Winter’s Here


Upper Pond & Cottage

As noted yesterday, winter arrived at 1:03 pm on Wednesday. Punctually on schedule. This morning we woke up to about 10″ of snow. The world has changed from grey November to white winter just in time for Thanksgiving.


Ben Snowboarding Down Driveway

If you look closely in the top picture you can see Ben, enlarged here, zooming down the driveway on his snowboard. I purposefully plowed late to give people time to enjoy snowboarding and sledding on our long winding drive while the snow was at its peak freshness. The milk truck had delivered yesterday, before the storm, so there was no rush to clear away the newly fallen snow.


Geese and Pigs

Out in the south field the ducks and geese appeared to be bathing in the new snow. The pigs had already made trails from their bedding areas in the southern copses to whey and water stations.


Greenhouse Foundation Rising

This weekend we’ll probably chop all the posts off even along the shoulder boards so we can put on the header.

The lumber for building the greenhouse is recycled from the scaffolding and form work of building the butcher shop much of which came from building the south field shed forms pieces of which came from building our cottage in 2006 some of which came from the old hay shed that was put up here in the 1950’s that was moved from some other site from the 1800’s. Reuse, reuse, reuse.

The metal frame of the greenhouse arrives Monday. Now that we are up above the frozen ground winter can set in hard and we’ll be able to keep working without worrying about drilling posts in through hard ground.

Outdoors: 35°F/27°F Partially Sunny, 4.5″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/60°F

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4 Responses to Winter’s Here

  1. am in the pm says:

    Looking forward to future blogs on greenhouse progress and so will pigs.

  2. Jeff says:

    Hey Walter,

    How will you be doing the metal ribs for the hoophouse? I thought you said earlier you bought a farmtek kit. I was looking at using chainlink fence rails, and bending myself, but it seems that stretching those farther than about 20′ is a no go. Just curious what the dimensions on your house will be and what you decided to go with.

    • I considered bending our own, building our ribs out of concrete or stone, building it out of wood. What we ended up doing was buying the FarmTek 103758 38′ x 96′ cold frame. The center height will be about 20′.

      Realize that while I call it the greenhouse it will be actually be open to the fresh air. There will be no artificial heating – just the warmth provided by the sun, the pigs and the composting deep pack bedding. It will be setup as rings of climate gradients such that the inner most ring where piglets can retreat into a creep is much warmer than our cold mid-winter nights. We have done this for years on a much smaller scale. This will create more graduations of the system.

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