I am the floater and Hannah's chief assistant. I pitch in with whatever needs to be done at the moment, from helping Hannah trim the sheep's feet to washing eggs for Mama while she sorts out a bulk order over the phone. I also keep the deep freezers organized and defrosted, monitor our stock of frozen meats, keep up the blog (yours truly), and pack up the coolers on market mornings.
Seth is in training for pretty much everything. He accompanies Mama to the farmer's market, helps move animals, dotes on any baby animals, tends the neighbor's cats, and very patiently bears his three sisters' contradictory orders. It is not uncommon for us all to be sitting around the table discussing a pending task, whereupon Seth will grin and say, "I know: 'Let's make Seth do it!'"
Caroline's area of expertise is discipline. She keeps the gardens religiously weeded, records all of our sales and expenses, rations the winter food supply, and trots out through the woods at the same time every morning to open nest boxes, feed the pigs, and make sure all the animals have water to drink; you could almost set your clock by that straw hat bobbing through the backyard just after sunup.
Last, but by far not least, is Nathanael: the big one. He is the muscle. He is quite busy just now attending school to become a lineman, but we call on him for anything we girls are not equal to. He saws down trees, lifts especially heavy things, researches everything under the sun, and tells us how to do things in more timely and efficient ways. His hidden talent is pig whispering; if a pig of any size or temperament is afraid to cross the space from an old pen into a new one (pigs have a legendary respect for electric wire), leave it to Nathanael to coax her across.
There you have it. That, in brief, is what we "do."