Monday, March 15, 2004

March 2004 The Green Horse

In this issue:

  • Ready, Set, Graze!
  • The Swallows Are Coming!
  • Small Farm Expo This Month!
  • HCW Farm Focus: Couer du Cheval Arabians
  • March Book Review: The Faraway Horses

Ready, Set, Graze!

It’s that time of year when the grass starts to get greener and grow faster, but is it time to let your horses begin grazing on the pastures you’ve fenced off all winter? Putting horses out too soon can reduce the productivity of your pastures this summer and letting your horses graze too much can be dangerous to horse health. for tips on how to keep your pastures and your horses healthy.

The Swallows Are Coming!
Natural insect control for horse farms

A very special thing happens each year around mid-March when the swallows return to the Pacific Northwest from Central America. These pretty little birds provide us with hours of entertainment with their graceful flight acrobatics as they dart about catching insects. But these birds are not only fun to watch, they also provide us with excellent insect control—one swallow consumes about 6,000 insects per day! In this day and age when we all have concerns about the impact of chemicals on our lives, providing habitat for swallows at your horse place is a great alternative to insecticides. to learn more about attracting these beautiful birds to your farm.

The Original Birdhouse Book

by Don McNeil

Contains carefully detailed instructions and easy-to-understand drawings for 26 birdhouses, nesting shelves, and nesting boxes, as well as feeder and bath plans.

Small Farm Expo This Month!

Get the latest dirt on small farming practices and landscaping for rural acreage at the Small Farm Expo on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., King County Fairgrounds, Enumclaw

Puget Sound-area small farmers and rural landowners can get the most current information on livestock, crop and resource technologies, land management and more at the 3rd annual Small Farm Expo, March 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw. to find out more details about the Farm Expo.

HCW Farm Focus: Couer du Cheval Arabians

Tour a Vashon Island Arabian breeding farm
Saturday, April 24th, 10 a.m. to noon, Vashon Island, WA

Join HCW on Vashon Island for a free educational tour of Couer du Cheval Arabians. To register and receive a map contact the King Conservation District. to read more details and see some photos of this great farm.

Quote of the Month

It’s a matter of timing and of patience. Although it seems nothing is happening on the surface, there may yet be profound changes occurring down a little deeper. Waiting isn’t bad.

—Buck Brannaman

March Book Review: The Faraway Horses

A wonderful insight into the man behind the horseman. to read the full review.

The Faraway Horses (Hardcover) The Faraway Horses (Paperback)

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