Annual Visit from Japanese Students

Tohoku University of Art & Design (TUAD) in Japan sends students each year to install a contemporary art exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum led by their Professor, Minatsu Agriga.  Cobb Hill has become part of their yearly experience and we welcomed 12 students and two faculty to Cobb Hill on March 9th.  Their weekend stay at Cobb Hill included home stays with families on the Hill, a lecture from Coleen O’Connell on Ecology and Community, and a lecture by Phil Rice on the maple syrup process.  Coleen also conducted a Nature Printing workshop with the students.  As is their tradition, on Sunday they cooked a Japanese feast for the Cobb Hill Community.  The time is always too short, but great memories were made.  

Introducing the Gadzukes

A ukulele group has formed at Cobb Hill! Several of us - a surprising number, really - have formed a nascent band, the Gadzukes. Who knew there was such interest in ukulele on the hill!? Five to eight of us get together to practice and rehearse - Bob Marley songs to holiday music. Our first show is coming up next weekend at the annual cookie swap - four festive tunes. As we near the solstice and the depths of winter, making music together lifts our spirits.

Twin Calves!

Twin heifers - Clara and Celestine - were born yesterday, December 11th 2018, to Daisy. Twins are fairly rare: 1 in 100 in the industry, and even less at Cedar Mountain Farm (0.6%)!

They were two days overdue and both needed help with delivery. Kerry assisted, as Celestine was a breech and Clara had her head twisted back. She was pushed back in and had her head aligned with her legs before delivery. The wall of the uterus is paper thin, so extreme care is required in assisted deliveries. Breech calves have a higher still birth rate due to the cord tearing early or being compressed.  Needless to say, everyone is happy and healthy. The new calves received plenty of attention today by the 4H students, who can tell them apart by their heads and the fact that one has a silky smooth coat and the other is rougher.

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