If you follow this blog, you know that I protect, as best as I can, the predators on my farm: coyotes, hawks, owls, coons, bobcats, gators, and so on. Obviously, this policy includes the peaceful, graceful, gentle deer.
Today, I would like to discuss with you a shift in policy.
I went out this morning to check one of my winter gardens. I planted this garden from seed with spinach, chard, cabbage, kohl rabi, collards, cauliflower, and a variety of lettuces. The beautiful vibrant leafy green vegetables were almost ready to harvest.
This morning, most of the vegetables were gone. All that remained were a couple thousand deer-hoof prints down the long rows.
I grabbed my hair with both hands and fell to my knees in the sand. If you heard a long anguished cry on the outskirts of town around daybreak this morning, that was me.
Usually, the dog chases away deer before they get close to the gardens. However, I have a new batch of chicks out on pasture, and raccoons have been trying to tear down the fencing to get to them, so I locked up the dog with the chicks to protect them. The deer took advantage of the dog’s incarceration by throwing a dinner party on my garden. I can’t prove it, but I think the deer and raccoons are working together.
Can I tell you something about cute precious deer? Deer have teeth. Deer have big spinach-chomping teeth. And they have sharp hooves. It looks like they hosted a rugby match on my garden. Or a tractor pull, with mules.
So, here is my shift in policy. I will continue, in principle, to protect the wonderful predators of my farm. However, I WILL HARVEST every last bit of spinach, chard, greens, and lettuces that I just lost. I will harvest it as chicken-fried deer steaks.
So, place your order now for “Venison Stuffed with Greens”. I am locking and loading and going out now to harvest it for you.
P.S. For my vegetable-loving customers, do not worry. We will still enjoy a bounty of delicious winter vegetables, coming soon. I have more gardens. Also, I typically grow 99 times more vegetables than I plan to sell, due to my former predator protection policy.
Can’t wait to eat some of those delicious fresh, organically raised winter vegetables, pork and chicken again. I’ll pick them up and hopefully my timing will be at lunch so I can try deer steaks. Not many deer get full on organic greens.