Life on the farm has been wonderful this summer! Lots of new calves, little kittens, and puppies. We are excited to announce the newest member of the Our Father’s Farm team little Brianna Kate. Josh and Maddie are excited parents and we are all thrilled grandparents, uncles, and aunties. We are so grateful for a healthy safe birth and are enjoying this adorable little bundle of joy!
Below is the first part of a true story on the farm written by one of the farm boys:
EMERGENCY ON THE FARM!
One muddy, rainy winter morning, a tractor swayed through the field with two great bales of hay on it, the driver was a boy of about fourteen years of age, his name was Edmund. He was on the way to feed the last batch of family milk cows. The mud made it difficult to drive, so taking it slowly, he plowed on through the mud and rain. It took some time to get there going so slowly, but at last the cow field came in sight. As the tractor rumbled up to the fence, Edmund saw something that looked out of the ordinary… he strained his eyes to see better, then he realized that it was a cow lying on its back slightly stuck in a low part of the field. He sat up in the seat and slowed the tractor to a crawl. He detected a slight movement, the only sign of life. He needed to act quickly as he thought: “The cow may not have much longer to live!” Edmund knew the cow was too massive for him to pull out alone. So, thinking fast, he turned the tractor and headed down the narrow driveway to where the cows were milked and where he knew he could find help! As he swung onto the driveway, he jerked the throttle back setting the tractor in full tilt. The rain stung his eyes and face, it whipped up around the wheels sending a spray of water wildly up in Ed’s face. As he drove into sight of the barn he began honking the tractor horn and yelling “there’s a cow about to die”!… Stay tuned for part 2!
Spring dawned over a snow covered Our Father’s Farm! We were amazed at having 2 snows in the month of March. As the days grow warmer and sunnier all our spring tasks begin. Several of the guys worked hard on fencing in about 36 acres in a new rental property. We are looking forward to moving a herd of cows over there soon.
March brought about a special 2-week trip for Jack, Kim, Sheila, and Hope to central Africa. Thank you to everyone who joined them, and the family left at home through your prayers! The trip was an amazing encouragement and the farm did well while they were away. Highlights of the trip included, spending time with missionaries, getting to see national friends from years ago, meeting new nationals, helping with projects, visiting a farm in a nearby village, visiting a wild animal park, visiting an orphanage, and much more!
This week on the farm, we are working on a few new products to present soon, chicks will be arriving, and lots of fixer upper projects are in process. We are getting excited about our Annual Field Day coming up! Be sure to put it on your calendars.
The end of last year brought the wedding of Josh our farm manager who was married to Maddie. An exciting feat for the whole family and Maddie (Wilson) has already made a wonderful addition to the farm and family! The holiday was a busy and good time and now here we are in 2018!
The first week of the year brought frigid weather to our area. Temps were down to almost zero in the night and morning when we did chores. The animals as well as the people had to work hard to stay warm, and survive the unusual cold front! Every water line and animal watering trough would be frozen up in minutes! Our new year’s annual planning meetings were held and exciting hopes for this year were discussed. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for 2018 and are also thankful to be back to more normal weather as well! 😊
8 Tons of Chaff hay delivered in 2 inches of snow! The team unloaded and stacked it all by hand in under 45 minutes!
As you all probably know our farm manager (& brother) Josh is engaged to be married in November. Well, he was able to go visit his fiancé a few days ago and just a few hours after he left we got a call that some cows were out. Several of us got in the van and drove three-quarters of a mile away to where the cow’s pasture is. In the glare of the headlights, we spotted our bull and seven other cows next to the road munching on the neighboring field. We hopped out and began shooing them up the road and back to our field; it was so dark we could hardly see the dark outline of the cows against the horizon. We split up and I soon was alone chasing the bull and two cows up the hill and then into the gate of our pasture which should be an easy task. 😊 as we walked up the road the bull began this awful low angry bellow as I waved and shooed at him, I soon realized that cows in our other herd across the road were in heat and our bull was upset that he could not get to them. He ran up to the fence around the buildings with the cows following him. Finally, after chasing them around with our little phone lights we were able to get them into our field and secure. We wearily walked home under a beautiful canopy of stars and wondered why the cows always get out when Josh is gone…? It’s still a question we’re asking and were worried about the week-long honeymoon that is coming up and guessing what kind of adventures we’re bound to have when he’s not here to manage things 🙂 It makes you appreciate all a person does when they’re not around. Very thankful for family, for life, and for our gracious God! Happy Thanksgiving time!
Though the harvest on the farm has slowed down the farmers are keeping busy!;-) Fencing in our entire property (100+ acres) has been a big job but we (and, ahem, hopefully the neighbors 🙂 are enjoying the benefits of secure pens for the cows. It is getting to be less often that when the phone rings we don’t all yell “cows are out!” and head for our shoes before even answering 😉 that used to be quite common at our house. We are grateful for kind neighbors but everyone is much happier with secure perimeters!
Friday we got 12,000 pounds of Chaff Haye delivered. Several of us went over to unload it from the 18 wheeler into our truck and flatbed and then into our storage area.
Flowers blooming and new life on the farm are sure reminders that spring is almost here!
Our Father’s Farm is always buzzing with activity. But it seems that this year has been crammed full! Now we are speeding through the shortening days of October. This week we processed chickens (order here) only 3 more for this year!
Raising turkeys is a wonderful but stressful task;-) Right now we are tending to a large flock of all very happy and healthy turkeys, roaming the fields enjoying the fresh air and forage and growing big. Be sure to reserve yours to guarantee a wonderful nutritious thanksgiving! And make sure you bring your family out to enjoy a day on the farm visiting the animals, sipping on hot cider, shopping our store + bake sale and picking up your fresh turkey!
Beautiful fall colors are beginning to show on the farm.
The team has been staying busy on the farm this summer! Its hard to believe that we are flying through the month of August! Chores start bright and early where a team sets off to milk cows and bottle the milk, while another team loads up the old farm truck and heads out to tend to the poultry. A few hours later all the cows are milked and taken back to fresh grass, the chickens are moved to fresh grass and fed, and everything is cleaned up and put in order. Everyone heads inside where we “feed and water” the people with a hearty breakfast and Bible time. Then we disperse and work on other chores around the farm and in the house. The farm life is a lot of work but it’s such a joy!
New summer schedules and lots of hot weather have brought the wonderful month of June to a close! It’s so hard to believe July is upon us! Every morning as my younger brother and I drive through the fields with a truck-load of feed for all of the chickens I am amazed by the beauty of the mornings. The sun peeks over the trees and as it gradually rises in the sky it casts golden rays all over the farm transforming each little dim, dewy field of grass into a field of sparkling diamondy sunshine! Each morning as I drive I praise the Lord for his Son that shines on and in me. The beauty of the golden haze cast over the farm is a daily reminder that light transforms everything it touches.
We’ve had a busy few weeks on the farm! It’s hard to believe that we are already well into June! This past Wednesday we processed our first batch of Organic chickens! (contact us if you are interested in ordering.) June has brought with it some beautiful sunny weather that has been wonderful for working in. It’s always easier and more enjoyable to work in sunshine. The family has been busy, tending to cows (and new calves!), gardening, collecting eggs, moving chickens to fresh pasture, working on new projects to assist in the daily work and so much more! It is so nice to know that we are working here to raise wonderful foods for ourselves, but also for you. Thank you so much for supporting our farm and family!
First we want to thank everyone who came and who helped make the day a huge blessing! This day feels like a family reunion to us! We really do have the best customers and love what we do and how you partner in it with us! It was a busy but wonderful weekend here on the farm– Lots of cleaning and fixing up in preparation for our Annual Field Day. Thursday we processed around 200 chickens marking the first fresh chickens of the year!
It was such an encouragement to see all of you that made it out this past Saturday, thank you for braving the weather!
Below are some pictures that were taken throughout the day:
Time for the milking demo!
Milking the cow!
~The Meat Chickens~
What a fun day, the Lord brought everything together so perfectly.
A big thanks to our helpers this year, the Taconets, Elijah & Faith and the Crews!
The past few warm days have been absolutely wonderful! We have really been enjoying this beautiful sunshine; and it has really been helping out a lot with all the farm jobs that need to get done:-) The hustle and bustle grows more and more as the spring and summer seasons quickly come upon us. Plans and preparations for our Fourth Annual Open House are beginning, and the outdated chicken house for our broilers had to be taken apart and rebuilt. We all gathered around the white board as we planned and sketched out how this chicken house would be built, to make it even more effective. These are just to name a few of the fun projects that are being done around the farm along with daily life. Washing eggs, milking cows, loading deliveries, watering gardens and the list goes on. But we would not trade this life for anything! The lessons we learn and the time spent together is worth everything.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
Come see us at the market this saturday! We will be there with a stock of chicken, turkeys for pick up PRE-ORDER only, several steaks, and fresh baked goods! Create your holiday table with pies, cookies, breads and more!
In door market address:1088 Rustic Village Road
The market will be open from 8:00am-12:00. Come stock your pantry!
For those who are picking up a turkey please come by 11:30.
“Want to tell you all about how wonderful our turkey was! Thank you so much for a moist, tender and flavorful turkey that we all loved and ate sooooo very much of.!!!!!
We enjoyed the beautiful fall day last week and the drive out to pick up the bird and to see your lovely farm in its awesome location.”
~ Satisfied Customer
Farm Girl Note:
Farming life is so exciting it rarely slows down, but winter is approaching soon where we hope for a little more quiet. This Friday, with several friends, we will be processing our last batch of birds: the Turkeys! Then Saturday we will have a pickup day here on the farm. Turkey pickup day is always a fun day seeing lots of friends and customers along with selling our turkeys.
A few days ago two of our boys who usually do the evening turkey chores were out hunting (tis the season), my sister and I headed up to the turkeys. As we drove around the corner of trees we saw that all the turkeys had escaped their fencing and were roaming the whole top of the field and tree line! The sun was sinking
quickly behind them. We had been expecting a quick stop. “I don’t believe it!” laments my sister as we pulled to a stop. Both of us surrounded the flock, opened a part in the fence, and shooed the majority of them inside but there were still about 10 reluctant ones hanging around the outer edge of the fence. As we both turned to get them, the turkeys in the pen began sneaking out! I jumped back to the opening. While Sheila gathered up the last few turkeys I did my best to keep the flock of huge
turkeys in. Over all, after the fence was pinned closed and all the fence stakes stomped in a few more times for extra security, we fed the turkeys and headed to our next task, happy that it would only be about 1 week more of tending to the turkey flock… I’ll share about processing day later though;-).
Give thanks both in the good times and bad! Since Thanksgiving is so close I will say that I am thankful for all of our customer and friend support! Without the Lord and you all this farming venture would be impossible! So thank you for supporting our farm and family. What are you thankful for today?
The summer seems to have sped by! Now here we are in one of my favorite months. The reason it is my favorite is because of its beauty. (Not because of it getting chilly 🙂 Summer on the farm is much more busy than winter but I like the warm days, beautiful sunshine, and out-door frolics of summer:). Here we are speeding up to frosty days. We do have lots of fun when the snow comes though! Snow ball fights and extreme sledding are just to name a few:) I am thankful for all the changing seasons God has given us. I know this winter holds many new changes for everyone lots of school is planned and new dreams for each life. What is October’s glory? It is the crisp air, golden leaves and sparkling blue skies that all gather and make you swell with joy!
If you feel heavy laden and that your cup is not full remember “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Life is SO busy that it’s hard to put it into words! I could go on about the daily grind of it and make us all tired :-). But there are so many everyday surprises! When I see every little thing with full optimistic eyes it all changes! The boring ol’ scenery turns into beautiful sunshine and amazing reminders of our creator everywhere. The most annoying task can be transformed into a new beautiful adventure!
One morning, early this week, we welcomed a small new life to the farm. One of our heifers was unintentionally bred too early. (The bull broke through into a pasture uninvited or unknown to us)… So this morning, we found this small cow a mother with the tiniest little calf next to her. We brought them down to the barn for milking as usual, but this new mother was not bonding with her calf like normal. Sometimes this happens when it is the mother’s first calf. Because she doesn’t know what to do, she rejects her baby. So the calf was rejected and we carried it to a stall in the barn where we could take care of her (the baby calf). It has been fun to feed and take care of this tiny delicate creature! She is less than half the size of a regular calf. When I would have to usually be wrestling and sitting on top of calves to feed them she simply stands there blinking her long eye lashes at me and drinks. What a precious reminder of innocent life this little calf is. Now this little calf and her mother are just animals. But to our farm and business they are important! The same with the lives of other humans each life matters! God knows all life, loves all life, and rules all life from the tiny people to the elderly people we are all HIS own!