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Down on the Farm: February News and Notes from Gale Woods

Twelve of the 13 cows are pregnant and the first calf is due in late March. Nineteen of 21 ewes are pregnant and they are expecting 43 lambs during the first 3 weeks of April.

From Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista:

The recent snowstorm painted the farm into a beautiful winter landscape, but spring is just around the corner.

We pregnancy-checked the beef cattle and sheep last week, and there are lots of babies on the way. Twelve of the 13 cows are pregnant, and the first calf is due in late March. Nineteen of 21 ewes are pregnant, and they are expecting 43 lambs during the first 3 weeks of April.

We are also excited about the arrival of our Jersey dairy cow. She will be calving the first week of March, and visitors will have the opportunity to experiencing milking firsthand. It’s going to be another fun and active spring on the farm!

Gale Woods Farm’s 2013 CSA
Have you always wanted to be a part of a local CSA? Perhaps this is the year to give Community Supported Agriculture a try! Phone and online registration for our CSA open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27.

Pasture-Raised Butcher Bundles: Reserve Now!
We are offering Butcher Bundles for a limited time only, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost for this Butcher Bundle is $150 and consists of the following: one whole chicken, two pounds of ground beef, two pounds of ground lamb, one each beef, pork and lamb roast, lamb shank, beef soup bone, pork hocks, one T-bone steak, four pork chops, two lamb steaks, one pound of lamb kabob meat and 1 pound of lamb/pork polish sausage. If you purchased these cuts separately, you would pay $165. Call 763.694.2001 now to purchase bundles.

Beekeeping Basics
Saturday, March 2; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Veteran beekeeper and entomologist Dan Palmer will provide all the information necessary to keep bees in cold climates. He’ll take you through two years of beekeeping; from purchasing and assembling equipment and bees to producing and selling honey. The course is geared for beginning beekeepers and is a two-session series.

Potluck and Film Discussion
Last month our book club expanded upon the resources out there to include film. We invite you to join us for another stimulating evening! On Saturday, March 2 we will meet at 5:30 PM for a potluck dinner, followed by the film “Queen of the Sun – What Are the Bees Telling Us?” with discussion to follow. Please RSVP to 763.694.2001.

Get Started Vegetable Gardening
March 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Does the idea of growing your own vegetables interest you? Do you just need someone to tell you how to begin? This is the class for you! We will spend the morning teaching you how to get started growing food in your backyard. Leave with a place to begin, resources to help, and the inspiration to grow beautiful produce.

Our Annual Sheep Shearing
Saturday, March 16; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Meet the sheep and learn how wool is processed from sheep to sweater through skirting, washing, carding, 
spinning and weaving demonstration.

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