May has been a bit of a tumultuous month for us on the farm. At the beginning of the month, our Nellie was killed by truck on GA122, at Hagan Bridge. It has stunned us all that such a horrible thing could happen to our pack. Our grieving has been deep and continues.
However, we are lucky to welcome Blondie to the fold. She is a one year old Carolina dog and Honeybun and Yellow Dog are now showing her around the farm, introducing her to the delights of the woods, the fields, and the swamp. We don’t know much about her, she was a stray that managed to find her way to a rescue organization, and from there to us.
It was with much sadness that we said goodbye to the Brown Dog.
A quick moving cancer took her from being her delightful brown dog self to a mere shadow.
Her personality, “don’t look at me while I am eating” was true to the end and when she was ready, she told us it was time to go, January 11, 2021.
Arriving as a pup on October 16, 2008, She-Ra consented to keeping the two upstarts. Our veterinarian, Dr. Ruff, said the dogs were about a year old. When asked what were their names we said “Brown Dog and Yellow Dog”. That is how we had been calling them while we decided if they would stay. After a month, they knew their names and so they were, the Brown Dog and the Yellow Dog.
Through adventures of snake bites, gopher tortoise escapades, controlled burns of forest management, gardening, snow, hurricanes, boat rides, and river adventures, Brown Dog lived a full and wonderful life.
Brown Dog is survived by her pack that includes her littermate Yellow Dog, acolytes Nellie and HoneyBun and her humans and predeceased by her mentor She-Ra.
I’m hiding. Can you see me?
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It’s cool in the water in summer
She-Ra, Brown Dog, Yellow Dog
After a wallow in the pond
I’ve got a snake, how about you?
A favorite view
She-Ra with her acolytes in the dirt pit
Look, I’m in the culvert
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Brown Dog says I’m going this way
Dogs in Sun
Don’t look, I’m taking a bath
Boat ride in the swamp
In the swamp 2020
At the pond and at attention. Are there snakes?
She-Ra shows off her pets
Yes, she’s a lap dog
A ride around the pond
All good dogs face forward
Good thing we have warm coats for snow
Look, I found the boat
On a log in the swamp
Culvert Delivery to the beaver dam
Brown dog on the prow with Grace and Harry
First Snake Bite. We don’t feel well. It was a moccasin nest.
Okra Paradise Farms has fresh okra every day. If you buy 10# or more, I will deliver in the Valdosta/Hahira/MAFB/Lakeland/Adel/Ray City areas. Less, I can arrange for you to pick it up at the farm. $2.00 per pound.
An important part of our farming community is making sure that the things we grow make it to the tables of those who want and need them. Sagdrina Jalal works with the Georgia Farmers Market Association. She will introduce us to its role in supporting markets and producers in our state.
Her format will be discussion and round table, specific to our community.
We will examine this issues surrounding food insecurity and food access in Georgia. We will discuss the way a farmers market can bring all segments of the food system together for the benefit of the community. In addition, we will particpate in a food access version of “walk the line” an interactive and very impactful social examination of food disparity.