Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring Piglets!

During the storm last night, Sadie finally gave birth to nine healthy Red Wattle piglets!  After having been off feed for four days, we were beginning to worry.  But leave it to bad weather to bring on the birthing!  
This is the second time Sadie has given birth outside the farrowing huts we've built for such events, and this time she even built a little nest of straw and brush for her litter.  If you're interested in one of these fine hogs, be sure to contact us soon.

Real Food Farms Vegetable CSA

Ecotone Farm is proud to partner with Real Food Farms in offering their vegetable CSA to our regular customers.  Here are the details:

Real Food Farms Summer vegetable CSA runs for 20 weeks, starting around the end of May.  You may select from 2 sizes.  A full share for 3-5 people is $800 for the 20 week season and is an overflowing 1/2 bushel of fresh naturally grown vegetables; a full share is about a paper grocery bag full.  A half share is half that size and is $550 for the season. 

At Real Food Farms our passion is to grow local, flavorful and nutritious food using only natural and Biodynamic techniques for the better health of our family, friend, and you.  Free from pesticides, genetic engineering and chemical fertilizers, our fresh produce is grown in the Grassland community situated between Franklin and Brentwood, TN.  At Real Food Farms, we grow many heirloom varieties, save seeds, harvest at the peak of flavor, and sell only locally.  We grow year-round with many winter hardy vegetables.
For more information, you may contact David Daily at 615.604.3886 or email him at Alternatively, you can contact Philip or C.J. at  If you would like to sign up for this vegetable CSA share, please use the Ecotone Farm CSA sign-up page, which can be found here.


Here are a few photos we've taken in the last couple of months of Jasper on the farm.  While he really enjoys sitting on the tractor (i.e., not moving or running any equipment), he's recently begun to join me for morning chores and likes riding in the wheelbarrow too! 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ruminants Ranging

We've finally joined all of the ruminants into a single group!  There are now 15 cows, 15 sheep, and 2 donkeys all grazing together behind the electric netting.  The donkeys - Honest John and Calamity Jane - are livestock guardians for the sheep, as they are notoriously aggressive toward members of the canine family, which have well-known taste for little lambs.  We'll soon add the chickens and pigs to the rotation as well.  Stay tuned for more photos!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Working at Twilight

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the crickets take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn.  Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned 
in long grass.  Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down.  Let the shed
go black inside.  Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop 
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don't 
be afraid.  God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.

-- Jane Kenyon