Friday Farm Forecast

Have you had a busy, productive week? Mine has been busy, and fairly productive - maybe a 7 on a scale of 1-10. Could have gotten more done maybe, but hey, we're not machines.

So now, before the weekend, it's time for a look forward on the Jacob's Reward Calendar and see where we're headed:

Next weekend, March 13-15 I'll be at the Wildflower Fiber Retreat in Tyler, TX. This is an awesome annual gathering of fiber artists that is celebrating its 15th anniversary deep in the piney woods of East Texas. We'll enjoy great food, fellowship, and of course, fiber. In addition to re-connecting with spinning pals and enjoying some down time, I'll be spreading the CSA story and selling some of our wonderful rovings. Learn more about the retreat here.

The following Saturday, March 21, is our next "Herd Health Day" where we'll concentrate on the alpacas - haltering, trimming toes, and making sure they're ready for their shearing which happens on the Saturday after that, March 28. I'll be taking lots of photos and video that day, since I cannot invite visitors up to the hosting ranch in Greenville.

Backing up a day to March 27, I'll be demonstrating wool processing and spinning to the fourth graders at Hedgecoxe Elementary School in Plano for their Fine Arts Day, as I have done for the past 3 years. Those kids are really smart and well-behaved, asking great questions, soaking up the information, and then always sending me a stack of the cutest thank you notes I've ever seen. (A few are featured in this post.)

In April, our "Herd Health Day" is scheduled for the 25th, which seems like such a long time between events. So, I've had another idea. I'd like to have an Easter Egg Hunt for your kids, or kids you know, under the age of 6, here in my front yard. Saturday, April 11, we'll have a fun hunt for plastic eggs with candy and prizes inside - you could win a dozen eggs, or some fiber, or an appropriate Easter toys! I will be working on an activity for older kids, too, so no one feels left out. As the time gets closer, I'll ask for RSVPs, but for now, just think about it and pencil us in on the calendar.

May is going to be a very busy month, too, but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in egg recipes - there's still room for more, so please don't be shy! Keep them coming! This is going to be a really fun little booklet, free for the asking once it's published.

If you have a fun idea for an event here at the Farm, please let me know. As friends and shareholders, this is YOUR farm, too!

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