Here they are these sweet fraternal twins. At 2:09 p.m. on Friday May 18, Gracie 'freshened' or gave birth to a couple of giant babies. The boy weighed 11 pounds at birth and the girl 9.2. Mom and kids are safe and beautiful.
With the arrival of Gracie's kids, we could use your help. GlennArt formally has opened the Name the Kid Contest! Please follow the link to contribute your names for babies. We close the contest on Friday May 25. Our impartial judge will announce the name of our dozen babies on May 26.
Since the end of April, we have received a number of babies to our farm. Destiny gave birth to twin girls on Sunday May 4. They are beautiful with each a different ear type.
Esther surprised us on May 2 with just one baby girl, a BIG baby girl weighing in at 10 pounds. We spent several concerning days evaluating Esther's condition because she has had multiple kids in previous years; last year she produced a group of four kids. As our best milker, she also lost use of her left udder. Fortunately the baby modified eating habits. This kid is our first goat with waddles in five years. Esther always was unique.
With Esther's condition unknown to produce milk, and her one kid, we decided to seek help. We found Judy and Terry in Harvard, who had a number of orphan babies. We adopted three kids, as seen above. Because of overcrowding where they were born, they were quite thin. In addition, we found Abby, seen to the right. Her baby boy show above is quite fat. Abby is now sharing milk with the orphans.
Since then, we have been very busy feeding kids, organizing, watching Esther's condition for milking, and waiting for Gracie to kid. She has been calm and getting bigger by the day. With her babies' birth we finish kidding season.
At 9p.m. tonight, Martha delivered triplets: two boys and a girl. All are safe and healthy. Martha is looking strong post partum. We are very grateful that all were born without complications. Many thanks to my husband David for taking more tasks so that I could wait with Martha all evening. Lorel and Kevin came by to blow dry the babies, as the temperature had dipped below 50 degrees. Our international student Miguel arrived in time to see the first kid appear and helped me hook up the heater.
Of course goat babies are so beautiful.
Our famous weatherman Tom Skilling has evaluated April and found that it to be the coldest April in 137 years. This weekend the night temperatures at last are above freezing and snow has not appeared in several days. Last week, we have purchased an editing software. In the process of sorting files, I discovered several short videos, one from each month, showing the long winter of 2018. Please click on the youtube video below. We would appreciate if you could 'like' it.
We are very thankful for World Wide Opportunity for Organic Farming, USA branch. As spring finally arrives, we remember three wonderful people who have stepped into our lives and given us a boost on preparing for Milking Season and Goat Yoga.
Bertha Iniguez came to us for two weeks and this lady knows how to work. We were able to make the basement a work area for seed preparation. Bertha accompanied me to Good Food Expo in March for a talk on worm culture. She also wrote announcements, set up Criagslist postings, and helped with general chores. We wish her well in her plans for the future.
Jordan and Brocton came through our homestead in a brief but potent six days of work. In one day, they completely rebuilt our chicken coop, cleaning up rat infestation, giving us 20 more square feet of work space, and enlarging our nesting area from five spots to 14 spots. Please note the classy wave pattern in the chicken boxes. The hens all gave their approval.
They guys also tilled the Waller Street Pasture for planting, and created a yoga class area for May. Thank you WWOOF -USA volunteers for helping us prepare for our busy season.
One example of their work was the new hay feeder. I had been losing a LOT of hay by using boxes on the floor. The goats would simply step on the feed and then poop on good hay. Jordan and Brocton anchored this heavy hay feeder on the wall of the garage. Jordan tested to see if the feeder was attached properly. No goat knocking this thing down.
Last year we received funding from Frontera Farmer Foundation. Through these funds, we were able to set up our pasture fences, buy milking machine equipment, and finally build a milk processing room. Our final project with Frontera was to apply for raw milk sales permit with the State of Illinois Department of Public Health. We began this process in late March, and our first inspection occured on April 12. Inspectors sent a good report that our farm has complied with infrastructure requirements. HOWEVER the inspectors wish a visit once the milking season begins. Kidding Season begins next week. After babies are settled, we begin milking. One step at at time.
From the Ides of March till Today April 16, we have had intermittent snow. Just when we think it is ready for a beautiful spring with tulips and daffodils and forsythia, it snows. One day when the temperature was above 49, I found a small sign of Spring. I was so excited I caught a short video and uploaded it on Youtube.
Enjoy the Surprise of Spring.
We are BAAAAAK! All six goat yoga classes were sold out in a week. Today we opened two other classes: one on Mother's Day in the afternoon on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. The other is an afternoon class on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. Our Yoga Instructor, Lauren Falasz, from Ahimsa Yoga Studio has graciously agreed to lead these sessions. Welcome, Lauren!
The wait is over! Head on over to our Goat Yoga page to sign up for any of our spring session classes that run May - June, 2018. Only at GlennArt Farm and Garfield Park can you enjoy the rare experience of outdoor yoga in Chicago among gamboling baby goats!
Dr. Aaron Vigil continues to be my hero. He made a trip from Warrenville to review Patsy's treatment. He gave her an antibiotic, and advised me to organize her treatment better. She needs only 6 ounces of electrolytes per day, not 16. He also provided a vet perspective of Patsy's sickness. Thank you, Dr. Vigil.
Seeker, Wife. Mother, English Language tutor, goat farmer, friend
(Carolyn's dates & thoughts)
Girls come home!
applied for Funding WWOOFUSA
Root Riot Meeting at Glennart. Planning garden changes.
> Urban Livestock EXPO
Cheese Document plan EXCEL Program
> FIRST GGG Gathering
3/9/2017 Plant: Spinach, lettuce indoors
3/21/2017 First day of SPRING!!!!
3/22/2017 Plant carrots with garlic
4/1/2016 Plan/repair pasture fencing
4/5/2017 set up potato beds
4/12/2017 Kidding Season begins
> Plant potatoes
4/21/17 Milking season begins
4/25/2016 Set up fencing
> Kidding season continues
5/20/17 Spring Gathering
5/25/16 plant Sweet potato in beds watermelon. squash
5/10/16 Cheese making begins
5/15-7/2/16 Last two does duePatsy and Destiny
Sale of bucklings
> Sale of bucklings
> Weaning begins
> Cheese making continues
> Sale of doelings
> Cheese making continues
> Dry out the does
> Does to Wisconsin for breeding