Sweet Home Farms says Goodbye to a Good Dog

November 18, 2013 Comments Off on Sweet Home Farms says Goodbye to a Good Dog

When I thought of how I should describe Beau for this post, I realized that nothing suited him better than a that he was a Good Dog. Capital G, Capital D. Beau, who ran from fence to fence at top speed, making sure no hawks or eagles threatened his lambs. Beau who was always happy. Beau, […]

Pork Spare Ribs

February 15, 2013 Comments Off on Pork Spare Ribs

  Try this DELICIOUS recipe for Pork Spare Ribs: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Marinated-Thai-Style-Pork-Spareribs-355069?mbid=social_mobile_email Served with rice and lightly braised Farmers Market veggies… …there was hardly anything leftover!

Sympathy for Beau

February 11, 2013 Comments Off on Sympathy for Beau

  Beau’s swollen left eye Having livestock gaurdian dogs can be a lot of extra work. Today, we noticed the area around Beau’s eye was quite swollen. We took him into the vet and it was determined that he had the beggining of a very bad kind of absess above his teeth. Fortunately for us […]

Manure spreaders

February 4, 2013 Comments Off on Manure spreaders

Cool old equipment that’s still incredibly useful. Bedding, manure and compost are spread evenly across the pasture to fertilize naturally and without chemicals! Who wants to grab a pitchfork and help fill them?

January 14th: feeding cattle

January 15, 2013 Comments Off on January 14th: feeding cattle

Snow dusting the hilltops in the background, a Red Angus bull and Black Angus cow eat grass hay.  We’ll feed hay until the weather changes and the grass grows enough to graze again. Belted Galloways eating grass hay.  We’ve been feeding hay on top of a blackberry patch for the past week or so.  If […]

The New Barn: winter feeding for sheep

December 30, 2012 Comments Off on The New Barn: winter feeding for sheep

Since we have multiple types of animals here at Sweet Home Farms, our infrastructure has to serve multiple purposes–feeding and providing shelter for different livestock in different seasons.  During the winter of 2012, our cattle fed in the “New Barn” (as opposed to the “Old Barn” from 1850).  Fresh straw was spread regularly to keep the […]

Pig Pile

December 16, 2012 Comments Off on Pig Pile

There’s not much that’s cozier than the pigs.  They burrow in the straw to sleep!

Pasture Management and Animal Impact

November 25, 2012 Comments Off on Pasture Management and Animal Impact

Since we don’t use pesticides or sprays, how do we deal with undesirable plants in our pastures? One very natural, easy way is utilizing animal impact. If you think of the weight of the animal as having an effect (like crushing unwanted plants such as blackberries) that can be applied when and at what strength […]

Piggy Cam

November 21, 2012 Comments Off on Piggy Cam

  The pigs are a lot of fun for us, and do a lot of important work rooting around and turning bedding.  They’re curious, smart, and generally amiable. I just sat there while they traipsed past: <anna>

Hens weather the storm

November 21, 2012 Comments Off on Hens weather the storm

The girls don’t seem to mind the rain too much, although it’s been quite soggy! Part of the reason it’s so wet is the rain came so fast and hard it appears to have filled the water table!  Little geysers have sprung up all over. «Anna»


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