Happy New Year!

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It’s been a busy winter so far. I actually wish it was a bit snowier though, despite all the extra work. The snow really helps to insulate the ground. It also makes it much easier for the horses to walk around. Everyone is tiptoeing carefully over the frozen ruts. Margo and Sherry, my two lowline cows are bred. Sherry is due in March and is enormous and Margo is due in May. We have a new Nigerian dwarf buck, Five Acres Harold and all of the older does are bred. I will be breeding the doelings starting the end of this month to coincide with the 2010 summer Farm Camp. Farm camp dates this year are July 12 – 16, and July 19 – 23. My sister Dana has been helping me to update my website and we should have camp information and registration forms available online by the end of this weekend. All of the ewes are bred and due to start lambing in March. The ewes will be sheared on saturday, February 20th by my good friend and shearer, Andy Rice of Hoggett Hill Farm in Halifax Vermont.

The rest of the fleeces have been sent off to become blankets. I am getting lap blankets this year, along with the queensize blankets I have gotten in the past. Can’t wait to see them! If they come back in time I hope to have them at the Food For Thought winter farmers market being held February 27th at the Turners Falls High School from 9 AM to noon. I will be sharing space at a booth there with Denise Leonard of Tanstaafl Farm, Greenfield. We will have grass fed lamb, sausage,  and kebobs along with recipes, blankets, fleeces, photographs and some hand made crafts available.

Tom and Travis spent a day dropping 8 trees behind the lambing barn to make way for the start of an addition to run the length of the old tobacco barn. This will house the border collies kennel, the lambing/kidding pen, a calving pen and some hay storage. Just never seem to have enough space! The original part of the barn will be finished off as a garage/workshop for Tom and Travis and their toys and projects.

I miss riding my great little cow horse, Rio. Her shoes are pulled and she is on winter break. I really got hooked on versatile working cow horse competitions with her this past year. She is really starting to “get it” with the cows. Just need to keep at it.

I enter 2010 feeling blessed that I am fortunate to spend time daily on a farm working with animals. I also feel blessed to have another job working with children as their school nurse. When I get to combine the two in my summer camp I feel like the luckiest person in the world. So look for more updates soon, stay warm and keep smiling.

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Full grown, these little guys only come up to your knees. What they lack in size, they certainly make up for in personality!

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We have been awfully busy with lambing and kidding season. I am happy to report that both are done and we had a very successful year. I have not had the time to update photos, but plan to over the week of school vacation coming up. We have 17 beautiful black and white lambs, and 6 gorgeous Nigerian dwarf dairy goat kids. Our Nigerian buck, Little Man has outdone himself again. He is also the proud papa of 2 more sets of healthy triplets from does brought in for breeding.

We are gearing up as well for 2 other events to take place at Little Brook Farm.

On Saturday, May 9th, we will be holding a workshop here on “Getting started with Goats”. This will be a combination of hands on experience learning some of the management skills needed to successfully raise goats for production or pets, as well as some lecture. We will cover such topics as selecting your goats, bringing them home, equipment, nutrition, heath care, breeding and kidding. Participants will have the opportunity to handle and learn on the goats here on the farm.

Once again we will run our summer educational program in the form of Little Brook Farm Camp. We offer 2 weeks, July 6th and 13th with a possibility of adding a third week. Children from ages 6 -13 may participate. The day starts at 9 AM with campers helping with the morning chores. They will have the opportunity to interact with horses, donkeys, llamas, cows, sheep, goats, ducks and the border collies. Kids will learn about what sustainable agriculture means and how it fits in to our communities and our lives. We may visit some other area farms and have the occasional swim day when it gets hot. The camp day ends at 3 PM. The cost of the camp is $200/week. Space is very limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot. I hope to have registration forms available on this site soon. Currently I can email them to you to be filled out and returned. Your child will need a physical exam form and proof of immunization to attend. I am a DOE certified educator an a Registered Nurse as well. Please contact me with any questions.

Check back soon for photos!

Time to register for Farm Camp 2020

Sign up for Little Brook Farm Camp now – there are five weeks to choose from and as usual, it’s first-come-first-serve!

Easter Bunny sightings

There have been multiple Easter Bunny sightings here on the farm in the past few days. I have some seriously tolerant animals. Love the expressions on some of their faces!

Farm-raised turkeys

Order a home-grown, free-range bird, from 15 to 30 pounds, available in September-October.

Our coordinates

Little Brook Farm
334 Russell Street
Sunderland, MA 01375

413-665-3802
kristen@littlebrookfarm.com
littlebrookfarm.com

Camp dates 2020

February 17-21
April 20-24 CANCELLED
June 29-July 3 FULL
July 6-10 FULL

July 20-24 FULL

Come to camp!

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