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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.
Horses in the mist
Noah and I were working in the garden today, harvesting the beets, turnips, and rutabagas. It was supposed to be a sunny, warm day, but the clouds didn't want to burn off and the air stayed damp and cold. We loaded the vegetables into the small trailer behind the Cub Cadet, and Noah drove it over to the root cellar where we unloaded the harvest.
While we worked, Yukon barked at something coming down the road. It was one of our neighbors, Barb and Vern Varin, driving a team of horses hitched to a passenger wagon. Five girls were giggling in the back, sitting on the long benches on either side of the wagon. They wanted to know if Noah wanted to ride around the block with them. He quickly grabbed a heavier coat from the mud room, and jumped on the back of the wagon. I kept on working in the garden, and was about finished when Yukon barked again, signaling the return of the wagon riders. Noah had enjoyed himself, and Barb hoped that he wouldn't have any ill-effects from sitting in the back of the wagon with all those girls. I said he was used to being around all his girl cousins, and that in a few years he wouldn't mind being surrounded by all those females.
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