Stonyfield farm life

This is the time of year when, our hay safely stored and much of the season’s work behind us, we farmers begin to get a bit more introspective. We square up on finances, we ruminate on what worked well this year and what didn’t, and we ask ourselves all sorts of questions. Why are we doing this? Is this the life we want for our family? How can we make things better? What do we really want out of our farming career? As I work out the answers to these questions, I like to begin in the spirit of gratitude. Here are some reasons I’m thankful to be an organic dairy farmer.

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Squirrelin' it away

Early autumn is a busy time on the farm. My family is working like little squirrels, trying to store up enough food for the winter. Canning, freezing, fermenting – we employ all these methods of food preservation to ensure that the fresh food that is so abundant in the summer will see us through the winter as well.

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The rainy season comes with some challenges

The rainy start to the season here certainly created some challenges on the farm — muddy cows, sloppy pastures, hay getting overmature because we couldn’t cut it. However, it did pose some benefits to amphibian-lovers such as my two boys, ages 2 and 3. The frog and toad populations around here are booming! Every time you walk by a mucky barnyard puddle on a sunny day, you hear the surprised squeaks and plops of the puddle’s resident frogs.

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