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“Well…” or “Okay…” are Scary Words

Written by: Bobbie
April 11, 2012


I’m often kidded about letting out a deep sigh and uttering “Well…” or “Okay…” Either of which means that I’ve come up with another idea or work plan. That’s how this post started, and no one was in the room but me.

The idea of this newsletter is to keep folks informed of items we have available for sale and/or what life is like on a small farm or ranch. Didn’t make it for yesterday’s 3 o’clock newsletter, though, so I’m sending it out again.

Today I wanted to review one of those work plans we started last year, “Prescribed Grazing,” and a new page on our website called “Family Stories.”

Prescribed Grazing

Photo of goats in kudzu-covered field |The Kudzu is growing on the corner lot just a mile from our front door. I see it every time we travel to and from town and just realized it is that time of year again. We have a small herd of goats or flock of sheep so our girls work best in smaller yards and fields of 5 to 10 acres.

We are always asked “What does it cost?” That is not easy to answer because we have to see the site. I’ve been told by folks that they have spent, over the years, up to $10,000 trying to remove it by mowing and using pesticides. My research says neither works, while intense grazing can work and is environmentally friendly.

We have a flock of sheep still at O’Toole’s Herb Farm in Madison. This will be the third season and they have been working on the fence line in two pastures. So we will have our own research results this year. We’ll keep you posted. Click for more info Prescribed Grazing.

Family Stories

This is the first of what we hope are a series of stories from our children. They are all over the United States and live interesting and often adventurous lives. Jim, the oldest son, recently began work on the North Slope of Alaska. Click Family Stories for the tale of his first assignment and look for more in the future under the Home menu.