Wheat Field on a Sunny Day
As of Sunday, the oats are up.
On Saturday, farmers and volunteers joined forces to plant more than 1,750 pounds of potatoes in the market garden.
Back to the Barn
Spring plowing continues. I caught up to Farmer Larry and his team just as they were headed in from a morning of hard work.
Don't worry -- all members of the wagon crew are safe and accounted for.
In the kitchen garden, the blueberries aren't blue yet, but they're starting to look a little more like berries.
The Great Outdoors
Howell Farm's chicks are growing up fast. They're now foraging for bugs in the fenced-in-area outside the brooder.
When I arrived at Howell Farm this morning, one of the farm's volunteers was busy chipping away at a large log with colorful yellow innards. He was making fence rails.
His progress was slow -- he was attacking the mighty osage orange with hand tools.
Osage orange, also known as mock orange, is nearly rock hard. When used for firewood, it is reputed to offer more BTUs per chord than any other Eastern hardwood tree species. (In second place ranks the shagbark hickory.)
Look up your favorite firewood here:
-A chord is defined as the the amount of tightly piled wood in a stack 4 feet wide and 4 feet high by 8 feet long.
-A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is the amount of heat required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
The Furrow is the online newsletter of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. We will be updating this site about once a week with crop reports and other insights into life on a horse-drawn living history farm.
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