Horse Powered Farm Work: Harrowing

May 5, 2011

We are having a very normal Rocky Mountain Spring time this year; We woke three days in a row last week to new snow! Here is a view we walk past on our way to the barn.
This photo shows Ten Lakes Farm  www.tenlakesfarm.com, the  organic market garden and CSA, owned and operated by farmers, Todd and Rebecca, on Therriault Creek Ranch. Snow doesn’t stop them, they are set to deliver their first CSA baskets to customers the third week in May!
Misty and Duchess, the Equine Grand Dams of Therriault Creek Ranch, are in the center of the photo. From this prestigious vantage point in their pasture they monitor all human, animal, and plant activities undertaken on the ranch. A disproportionate amount of  their time seems to be devoted to gazing dreamily at the carrot patch and hay meadow growth.
Sunshine!
What a welcome sight! One thing about N.W. Montana,  only a bit of sunshine is needed to see the pastures ‘green up’. Therriault Pass is beyond the meadow and pastures.
Finally! An opportunity Doc has been waiting for….the chance to get out and get some work done!
What is the first thing he did? Hook Kate to a harrow.

Tomorrow, Doc is working on getting that bigger harrow going….!