Zina and I were mulling over the past year or so of the JAZ Farm last night. We are tired yet so proud of all of our accomplishments and this place is really starting to look like a farm. JAZ Farm has laying hens, is capable of hatching its own chicken replacements, has meat birds in the brooder, and is going to be able to grow a great deal of the food the birds need throughout the year. We have wheat coming up and are mere days away from hardening off hundreds and hundreds of plants for the organically grown vegetable garden (Cudo’s to friend Mike for coming down and helping to put up the remaining wind break fences…. you saved my lower back some agony!). On top of it all we are going to be sowing Millet and Amaranth on the front 15 acres to help heal and build the soil.
While enjoying a Mother’s Day dinner out while Aaron stayed at the farm and babysat the dog, we talked about the future livestock that may visit the farm. To me horses are nothing but toys. Cows are huge and we don’t really eat much red meat. If you want animals like goats, sheep, or Llamas one needs a barn to house them; especially during the really cold months of winter. What we came up with is pigs: Feeder pigs. Feeder pigs grow to around 250 lbs in about 6 months. If purchased in April, they are ready for the processor in October. They require a pen, a hut, water and food. I have already designed the hut in my head and the pen, after all of this fence building is a no-brainer! So throughout the summer I will be building a pig pen and getting it outfitted for spring 2015.
We figured that with the wheat, the organic garden, the eggs and broilers and pigs, we will likely have all of the meat and vegetables we could ever need. As the pigs are quite big, and they need to be raised in a group of 2-3, we will likely invite friends, neighbors or clients to go in on the cost.
JAZ Farm…. a real…. working…. homestead.