As summer winds down we are reflecting on the growing menagerie here at Cold Spring Ranch. Both of us love the idea of becoming a somewhat diversified farm. So we have spent the past year diligently planting fruit trees and berry bushes, laying out a larger garden plot, raising laying hens for eggs and adding pigs to the cattle as a source of meat both for ourselves and to bring to market. Add in the barn cats and ranch dog and suddenly there are a lot of mouths to feed around here. Our mornings and evenings have become a busy round of making sure all the animals are happy and well fed, not to mention accounted for. It has complicated things for Gabe, who a few short years ago had “simply” focused on raising cattle. But of course it has made life here a lot more fun and interesting. The rooster practicing his crow at first light, the evening clang of the pig feeder on the hillside, the occasional soft low moo of a cow, the happy purr of a cat lounging in a slice of sunshine on a hay bale; it all reminds us that we are lucky to be surrounded by a rich and full family farm.