This week was an explosion of movement in our small farm journey. We accomplished three huge tasks: obtaining chicks, building a chicken tractor and starting our seeds.
The baby chicks showed up in the mail like a box of fresh baked muffins. Johnny went to pick them up and upon return we role played a muffin delivery.
He knocked on the front door, I answered. “Muffin delivery!” he said with an uncontrollable smirk. The box was full of a tiny chirping chorus. Opening the lid was one of my greatest moments. Tiny balls of fluff huddled in the corner as one precious mass. I couldn’t believe the cuteness.
Over the last week they have grown from those tiny fluffs into longer, winged creatures, not quite to their molting, teenager stage. It will be a few more weeks until they can enter the real world.
Meanwhile, Johnny crafted a chicken tractor. This is a coop that you can move from place to place so the chickens get fresh grass and critters every few days. We are using it to clear the cover crops we planted on the garden and fertilize (with their poop) before planting our seeds. It is a truly symbiotic and magical process. They are increasing the health of the soil and their own eggs (which we eat).
Our goal is to create a highly nutrient dense soil to bring our bodies nutrient dense food. This is something that our agricultural system at large has failed to do. In turn, we have a sick society, physically and mentally. Our bodies, our emotions, our personalities, expression, energy…everything that we are is a reflection of what our soil contains. Consuming a vegetable grown on depleted soil vs. a vegetable grown on nutrient dense soil is a very different thing. We truly believe that our mental and physical health epidemic can be healed through this act.
The chicken tractor is the start of building this soil that will become us. And while we thought we were going to have to wait a few weeks to get this going, we were unexpectedly blessed with 6 full grown chickens that a friend was giving away. After 5 days on the garden we moved the tractor for the first time. It was a really special moment.
Now that we have some garden space cleared and nourished we can begin the process of planting seeds. All week we worked on mixing up soil and using soil blockers to start the flowers, vegetables and herbs we will be growing.
Soil blockers are a great way to create a waste free seed starting system. They are metal forms that are filled with soil and then pressed out onto trays in perfect square shapes. No plastic used!