Volume 1 | Number 3 | June 20th, 2013
Harmony Farm at owl Creek Farm
Some of you have met Moses, the resident farm dog, some of you havenÂ’t. Meet Moses:
Moses is a mutt. He is part Australian Shepard, part Blue Heeler, and part Rez dog (What a friend of mine who spent a great deal of time on Indian Reservations, lovingly termed him).
Moses was born on the Wapato Reservation in Washington State over 3 years ago. At the time I was living out there, working as a maintenance man at a summer camp. Then Moses came into my life.
Since that time, we have traveled across the country together and he has led me into a life of farming and for that I am thankful. At first it started with the intention of training him as a sheep dog, but after that didnÂ’t pan out (he is more interested in eating sheep poo than herding sheep) we both settled on vegetables. Moses doesnÂ’t think much of vegetables. He doesnÂ’t mind them, but he wonÂ’t eat them or herd them.
He is a pretty good vegetable guard dog though. If there is a ground hog around heÂ’ll take care of it, if there are deer or geese near heÂ’ll run them off, he would even chase away song birds if I asked him to, but mostly he just lays around and watches me work. I had the notion to train him to pull a cart, which would be of some use around the farm but it turns out that dogs can only pull about a third of their weight, which means he could only pull about 17 pounds (or 4 pac choi). So Moses mostly just lays around. His biggest dilemma is whether to lay in the sun or the shade, which isnÂ’t such a bad set of options. He follows me around, being mindful of not walking in the fields and finds a new place to lay when I have settled into a task. Mostly he is just my pal, and the yang to my yin.
I think we all envy our pets in a way, but at the same time we glory in their lives. It is as much that we get to enjoy their easy life as it is that they are fun to be around. Moses is fun. Sometimes its hard to realize, as I am so busy in work, but them I look up for a moment and he is rolling on his back in shear bliss. If I could trade places with him I surely would, but then IÂ’m not sure anyone would get any vegetables, since Moses doesnÂ’t really care for them all that much.
Enjoy the veggies! Farmer Sky
Broccoli! – Pretend it is a little tree
Lacinato Kale – Lovely pan fried, cut into thin ribbons
Chinese Cabbage – Great in stir fry, chopped into a salad, or raw as a refreshing snack.
Rainbow Chard- Saute, or use as an addition to a dish
Radishes – One of my favorite vegetables, great in salads or as a snack. Spicy!
Turnips- Great addition to soups, to salad, or roasted.
Loose Leaf Lettuce- Enjoy!