Thursday, March 26, 2009

Organic Gardening at the White House

I am so excited that Michelle Obama has decided to have White House vegetable garden. I am hopeful that this will translate into a broader discussion of food policy in the US, and at the very least, convince more people to think about where their food is coming from.

Here's the link to the NY Times article about the garden:

And on the Diane Rehm radio show this morning:

"First Lady Michelle Obama's vegetable garden at the White House and a new study on the health risks of eating beef and pork daily have inspired many to rethink what they're eating and whether it's healthy. A look at new efforts to put healthier food on our plates."

Check it out at:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cute little Henry

Henry, our sweet little bottle baby lamb, was adopted yesterday by a great new family. I was just a little sad to see him go, because I had gotten quite attached to the little guy. But I know he will love his new home! Here are some pics of Henry and Aaron working in the raised beds in the garden together over the weekend. He is such a good helper!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

More new babies!

Spring has officially launched itself here on the farm. This week we dropped off Ramilton and Mittens, the first two lambs of the season, at their new home in Houston, and when we got back we had three more lambs and a baby donkey! We are just bursting at the seams with cuteness. This is Liza:

And this is a video of Henry, a bottle-baby lamb that is the sweetest little guy ever:

You can see more pics of Liza and Henry, and also Julia and Bea, the other new lambs, on our website at

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Another Texas thing...

The above photo is of a sign that we found posted on the ice cooler in front of our local corner store in Venus the other evening.

These are the musings that come to mind:
1) Do they really make shower curtains that look like Texas flags?
2) Related to #1, is having a shower curtain made out of a flag really a good idea?
3) It is interesting to note that a "used" Texas flag shower curtain would be acceptable to the purchaser. This is important because I would imagine that most individuals do not have spare Texas flag shower curtains still in their new packaging, just waiting for the right day to hang them.
4) Also interesting to ponder is the concept that in my experience, most individuals do not hang on to their used shower curtains. Once they're done, they're done. So I am guessing that in order to have a used Texas flag shower curtain to sell, you'd probably still have it hanging in your own bathroom. Seems like the price would have to be right to leave you shower curtain-less.
5) I appreciate the care that the designer has put into creating the sign: the "cute" faces made out of the "o's" in LOOKING, the use of parentheses to highlinght the item in question, and the underlining of the phrase "used o.k."
6) Finally, do you really suppose that the best place to advertise your desire for a used Texas flag shower curtain is taped to the side of the ice cooler outside the corner store in a town of 2,000 people?

Rich, simply rich, my friends.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New baby lambs!

We had our first lambs of the season born on Thursday, my birthday! Gertie is the proud new mom, and she had twins, a little white ram and a little black ewe. They are so cute! We notice that she was acting restless when we went to pen everyone up at about 6 pm on Thursday, so we decided to stay outside and keep an eye on her. About 7:30, she had her first baby, and about an hour later, the second one popped out. She did great--all we did was stand by and helped her out by drying the babies off a bit after they were born. Below is a video so that you can get the full effect of what a day old baby lamb sounds like when he is trying to find his mom. Mom and babies are doing fine, and we're bracing ourselves for LOTS more babies over the next couple of weeks! You can see more pics on the Our Sheep and For Sale pages of our website.