Augean Stable

It is raining. It is Raining. It is RAINING.

Our barn is built on a slope and water does indeed flow downhill. I puzzle over the barn-on-a-slope construction every time I splatter through the mud, and Ive come to the conclusion that it must have been built with the Augean Stable Plan. You know the story; one of Hercules 12 tasks was to clean out thirty years of accumulated barn gold for King Augeas in one day. Remember too that this barn held a thousand or more prize ruminants. Hercules did what any farm hand in a hurry would do; first he made a big hole in the back of the barn, then he diverted a couple of nearby rivers to flow through it. Very Efficient. Manure, like water, flows downhill, especially when the force of a couple of rivers is behind it.

The flow of water through our barn is not quite as spectacular as the force of two diverted rivers, but is nonetheless awe-inspiring in weather like this. Mud can be get really deep in a hurry, even when there is only the accumulated waste of 5 ruminants and one season of manure. The dairy goats dont like rain and they dont like sucking mud too much either; going outside to the water buckets was low on their list yesterday. So there wasnt the usual quantity of milk this morning. I braved the quagmire and moved the buckets inside. There will be more milk tomorrow.

Situated on a hill overlooking the Haw River, Three Waters Farm looks out over a mixed terrain of fields, woods, and water in the piedmont of North Carolina. We moved here in 1989 with the intent to raise our family on a working homestead. Initially we produced a mix of organic vegetables, cut flowers, goat cheese, and baked goods at the Carrboro Farmers' Market.
Since 1997, we have focused on making products from our sheep's wool and our goat's milk. We produce a variety of hand-painted yarns, and spinning fibers, and from our goat's milk, we make Goat's Milk True-soap, using our own special recipe.

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Three Waters Farm
P.O. Box 100,
Saxapahaw, North Carolina 27340

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