Sunday, June 6

Baby goats

Sometimes I wish I could just hang out and nap like the little one's pictured here.  We've had a ton going on lately.  Most recently we hosted two WWOOFers for a couple of weeks.  I've mentioned having WWOOF volunteers before, but for those that don't know it's a network of organic farmers (WWOOF host farms) and those interested in learning about organic farming (WWOOFers).  The WWOOFers volunteer their time and energy in exchange for a learning opportunity as well as room and board.  I understand we're on the luxurious end of the accommodations (we have an extra private bedroom and bath in our home) as some just provide tent space.

Ken and Amy, our WWOOFERS, are doing a summer of WWOOFing. They left yesterday after a two week stay.  They helped us get a ton of little extra projects done.  My lovely wife Jennifer said it best after a day of projects with the WWOOFers and my cousin Aaron helping out that we got more done that just the "have-tos" that we usually get done with a typical weekend.  Some of the projects marked off the checklist include:
  • taking down the old barn tin
  • cleaning out the old barn
  • creating two large compost piles out of the bedding from the barn
  • rebuilding fence around that barn
  • tearing down an old compost bin and building a nicer one in a different spot
  • planting lots of ornamental plants and trees
  • mulching
  • building new raised beds
  • moving hay to the new barn
  • cleaning out the chicken house
I'm sure I'm forgetting some of the things we accomplished.  The place looks great as a result and we learned a lot and had fun with our guests, I think they would say the same.  Amy is a second year vet student and got a nice introduction into the world of goats.  Jennifer and I laughed when she said her favorite goat was Etsu, because she's "so outrageous."  Jennifer also arranged for Amy to meet our local vet and she spent three days riding and helping Dr. Mozier.  Ken is a recent grad with a degree in history, he's looking to get into urban planning and I hope his experience on our little farm helps him along that journey.  They plan on blogging their experience and I'm waiting for a URL to link to.  

We have another set of WWOOFers scheduled for sometime in July, they're biking across the country.  They only plan on staying for a few days and we're looking forward to their visit.


Teresa said...

Wow! How fun. I'd love to be able to have someone come share my farm experience for a week or two. Guess I'll have to find a non-organic version. The kids look great!

polly's path said...

too neat!
How did you get hooked into this?

Duane Keys said...

One of Jennifer's nephews has participated as a wwoofer and told us about it. I think it's free to sign up, or maybe like 5 bucks or something.