In November I accepted the position as 4-H Youth Development Educator in Dearborn County Indiana. 4-H is a program offered through Purdue University’s Extension Service. It’s great to join the Purdue family as an educator, especially since Purdue is one of my alma maters. I love the job and I love the people. 4-H in Dearborn County offers 98 projects that help youth explore and develop life skills including STEM projects such as Robotics. I am teaching. Life is good. Since I am employed off the farm now, look for Russell this summer when you visit Quarteramish farm to pick berries or purchase vegetables. I will be available when I can. Please contact me to schedule educational events.
This winter, we decided we needed additional alpacas in order to have enough fiber to process annually. We purchased 5 beautiful females and 1 beautiful grey male. I am excited to announce we will have our first crop of fiber available for sale in June. We will offer sport weight yarn, rug yarn, and felt pads. Last fall we experienced our first cria (the term for alpaca baby) birth and are proud to introduce Sophie.
The high tunnels have seen improvement too. Russell completed trellising the raspberries because their vigorous growth made it difficult to walk in the isle-ways. There is also a new coat of mulch inside and out. Mulch is used to help preserve moisture, reduce weeds and eventually enrich the soil with organic material. The “Cadillac of Picking“, as one customer calls us, now offers customers an upgraded experience. Our kids helped get the project started, and Russell finished the task over a 10 day period, one wheel barrow load at a time. The second cold winter in a row caused winter damage to this years fruiting canes, especially one particular variety. This will reduce our Blackberry crop this year, but we will have blackberries for sale. The season is a bit behind last year due to the cold spring conditions so check out the blog for updates on when berry picking will begin for the red raspberries and thornless blackberries.
One more thing: We purchased chicks this spring: Americana, Black Australorp and Black Sex link pullets. Australorp and Black Sex birds lay shades of brown and the Americana’s lay colored eggs; blue to shades of green. By late fall we will have fresh eggs once again.
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