A considerable part of our income comes from our farm. Anyone staying for more than a couple of days is expected to help with the work in some area, and the farm is one area where there are many opportunities to learn a new practical skill. Here waste cardboad is being spred on the garden prior to being covered with hay to kill the weeds, keep the soil moist, and encourage the worms to work to the top of the soil.
Learning to milk the cows is a lot more than just putting the cups on. Some cows want to kick them off and others make a big mess on the floor.
Our sheep are good for meat.
We grow several different fruits in our orchards.
Here are some of our young people harvesting pears in one of our orchards.
We often have Israeli travelers coming to stay. Here two of them are using our logsplitter to prepare fire wood for our home logfires.
We raised these Peking ducks to keep the codlin moth down in our orchards. Here we see them happily swimming in their own private pond at the end of one of the orchards.
We have several breeds of chickens. Here are two of them, White Sussex on the left and Leghorns on the right. Our main laying flock are brown shavers.
Harvesting our wheat – this time by hand!
A brother from Germany brought with him a scythe and taught many of us how to cut the wheat. Here one of his “pupils” is cutting wheat for the first time, and cutting it faster than the harvesters can bundle it up.
Hand harvesting gives us an excellent opportunity for everyone to be involved. The children enjoyed picking up the pieces left after the adults had bundled up the main clumps.
We agreed to harvest by hand this time as a practise for the time when we may not have the fuel for our combine harvester.
The children learn to tie knots.
Now comes the time for the threshing, (the separating of the grain from the husk). A good hitting of the sheaves against the tables we found was very effective, but we also trampled on them, and rolled a drum over them.