What Do We Do in Winter?
Most think of agriculture as a seasonal thing. We eat year round, and most want fresh food year round. Many don’t want to stock up on their own so someone must preserve and stock up for them to insure the masses have food even now.
But there’s not gardens when it’s cold so we just put up our feet right? Wrong!
We’re planning for this year. I’m organizing new package ideas to present to customers, targeting the lean under $200 packages that add up. I’m planning breedings for the rabbits, gauging what seeds I have and what still needs to be ordered, where things are going to go in the garden areas. Marketing is ever present. Planning poultry expansions takes time and effort. Right now there’s a great deal at one hatchery on Seabrights, but we don’t quite have brooder space ready and they need reliable heat without fail. Although it’s months until Thanksgiving, we’re looking at that now, to back up time needed to raise birds, meaning we need to be hatching and ordering in the next couple of months for your holiday turkeys! (and ours!)
The winter time also means dealing with mud, as well as keeping everyone up and dry. We’ll need new cages to expand for rabbit growth, and more pens for chickens. We’re also working on funds for that land in Kentucky and a full blown expansion. Planning for clinics, scheduling events, attending industry meetings and shows are all something that we must tend to now while the weather makes it more difficult to work outside.
Feeding and watering animals is something that must happen every day. We’ll also have regular cleaning of pens, dealing with compost, making new raised beds and a wide range of other details so when the weather gets nice again we can full steam ahead. In preparation for the expansion to Kentucky land, we’re also keeping an eye on pigs, lambs and cattle and trying to pull those ends closer to customer demand ends! Without demand there’s no need for what we do!
There’s also sometimes an hour or so for reading, continuing to learn not only directly about new ways to do what we do, but related things from food and nutrition to how to better find new customers who are looking for us!
Winter only seems to be slower – the days are shorter and it makes it more difficult to get breedings, but we’ll be bursting at the seams with bunnies in no time! We’ll have plenty of options for those seeking to empower your food options in 2013!
Boring? Never! We’re just getting started!