Neighbor Gary McMasters was making sorghum molasses this weekend with his mill in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. He was also breaking in his new 4 year old mule Pearl. She was pulling the mill for only the second time. While Gary had to be a little patient, Pearl figured things out pretty quickly and did an admirable job. Pearl takes over from Sam, who has gone into retirement in his twenties.
The folks at Rising Meadow Farms in Grays Chapel, North Carolina have several llamas with their sheep herd. The llamas produce some wool, but their main responsibility is to protect the sheep from potential predators like coyotes.
My younger son Devin is in graduate school at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He made a quick 36 hour visit home this weekend. Short but we'll take it. It's rough to have a child sixteen hours away.
Portraits of Chram Rode and his wife Broih Fnu, a Montagnard couple originally from Viet Nam, now living in Greensboro, North Carolina. For the past two seasons they have been working for the Goat Lady CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) garden near my home in Grays Chapel.
Justin Sparks from Wilkes County and a coworker were in our neighborhood this week preparing land. They are on contract with a local dairy to produce silage for cattle feed. They were using some special equipment and while they were tilling the land they were also incorporating barley seed that had been broadcast on the fields. The barley will be a cover crop that will provide green fertilizer for next year's corn. It's interesting to see ways farmers are working to be more efficient. It's pretty cool riding around in the cab of a eight wheel, 450 hp tractor as well.