Over the last several weeks, we’ve been putting the finishing touches on Browder Springs Hall. The transformation of the Print Shop into Browder Springs Hall (/images/postimages/becoming-browder-springs-hall/)has been slow and steady—we weren’t in a huge rush, so we were able to take our time in making choices and decisions about what this space needed to be as flexible and functional as possible. When this building was the Print Shop, it had a painted sign on its windows. (/images/postimages/pdk_mg_3409c3.jpg) When it came time for the new sign, it took a lot of hunting and research to find a sign painter. It wasn’t really a question of choosing the right vendor—it was a question of finding any vendor. Today, there are a lot fewer sign p ..
(/images/postimages/cwoh2011_bm0232.jpg)Sheep are not geniuses. Their brains are small and most of their energy is used for wool production and expressing fear of every single thing that ever occurs. Years of slow-witted observation have taught the sheep at DHV that each spring, humans steal their beloved wool through the humiliating process of shearing, but they never knew why until last weekend. No sheep can ever forget the feeling of being grabbed by a human and having those electric or hand shears run over the whole body till the lovely wool is gone. Yes, nudity feels good as the Texas summer heats up, but they look so silly. The farmstead humans always wash the wool, a task made necessary by the sheep’s questionable hygiene habits. Visitors watch as the wool is smo ..
This winter we planted one of our large raised bed planters at the Farmstead full of flax. We chose flax for this bed to test the bed and to test the flax. This particular raised bed hadn’t germinated much of anything for the past two seasons, and needed a lot of amendments to get back to productive condition. Flax is a fairly tolerant plant and will grow just about anywhere, and we knew if the flax didn’t germinate in that spot we would have to replace the soil more than we already had. The raised beds also needed something growing so that the soil didn’t wash away and pack down over our off season and flax has nice sturdy deep roots. Finally, we needed to test out golden flax and see how well it grows without much attention. We found that golden flax is just ab ..