Friday, 09 March 2018

March at the Ranch, 2018

Young Goats Young Goats Mike O'Donal

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.
—Ruth Stout

Snow may be falling but March brings the promise of Spring and the planning for our community garden has begun. With another season quickly approaching, we're picking out seeds in anticipation of an abundant fall harvest. Employing permaculture designs, our garden goods are always grown in a sustainable manner and we strive to set an example stewardship for the land. Soon, the sun will be shining and we will have fresh vegetables and herbs to share with our community.

Have some extra plant starts you don't know what to do with or a little extra time on your hands? Join us in the garden! We love to welcome visitors to the Ranch and there is always work to be done! If you'd like to be a part of our community garden, we'd love to have your help! For more information about our volunteer program, you can fill out the online volunteer application and submit it to our volunteer coordinator, Rosie.

The mild winter has kept our flock of chickens happy! These chicks joined us last spring and began laying eggs late summer. Typically, this time of year, with less sunshine and cooler temps, the hens lay fewer eggs. This season has been warm and dry and we have plenty of fresh eggs available for sale at the Valley View Welcome Center.

The arrival of nearly a dozen baby goats has been the highlight of the year thus far. They're growing quickly and their playfulness has been attracting guests to the ranch. We love watching them grow and introducing them to their adoring public. They've also made friends with the other animals and are having a great time playing with the big black pigs.

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