Reflecting the timeless roles of the larger members of the herd
at Blue Star Equiculture, Custard, the Miniature Horse mascot, will
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he says. After returning from colombia, he followed the work of
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and tools around the farm. Last summer, we planted a spiral
permaculture garden with students from the Pathfinder
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conventional, creative way, and how to heal soil and produce
vital produce and flowers. We also taught them to hitch and
work the horses, to move things around and get from one
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