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Monday, October 18, 2010


A new fence was needed to separate the horses from the power company's substation in a new/old pasture. No rain makes dry ground, not fun when building a new fence.  This made for slow progress, and since we all have regular jobs construction is at a halt until next weekend.  Hopefully we will get some rain in the meantime that will soften up the ground.
Long walk up the hill at the end of the day.
Broke a pin on the auger.  
Barley is doing great considering the lack of rain.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


The barley has sprouted, surprising considering there has been zero rain since the seeds were sown.  Looks like we should get some rain at the end of the week.  Hopefully the barley will establish itself well before heading into late fall and winter.  I've been working on clearing an old grapevine that my grandfather planted many many years ago.  Wild weeds, trees, and brush had engulfed the vines and taken the grape yield down to nothing.  I'm looking for a used turning plow.  (If anybody knows where I can get a good deal on one, let me know.)  I'm also in the process of tuning up the old chainsaw.  I've got a lot of brush and trees to clear, and the saw is not running at its full potential.
Barley Seedlings
Before picture of the grape vine.  Do you see it?

After picture of the grapevine.  I will have to replace some of the posts and the wire to support the vines.

My daughter got her first ride on a horse.  She was a natural and loved it, thats me on the left.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Barley Seeds are Sown

Worked hard this weekend and finally got the test barley plot sown.  This is just a test plot for us.  We know barley will grow in North Carolina, but the malting process is completely new to us.  We will be working all winter to get the equipment setup and hope to be malting in early Summer.  Things are coming along on the farm.  A Rutherford County agriculture project called "Foothills Connect" was featured on the television show "America's Heartland" Sunday morning.  Foothills Connect is an effort by farmers in Rutherford County to reach individual consumers and restaurants in nearby urban areas like Charlotte, NC.  I love the fall weather but the shorter days really make it tough on a "wanna be" farmer who also has a day job. 

The plot plowed, limed, fertilized, and seeded.

Covering the seeds.  Is that a lawnmower out there?

Brush Pile

No more brush pile.

Theres lots to do around the farm, everybody has to pitch in.