State of the Farm

One might think that transitioning into fall and winter is a slowing period in a farmer/stockmans’ life. It is for a very brief period, but we have learned that it never lasts long before it’s time to get back to work. The creatures at Jolie Vue are hungry everyday. Our goal is to put the very best food in front of them 24/7/52/365. So what do we do when the grasses go into hibernation mode? We start by locating the best hay we can find. It’s insurance, and will fill those hunger gaps. Then we shred the hibernating native grasses so that sunshine can find the seed to be planted. Then we prepare seed beds so we can plant our winter rye, oats and wheat. There is nothing more satisfying for our creatures than fresh green stuff in the otherwise hibernating winter. After the green forage is planted, it is on to the clover seed. Our long-time customers know about our clover project. The goal is to cover the farm in clover seed and wait for it to find its time to germinate. Clover is a legume, like the haricot vert that is so good with red potatoes. Legumes feed the soil, more so than the grasses, and put a charge into the animals in the spring with its sweet and juicy palatability. It is a long term investment that we cannot afford to pass up. What’s next? Pray for rain...a familiar refrain. We saw a record 42 days without rain from early September through all of October. A little bit scary, but all the more reason to insure a dense root system that can store water when it does come, to be called upon when it doesn’t.

JVF