On the front of the farmhouse we have a rain chain in lieu of gutters that drains into a cistern to capture water. It was raining during my recording you'll hear my walk from farm house, past the rain chain, to feed the guinea hens and ducks.
The duck pond was thawing as the temperatures warmed and I spent a moment clearing the ice so that the birds could enjoy open flowing water.
I brought fresh lettuce from the hoop house to the birds and placed it in a large rubber bowl so all the animals could enjoy a taste of summer during the winter. The guineas squawked with joy as they crunched the leaves.
The northern border of Unity Farm is mixed forest and wetlands. The western border is the Dowse apple orchard. The southern border is another farm. The eastern border is the CSX rail line (map below) for slow moving freight trains that travel between Framingham and Foxboro. At 7am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm and 11:30pm, we hear the gentle rumble of a freight train in the distance, 10 acres away through our forest. Here's what the morning train sounds like from the barn.
Every season brings new sights and sounds on the farm. This spring many migratory birds will return and nest at Unity Farm. This summer, we'll experience the birth of several baby alpaca. The Fall brings the rustle of falling leaves. More sound posts to come!