farm life

2nd Annual Free Farm Weekend!

Just as we were getting ready for Spring, Mother Nature let us know she is still in charge and that winter is not quite done yet! Though, we are beginning to think about springtime and all the busyness that goes with planting and getting the B & B ready for a busy season. With that in mind, we want to offer our 2nd annual "Free Farm" weekend during May 18 -20. Have you ever thought "I'd sure like to work on the farm" -even if it's just for a weekend? Well we have enough chores that we would like to share- and we are willing to let you stay for FREE to help out! That's right - FREE! Knowing that milking cows is not everybody's thing -we have a variety of chores most anybody can do. Planting flowers, spreading mulch, painting a shed, trimming the hiking trail, and picking stones from the fields - just to name a few. Tasks range from very simple to challenging and you get to decide what level you are capable of.   If you are considering this, feel free to email or call with questions

Included in your Fri - Sun stay is breakfast for each morning and a Saturday work day lunch. It won't be all work - lawn games and a bonfire - are in the plans to make it a fun weekend too!

So all you "wanna be" farmers - here's your chance. May 18-20. Choose to stay the whole weekend or just part of it.   Arrive 2 pm or after on Friday and all will be ended by 2:30 pm on Sunday.  Be sure to mention the words "FREE FARM" when you contact us for reservations

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Free Farm Weekend Complete! ... and Springtime on the Farm

We have just finished our 1st annual Free Farm weekend. A daughter surprised her mother for Mothers Day and her birthday with our work weekend to make a memorable time together. Her comments say it all, "We thoroughly enjoyed getting 'down and dirty' on the farm during our stay. It was such a great bonding time for my mother and I. The little projects that you had come up with for us to do, was a perfect combination of what dairy farmers go through.... We appreciate all that you do. - God bless, Nicole & Sandy." It was alot of fun and we plan to do it again next year.

This springtime brings new life in green pastures, colorful flowers, and animal babies. To date 3 beef calves have been born (hope to share pictures soon) and we have a geese family with 7 goslings residing on the pond. Each new day brings a reason to appreciate life on the farm.

Free Farm Weekends

Just as we were getting ready for Spring, Mother Nature let us know she is still in charge and that winter is not quite done yet! Though, we are beginning to think about springtime and all the busyness that goes with planting and getting the B & B ready for a busy season. With that in mind, we want to offer our 1st annual "Free Farm" weekends during the first two weekends in May. Have you ever thought "I'd sure like to work on the farm" -even if it's just for a weekend? Well we have enough chores that we would like to share- and we are willing to let you stay for FREE to help out! That's right - FREE! Knowing that milking cows is not everybody's thing -we have a variety of chores most anybody can do. Planting flowers, spreading mulch, painting a shed, trimming the hiking trail, and picking stones from the fields - just to name a few. Tasks range from very simple to challenging and you get to decide what level you are capable of.   If you are considering this, feel free to email or call with questions

Included in your Fri - Sun stay is breakfast for each morning and a Saturday work day lunch. It won't be all work - lawn games and a bonfire - are in the plans to make it a fun weekend too!

So all you "wanna be" farmers - here's your chance. May 5-7 or May 12-14. Choose to stay the whole weekend or just part of it.   Arrive 2 pm or after on Friday and all will be ended by 2:30 pm on Sunday.  Be sure to mention the words "FREE FARM" when you contact us for reservations

Busy days on the farm

Seems like there are never enough hours this time of year - the garden bounty is overflowing, the weeds keep on growing, and yes, the bed & breakfast is busy! It is all good. It continues to give Don & me pleasure hosting the guests from far & near - to see a 1500 lb. cow up close, to bottle a little calf, and to gain a little appreciation for the work & passion that goes into farming. Passion is what drives us to spend long days to finish the hay crop, to be sure every cow is well cared for & fed (before we get our breakfast or supper) -even though the milk price hardly makes it worth all the work. As we head into a continued busy harvest season, we look forward to the fresh perspective that our guests bring to the farm life that we live.

Taking care of newborn twin calves.

Taking care of newborn twin calves.

Spring time is coming...

The sights and sounds of springtime on farm have arrived. Sand hill cranes have returned to live in our cattle pastures. Geese are visiting the pond on their way back home. Crocus are just peeking through and dafodils are shooting up their leaves. Even the frogs have been heard singing from the creek!

But there are patches of snow lingering on - especially the view from the south end of our dairy barn. My father in law always said to expect one more snowfall until that last snow patch facing the north disappeared.  So for now we trudge through the mud until the warm spring rains firm up the ground. And although we enjoy the warm sunny days we have had, we know winter likely is not entirely gone just yet!

A New Year's Eve Surprise!

Farming is always about the risks you take every day. When our vet diagnosed our cow, Jersey, with triplets, she did not advise to continue the pregnancy. It usually doesn't end well, she said. But Farmer Don decided it was worth the risk. Jersey completed her lactation and was dried off from milking to await the arrival of her babies. She was due Jan. 14, 2016 but started in labor Dec. 31, 2015. With all his years of experience, Farmer Don knew he would have to assist with the birth. One....two....three! They came into the world one right after the other. She was bred with a red angus bull so they looked a lot like their "daddy". We figured the crossbred vigor of the angus breeding would be in their favor to keep them alive. Unfortunately, the vet was right about their momma - she stopped eating after day 2 and the decision was made to ship her for slaughter because of her age (she was 8 years old).

So these past 3 weeks we have kept them in the dairy barn and bottle fed them morning and night. It has been frigid cold the past 2 weeks so it was important to not let them be exposed to any setbacks. Their names - Jane, Jezabel, and Jethro - have thrived and are now ready to be moved to the outside calf barn. We let them play together in this little video to share with you.

Surprise visitor!

This week Don came in all excited to get me to come out & see what was on our front lawn. It was a HUGE snapper turtle! It had made it way from  the pond, crossed the highway and was making it's way to our house. That is a long ways for a turtle to walk. It also looked like it was getting dehydrated so we knew it had to get back to the pond & creek. Don carefully picked it up with a hay fork and put it on the front loader of his John Deere tractor to give it a ride back. He kept it tipped up so the turtle couldn't fall out. So as the picture shows back Mr. Turtle went to be where he belonged. It was a busy day for Farmer Don but a kind-hearted guy like him would take time to care for a turtle. It's just what we do...