Removing invasive species isn’t what I’d call fun farm work, but the labor refreshes my spirit and leaves me hopeful for our land’s future.
Breeding programs expand the Valais Blacknose, whose wool is good for carpets, bedding and felting, beyond its native Switzerland. The breed of sheep is ideal for small farms.
The year’s goals have gone unaccomplished, but I’ve learned important lessons about my land, my time and what I really want from this farm.
Replacing mechanized equipment with these human-powered tools reduces your fossil-fuel use and lets you tread more carefully on your land.