March in Minnesota means poor skiing and river flooding. The ice houses are off the lake, and the snow sleds are in storage — sure signs that the season is turning. A warm surge last week melted most of the season’s accumulated snow-pack, but apparently we have another fresh 4-6 inches on the way tonight. Ugh.
But spring is coming. I know it’s really true because the new crop of kids (of the goat variety) has finally arrived.
This past week, the Nielsen family began welcoming the first of their 2011 kids. I believe as of yesterday, they had at least five on the ground. The Nielsen girls and their mom handle most of the goat herd management duties, but Shawn manages to be helpful (organic waste management specialist). In exchange for his labor, Shawn enjoys the benefit of getting first shot at some fresh young models for the AgriLife Studios stock library.
Nothing brings a greater sense of anticipation and hope than new life on the farm. Enjoy.