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Jul 8, 2019, 12:33 PM
Lambing season is a hectic time on our farm. It is a short window from February to April, but the stress is at its highest. The brutality of winter is just starting to wane and the food sources are beginning to dwindle. This is the time of year when our sheep need the most nutrients.
Oct 22, 2018, 3:13 PM
In the shows about Alaska and the people who live there, winter is always on their minds. Throughout the spring, summer, and autumn all that the people talk about is having enough food for the long winter months. Living in central New York in the Catskill Mountains, I can actually relate to these individuals and the struggle to have enough food. Maybe not so much for ourselves, but definitely for our animals.
Sep 24, 2018, 8:50 AM
It is true, the days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and the leaves are starting to facilitate their beautiful hues. These things can only mean one thing: Autumn is amongst us.
Sep 17, 2018, 10:40 AM
We had the pleasure of being one of the vendors at Bovina Farm Day this year. We were asked to do hay wagon rides with our faithful team, Bob the Belgium and Captain Morgan. It was just by chance that someone saw us at the Hobart Farmers’ Market doing rides with our team when we were approached about possibly doing it for Bovina Farm Day.
Sep 10, 2018, 10:42 AM
This year we participated in Family Farm Day 2018. Schoharie County, Otsego County and Delaware County Cornell Cooperative Extensions organized the fun filled day. The idea behind the event was to get people out and about to experience different types of farms and see where their food comes from.
Sep 3, 2018, 10:22 AM
We have owned our farm since 2012. In 2013, we acquired our first farm animals, which were chickens. Who knew that these lovely creatures were our gateway to the bio-diversified farm that we have now. Therefore, the farm chores ensued.
Aug 27, 2018, 2:47 PM
It seems almost every one of my friends have the same story, including myself. We want to be home with our kids more, work less, but still be financially stable.
Aug 20, 2018, 1:03 PM
This is just a fun post about our experiences with raising Cornish x Rock cross chickens.
Aug 13, 2018, 8:32 AM
Do we feel bad about raising animals for slaughter? The short answer is, yes. However...
Aug 3, 2018, 8:55 AM
We have had an intense heat wave in the Catskill Mountains. A heat index of at least a 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 80 percent humidity. I know that people out in Arizona would probably think of that as a typical summer afternoon, but for the Northeast, it is brutal. One of the ways my family uses to cool down is by sipping sun tea.
Jul 27, 2018, 10:05 AM
We are continuing our honeymoon journey through the rural areas of Ireland. If you have ever been to the state of Pennsylvania in the springtime, then you can get an idea of what Ireland looks like. A lot of farmland with stonewalls, fairly flat in most areas. But the smell of the sea is always there, even when the ocean was miles away.
Jul 27, 2018, 9:58 AM
I am not sure why, but I always wanted to go to Ireland. As a result, that is where we planned our honeymoon.
Jul 23, 2018, 9:59 AM
Another continuation of our wedding day. After we were hitched, it was time to celebrate with our friends and family. With a little tip on how to save your wedding cake for your one-year anniversary, and have it taste great!
Jul 18, 2018, 7:25 AM
This is a continuation of our love story. We set our wedding for October 6th, 2012. It was an overcast day with a promise for rain.
Jul 11, 2018, 9:32 AM
With the marriage of my sister-in-law and my now brother-in-law, it had me reminiscing about my own engagement and wedding. For those that want to share in our love story here are the details, here are my own thoughts involved in our magical (and not so magical) moments.
Jul 2, 2018, 1:35 PM
The other day, I was nursing my son before work like I normally do. My daughter was in our living room puttering around with her play doh and it hit me, they are growing up.
Jun 25, 2018, 3:16 PM
On our continual journey to become, a more diversified and self-sufficient farm, we tried incubating our hens’ eggs for the first time this year.
Jun 18, 2018, 7:19 AM
Since becoming a wife, I have made huge strides in being more comfortable in the kitchen.
Jun 11, 2018, 7:12 AM
As ambitious as we were to get our started seeds out Memorial Day weekend, it flopped.
Jun 4, 2018, 2:38 PM
One question that we get quite a lot is why sheep? Well, the original plan was to have a micro dairy with Dutch belted cows. The price tag alone made us a little hesitant about trying to get all the proper pieces of equipment, not to mention the licensing and registrations.
May 29, 2018, 2:26 PM
I am going to be at the Hobart Farmer’s Market starting June 1st Friday afternoons from 4:00pm to 7:00pm until September 28th.
May 22, 2018, 4:13 PM
Our seedlings have been started, and the sprouts are looking great! I hope that Memorial Day weekend we will be able to plant them in our gardens. I love to garden. When I was a child, I remember my dad and grandpa always had a big garden.
May 14, 2018, 12:00 PM
Spring has been on the horizon for quite sometime now, and our sheep have been jumping out of their pens in anticipation of going out on green pasture. When this happens, the ewes and lambs can get separated and we are more likely to have bottle lambs.
May 7, 2018, 9:57 AM
We had a very successful scavenger hunt at the farm. I created a list of riddles for people to find 10 hidden horseshoes. I tried to make them easy enough for kids, but also hard enough for the adults to want to try it too.
May 4, 2018, 3:26 PM
I am so happy that I am giving my kids the childhood that so many of us wish we had. Between feeding baby lambs, garden, and eating what the land has to offer, I know that they are learning valuable lessons about life and death.
May 2, 2018, 6:25 PM
Is it just me or is Snow Miser fighting with his brother again? This is the winter that doesn’t want to end! Luckily, the cold doesn’t deter my daughter from going out to the barn and helping her daddy with the chores.
Apr 30, 2018, 8:24 PM
Now that the back story is pretty much explained, I can talk more about what we have in store for the future of Weathered Hill Farm.
Apr 29, 2018, 5:12 PM
After taking all twelve weeks off with my son, I didn’t get paid for a few weeks. It really affected our financial situation, that, and I took a pay cut to be happier at home with a different job.
Apr 28, 2018, 12:03 PM
Looking back, my husband was trying to help me through my rough spot. His view point was, if he could make the farm sustainable, then I could have my wish of being a stay at home mom. All I saw was him spending more money. He always had the best of intensions, I just chose to ignore them.
Apr 27, 2018, 11:19 AM
We come home and I have this wonderful baby girl with me all the time. It was tiring, but amazing, until I realized that I would have to leave her to go back to work.
Apr 25, 2018, 6:54 PM
So in the midst of trying to start up a farm, we found out that we were expecting a child. A word to the wise, do not take a pregnancy test alone. If it comes out to be positive the rush of emotions is intense.
Apr 24, 2018, 7:40 PM
Living as a wife with my husband was actually a little boring. I was used to having my family around me all the time, given there was only four of us that lived in our house, but my uncle and grandparents lived on the same piece of property. I still miss seeing them all the time.
Apr 22, 2018, 2:10 PM
Too often, when he asked for help from local contractors, they would look at the barn and just say, “it is unfixable.” or “you know, you could tear down the barn and sell the beams instead.
Apr 20, 2018, 9:03 AM
The things that they found as they were tearing apart the walls was immense. Sadly, only 74₵ was found during the demolition, however, we uncovered the history of the old farmhouse.
Apr 19, 2018, 5:55 PM
We quickly called up the local real estate agent who got the key for the house. I remember that it was big, but with many small doorways as so many old farm houses have.
Apr 17, 2018, 3:45 PM
This is my first attempt at blogging, please bear with me as I make mistakes and learn. I am writing this as my own perspective with my raw emotion. This is not meant to be for pity or sympathy.