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So far Tim Southwell has created 81 blog entries.

Dynamic

Tim frequently says that the farm is a living breathing organism, that's always expanding, and redefining itself.  Well this week we helped her out with a lot of new elements that will expand and dynamically change the successional state of the farm's ecosystem. We planted around 300 new cane fruits, that will bramble their way throughout the farm feeding us [...]

Dynamic2019-03-06T05:40:48-07:00

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the boss man’s…

On Vacation!  Which is great for him, he needs it.  However, it's led to a week of, "when it rains it pours"... Yes, it is raining and we love the precipitation, however it seems like a lot is spinning out of control on the farm, (even though everything's fine, if you're reading this boss!).  I'm convinced that farming is the [...]

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the boss man’s…2019-03-06T05:40:49-07:00

On the Move

When I was running my own farm back in KY I always wanted a blog, my  wife and I thought it would be a good way to stay connected.  Well that rarely happened as well a farm always has something that needs attention and ABC acres is no different.  An old proverb says "A rolling stone gathers no moss."  Typically [...]

On the Move2019-03-06T05:40:49-07:00

It’s all about context

Well, I'll avoid starting this post with my normal line and just say whew it's Friday, I hope your week was a tad more relaxed than ours.  I love every minute of it, but there's never a dull moment on the farm.  We're back to moving cattle daily, which in turn means the chickens move more frequently.  We're preparing for [...]

It’s all about context2019-03-06T05:41:14-07:00

Short but sweet

I'll try to keep today's weekly update in line with the title, but no guarantees.  It's been another stellar week here at ABC Acres, with as always a lot of things in motion.  We weaned the goat kids, planted trees, installed new irrigation, up-potted tomato seedlings, and even started the daily cattle rotation to fresh grass.  However we're ending the [...]

Short but sweet2019-03-06T05:41:14-07:00

Sunshine and Rainbows

Disclaimer this isn't about sunshine or rainbows, although we've enjoyed both this week at the farm, as well as snow and rain.  Today I'll be talking about how farming isn't always sunshine and rainbows.  One of my mentors at Beaver Creek ski patrol was fond of saying "It's all Mickey Mouse 'till someone ain't breathing," and although everyone's breathing at [...]

Sunshine and Rainbows2019-03-06T05:41:14-07:00

Learning by Growing

The past week here at ABC Acres has been busy.  I have to say I've missed spring time in the Rockies, on Monday we started the week off with intermittent snow storms, and the next day we were working in t-shirts. Of course Tim didn't mind the snow as he has been in Florida all week, he deserves a break, [...]

Learning by Growing2019-03-06T05:41:14-07:00

Working with (or for?) Wildlife

Each new day on the farm we are reminded that spring is headed into main gear.  Daily we notice new buds on trees and bushes, more and more bird activity, and bulbs reaching out for the sun.  As we observe the return of growth we eagerly review our grazing plan, in the coming weeks our pastures will have enough grass to [...]

Working with (or for?) Wildlife2019-03-06T05:41:14-07:00

Balance

It's been an interesting week on the farm, full of energy and emotions.  One of our interns started this week and it's great to have another set of hands on the property.  Training a new employee is interesting when I've only been on the ground here about two weeks longer than him.  That said Brett's a hard working, diligent man. [...]

Balance2019-03-03T07:18:03-07:00

First week (and a half)

Okay, this week has been a blur as I settle into my position as the new farm manager here at ABC Acres. It’s been 10 days since I arrived in Hamilton and 9 that I’ve worked, so excuse me if I touch base on any of the happenings that Tim covered last week. My family and I are fortunate to [...]

First week (and a half)2018-03-14T21:49:49-06:00