It was not the purpose for cutting and baling hay that the grands have a place to play King (er Queen) of the Mountain. But the fact that they invented their own entertainment and burned off some youthful energy in the process (with digital devices nowhere in sight) is one pleasant side-effect of last week’s haying. The purpose, of course, was to power the growth of meat animals who will digest the tens of thousands of round bales cut in Floyd County and turn …

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The trailer here points the way for more of what you’ll see–and afterwards, discuss at the Floyd Country Store, perhaps after sharing a pot-luck dinner staring at 6:30. Highly recommended. Take a look at this month’s SustainFloyd Newsletter, or skip straight to this Sustainfloyd Family Album 2 minute slide show of people, places and events in the Floyd community during 2015. Newsletter for December 2015 SustainFloyd Family Album Slide Show [su_button url=”http://sustainfloyd.org/donate/” target=”blank” style=”soft” background=”#eadea1″ color=”#1f1717″ size=”5″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” radius=”5″ icon=”icon: pagelines” icon_color=”#ffffff” text_shadow=”1px 1px …

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So you long-time readers might remember the great Chickalanche of the winter of 2014. All the snow off the barn roof came down with a swoosh onto our chicken pen and destroyed it. (And one of us got to say I TOLD YOU SO but we won’t go there.) And then one of us insisted that we needed once more to offer our well-fed hens to whatever creatures get a hankering for some chicken–and they all do, every one of God’s creatures wants it …

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Moveable Feast: Dinner is served. As a matter of fact, dinner is almost done for the eggs embedded with great accuracy and intention by the mother wasp into this otherwise invisible garden pest–the tomato (also called the tobacco) horn worm. See the horn up top? She found and then injected the host caterpillar many times with her hypodermic ovipositor  (at least as many times as you see white cocoons of eggs-turned-to-pupae). Those eggs have hatched, turned to tiny larvae who have eaten caterpillar juices …

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While the cat’s away…but it wasn’t mice in the garden while we were out of town. It was beetles, weeds, and from the outside, deer browsing on the beans along the fence. Oh well. All that hard work to make pretty gone to seed. Point is, there is an incredible amount of catching up to do. The good news is: I am prepared and able to do it. Three days ago, not at all. I’ve never been so disabled by pain as I was Thursday …

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