Melleray Farmstead Holy Week freeze

Melleray Farmstead is the substrate of Piedmont Pine Coffins. It is our cottage industrial home, so to speak. Here’s a mid-April update from the farm, cold and green, to help color in some background to the web impression of Piedmont Pine Coffins. Should you ever like to visit and see for yourself, call. We enjoy having visitors to Melleray Farmstead interested in tiny houses, off-grid living, new monasticism, and pine coffins/green burial.

Melleray Farmstead GardenIt’s Holy Week in the Christian calendar. That means that the Garden Project at Melleray Farmstead is at a temporary caesura. Bad timing for the weather to take a turn south last night, with temps after a rainy front dipping to freezing and with ice forming in puddles on the tops of the feed bins. Good thing Cristino from St. Julia showed up during a break in the showers to help put blankets on the tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, asparagus, etc. The beds of garlic and broccoli should do just fine. We are expecting another night of the same rude treatment. Then, surely, full-on Spring.

Heaven’s rain also fell on Lalitha her first night in the pastures of Melleray Farmstead.Lalitha of Melleray Farmstead

Chris and Alan Green of Woodcrest Farm near Hillsborough brought us our first milk cow this past Monday. She’s a Dexter, a nod to the Irish heritage in our family and also a good choice for a family cow. So far the dogs are chasing her too much and the sheep, who are smaller but older, are stamping their feet to scare her off her portion of cracked grain. Lalitha will do alright. She’s bigger than all of them already at one year old. Lalitha’s everyday name will be Buttercup. We hope she will be a boon to everyone here, animals and human-folk alike. Let’s have lots of milk, yogurt, butter and cheese, Lalitha Buttercup.