Big Ag borrowed the neighbors' tractor this morning and not only cut the grass in the pasture, but also cut a huge firebreak around the rest of the property. It's not a guarantee this place won't burn in a wildfire, but it definitely improves the odds.
This will be a long, dry summer by all accounts, so it's best to get started and be prepared early. This year was actually wetter than the last two have been, and so we saw a lot more growth of native grasses -- four foot tall native grasses -- than we have in the past. And so we have finally realized we have two choices: Buy a tractor or put up some fence and get some sheep. Or maybe both. Because while I love sheep, Big Ag looks awfully happy on that borrowed tractor!