So far this summer we put in 1400ft of water line with spigots and permanent waters every 300ft for stress-free drinking for the livestock. We planted and maintained 16 raised garden beds, 20 heirloom fruit trees, 20 blueberry bushes, 25 raspberry bushes, three grape vines, 50 asparagus plants, 50 artichokes and 300 square feet of herbs. 200 broilers were moved around our farm daily in a bit of a bovine/poultry waltz where the two moved as one but were forbidden any actual contact.
I keep reminding myself that they are fertilizing our fields so that I will not have spend another $1500 this fall to bring in chicken poop to balance the nutrients for the microbiology in the soil that is River Cottage Farm. All that fertilizing comes with the task of building a new portable chicken coop for every 50 chickens. Thankfully our wood reserves comes from construction companies who are happy to have left overs repurposed rather than sent to landfills.
All the months of planning for 4400ft of new fencing has been more work than I like to remember. With several badly planned pastures under my belt I am determined not to make the same mistakes again. Now the real hard work begins with Brayden digging holes for all the cedar posts, stringing wire and hanging gates. When the fences are completed our mere four pastures will become 12 distinct paddocks for rotationally grazing all our livestock.
Thankfully the three of us keep each other as balanced as possible and we have a strict plan to slow down and smell the roses.