Changing the Landscape of Windy Woods

July 10, 2015

The pace of life here in Windy Woods has really picked up. As anyone who’s been keeping up knows, the children who are in 4H have all gotten their animals now, and they have been integrated with the rest of the livestock. The 256 sq. ft. pen needs to be moved approximately every 2 days.  […]

Calf in the Goat Pen Moo moo!

All right, first things first. I got my calf about a month ago. His name is Selh’teus. He is an Angus/Limousin cross, a blackish brown color and quite big for his age.  Selh’teus is beautiful! The first two weeks…. When I first got Selh’teus, the farmer had just taken him off his mother. We tried […]

Calf, Sheep, Chicks, and Goats, Oh My!

The children have all begun their 4H projects now, Cassidy’s calf and Brennan’s chicks all arrived on the same day. So, here in Windy Woods we now have a calf, sheep, chicks, laying hens and goats. I’ve avoided talking about their projects because I want them to be able to post about them, and me […]

Lost the Garden

Well, it’s official, we’ve completely lost the entire garden.  I’m going to classify this entire experience as a hard lesson learned. I think we’ve also lost our entire apple and pear crop for this year too. Last week we had 3 days in a row of sub-freezing temperatures overnight.  This killed everything in the garden, […]

Dairy Goats and Bramble

May 21, 2015

I’m feeling a bit guilty this morning, my dairy goats’ udders have scratches all over them. I don’t recall there ever being an issue last year, but I suppose it’s possible that the areas we had previously penned them weren’t as overgrown with blackberry bramble. It seems kind of counter to our goal of using […]

A Quick 4-H Update

Last Saturday (5/16/15) there was a 4-H work bee at the Fair grounds. My club (Country Critter Ranchers) was assigned to painting da da DUM fence posts! First, we scraped the paint off the posts with a wire brush.  After that we painted the posts white. We did the same thing on the second arena. […]

Frost Advisory and the Garden

May 15, 2015

So, I write this, post it, and we get a frost Wednesday night.  On the up side, the weather app I have on my iPad notified me of the frost warning, so we covered as much of it as we could with plastic.

Putting in the Garden

The garden is in! Well, a good part of it is. We might be taking a bit of a risk, actually, I’m certain we are taking a bit of a risk, but the warm weather over the last few weeks, combined with the really short growing season up north says do it!

Taking the Goats to the Barn for Milking

May 7, 2015

Just a quick post tonight to put up short video of the nightly running of the goats to the barn for milking. I was hoping for a little more of the kids kicking up their heels, but there was a little of that. You may notice, there’s a sheep in the mix.  That is Asher’s […]

What Are Little Girls Made of? Star Trek and 4-H

Let’s start the very beginning….introductions! My name is Cassidy, and, as you all know I live at the Windy Woods farm. At 13, I’m the eldest child of the kids (no, not the goat kids!). My hobbies are reading, writing, and drawing manga, Star Trek (we’re currently watching the original series), kite flying (that is until until a tree ate it. Thank […]