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Winter To Spring 2014

No school today and 7 degrees predicted for tomorrow night, but we see signs of season change, and our hearts and spirits lift. Signs from The 4th Street Farm, Campsie Place, and downtown Lexington, Kentucky:

 

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Chickens exploring...

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"Chicken," the favorite 4th Street Farm hen, gets a special hug and concern for the tips of her red comb. Did winter nip it, or is it simple chicken-ness that browned the tips of her red glory?

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Honeybees, a few, came in and out of hives. We hope and trust most of the bees survived our challenging winter, and will hold on for at least one more bitter night.

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Not quite a year after beginning to sort compost into chicken-edible and not, we learn that even winter meals' peelings and scrapings delight the sleek hens.

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The hens have not yet eaten the green henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), which wakes up earlier and works harder than most plants to establish itself after winter. We wish it were human-edible...and, with a little googling, that wish is granted. A factor of increasing importance: henbit's early blossoms help honeybees get nourishment before other blooms are available.

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More volunteer greenery, possibly edible, and outside our confident identification. A form of chickweed?

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Hellebores and daffodil foliage shoots show the season change, too.

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When temperatures rose above 40 degrees on a Saturday, the stalwart farmers at Lexington Farmers Market, the winter version, suddenly had more company than they had seen in months.

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Including a different kind of food supply, parked close by.

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We welcome the sun, the shoots and sprouts, and the possibilities for positive change in our agricultural Eden, aka Kentucky.

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