So, we finally will start the blog!
This morning we started a transitional process by cutting down on livestock. We sold off 15 cattle and 19 sheep (all the sheep), and 4 horses. This will help us take better care of the remaining 40+ cattle, 16 horses, 13 goats, and 50+ chickens..The horse arena is being finished and the new horse stables are being planned. We will be able to have horse lessons and training. The goat area is being upgraded and made more efficient. We have decided to move more into goats and less into dairy cows and to totally stop growing sheep. We are really excited about our goats and our goat milk, yoghurt, cheese and ice cream. Delicious. Our dairy cow cheeses are incredible too (especially those with vegies and herbs). Waste from the dairy cows is collecting in the new bio-digestor that is "gassing-up". We are also fixing up the pasture-fed egg-laying feeding/housing too.
We thank our amigo Dr. Raul Jimenez, a veterinary doctor, who visited us from Miami and gave us expert advice about improving our livestock management. Of course, we need to mention our new greenhouse project. Rick already has lot of seeds sprouted to be planted in the new (BIG) greenhouse. The plastic is being placed on the roof this week and the plant nursery is getting full. Efrain, Roger, Miguel and Esteban were out at 4am getting the livestock ready to be sold. They did a great job getting things organized and done quickly. Vivian was at the Posada Rustica early to take care of the garden and house, and off to the Stablo to make cheese. As the day progresses the skies are clearer and clearer. And the views in one direction are toward the Caribbean and in the other direction you see the smoke coming out of Volcan Turrialba, Wow!
Also, Bienvenidos to Sarah, a new volunteer that arrived from San Franciso via Dominical. We are looking forward to Mike's return from San Jose. Lauren and Vivian continue to make great meals with great fresh food.