Thursday, September 8, 2016

Home Offerings

Guinea Hog Piglets born April 3, 2017!

Registered American Guinea Hogs, raised on pasture and woodland - very clean and affectionate.  To be weaned, leash trained, and ready for new homes May 29, Memorial Day.  Certified Organic by MOFGA.  $120 with papers, $100 w/out.  

Two Certified Organic Cashmere/Saanen Goat Kids, born Feb. 18, 2017:

Graycilla and Hobart.  Hobart is available for sale, bottle-trained, wethered, and disbudded.  He is extremely cuddly and playful.  Graycilla is more serious and the calmest baby ever.  She will most likely stay.  These two kids are children of a top milking doe, and a silver cashmere buckling from a consistently triplet-raising mom at Black Locust Farm.  


Fruit Tree Pruning

 Shana Hanson, orchard worker since 1983, offers skilled pruning in February and March, with a specialty in bringing old trees back into health and producton.  Affordable rates; live brush is hauled away for the goats. 

Certified Organic by MOFGA:

Goslings for sale:  starting at $10 each and up to $35 for young adults in fall.

Ducklings for sale:  starting at $8 each and up to $20 for young adults in fall.

Muskovies for sale:  starting at $9 each and up to $25 for young adults in fall.

209 Back Belmont Rd., Belfast, ME  (207) 338-3301

Our CSA Dairy Goat Lease Group shares milk from fresh greenery of woods and pasture (we feed no grain), for an 18 week season starting the 2nd week of June.  In 2015 an $85 share claimed 1 milking of 1 doe x 18 weeks; price goes up each year based on the inflation rate.  Most group members claim 3 milkings /week.  I will average milk amounts of our top 4 does from the previous week,  to give members equal shares.  5 does have rising amounts of milk, so new shares are possible for 2017.

New milk availability for 2017:  We may try placing additional quarts of fresh milk in the well, as Certified Organic by MOFGA for Animal (Guinea Hog) Consumption.  We will date the lids; $5 and a clean quart jar can be left in exchange for each quart.  (Milk through Shares described above is significantly more affordable.) 

Nosenia loves peach leaves, shaken down.
Sign up in for Goat Lease Dairy Shares in Comment Box below, or call 338-3301. 

*Now Scheduling Nosenia and Brackenroot's camping trips to Your farm.
Our  Hog Rental Service will start in earnest in spring 2016.   Nosenia our American Guinea sow is 4 years old, probably 140 lbs, intestinal parasite free (due to her cleanliness), leash, stake, and 8" high 2 wire fence trained, affectionate and easy-going.  Her partner Brackenroot is 2 years old, a bit smaller, and hogs the belly rubs.  We will deliver and set up fence, then pick up/take down for $30 or trade plus $.50/mile. 

Woodland Medicines are custom harvested on our daily browse walks, preferably accompanied by the person seeking the medicine.  Turkey Tail fungi, Usnea lichen, Witch Hazel leaves, Gold Thread plants with roots, Baneberry roots, Club moss, Balsam Poplar buds, White Birch inner bark, Yellow Birch bark and leaves, Japanese Knotweed leaves, Hemlock needles, and Cedar fronds are some of the offerings.  Additionally, wild gardens provide Evening Primrose seed, St. John's Wort whole herb or seed to plant,  Motherwort, Nettles and varied  visiting plants.

Hazel in Witch Hazel

Nut, Fruit, Fodder and Windbreak tree seedlings, graftlings, seed and scions grow in garden beds or wild, needing homes on open ground in the local community come April or May. 

We have Pear, Apple, Japanese Heartnut, Black Walnut, Shagbark Hickory, Burr Oak, Yellow Birch, Bass- wood, White Ash, Red Oak, Witch Hazel, Cedar, Black Spruce, White Pine seedlings.

Chicks, Guinea Keats, Ducklings, Goslings and Muscovies are raised by their parents in a small mutli-species flock, with the friendly hogs on guard duty if geese are not.  We sell a few young birds out into the community on a variable seasonal schedule.  Poultry sales do not cover our grain bill for the smaller poultry species, but Nosenia subsidizes our purchase of 3/4 ton/yr. of certified organic Emmer oats from Dave Oulette in St. David, ME.  with piglet sales.  This winter I am sprouting these oats, to decrease reliance on supplementing with more expensive organic layer grain mixes, plus have completed new light housing for more poultry to join our geese in their fence moves on pasture this summer. 

Goldie and Solomon’s Buff Toulouse goslings are likely to be due the 2nd week of May.  Gold goslings are female.  I can sex grey goslings by August as young adults.  These are calm, shy geese and though their large size scares hawks away from smaller poultry, white Emben geese would be a better choice if you want  aggressive guards.   

Moch-moch Mocha Duck and Fancy Drake’s grandchildren, mixed European Mallard-derived ducklings , also are likely to be available in May.  More clutches of and ducklings expected later as well.  Ducklings start at $8 each and go up with age/grain fed, to $30/pair sold at a loss.  Trades are welcome.  Years ago, I put eggs from Beau Chemin Farm’s Welsh Harlequin, Khaki Campbell, and Dutch Hookbill flock under a hen who had lost her rooster, to hatch my original pair.  We have white, mocha, and chocolate colored offspring, and beaks are not hooked. Boys all get green heads and blue wing stripes; some white girls get blue wing stripes.  The chickens trained them to go in at night.  
Guinea keats are hatched under geese if they set late enough for the neighbor’s Guinea hens to be laying, or under ducks, or hens if I put the chicken eggs back under her a week later.  We hope to have our own pair of Guineas again; sad mishaps of the neighbor thinking that my lonely boy was trespassing (no, it was a drop-off bird), leading to wing clipping then a predator meal, so that the hen I (well, my chicken hen) hatched for him ran the edge of the pond alone to be with her duckling siblings, so got snatched late this fall, before I thought to put the sow there.  

We have  Muscovy ducks,  thanks to Nick Jackson in Belmont.  Welcome back to the area, Nick and Sarah! The Muskovies are getting along fine with our geese, and hatchlings are due in sync with the other brooding fowl, in May. 

Tree of Life Fruit Tree Service is my name for offering 33 years experience in winter pruning and spring grafting.  I charge $20-$25/hr. depending on proportion of ladder and chainsaw work, versus free climbing with the Wheeler saw, with a $30 minimum unless in Belfast, plus $.50/mile, plus claim the live brush for my goats. 

Instruction is included; I encourage everyone to learn how to tend trees.  We have worthy old orchards throughout Waldo County to prune, plus need to plant young Standards as these old trees were planted by our great grandparents.

I also offer Fodder Tree Development, Research, And Fascination (obsession?), which started in 2010.  Look up Shana Hanson, Primitive Skills, Tree Pollarding, and also YouTube, Shana Hanson.

Shana’s “Togetherness” line of Goat Lingerie (thanks to Katie Savalchak for the name) is sewn from water-proof fade-proof (semen and urine-proof) scraps of colorful awning fabric, with other decorative scraps from your or my collection.  These are custom-sewn items by special order, mostly in winter, for goats near enough for fitting in-person.  $15/hr. plus materials. 
Chastity Coolots have lasted through 2 month periods of continual use without discomfort, disrepair, nor conception.  Tried and proven, but not guaranteed.  A buck may cavort with his favorite old doe safely while servicing the younger girls.

Bunchberry, a big buck
Smaller Kraut needed a second zipper.
Buck Aprons keep a buck’s face and front quarters sweetly clean, and have kept all does present at 3 Streams Farm from being bred, though not guaranteed.  Our apron has proven useful for the months when doelings are fertile but as yet too small; the buck doesn’t have to be lonely while he waits to breed later.

Weaning Bras zip wide open for milking ease.  These have proven useful for a self-nurser off farm, and for establishing bottle feeding at birth on 3 Streams Farm, where does and kids live outdoors together.  These bras will need adjustment and repair if used with an experienced nursing kid.  Bottle feeding allows instant weaning later without separation.

A Day Pack has been added to our collection, for carrying hot cider when we (goats, sow and farmer) escort you through our woods to find...

your dream Solstice Tree at the tippy top of a tall fir.  I am cutting tall firs to create sun pockets, for "Air Meadow" regeneration of fodder from lowered tree canopies.

Mostly Wooden Farm-made Hardware can be custom-built to order. 
A pack with 3 half-gallons of milk
Baskets are from 3 Streams Farm materials. 
A two day “Baskets from your Back Yard”
winter  workshop is offered if four people express interest.   

Mangers are of fir and goat-stripped maple, with a birch bark or metal roof.  I made these light-weight and free-standing mangers to move around our outdoor winter yard, spreading hay and manure mulch to the poorer soils.   

My Quansit Frame is 12’ wide x 11’ high, of local softwood strapping.  I can build a similarly 12’ long frame at your place for $260, or much less if you help.  Mileage may apply.  Smaller frames for light-weight moveable animal dwellings are possible. 

Stainless Wire Fence Panels are 20 ft. long, quite light, and is goat-proof when electrically charged.  I’m developing these to last longer than me for general use in our pasture, plus be carriable in the woods, to fence a felled tree for instance.   The wire cost a 1-2 pennies more per ft. than poly-wire.  You are invited to schedule a winter workshop to weave your fence.  

Craft Materials grow here at 3 Streams Farm.  You are invited to help gather your materials, for a reduced price or trade.  Elm raffia (inner bark), White Cedar bark strips, White Birch bark of various inner shades, skun Fir poles in many sizes, forked Hardwood props, goat-stripped Red Maple or Apple branches, Beech “star” nut cases, Spruce cones, colorful Duck, Guinea and Rooster feathers, Goose quills, and dried Black Walnut hulls (for ink with the quills; children’s writing kits available packaged as stocking stuffers) are some but not all of what’s here.

Cashmere from Hazel especially is available in small quantity.

3 Streams Farm is the home base for Belfast Blueberry Cooperative, a fresh market organic wild harvest crew.  In August, we take orders for table quality berries in flats of 15 qts., (about 24 lbs.).  

3 Streams Farm would like collaboration with or residency of: 

Biochemist and soil scientist curious to investigate:

               Pathways and measurements of toxins from rain and snow through our farm food chains;

               Effects of toxins from rain and snow on microbial soil life with and without:

fungal wood debris mulch layers;   bio-char amendment;

               Beneficial Plant Compounds found in our milk, in collaboration with an

Herbalist (we have found this person!) who also wants to work with:

Tree leaf and bark medicines, woodland roots, lichens, mosses, saprophytic plants and

wild polypore fungi; a

Food Fungi propagator to use:

chipped and bundled hardwood goat brush refuse, trunk logs of felled poplars and

red maples, and large branches of oak and ash cut when establishing pollards, all throughout

the woodland; an

Olfactory person to distill essential oils and tars outdoors from:

fresh green white pine limbs, white cedar cuttings post browse, balsam fir boughs, and

yellow birch sticks post-browse; a     

Wood craft person to use:

goat-stripped branches, interesting pruned-off tree joints,

basketry and cording materials, and fir poles of all sizes; and an

Arborist to climb and sculpt the forest canopy with Shana, to become a

lush many-layered “air-meadow” of regrowth for animal fodder.

Dear Farmers, Permaculturists, and Small Woodland Owners,

2016 Tree Fodder Seminar:

Boosting Climate Resilience and Biodiversity in Perennial Farm ecosystems, through use of Air Meadow Pollarding.

July 10 -16 (with one and  two day options),        at 3 Streams Farm in Belfast, Maine:

Traditional Air Meadow pruning cycles are aimed at creating accessible native tree forms for harvest of high quality animal fodder.  These methods also enhance bush and ground browse layers, provide nutrients to pasture plants, fix more carbon, increase tree longevity, preserve broader forest gene pools of tree individuals per area, and increase habitat diversity and species counts.

Seminar will include: 

·        A quick review of 8,000 years of tree-based agricultural history.

·        Tree-level considerations:  light requirements, fungal compartmentalization for longevity, progressions toward structural forms by species for storm-proofing, sproutability, and safe human access, assessment of tree energy to inform pruning regimes.

·        Forest-level decisions and practice:  tree selection toward “intensity” and “grain” of pattern for maximum complexity, felling with minimal understory damages, soil-to-species matching, Edge effects and “sun pocket” balancing of light, temperature, moisture and wind changes,  tree genetic and pollination awareness to retain long-term diversity, pest insurance through wildlife habitat enhancement plus mulch duff for rain toxin resiliency using “waste” wood and Legacy Trees.  

·        Trees and brush on the meadow:  nutritive soil contributions of trees to grass layer, strategies for establishing young trees around animals, open-burn biocharring, casual wild mushroom cultivation and other uses of woody refuse. 

·        Seasonal nutritional windows of plants:  timing fodder harvests per species to optimize nourishment and palatability, nutritional ranking to prioritize species.

·        Animal-plant interactions in browsing; observation and recording methods to capture their knowledge of your land. 

·        Harvest and storage methods:  stripping, lopping, sheaf tying, racking, stacking, picking, raking and silaging (in that seasonal order); use and care of tools.

·        Socio-cultural considerations:  indignities associated with reliving these ancient practices, historic class conflicts around leaf harvest versus lumber, tree and browse pace and rootedness at odds with the transience of our times, extensive species-inclusive slow stable agriculture versus pressure to intensively “feed the masses”,  cultural ideas around labor and human abilities. 

·        Manual labor together to keep 3 Streams goats fed on tree fodder during the seminar.

·        Swimming ( 3 ponds on site), cooking, eating, sleeping, conversation, stories, music. 

·        Expert consultations planned, on billhook use (Benjamin Bouchard, Tues. 10 AM), arborist skills and safety (Mike Jastrom, present throughout the week), assessment of soils for tree species (Dave Rocque, date not pinned), benefits and uses of biochar and woody mulch (Mark Fulford, Tues. 1 – 2 PM), Q and A prepared by Fred Servello, U ME, re: digestibility of browse based on his career of deer studies,   and tree fodder in the European historical context (Morten Moesswilde, German scholar and Maine State Forester, requested, with Shana Hanson for sure).


$150 suggested tuition covers instruction and room or campsite plus meal ingredients. 
$35 $35 and $55 are suggested tuitions respectively for one and two day options. 
Call Shana at (207) 338-3301 FMI and to register.
  Pictures:  Hakan Slotte (2002) pp 12 and 2.    

The following Schedule for July 2016 was flexible with swimming, reading, or other breaks any time (3 ponds).
Participant consensus for changes; input was welcome.


Saturday evening and Sunday morning, land, settle and visit.


Sunday:  12:00 convene for lunch.

1:00 pm Shana Hanson presents an Overview.

2 :00 pm Farm Tour with questions and answers.  Some pruning and hauling to feed goats.

5:00 pm share Hopes and Interests, and thoughts on Schedule while we prepare supper.

7:00 pm circle to Present about our Farms, in clear-cut with goats.

Monday:   7:00 am prepare breakfast.

8:00 am Pruning Basics for Pollard Development; work open-grown and edge trees to learn structural and tree health concepts.   

11:30 optional dip in ponds.

12:00 lunch.

1:00 pm Shana presents Initial Pruning on Tall Trees, Mike Jastram, Arborist presents Methods and Safety.  Discussion and practice of Fresh Fodder Feeding Methods, while we create a supply of fodder for the goats. 

5:00 pm prepare supper.

6:30 pm peruse Shana’s Literature.  Phone Interview with Michael Walder of Mahna Farm.


Tuesday:  7:00 am prepare breakfast.

8:00 am Shana presents A Forest-Level View; Selection and Design considerations. 

9:00 am Mike Jastram, Arborist presents  Felling with the Understory in Mind

10 AM Billhook lesson with Benjamin Bouchard.  Fell, prune and lop in the woods to produce green matter. 

11:30 optional dip in ponds.

12:00 lunch.

1:00 pm Mark Fulford presents Tree Contributions to Soil Health; Biochar, Fungi and Ecological Resilience.  Look at various remains of ramial wood from feeding of tree fodder, to choose our “habits for our habitat.” 

2:00 pm Instruction by Shana on Tying Sheaves, with practice on the morning’s green matter.

5:00 pm prepare supper.

6:30 pm Carol Kinsey of Seed Tree tells us about Tree Fodder in Nepal.  Discussion of Real Economics. 


Wednesday:  7:00 am prepare breakfast.

8:00 am Shana Hanson leads Rack and Stack Design; we will choose our method and locate/gather poles.

10:00 am David Rocque, State Soil Scientist will teach us about Reading Soils for Tree Species Success.  

11:30 optional dip in ponds.

12:00 lunch.

1:00 pm phone Interview with Paul Hand of Bees and Trees, UK., while we  Build a Rack.  Add existing twig-leaf sheaves.  Choose and harvest trees for more greenery.

4:00 pm Shana leads discussion of Seasonal Nutritional Windows of plant species, as we tie more sheaves.   

5:00 pm prepare supper.

6:30 pm Browse Walk with Prof. Fred Servello’s custom Q and A document about his Deer Browse Research


Thursday:  7:00 am prepare breakfast.

8:00 am continue to Practice Harvest Skills.  Choose differring woodland areas to work. 

10:30 am Shana leads consideration of Journaling and Data Collection Methods, as we add more sheaves.

11:30 optional dip in ponds.

12:00 lunch.

1:00 pm Herbal Consultation on Tree Barks and Leaves with Stephen Byers, Herbalist, while we strip tea bark or play with raffia.

2:30 pm Review each other’s morning pruning, then continue harvest and storage racking.
5:00 pm prepare supper.

6:00 pm guest visit from Morten Moesswilde, State Forester (translator of German for Shana’s tree fodder studies).  Discussion of Leaf Fodder in the European Historical Context, as we finish supper.

Walk to our sites, queries inc. tree pollination and Viable Species Populations and Spacing, plus Morten’s Forestry Thoughts and Offerings as he sees what we are doing.      

Friday:  7:00 am prepare breakfast.

8:00 am discuss people’s priorities to cover topics further; complete our harvest structures.

11:30 optional dip in ponds.

12:00 lunch.

1:00 pm share our Home Plans for Tree Fodder, both ongoing projects and new thoughts.

2:00 pm continue to cover people’s priorities.

5:00 pm prepare supper.

7:00 pm Open No-Mic with music, stories or what-have-you. 

Biochar Burn, or smaller fire, if not too dry and people want to do.

Saturday 7:00 am prepare breakfast.

8:00 am plan our public MOFGA sponsored "day tripping" presentation (happening at 1 pm). 

Continue to work on people’s priorities. 

11:30 optional dip in ponds.

12:00 lunch.

1:00 pm  Lead members of the public in a MOFGA sponsored "Day Tripping" Tour.

3:00 pm   Closing Circle.
4:00 pm adjourn.


$150 suggested contribution covers instruction and room or campsite plus meal ingredients for the week. 

$35 is suggested to attend one day, and $20/day suggested contribution for additional days.

$10 suggested donation to attend any single presentation. 


3 billhooks are available at cost, $61.77 each, but requested to be shared (plus Shana’s) during the seminar. 


Tree Fodder Seminar 2017 will be:  Farmers Can Climb; Arboreal Pruning Skills for Livestock Feed Security, Sunday, July 9 thru Saturday, July 15.  Partial attendance options available.  Call Shana at (207) 338-3301 FMI and to register.   209 Back Belmont Rd., Belfast, ME 04915

 Below are copies of old emails to my CSA milk drinkers during the 2015 season.  They appear chronologically backward, newest emails on top in blog form.  (You can always start reading from the bottom!)  Enjoy!

On 10/19/15, Shana Hanson <> wrote:
Two things to add. I started milking just once/day.
yesterday -a seasonal landmark.  The goats are still biting themselves
itchily, so I fetched out the comb and loop (magnifying glass), to
find....OOdles of every shape and size of SEED.  They are seed
vectors, and the seeds have pokey ends, to assure that they'll get
itched and planted.  At least that's my theory.  We'll see if
full-grown seeable lice appear later.  Meanwhile, we're most certainly
planting the clear cut.

On 10/19/15, Shana Hanson <> wrote:
Dear fall Weanlings,

Would you like to come together to press and drink CIDER?  My press is
mobile and takes up to about 10 bushels at a time, so if most of the
2015 Goat Lease Group members each brought a bushel of unsprayed
apples (drops are fine) you could all split 25 to 30 gallons of cider.
If anyone wants to get together a larger amount to press themself,
call me soon as it's wet from my pressing still and all set up in
Elissa's yard across the street with their electricity.  It takes
either electricity of hard bicycling to grind the apples.  I could
bring it to the cohousing, THis Sat. or Sun. for the group pressing.
CALL ME (don't e mail - new computer still with gliches).

After a second whole day of trials on live lice with magnifying glass
in September (tried  Helebore roots from our streams, baking soda,
vinegar, boric acid, etc. ),  I ended up giving the goats no less than
4 Dr. Bronner's soap baths, 1pt to 8 water ($50 of soap total), with
moves and changes of milkstand and location each time.  I can't find
the lice; we'll know for sure in the spring whether it worked.

There was a spell before the rain when the goats completely usurped my
life, as the ground was too dry for fences to be at all electrical.  I
was desperately imagining downsizing the herd, but was saved (weren't
we all) by the welcome rain.

I am tired.  I'm still climbing, and carrying, now oaks and a few
quaking aspens still green.  Apples are tremendously loaded and
waiting for goats and me to spend more whole days harvesting, to fill
the cellar.  We're still sleeping half of every second night in the
clearcut - cherry is holding its leaves still there (well, we'll see
after last night). Hay is scarce and very expensive, leaving me a
total "profit" of $1,000 from your eleven contracts (toward my $2,600
property tax, now fully paid).  We could survive without the hay, but
I would be a full-time climber.  The hay is a gift to myself freeing
some time for less isolating pursuits.  100 bales will be delivered
all at once in about two weeks - not how I usually do it
-overwhelming, and help will be welcome.  The goats will still have me
climb or fell for or do people's fruit tree work for about one half
their diet all winter.  Well maybe less - we will cheat with lots of
apples?  if i can continue to haul the heavy grain bags and apple
boxes without further exacerbating an old tailbone injury.  I LOVE the
apple harvest - just going a bit slower.

Thanks for a great season.  We really got the jar thing down the last
week!  Please let me know soon if you already know whether you want to
return for milk in 2016, as I continue to navigate goat decisions re:
milk production and my work load.

On 7/24/15, Shana Hanson <> wrote:
> Dear Patient Schedule Flexers,
> This computer is almost impossible for me to use, but I have to
> attempt a blog before blueberry harvest swallows me.  I shopped for a
> computer, without resolution, as I can''t spend $400 right now, plus I
> don't want to cause manufacturing of the $400 toxic item, yet
> the used guy says used ones all take 69 watts (way too much) and don't
> dim nor have eco mode.
> I also studied our few hard-to-find goat lice for a whole day without
> resolution, trying tea tree essential oil/Dr. Bronner's soap/water
> solutions on them.  The soapiest one took all the way until the next
> morning to come alive.  They  mostly looked dead for two hours, then
> recovered.  So I just kept peering through my loop (magnifying glass
> you hold with your eye)at them, and taking notes of which solution,
> all day.  For fun I tried the Pyganic, which failed on the goats this
> spring.  That louse never even paused.  Then I was terribly behind on
> pruning or felling trees for goats, and got really depressed, until I
> climbed up the next day and made up for lost time.  I guess the lice
> in paralyzed shock had me hoping for awhile that something had worked.
> Next trial may be sulphur rock powder and quick lime, but probably not
> until after blueberry harvest.  Turpentine would be more skin
> friendly, but isn't on the organic list (though an essential oil of a
> tree) (too cheap?).  I'd like to test it anyway, but it took me two
> hours of combing to find those first 5 lice to torment.  I am so
> chronically short on time that it is common for me to only have 4
> hours to sleep in bed, and no cooking of meals plus very rare to find
> time to pick a salad.  Fruit and dairy luckily go well together;
> berries are present on goat walks.
> But I can't pick currants with goats because they eat the whole bush
> plus the apple trees, so Willow and Stephania helped.  Then I finished
> alone, and crouched in the lush bushy weedy chicken yard an airy
> fluttering of a small wild bird brushed over my back.
> Then yesterday, on our walk to the nut orchard to fell a birch, I
> peeked in that thrush nest by the white oak sapling.  Empty!  then
> suddenly fluttering by my feet and swooping and crying around my head;
> she escorted me away a good distance.  The fledgling was dark, speckly
> and HUGE.  I don't dare check the other nests.
> Except I do keep checking on Moch Moch Mocha Duck's nest, to her
> dismay.  I even stole the two live keats (one death, and one has
> palsey - it's mom was shut in up on the Hunt Rd. ; maybe not as good
> nutrition in the yolks of those Guinea eggs?), plus four of her ELEVEN
> ducklings (from 11 eggs), to keep the smaller and less well-dressed
> keats  warm in my house.  The tiny keats tend to disappear in our wild
> set-up; I suspect the huge garter snakes that we raise in the chicken
> house on the fat mice that steal grain find the keats to be smaller
> than mice.
> The garter momma who left me her skin last week at the milk well
> showed me an acrobatic move over the lip of the well and under into
> the cement-floored indoor space.  Upon next opening the well tarp, a
> BABY garter snake met me!  While the lower well has been cooling
> milk, the upper well has been a hot snake egg incubator!  What a
> diverse temperature contraption.
> I took Josie Daylight along on my Wednesday away work day.  Two days
> of diarrhea have followed; I feel like a failed mom.  Separation
> anxiety is not to be taken lightly.
> I've started to compute each goat's average milking each week, before
> averaging them all for our weekly milk amount.  I'm dreaming of doing
> the retroactive numbers and posting a chart of their milking curves
> inside the cellar door, so that you can all see their ebbing and
> flowing achievements.  I even think of the colors of the graph for
> each goat, correlated with their names: Windy sky blue, Kanga kangaroo
> colored, Mulberry purple, Pepita green, Hazel hazel. .. all this very
> wistfully, as in two days I call Gary Masalin to ascertain whether we
> might start the blueberry harvest as early as Wednesday (the day I
> drive south for counseling).  The goats and I will be shifting to
> wanders and fellings or prunings at the crack of dawn.    Winnowed-out
> certified organic blueberries will be the new milking treat (the milk
> stays white surprisingly).
> Thank you for jar delivery improvements.  Kristen and Svea, one quart
> was broken in the bag and glass in the others when I peeked in on my
> table where it sat.  Willow, whey for Josie can be a trade, and/or can
> you make my website?  (I wrote it up when there was still snow; still
> waiting for a willing web artist.)  Or find me a renter for the
> upstairs, available Sept. 1st?
> I've stared at this probably an extra hour too tired to think how to
> end it.  So silly, but I like doing it.  Despite missing both human
> evening events that I thought I could try to get to tonight, I have
> this computer illusion of being social with other than goats and
> Nosenia.
> Much cream on top despite all struggles,   Shana
> On Fri, 17 Jul 2015, Shana Hanson wrote:
> Dear Jar Keepers,
> I have stolen jars from two of you plus sent a few of my own this
> week, in order to contain milk of drinkers whose empty jar was not
> with the driver to ride along to the previous pick-up.  This causes me
> stress, because you clean your own jars specifically for your milk,
> and haven't given permission for them to go on other trips.
> Maria Gail and Josie Daylight (goat kid) can both be commended for
> always leaving jars when they take or receive them.  But now Joelle
> for instance must LEAVE AN EMPTY JAR for Maria to see on the way to
> Joelle's refrigerator, or Maria too becomes a Jar Keeper by
> association.  Then Maria gets to SAVE the jar for a week,  and put it
> with her own for travel to her NEXT milk pick-up.  At least that's how
> I thought it would work.
> So I just spent one whole hour getting this gmail up, then typing this
> once and having it disappear, then trying again, and now I must go
> to my attic and find a jar to replace Eileen's which I stole, then
> heat water to clean better, then get it to dry before milking by 10 AM
> for Eileen.  So I am not out on a goat walk, nor moving a fence, which
> means tonight's milk will be less.  So disappointing.
> I wanted to blog about hopefully 11 ducklings hatching next Wednesday,
> and three keats next Friday, all under Mock Mock Mocha Duck out back.
> Also, I wanted to tell of my encounter on Tuesday with the beautiful
> Garter snake whose AM sauna I interrupted, under the tarp on top of
> the milk well.  That morning I broke a whole half gallon of my own
> treasured fresh milk, whick hit a lump of cement inside my root cellar
> when I tried to set it down, with Josie Daylight hurrying me by trying
> to follow me in.  A huge load of milk had made it that far, packed in
> a bucket, despite running with all the goats the whole way.   I
> grieved all day somewhat, with also still thoughts for the piglets.
> After goats were back home, I went to clean up the milk and glass.
> The cellar floor had drunk it all.  I hope the tall Heartnut tree
> behind there reaches that goodness.  Then the snake left me a gift of
> her/his perfect skin discovered at the PM lowering of the milk, and I
> felt blessed and content again.
> Very late now to start my animal day.  But  these blogs are
> important to me.  Willow, there's no way now that I can be free of
> goat wandering before 11 (not 10 as I thought earlier this AM) to pick
> currants.  I yearn for these snatches of human involvement at the
> farm; maybe you can come soon, to wander with us?  or pick without me?
>  either is okay.
> Much love to all of you, Jar Keepers and Jar Deliverers alike, Shana
> On Sat. 11 Jul, 2015 Shana Hanson wrote:
> I finally got up and typed a draft and when I tried to save wouldn't
> connect and disappeared.  Gregor and his computer are gone for two
> weeks at least - got the connector for this one yesterday but not
> working.  Sad to have lost this blog.  Sorry can't be connected.
> Visits welcome.  Shana
> Well it saved this time, so try more?
> Dear 5th Stomaches digesting the leaves of our woods,
> In response to Jane's yearnings for more milk and my love for all of
> you my milk-drinking "off-spring," I've reverted to additional
> woodland napping, brush hauling, and tree climbing, in efforts to keep
> goat bellies as wide as possible as often as possible.  I was so proud
> of how wide yesterday that I took pictures of each goat at their
> widest.  Late last night I napped in the cool dry stream "bed," while
> the goats munched crisp previously untouched patches of Sensitive Fern
> and Winterberry bushes.  Maybe I will pack a tape measure with me, to
> correlate inches of goat girth with cups of milk in the daily log
> book.  Diane Schivera says I do get to present this fall at the MOFGA
> fair, about the intersection of Femelschlag forestry and my Air Meadow
> milk production, plus application to ecological and climate problems
> we face.   Somehow I will figure out how to fit in a graphing of goat
> girths? or a flip-card stack of matched pictures to animate their
> expansion?
> The dryness is causing the almost-yearly death of brook trout minnows,
> as the puddles of the stream disappear.  My MOFGA tour group yesterday
> caught maybe a dozen tiny trout in a milk jar, using our hands, a cup,
> and interpersonal acrobatics of collaboration.  We wish them well in
> their relocation to Rainbow pasture pond.
> We also found the third thrush nest of the season, with four blue
> eggs, miraculously tripped over but not stepped on by 5 humans and 6
> goats.
> My appreciation for fragile life these last couple days includes huge
> grief over news that my last two piglets to leave died of meningitis,
> probably my fault and entirely preventable.  I had provided a cooked
> road-killed raccoon for which I didn't find time to be prompt nor
> thorough in cooking steps.  Nosenia refused the first-offered piece,
> the head, which the babies found the next day.   Fleeting thought, "I
> hope that's okay for them to eat," relief at no stomach aches
> resulting, then a week later they lost their coordination then
> dropped.  Aktan and Erin already loved them, and did a lot fast to try
> and save them.  Prayers and amends.
> Earlier this week (Tuesday), I candled Moch Moch's large clutch.  All
> 11 duck eggs are progressing, plus 3 out of 4 Guinea eggs from a
> neighbor!  This is in contrast to only 50% fertility across three
> species here in our spring clutches.  Einstein the cat got the clear
> Guinea egg as a birthday treat (my birthday).  Nosenia got to wallow
> the edge of the clear swimming pond out back plus clean up little
> apple drops for her special birthday treats (my birthday).  The goats
> got to get wide then even wider.
> Time to milk then perfect their earlier wideness on the pile of ash we
> just pruned.  I pack the "hay" bags with leaf bunches while they pick
> into their own containers.
> Hopefully much milk, Shana
> On Mon, 6 Jul 2015 Shana Hanson <> wrote:
> Dear People made of Leaves (partly),
> Please watch out for the 5 foot diameter open well which my Suzuki
> Samurai re-discovered Saturday night.  It's in the pasture paddock on
> the shady side of Rainbow House, just below your much nicer well.  I
> was driving down to the Goat Palace (which used to be the porch of the
> Rainbow House), to unload a huge trailer load of poplar shavings from
> Peter Baldwin (what a gift!).  So I laid down in the fresh goose shit
> (I'd just moved them over), to come-along the Samurai up out of its
> deeply tipped position, using the drilled well head to hold the other
> end of the rope (all these wells!  we are blessed with water).  I
> finished shoveling shavings at 10 pm, then wandered with goats until 1
> am (with some napping).  We heard lots of fireworks, but didn't see
> any.
> Please help yourselves to wild strawberries on the sunny sides of the
> Rainbow House yard.  Nosenia (my sow), myself, and Sarah Lozanova's
> children have not nearly been able to eat them all.  Wild strawberries
> are the pasture's response to acid rain, and/or road salt in other
> spots.  I am trying to fit in some lyming of each area the geese
> leave.  It is heavy work (rock dust), and the goats complain because I
> am not wandering with them if I do it.
> This Friday, July 10, 6 AM to 9ish (then pancakes and fruit), myself
> and the goats will lead a MOFGA Farm Tour.  It will be hard to find us
> once we start, but it's okay to be pointed a way back if you must
> leave earlier.  So far, Karin Whitman, Helen Burlingame, and probably
> Sarah Lozanova with children are planning to come.  Let me know if you
> want to join us.  I will be 52 years old at 7 AM that day.
> Then Saturday, July 11, 10 AM to Noon, Nosinia, Windy and Mulberry?
> (or whichever two goats are willing to get in the Samurai with Nosenia
> and myself) are hired to demonstrate land work at Head of Tide
> Preserve, on Doak Rd. in Belfast (thanks, Karin!).
> Last Saturday Gregor, friend Brittany, and I managed a two hour burn
> of brush (in the back, winter, goat yard) for biochar, a hot test of
> endurance on such a sunny day.  The goats slept there last night, so
> the pine pitch from their pasture paddock which they rubbed their
> heads in will now be black from charcoal, and their bodies will be
> generally gray instead of white for awhile.
> The goslings have outgrown their moveable parent-proof feeding area,
> so now either Solomon and Goldie get obese and costly, or I must come
> up with enough clovery-with-young-grass areas to keep the babies well
> without grain.  Yesterday I tried a new crawl-under feeding trick, but
> Solomon manages to reach in and pull out the dish.  When they used to
> roam free, newly seeded areas got plucked bare, and  many areas were
> sped towards strawberry production when the geese focussed too much in
> certain spots.  When I give them a strategically placed fence, the
> geese help mow what the goats don't eat.
> Contented in a tired body, Shana
> On 6/29/15, Shana Hanson <> wrote:
>> Dear Landlubbers (I'm guessing you are down on the ground),
>> Encouraged by Jessica, I'm blogging early.
>> We will be up in the trees tomorrow.  Ash, mostly, a staple in Austria
>> and here.
>> Saturday we did light a fast inferno for two hours of open-burn
>> biochar.  Phew!  Some ferns stayed green beneath the fire, but we
>> turned red like lobsters.
>> Yesterday the goats got two bags of hay in the pouring rain (first
>> time I caved since our contracts started), and then they did get a
>> LONG WET late evening walk in Winterberry bushes and Sensitive Fern.
>> I kept falling asleep wrapped in the alpaca poncho that my intern
>> Rowan gave me two years ago, balanced on a horizontal log in the
>> swamp, then kept getting woken up by falling off when Josie Daylight
>> would start dancing on top of me.   They went to bed with wide
>> satisfied bellies.  (I went to bed satisfied to have happy animals.)
>> Today they were staked in flowering white clover and young grass, but
>> terribly bored by evening.  So I made it up to them with an almost
>> three hour walk, bending down Witchhazel and Buckthorn, visiting the
>> sunny small easterly Sensitive Fern, Canada Lillies (myanthemum) still
>> a passing treat, Goat Sorrel in the neighbor's clearcut, and...
>> Speaking of Micro-grains, I lied and the goats aren't grain-free now.
>> We all noticed how tasty the juicy green sedge seedheads are.  I
>> hadn't had supper, so ate my share.
>> Poor Alice Ireland a few doors down has been tormented by a guinea
>> fowl we thought was my boy.  So poor guy got all his flight feathers
>> clipped this early morning, as I'd jerry-rigged the fence to shut the
>> birds in yesterday in the rain.  Then I looked in her driveway, and it
>> was SOMEONE ELSE!  I'm dreaming of the two-sylable call, a female?
>> Our "fox-eaten" long-lost hen from last summer?  or some new blood
>> from afar?  So tomorrow, Guinea adventures are planned; my boy may not
>> have to wait for keats to hatch under the duck.  Flying insects, watch
>> out! (Guineas are SO fast.)  (Even with no flight feathers.)
>> Contented, Shana
>> On 6/26/15, Shana Hanson <> wrote:
>>> Dear  Daily Jar Bearers,
>>> We will burn brush for Biochar in the BACK winter goat yard, tomorrow,
>>> 10 AM to 2 PM.  Go to the garage door on MY house, and follow the
>>> trail north-north-west, past the back pond to the next clearing.
>>> Potluck lunch.
>>> I have been sad to stick to my own rules of averaging Windy's, Kanga's
>>> and Pepita's records, and have your milk amounts go down this week.
>>> The goats like to stay in when it rains, and I seconded their vote
>>> after getting soggy moving fences.  Also, Bluegrass and Povertygrass
>>> going to seed are not tasty to our goats.  Due to the owl displaced by
>>> the clearcut last winter, as well as 50% hatch rates across all my
>>> fowl this season (down from 80%), my mowing fleet of geese is tiny and
>>> slow (two adults and three goslings; last year four adults and 14
>>> goslings).  Just as well, as the re-seeded areas are out of rotation,
>>> but we need some mowing help temporari;ly in this fast-growing part of
>>> the season.  We'll see if Nosenia the Guinea sow will appreciate
>>> "micro-grains" (see, I'm already geared toward effectively marketing
>>> to her).   Then the grass will tenderly rejuvenate.
>>> Meanwhile, goats are taking some day trips to my temporarily added
>>> land parcel (for sale) three miles from home.  We are clearing walking
>>> trails to entice buyers in to some of the nice places.  All six goats
>>> do indeed fit in the back (well, Mulberry would prefer to drive) of my
>>> Samurai.  Once at the land, they fill their bellies with birch,
>>> poplar, maple, buckthorn and oak while Gregor and I fill the trailer.
>>> They have no choice but to try and fit back into the car in their now
>>> wider condition, as we have commitments to all these wonderful people
>>> who look for milk down the well.
>>> The story on Mulberry, who two weeks ago jumped up on the table twice
>>> in one day with all four feet as I was pouring milk there, is probably
>>> that she has "cyctic ovaries."  She seems in heat all the time, and
>>> has come into a small but rising amount of milk without pregnancy.  My
>>> other "virgin milker" many years ago was also infertile.  Both
>>> were/are outstandingly healthy and sweet-tempered.  I'm hoping the
>>> cystic obstruction will detach from my dilligent simulation of
>>> nursing.  If not, I am researching use of May Apple roots.
>>> At home, we-re browsing Sensitive Fern, Winterberry bushes, Witch
>>> Hazel, Ash, and many other plants and trees.  We're thankful that the
>>> biting insects got confused by this cool extended spring.
>>> Moc-moc Mocha-duck seems to be setting a second time already (she
>>> thinks its still spring for sure).  Jennifer Armstrong and Meg want
>>> female ducklings for their widowed drake.  Thanks to Rita Horsey on
>>> Hunt Rd. whose birds have provided fertile eggs, Moc-moc is aiming to
>>> hatch a mate or two for my Guinea rooster as well, widowed by the fox
>>> last summer.   Then what will his chicken hen partner, also widowed by
>>> the fox, do?  Yikes - I have 5 days to get a few eggs to add from
>>> Sumner at Meadowsweet Farm (chickens hatch in 21 versus 28 days).
>>> Always the management tasks to distract me.
>>> In creamy tiredness, Shana
>>> On 6/20/15, Shana Hanson <> wrote:
>>>> Dear Milk Drinkers, Daughters and Sons of my Goats,
>>>> This is my attempt tp use Gregor's computer to keep in touch.
>>>> Highlights of my week:
>>>> Today I moved junk off the property I just bought in Belmont for my
>>>> son, and three baby garter snakes slithered out from a broken oven or
>>>> microwave(?) into my car, and down onto 3 Streams Farm, the latest
>>>> welcome immigrants (Gregor and Jeff being also welcome and recent).
>>>> Nosenia is now piglet-free, and one breast was staying noticeably
>>>> larger and stiffer, so I milked her this evening, looking forward to a
>>>> taste.  She didn't mind at all.  Her milk is similar texture to our
>>>> goats'milk, but slightly salty.  No I won't add her to your contracts.
>>>> The huge broken-topped ash tree came down right where I hoped it
>>>> would, last night, just in time for it to nourish the goats on my day
>>>> away at a training today.
>>>> They got the first of two hay bags full of Picked Leaves early this
>>>> morning.  They filled up on sensitive fern plus helped pick more
>>>> leaves this evening, so they'll get the second bag tomorrow.  They
>>>> somewhat neglected to eat the patch of pasture just added; they will
>>>> now try and train me to cut them a big ash every day.
>>>> Another highlight was Gregor and Jeff seeking late sunshine to dry
>>>> their lovely laundry, so they hung it behind the Rainbow house while
>>>> myself, Windy and Kanga were in milking.  We came out and got spooked
>>>> by the big dark hanging shapes that had magically appeared, lit by the
>>>> westerly sun.  Then Sarah Lozanova got spooked by me, as I was
>>>> diligently taping the milking schedule inside the door without a sound
>>>> and with quiet goats standing by, when she opened the door to put her
>>>> jars in.  She asked if people lived there - well, no people live IN
>>>> the house, but we do live a lot in the pasture (including happy
>>>> hanging of laundry, so it seems).
>>>> With Gregor's help, one large part of the pasture has new improved
>>>> pasture seeds germinating, and the newer leaf piles along the road are
>>>> planted (late) to Buttercup Squash.  Goats and pigs seem to leave
>>>> squash and pumpkin plants alone until they are ready.  Out back I hope
>>>> to dig in some potatoes soon, as the small poultry are likely to leave
>>>> those alone (goats graze potatoes so won't be allowed there).
>>>> Our woodchuck moved to Elissa's and Tom's more organized and filling
>>>> gardens across the road, freeing our wild kitchen garden full of
>>>> greens for duckling (with hen mother) habitation - plenty of tiny
>>>> snails there.
>>>> Did anyone read down this far?
>>>> Do you want to come help us open-burn goat brush into biochar,
>>>> Saturday June 27, 10 AM-2PM?  Bring food items to roast in the fire
>>>> (Dutch ovens recommended) for potluck lunch.
>>>> Way after bedtime so rambling on, love, Shana

Maria Gail asked how I rake without hurting my back.  I posted this video for her; thanks for everything, Maria!   


  1. Nice work Shana! This might be the best blog ever! So many beautiful offerings to the community.


  2. I've been thinking of getting a buck apron for my buck, but so far haven't done it because he has company. After this week, he won't. Do you make them?

  3. I have been on mail a bit more, if you want to contact me thru this comment box. (they seem to forward to my email) Thanks! Shana

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