Lambing and calving

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March has been very busy. We have our first 2 lowline calves, a heifer named Luna and a bull named Mr. DiDonna. Both Sherry and Margo are wonderful mothers. We have 14 lambs so far, mostly twins, a big, healthy set of triplets and a few singles from some first time moms. The ducks and chickens have started laying eggs, and the goats are heavy with kids. The lap blankets are back from the mill and they are gorgeous! I have many colors available. We will have the PayPal option up and running soon for those that would like to purchase one online and have it mailed to them. Here are some photos to enjoy from the new additions.

Lowline calves Luna and Mr. DiDonna

Lowline heifer calf Luna

Lowline Bull calf Mr. DiDonna

Mr. DiDonna on the move

Sherry and Luna

Hello there?

Chasing chickens

How goats use a round bale feeder

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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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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!

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Fresh, frozen, cryovac wrapped lamb is available for purchase. Now taking custom orders for the 2009 lamb crop.

Rib and Loin Chops

Rib and Loin Chops

Farm Camp 2022 registration is now open

Sign up for Little Brook Farm Camp now – there are four weeks of camp and as usual, it’s first-come-first-serve! Visit the camp page to sign up.

It’s not too late to get one of our blankets!

Winter is still here and it’s not too late to get one (or two) of our cozy Blessing Blankets made on Prince Edward Island from wool provided by the happy sheep from Little Brook Farm.

Farm-raised turkeys

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