As usual there are all kinds of things going on simultaneously around the farm. These days it feels like we are in the final stages of a massive makeover and I suppose that is because we are. If you visited our farm in the past and walked around you probably had some feelings about the pastures directly behind the barn. We all did and for those of us living and working here it was a constant pressure to keep them in somewhat order. It all had to do with converting a dairy barn to a horse barn and managing a big herd with not a lot of space. Thanks to the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency we received a large grant to address all the issues we have. We knew that and the State knows that but unless you asked it was unlikely you would know about the coming improvements. It has literally taken years to fully implement these designs and remedies and we are now at the very summit of that huge mountain of hardship. Living with the pastures in the state they were in took an extreme toll on the tractor too.
Another chapter of our history for the book we are sure to write! Another reason to love this farm. How much did this cost herd members or donors? Just like most of our improvements in and around the farm, nothing at all. Through grants or targeted donations specifically for the work (without an appeal) we received.
Check out what we saw last night when the last trucks left. It is not done but it is almost there, this will also change our world powerfully, even for the visitors, no more concern, just happy comfort knowing that we have the very best practices in place for the horses we love so much!