea went out gathering ramps for the Farmer’s Table on May 25th and the day before Mom scored a couple of morels! Even the oak trees have green buds on them. This tapestry of green made a great backdrop for Molly and Polly’s first horse logging experience. I started dragging logs out of the woods for this year’s mushroom inoculation. Soon with all the leaves out we will be able to walk in the shade of the woods.

Cacophony of birdsong

As the grass reaches more than a foot tall, the nesting season gets underway for the bobolinks and red-winged black birds.
Bobolinks in particular need tall grass for nesting and it can be hard for them to find tall enough grass in modern agriculture where everything is mowed or grazed short. Because of our grazing system that recreates prairie-like conditions with lots of tall grass, we have a flourishing population of these little birds.

Walking out to move the fence for the cattle is rewarded with a cacophony of birdsong. The yellow and black male bobolinks can be seen all across the fields, perched on grass stems, declaring their dominion over the land. I’m not sure if having more of them around provides us any benefit but they sure do make wonderful music.