welcome to the bovine bugle
Follow organic dairy farmer Jonathan Gates as he reports weekly from his Vermont family farm. Howmars Farm is a certified organic dairy farm, one of many Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative farmer members who supply the milk that goes into making Stonyfield's yogurts and smoothies. The entire family pitches in on this third-generation farm. Check out some of the happenings on his farm and post your comments. Jonathan loves to get feedback from readers.
Hanging buckets for sap is a family affair
We ended up putting out 425 buckets, about the same as last year. The snowshoes really helped in the woods, and hopefully the trails we made from tree to tree will harden and be easy to travel on when we gather. The kids were tuckered out by lunch time, so they stayed with Grandma and then with Aunt Patty while we finished tapping.
The biggest challenge was keeping enough battery packs charged to run the 19.2 volt battery powered drill we use to tap the trees. We would get about 50 taps out of one pack before it needed charging again, but with 4 packs and two chargers we kept going at a pretty steady pace.
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