Welcome back, CWUF Family!
June came and went in a snap and here we are in early July. The farm is bustling with budding fruits and vegetables and the animals are thriving. Here's a little(ish) update to keep you in the loop:
We made it into City Beat! In their June 28th issue, City Beat wrote a lovely article featuring CWUF and we are so honored by their kind words and support. If you haven't read it yet, let us know...we have plenty of copies! You can also check out the digital edition here on page 33.
In case you missed us, we were the giant ear of corn cruising down Hamilton Ave in the Northside Fourth of July Parade! A huge thank you to Hannah Foureman-Smith, Josh Smith, Natalie Mancino, Paul Grilli, Kathyrn Volk, Becky Davis, Joe Gorman, James Heller-Jackson, Bill Clark, Drew Littlejohn, and the American Sign Museum for all of their efforts in pulling off the greatest float in parade history! A special thanks to Rosie, Willow, and farm dog Lu for toughing out the heat and chaos in their first ever parade debut.
On another note, we finished our electric fence! It is over a mile of hand-strung wire all powered by solar energy. After months of hard labor and enough shocks to knock us off and back onto our feet, we are proud to announce that it is finished and definitely in working order. We hope it will continue to keep unwanted creatures out and keep in our animals. With the new fence comes a huge pasture for Willow, Rosie, an the chickens to play and forage. Our chickens are free ranging and mostly stay within the fence. It's incredible to see how they have changed the terrain in just two months.
Speaking of chickens, we are eagerly and impatiently counting down the days until our girls start laying. We ended with a high count of roosters and unfortunately only have 18 hens at the moment. However, we are confident they will be great layers and have plans to add more. Farm-fresh, free-range eggs should be available in August. Stay tuned for more!
We have an update our goats, as well. As Rosie and Willow age and gain weight, they are becoming stronger and more mature. We are currently looking into viable bucks to breed our girls with this fall. Since goats have about a 5 month gestation period we are hoping to successfully breed them in October so we can kid in March. We hope this can be a great learning experience for our community, too. For now, they're just enjoying being kids, lounging around, bouncing around, teasing chickens, and eating as much as goatly possible.
We hope to have produce coming from our garden in the upcoming weeks and will be taking our CAMP cart around the community with fresh produce and eggs, more on that very soon. For now we are looking forward to installing more water-catchment on the farm, as well as creating fun events for our community to enjoy. Did I hear drive-in? Or was that U-Pick pumpkins?
As always, please come visit and volunteer with us. Your help and support means the world! Be sure to check out our featured sponsors and new gallery photos. If you haven't yet, follow us on facebook and instagram. Stay tuned for more and thanks for reading!
Sam and Kevin