2.20.17–preparing for chicks

In January we planned our farm goals and from that scheduled out the projects we hoped to tackle in 2017. As we continue to build the farm infrastructure, we are looking at projects that will make our work easier and more efficient. We've placed each project on the calendar, timing planned so each will be … Continue reading 2.20.17–preparing for chicks

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pigs, chickens and turkeys…

...oh, my! We are pleased to offer heritage breed, pasture-raised freezer pork again in 2017! But the good news... (is there better news than bacon?) ...we are terribly excited to add broiler chickens and thanksgiving turkeys... also raised with the same attention to quality, compassion for the animals, and stewardship of the land that we give … Continue reading pigs, chickens and turkeys…

10.18.16 — losing our calf

My little sick calf No 31 didn't make it through the night. And all the pigs have been taken to the butcher. The barnyard seems lonely, deserted. Even with the three remaining calves that follow me around like puppies (I wonder what that will be like when they are full grown), our 40-some laying hens, … Continue reading 10.18.16 — losing our calf

9.20.2016 — hens get stuck wallowing in the pig pen

Sometimes I wish I knew what the animals think. Tonight we had one of those "what were you thinking?!" moments. Occasionally we open the courtyard gate and let the chickens free range the barnyard. These last few days we've let them have fun pecking around the barnyard and the cow stalls. They also often hop … Continue reading 9.20.2016 — hens get stuck wallowing in the pig pen

8.29.2016 — in which we purchase a livestock trailer, find the breaks out on the truck, and bum a ride to the chicken processor

Today I don't even know what happened. But it was 12 hours of crazy. We drove 1 1/2 hours to look at a livestock trailer because it was the only possibility that was somewhat affordable in the tri-county area. We bought said trailer and drove 1 1/2 hours home. We drove the trailer to a … Continue reading 8.29.2016 — in which we purchase a livestock trailer, find the breaks out on the truck, and bum a ride to the chicken processor

8.25.2016 — barnyard smells

So let's talk about barnyard smells. Much like the toddler learns the animal names and their corresponding sounds, this citykid has added to her barnyard repertoire the smell of the most common farm animals. Impressive. I know. In fact, while arriving at a girlfriend's farm this evening who has been adding to her menagerie of … Continue reading 8.25.2016 — barnyard smells