Author Archives: Nancy

Welcome Spring!

BoyScouts-TourBlossoms on the fruit trees are keeping our bees busy. It’s time to think about scheduling a tour of the farm!

We’d love to show off our new babies, goat kids, lambs, bunnies and lots of chicks! Still waiting for calves, but it won’t be long. Our hoop house re model has proved successful with an extra early harvest of winter greens. This is my favorite time of year-planting seeds and looking forward to sprouting, growing and harvest!

We’ve already had our first tour, Cub Scout Pack 143 came by for a visit and learned about growing food. We welcome spring and hope you’ll consider a tour, it’s fun and free!

New Vineyard

TRW-transparantFinally finished planting our new vineyard, Frotanac and Frotanac Gris for making wine. There are 8 rows of 18. Lots of work but already see new growth on them!

Tahoe Ridge has been so good to us, buying produce during the summer (we are listed on their menu). They asked us to grow these grapes for them to make their award winning wine that’s grown in Nevada.

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Let’s talk bees!

Our hive of bees and queen are Italian honey bees from California. We picked them up April 5th, but it was too late to release them until the next day. They appreciate a mist of water while they wait. They literally get dumped into the hive, but the queen had her own little box. She has several attendants inside the little box with her, but the other bees swarm to get her out by eating the plug, releasing her. Now the work begins!

All the honey combs made this summer will provide the bees with food over the winter, but next year…..honey!

First calf of the season!

imageMeet Norman, the little Belted bull calf born on Saturday, March 14. Gestation for cows is nine months, but worth the wait! We are expecting more calves to be born soon, including mini calves from our herd of mini cows.