October 2020 Keeping you in touch with what is happening on the farm
It's a BOY!
October 4, 2020 Gertie gave birth to a beautiful little boy! With no trouble at all, this almost 5 year old cow gave birth unassisted for the 3rd time. Mom & baby are doing well, Instagram and Facebook updates daily.
Please follow & share as we pick a name for this little boy.
Kids signed up for Farm Fitness Mondayswill help with chores like weighing, brushing, feeding and halter breaking. There are a few spots left, sign up today or sign up your kids for November Farm Fitness.
And of course there will be MILK soon! This means full milking machine demonstrations will be in full swing, workshops on making butter, kefir & cheese too. If you enjoy our workshops consider a donation to our education center. Every dollar helps to get us closer to making our outdoor cooking education center a reality!
Milk Maid and Milk Men wanted! Want to know how to milk a cow? Think you want to retire and have that homestead? Want to have a lot of raw milk? We train! But there is always a catch. We teach you how to milk a cow, move cows, work with portable electric fencing, you take home all the milk that you get from the cows in exchange for being reliable farmhand back up. Two weeks are spent in intensive training, then once you can do the job independently you will be expected to milk once every two weeks to keep in shape. Milking times are flexible mornings or evenings.
FOR THE FALL
Farm Therapy Hours We will also be adding Farm Therapy hours. These are for YOUR mental health. Time spent on the farm just sitting with, petting animals, brushing or just enjoying the relaxed pace watching the animals.
Plein Air painting In collaboration with Lighthouse Art center, part of their Select Fridays. Enjoy the open-air painting at Jupiter Creamery as an instructor walks you through creating your own, beginner-friendly, work of art. No supplies needed. Dec. 4, 3-5pm Sign up here. only $75
COW WASH CONTINUED!
Book a cow wash with your friends & family
While we are still warm...Pick the afternoon and put on quick dry shirts. The first 30 minutes will be spent hosing down, scrubbing with colorful soap and pampering our two dairy cows, Cinnamon and Gertie until they are cooled off and beautifully clean. The rest of the hour will be spent playing with the chickens or holding chicks. Petting pigs and trying to get close to the shy sheep. $100 suggested donation. Tours can be 4, 5 or 6 pm.
Family Volunteer Hours Get the family out of the house & help out the farm. Thursdays 3-5:30 pm in Oct. and Nov. Put on yard work clothes, grab a water bottle and garden gloves. All ages welcome so long as they can follow instructions. Tasks will be picking up sticks, cleaning water containers, changing nesting boxes, weed control, animal feeding and care.
Want to volunteer for school hours and these hours don’t work for you? Give us a call and we can set you up with some independent tasks at a different time.
Homeschool Groups and Private Tours (No virtual education here! All handson)
You will see a cow being milked, feed, and brush a cow. Pet a pig, touch sheep, catch a chicken. All while learning about how our food is raised and animals cared for.
Topics discussed will be pasteurization, homogenization, bloom on eggs, and get your animal questions answered. Call for availability. Saturday or Sunday morning/evening or weekday evening tours. Suggested donation amount for the hour-long tour is $100.
Fall Pumpkin Feeding Event See you Nov. 7 & 8!
Our Bobcat 873 All-purpose machine has died.
Please consider making a donation to help us buy a tractor! Our tractor is used every month to unload our pallet of feed (join our co-op if you want to feed your animals like ours). In our effort to build topsoil, improve soil ecology and try different grass seed varieties, our tractor is used to spread mulch and manure, smooth tire tracks from our big events and will hopefully pull a hay wagon if we can get in time for our Fall Pumpkin Feeding Event.