After much discussion and searching, we finally found Stewart’s understudy as guard dog of Seven Trees Farm – a chubby little female Rottweiler that we named Hildegard. The name come from the Old High German words hild (=war or battle) and gard (=protection) and means “protecting battle-maid”. With lots of socialization, training and advice from Stewart and Fergus, she will hopefully grow up to be an integral member of the home team.
She was born April 18th, and we plan to bring her home in June. Until then, we have some pictures of her mom, Thora, and tiny-puppy Hilde to share.
We also have a ton of new chickies. With three roosters and some really nice hens, we are able to try a lot of cross-breeding with the goal of keeping back the best of each batch to be the foundation of our Oliver flock. We will also be selling olive-eggers this summer.
Food production is also underway. Spring weather, as usual, is unpredictable. We’ve had days of torrential downpours followed by days of temperatures in the 80’s. It’s hard to decide what to plant and when with so many variables, but potatoes, onions, peas, greens and carrots are all doing well, plus a few tomatoes & peppers in our mini-hoophouse. So far it looks like our fruit crops are going to be abundant. Apples, pears, currants, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are blossoming and setting fruit like crazy.