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Posted 5/16/2008 10:24am by Julie Hurst / Roy Brubaker.

The first weekend in May we filled the girls' wagon with yogurt containers, bread bags, a soil corer, and scissors and began making rounds through the pastures below the road.  In each paddock we pulled twelve soil cores and cut as many forage samples.  The samples from each paddock were mixed together, dried, and shipped off to a lab in Tennessee.  The girls were so excited to be little scientists and scrambled to claim a job in each paddock.  Like typical six-year-olds, their enthusiasm lasted for about an hour.  Soon  they were hungry and tired and Roy was just as happy to have them retreat to the house so he could finish the job.  While their enthuiasm lasted however, it was fun to have them looking for specific kinds of weeds and grass or pull earthworms from the soil samples. 

Budding scientists taking forage and soil sample.

The results of the samples will tell us which minerals we need to add to our soil to make it more productive.  In some of our paddocks we've noticed the tips of the grass yellows as it matures and in others the grass seems thin and sparse.  Ideally we should sample the soil every five years or so,  but it is a time-consuming process and this is the first time we sampled all the paddocks below the road and later this month we hope to do it for the four paddocks above the road as well.

Cutting forage samples for testing.

Taking soil samples for testing. 

 

Posted 3/20/2008 11:53am by Julie Hurst / Roy Brubaker.

Many customers ask about our farm name.  "Why BlueRooster? You don't even sell poultry!"   We pondered many different names and really wanted a name that better described what we were about on our farm, but everything was too long, already used, or  just didn't stick.   BlueRooster kept coming back to us.  We thought perhaps we should sell the farm and open a pub with the name instead, but we really wanted to farm and knew nothing at all about brewing or pub-tending, having both grown up in fairly devout Mennonite families.   We were finally forced to choose a name when we began marketing our lamb and beef and about that time I came across an article describing Medieval agricultural symbols.  The rooster, I learned, is a symbol of fecundity and rejuvenation.  Not only that,  what other animal heralds the dawning of a new day long before the rest of us can see it coming, (or even care for that matter.)   We do believe that agriculture is seeing a new day and we hope our farm will be a part of it, so the ole' Rooster stuck.   And no, we do not have any blue roosters on our farm, if fact, I've never seen a blue rooster.   (We do have colorful roosters and chickens that lay blue eggs though.)  But WhiteRooster or RedRooster just didn't have the whimsy or rhyme that kept us coming back to BlueRooster, so BlueRooster it is.