One of the perks of working here at the farm is witnessing the seasonal transitions. The natural landscape of Piscataway Park is quite beautiful, and though most would prefer the brilliance of the summer landscape with its lush pastures, green treeline, and colorful flora with butterflies and dragonflies dancing about, I am particularly fond of this time of the year–mid-winter (the mid point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.)
This is the time of the year when the earth begins to offer up subtle hints of her imminent spring arrival. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining just a bit brighter, buds begin to form on the barren limbs and daffodils emerge from their resting place, and the songbirds slowly make their way back (I’ve even spotted a bluebird pair who’ll make their nests here at the park!). But, perhaps the most joyous occasion of this transitional time of the year is the onset of the spring lambing season.
The first lamb of the season, Ithaca, was born last Friday, and the twins, Elliot and Elton, made their way into this world on Monday. With each birth announcement, the staff excitedly went out to greet the newest additions to the Hog Island sheep flock. The lambs are certainly the stars of the farm each spring season with their black and white coats, and adorable faces–who doesn’t love babies?!
While the temperatures are above freezing (for now at least), I encourage you to get outdoors this mid-winter to explore Piscataway Park, discover the signs of spring for yourself, and let nature bedazzle you.
Until then, you can get your lamb fix by watching this video!