Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Omnivore's Farm Share Available

We are offering a Farm Share that:
  • Provides local, organically managed Meat, Eggs, Vegetables, Herbs, Fruit, Flowers and Dairy
  • Enables you to choose how much and what you want each week - Free Choice Model
  • Invites you to share our farm - pond swims, picnics, trails & animal visits
  • Supplies food all year, including some prepared foods as well as frozen, canned and stored summer produce for the winter months.
Farm Shares are now available for our introductory season
(July-Dec 2009)
$50/week per share. 1 share = 1 adults, kids under 10 no charge, 10-16 =1/2 share.

You join for the season. Each week we will provide plenty of vegetables and fruit that are in season in addition to pork, chicken and/or beef, and eggs and milk. You pay one price for the season and get to choose what you bring home each week, both the items and the quantity.

For more details - see the Omnivore's Farm Share Brochure
Call or email us with any questions
802-505-1767 or 802-505-1768

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Kids on the Farm

Last week, we had enthusiastic visitors and farm helpers. Lou and Ella helped feed all the animals, clean their stalls, carry water, collect & package eggs and of course, admire our goats, chickens and pigs. Early on, Lou noted, "We have to do our work first, then maybe we can play." What a work ethic, at six. Yes, Lou (6) and Ella (3+), were small helpers but dedicated ones.

It was a joy to watch Ella talk to the chickens, reassuring them, and admonishing them if they weren't behaving well. Lou focused his attention on our goats, his true love, but he also patiently waited and watched for the hens to lay more eggs. His ability and desire to observe our animals surpassed many of our adult guests. We miss their help and I know our animals miss the extra attention.

Lou and Ella seem to know something I discover only when I let myself slow down. It is a joy and wonder to watch animals move, grow and interact. And when they are as cute as pigs and goats, it is even easier. Our guest house will be open this summer for others looking to enhance their kids (or your own) farm education.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Nice View

The other day, as our chickens were out scratching in the dirt that had emerged from months under the snow. This New Hampshire Red hen took a moment to enjoy the view of the expanded pond. We did a major expansion of our little tiny pond due to the fact that we have an artesian well that overflows about 2.5 gallons every minute, all year long. So once the ice melts (and for some once the water warms a bit) there will be nice swimming and just the enjoyment of water.
And the hen is right, it is a nice view from the top of the stone wall.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Belly Rubs

If you want to make a pig happy, just rub their belly. If they are standing when you start, they will start to lean against you, indicating their happiness. You can almost feel them relaxing. Since Doodle has been back, we've been trying to make sure she feels loved especially since she and the Redcoats are still separated. And we figure, we will benefit when she has her piglets if she is very comfortable with us. So every few days, or when the time and opportunity strike, I like to take a few moments and indulge her in a good belly rub. This morning, she had gone back in her shelter (our livestock trailer) to lay in the hay. So I went in and started scratching. It is amazing. She'll wiggle around a bit to fully expose her belly and then close her eyes and release some quiet contented sighs. It is good relaxing moment for me too - reminding me to take time amidst busy days to enjoy.