Miraculous, we think so. We were going to use our little trailer and new, low gas mileage truck to drive to get the new 3/4 Brown Swiss x 1/4 Holstein, conveniently near my parents in Payette, ID. The day before, pastor Dean offered his nice, newer diesel truck, and another friend offered a much better and safer trailer. We made the drive in comfort, got great mileage, and finished the round trip without incident. Oh, and another friend paid for the cow, unexpectedly, as part of a broader investment in the efforts here. We were blessed - it is a joy to participate in God's work building community, with community! Thanks to all for the help and love!
Jewel's calf Kato was born on 11/10/20, without incident, though it was cold, so his first night was spent in the laundry room where we caught his first "pie" on a towel.... She freshened at 5 gallons/day. Excitedly, we tested her and found she was A2/A2.
After a week of excavating to enlarge the pond and pile the rich soil in several places around the property, including the yard area, we went to Plants of the Wild in Tekoa, WA for a premium winter rye/bluegrass mix. Then we covered 6000 of the 12,000 square feet in plastic because, according to Plants of the Wild staff, October is hit-or-miss on freezing the vulnerable sprouts. On the 14th, after it all germinated, it froze hard, and the un-plasticed part did not make it, justifying the $130 in plastic for the 6000sqft.
With more than a little miscommunication with installer and permitting entities, $400 in permitting costs, and $4000 in payment to an installer, we are fully approved for a 6 bedroom residence! Not yet sure how much will be required for the milk processing facility, but it is wonderful to have the extra capacity officially permitted today more than a year before what we anticipated!
Josh: Founder, father