April 1st, we completed our chicken run. Now, each child has a basket to gather eggs in the morning. Here's the HEG mon "Head Egg Gathering mon"
We slaughtered two sheep and two goats on behalf of a brother who needed to fulfill his commitments for his sons' aqeeqahs, We ended up being given a young Dorper lamb, who had been rejected by his mother as she had triplets. We named him Rammy Ram, and put him in with the chickens to keep him safe until he grew a bit stronger.
As life sprang up all over the farm, we had a wide variety of wildflowers to enjoy and identify masha'Allah, We have crownleaf evening primrose, ox eye daisies, dakota vervain, soapwort yucca, bitter vetch, common vetch, curly cup gumweed, thistles, snake broom, kota, sunflowers, and a host of other beautiful flowers we have yet to identify. While there are far too many to process, we plan to dry some of them for medicinal use, as they are traditional used for wounds, infections, respiratory ailments & conditions, arthritis and joint pain, soap, fodder for animals, and a food source, masha'Allah.
We planted four pinon trees on May 7th, each around 5 feet tall, as a sadaqah jaariyah (continuous charity) for another family, masha'Allah. These are spaced along the front of the farm, facing the main road, and look beautiful masha'Allah – our first developed trees that can be seen by passing traffic and the beginning of our pinon forest, insha'Allah.
The warmer temperatures were the perfect environment for our meat rabbits to kindle (give birth). Crystal kindled first, having six kits (bunnies). One was a runt, that died, but all the others are thriving and furry, al hamdulillah. Cutie Paws kindled next, having nine kits, all alive and thriving. Lastly, on this first day of Ramadan, Cliff Bunny kindled, having seven adorable kits, masha'Allah. Dutch Buck is a proud daddy!
We have deep mulched most of the tilled areas of the food forest and planted out many other vegetables and fruits, masha'Allah. Our goji berry and josta berry bushes are growing beautifully and our gooseberry bush is producing a few berries al hamdulillah!