Unfortunately for many of our pumpkins, the wet weather of August and early September was too much to handle. Many of them are rotting in the pumpkin patch. The rest have been harvested, and we hope many will still fulfill their destiny as Halloween jack-o-lanterns.
There are several new faces around the Howell Farm barnyard this autumn. New piglets are in the pigpen, and a new farm cat is in the barn. Then there's Layla, a milking shorthorn, who arrived recently with her spotted calf, Ray. Layla produces a huge amount of milk every day.(The Howell Farm milkers report some tired hands.) She's also physically larger than Daisy, our Jersey cow, so Farmer Rob and the interns spent some time today modifying the milking stanchion so she can fit her head.
Ray will only be with Howell Farm for a time, and will eventually go back to the farm on which he was born. But while he's at Howell Farm, he'll likely get some training in the ways of oxen. Ray's father is of the Normande breed.
Farmer Jeremy, winner of this year's Howell Farm plowing match, was back out in the field of his victory this morning, running over all the plowing match plots with a disc harrow. He's smoothing over the plowed spots so the next time the entire field needs to be plowed everything will be even. Jeremy then spent the afternoon in the barn, shoeing horses.