Self-Sufficiency Series

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The beauty of bounty

The harvest season is just starting here in north Idaho. To me there are few things more beautiful than windrows of mown hay, of bales stacked high, fields of ripening wheat. This is all courtesy of my heroes, the farmers. These hard-working men and women often work from before dawn to after dark, bring in the bounty.



This is timothy, a superior feed for livestock.





Grass hay.




More timothy.




Bluegrass.



Lentils.



Wheat.



Someone's bringing in hay for winter livestock feed.

6 comments:

  1. Hey! Uh....er....I mean, Hay!

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  2. Beautiful photos of a beautiful and bountiful land. Thank you for sharing these with us.
    Sandy

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  3. Save the Canning JarsJuly 19, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    We just finished wheat harvest out on the plains. We live in town on the path to the grain mills and the trucks rolled past the house day and night. Had to keep the cats in the house so they would not get too close to the street. Thanks for the pictures of Timothy. I'd never seen it before.

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  4. Interesting point on Timothy hay: at a certain elevation here it's only legal to use Timothy due to the potential for re-seeding of non-native varieties.

    We know this because we live above that elevation, and it's what we have to buy. Our neighbors down river are able to use the regular varieties. Good thing, because they have to use a lot more than we do.

    A. McSp.

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this site. And I am sorry I live so far away from you, in south central Michigan. I know we would be good friends. I also love the rural landscapes and never tire of them.

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  6. Welcome! I'm glad you found us.

    - Patrice

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