Since I saw this photo posted on Facebook, I haven't been able to erase it from my mind's eye. We're always mindful of fire this time of year - last night I saw smoke and fire planes in the direction of home while I was changing water. I raced home to check our animals - relieved to find that all was well here.
As many of you know, I grew up in Tuolumne County - where the Rim Fire continues to burn out of control. A number of my friends and fellow ranchers have been severely impacted by the fire - losing barns, equipment, forage, and even cows in some cases. The Tuolumne County Farm Bureau has established a fund to purchase emergency hay for the ranching families who have experienced losses. My family would like to organize a local effort to raise money in support of this effort. Here’s what we’re doing:
We are offering a whole, grass-fed lamb, cut-and-wrapped, via on-line auction (at our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/flyingmulefarm.) You can bid by posting a comment with the amount of your bid on our Facebook page. The winning bidder will receive approximately 25-27 lbs of lamb (with processing donated by Ann Vasser at Superior Farms in Dixon) - the lamb will be ready for pick-up in late September or early October. The retail value of a whole lamb is approximately $300. The entire purchase price will be donated to the TCFB Emergency Hay Fund. Bidding will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 1.
Please pass this along to others who you think might be interested in participating. This is an experiment on our part, so thank you for your patience (and for your donation)!
The Macon Family
Flying Mule Farm