June 18, 2022

In My Fields Preparing the Hay for Baling

Here at my Cantitoe Corners Farm in Bedford, New York, the weather is warm and my hardworking outdoor grounds crew is getting all the hay cut, tended, and ready to bale.

One of my objectives at my farm is to practice self-sufficiency. When I moved here, I designated three separate areas as hayfields, so I could grow lots and lots of delicious, nutritious hay for my horses and donkeys. I planted the fields with a mixture of timothy, orchard grass, Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and clovers - all great for producing good quality hay. The hay is also treated with agricultural lime, a soil additive made from pulverized limestone or chalk that works to correct the acidity of the soil, eradicate any noxious weeds, and raise the overall health of the land. This year, we have a bumper crop and the fields are ready for the first cut of the season.

Enjoy these photos.