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Peace

The Peace of Wild Things
— Wendell Berry–
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
—-
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Lambs are Here!

I bought ten little Hampshire and Southdown lambs yesterday.  They’re happily grazing the lush spring grass, loving every minute of the sunshine.   I have missed owning sheep.  It’s a happy day on Provenance Farm now that we are back in the sheep business!

Call now to reserve a half or whole lamb for later this summer.   There’s nothing better than a good lamb roast!

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Sheep

The plans are in the works for buying lambs, and I’m getting excited!  I grew up raising sheep, and despite my daydreams of rounding up cattle on horseback, wooly sheep still hold a special place in my heart.

Posing with "Champ" and the winning bidder at the 4-H Livestock Auction

I’m not sure why I love them so much.  There’s just something about those fuzzy little lambs…which quickly turn into pot-bellied bleaters like the one above.

Then they turn into fat paychecks, like the one about to be handed to me by the lady in the blue.  Bless her heart, for fostering those early teenage fantasies that I could do this farm thing for a living.

This year, we will just have weaned lambs which I’ll pasture-finish in the fall.  I am looking forward to starting my own breeding flock soon.  There’s nothing more fun than a crop of bouncing baby lambs in your field!

Here’s an interesting video, featuring John Neumeister of Cattail Creek Farm (just down the road, in Junction City).  He does a good job of describing his goals for high-quality, tasty lamb and for managing different species of livestock for pasture quality.

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