Haying the field. It's needed to be done for two years now, but we love the wildflowers so much. Lack of tractor, rake, and balier have helped to make our decision, too. Last year, we mowed and raked by hand a small acre to be used for the chicken coop, compost, and gardens. It's hard work, let me tell you and not something our bodies will allow us to do for long. We mentioned to a neighbor about needing the field mowed and he mentioned a farmer who came up short on hay last year. We kept a bale for ourselves. It was a good trade.