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Featherfoot Farm Journal Spring 2008

An incredibly snowy winter, one of the snowiest in Maine's history, finally gave way to a beautiful spring. This transformation, however predictable and measured, always seems to take us by surprise. It's difficult to imaging fields covered with snow and ice springing up into landscapes of pastelled wild flowers and grasses.

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Featherfoot Farm Journal Winter 2007-2008

This winter brought with it the passing of our Jersey milking cow Cornelia. Her death was as unexpected as it was sudden. After happily grazing in the morning, Emily found her on the back of the compost pile with her life drained from her.

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Featherfoot Farm Journal Fall 2007

This edition of the Featherfoot Farm Journal is late--very late in fact. This lateness, and the cause of it, are precisely the topic of this season's Journal. There are priorities in this life and then there are priorities. A kid who needs to be driven to a soccer practice falls in the former category; milking a Jersey cow that has just calved falls, unquestionably, in the latter.

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Featherfoot Farm Journal Summer 2007

We thought we would take this season's journal to talk about something near and dear to our hearts--encouraging people to drastically reduce or eliminate television watching from their lives. After you read some of the information provided by the TV Turnoff Network it might not be so difficult to take a break from the "tube."

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Featherfoot Farm Journal Spring 2007

It's the little things in life that make it so enjoyable, like getting your mozzarella cheese to spin, spreading the garden with home-grown composted manure and pouring that just-bottled maple syrup on a hot waffle. Five goat kids came this spring. Sugar had triplets and Peanut delivered twins. That means the milk is pouring in again and we're scrambling to figure out what to do with all the stuff.

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Featherfoot Farm Journal Winter 06-07

Our dairy farmer friend Walter Witcomb recently chortled, "When someone asks me, 'What do you do on a farm in the winter?' I just roll my eyes." There certainly is plenty to do, and the day to day routine becomes like an old friend. There's a certain groove that occurs on a farm in the winter, less distraction more survival.

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Featherfoot Farm Journal Fall 2006

We love all the seasons but fall is our favorite, warm days and cold nights with no bugs. It'Äôs nature's new year; a time of change and new beginnings. The garden has just a few hardy vegetables left (collards, kale, carrots and leeks.) We canned jam, dilly beans and pickles and stored squash, pumpkins and rutabagas in the root cellar. As the garden disappears, the animals come in from the pastures after six months of living on grass.

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