Mother Nature can be quite stubborn.
More than a week after having to close Rogue Farms because of flooding, the only road leading into the farm is still impassable. High water and fast moving currents make it unsafe for anything other than big wheeled farm equipment.
We’ve been able to return. But we’re not ready to let visitors back in and will stay closed through the weekend.
Covered in high, rushing water, the road into Rogue Farms is still to dangerous for most vehicles.
You can see that in some areas of the farm, the floods are receding. But the latest forecast for the Willamette River says water levels will remain high for at least the next few days.
Just days ago, this part of the hopyard was drowning under several feet of water.
But water remains high in other parts of the farm. We’re calling this area Lake Wigrich.
Finally today, a little bit of sunshine coming through the clouds. The Free Range Chicks and Royal Palm Turkey finally had a chance to get out on the lawn and gobble up some earthworms.
A brief appearance by the sun. More rain is expected this weekend.
Right now, we hope to be open for visitors on Wednesday. But please check here on RogueFarms.com for the latest information or call us at 503-838-9813.
Come join us at Rogue Farms this winter and see how we grow beer and spirits – come rain or shine!
UPDATE: The Coop Painting Party has been delayed until Wednesday, May 29th because of weather.
Here’s a twist on the old fashioned barn raising.
We’re having a party tomorrow (Wednesday, May 22nd) at the Rogue Farms Hopyard to paint the new Chicken Coop, Turkey Tavern and Pig Pub for our Hopyard animals.
It’s too bad that it had to come to this, but sometimes it’s best to embrace change and party with it.
This is so sad we almost didn’t tell you.
Of the ten chicks that Nancy hatched last week, only one is still alive. We’ve been forced to take drastic measures.
Following last week’s skunk attack that left two casualties in its wake, we responded with anti-skunk counter-offensive measures. We put live traps around the Rogue Farms Hopyard. After several days and nights of this we have the following news to report.
We caught two chickens.
Well.. at least the skunk couldn’t get to them.
Nancy is quite the hen.
We were still bummed about the skunk that killed two of our poultry, and then suddenly Nancy surprises us with ten baby chicks!
The photos are ooh and aah worthy, and Nancy’s history on the Rogue Farms Hopyard is pretty amazing.
We’ve got a dead turkey and a dead chicken. The poultry that survived the onslaught have gone into hiding. The pigs aren’t talking.
And the perp? He left behind the kind of evidence that not even a blind CSI could ignore.
We call them Free Range Chicks for a reason, and lately they’re ranging farther and farther away from their base of operations near the Rogue Farms Hop ‘N’ Bed.
Just the other day, we started seeing them on the lawn between the Hopyard and the Chatoe Rogue. For a Chick, this is a pretty good hike. So what’s going on?
It’s spring at Rogue Farms and you know what that means… Tom is obsessed, once again, with how he’s going to woo Juniper.
There’s no going back now. Just a few days of sunshine is all it took to turn winter into spring. In addition to the first bines of the season, here’s a look at the other signs of spring at the Rogue Farms Hopyard.
Left: A Rogue Honeybee in a maple tree. Right: Visiting a daffodil.
As the days get warmer, the Rogue Honeybees can leave the hives more often. They’re finding nectar in some of our maple trees, daffodils, early blooming wildflowers and the hazelnuts next door.
A Free Range Chick enjoying a walk in the sunshine.
Sunny days mean better hygiene for the Free Range Chicks and Royal Palm Turkeys. The extra light makes it easier for them to remove bugs and dirt from their feathers. The sun also kills germs, in effect sterilizing the feathers and keeping the poultry healthy.
Not a sled, but a real rosebud.
What you’re looking at here is one of the first buds on our roses. We’ve been using Oregon grown rose petals in our Mom Hefeweizen and in the custom beer we created for the Portland Rose Festival. So why not grow our own? These rose bushes were planted a year ago and we’ll get our first harvest of petals in 2013.
As anyone who lives in Western Oregon can tell you, the sun can be a rare visitor this time of year.
Our Free Range Chicks know it too. Let the clouds part for more than five minutes and the Chicks will scurry to the sunniest part of Hopyard.
But they’re not sun worshipping…