We’ve been busy. Farm babies are coming nearly every day now. Goat kids and calves keep appearing. Of course we still have our puppies and piglets to care for too. It’s been a fun but always busy time of year.
I wanted to let you know about a few changes and additions to our website. Under our new “Opportunities” tab at the top of our page we now have a link to:
- Our 2017 Events on the farm this summer
- Our 2017 Newsletter if you missed it
- A Survey to help us get to know you, a chance for you to tell us what you’d like us to share or give to you via email and a request for information for those who don’t want to miss out on news from the farm.
- An updated Volunteer Opportunities page if you’d like to get involved on the farm this year.
Check out the changes and let us know what you think! We really would love to hear from you.
Enjoy the Spring weather to come,
We’ve had some busy weeks, but I suppose that’s the life of a farmer in Spring. We’ve also been busy posting pictures of our days through Facebook and Instagram. Farmer’s Market, Puppies, Rhubarb, Pigs, a Lifespring Church event, and most recently a visit from our AFSA students for four days have been on our list of things to do.
We’ve also been getting the word out about our beef, pork, chickens, goats and maple syrup. If you haven’t ordered yet, let us know what you would like. Take your pick:
- Half or quarter Grass-fed Beef will be $3.50 per pound (hanging weight) – September or January dates
- Half or whole Pastured (non-GMO and soy free) Pork will be $3.00 per pound (hanging weight) – November butcher date
- Packaged pork is $6.50 per pound for ground pork, side pork, pork chops, pork steaks, pork roast, country style ribs or pork spare ribs.
- Pastured (non-GMO and soy free) Chicken will be 3-5 pounds at $4.00 per pound, frozen and whole, must be pre-ordered this year – available starting in August
- Whole Grass-fed Goat is $150 per animal plus butcher expenses – One available now, or October through December butcher dates
- Maple Syrup is also available by the quart for $16
For those of you who don’t follow us on instagram (@righeousoaks) or facebook (Katie Nix), here’s the latest and greatest from Righteous Oaks Farm. Be sure to let us know if you are interested in Pastured Pork or Chicken and Grass-fed Beef or Goats. We’d like to make sure we have enough for all who are interested.
Broccoli and Peas Should Be Ready Beginning of June
Young Appretices 4/3-4/6
1st Bottle Baby
Finishing School Strong
12 Piglets Born 4/11
Dairy Heifer Arrives 4/12
This is the time of year to be on the farm. There is so much excitement and so many new babies to see. Here’s our highlights from this month so far:
- April started strong with sap flowing full swing. We’re still collecting and will likely continue until Wednesday with our final boil down Thursday and Friday.
- We had two amazing visitors. Jaeden has been here three times now and this time brought along her friend Olive. We met Jaeden during J(une)-Term 2015 through AFSA high school. She and eight others came for a whole week of farm experiences. Her second visit was this last fall when she helped us harvest honey, harvest garden veggies and make jelly. April 3-6, her and Olive enjoyed lots of newborn baby goats, feeding our lone bottle baby, collecting sap, planting onions in the high tunnel, and playing games with our boys. We enjoyed our time with them and hope we didn’t work them too hard.
- Our first new experience this April is our little bottle baby, Prancer. The boys run, jump, and frolic in the yard with him each day and he stays close to our farm dog Ruby at nights. We’re hoping to bring him out to pasture once he’s on two feedings a day. Right now he is 15 days old.
- Peter turned 10 years old this month, yes double digits. He’s an amazing boy and becoming quite the farmer himself.
- Home school continues. My boys are motivated to get our studies done before summer arrives.
- Our second batch of piglets were born yesterday! Mat counted twelve that seem to be thriving. One didn’t survive and one is half the size of the others. Peter can’t wait until they get big enough to ride.
- Our second new adventure arrived on the farm today. She is a Dexter-Jersey heifer calf. Even though she isn’t a year old, she’s likely over 400 pounds. We’re hoping to breed her and have a calf and fresh cow milk next summer. Silas cannot wait. It will be fun to get to know this new addition over the next months. Please comment with any name ideas, for she doesn’t have one yet.
Not even half done and we’ve had lots of excitement. We’re excited for more goats babies, more visitors, more planting, and lots of action as the month continues.
Maple Syrup Evaporator
Crazy Wood Pile
Boiling Down Pans
Today we had another adventure on the farm. Yes, we’re full steam ahead again. I suppose you could say it started yesterday. Mathew started boiling down and stayed up all night and all day adding wood to the fire and sap to the pan. After emptying our storage container we stopped around 3pm Thursday and started filling up our bulk tank again with the sap from our two 50 gallon barrels. Then we took those two barrels out to the woods again. It was a beautiful March day at 53 Fahrenheit. After taking a quick look at our new goat babies, we drove through the pasture and to the woods on the other side. Just as the first barrel was filled, a strong wind blew, the temperature dropped about ten degrees within minutes (I’m serious. It got cold quick!), and the rain and sleet started to fall. We were soaked once the second barrel was full. It took about twenty minutes to fill the first barrel and only fifteen for the second since we were cold and hasty. I’m so glad I had prepared a snack at home. Being cold and wet made the rewards waiting for us so much better. I had made some chocolate zucchini cake with maple syrup instead of sugar and promised to mix up some homemade maple hot cocoa. What a treat! Continue reading
It’s time to get caught up on what has happened on the farm these last few weeks. The weather has been beautiful so we have been working outside most days.
Mat worked the ground for a huge garden spot. It took the most part of three days. It is a wet soil, but with some work we hope to have a good plot eventually.
The boys planted a variety of apple trees and a few elderberry bushes around the yard. Silas enjoyed a wheel barrow ride and Peter enjoyed working on his fort once the trees were in.
Last week, the young ones and I took a trip to the post office to pick up our last batch of chicks. Mat was busy cleaning out the brooder and fertilizing our garden with the bedding from the previous chicks. When we got home, Peter, Silas and I worked together moving the third batch of chicks we had to their nice and clean bigger brooder. I am continually amazed at how these little boys take on new challenges. Peter helped catch the little chicks gently and Silas gently put them into their new home.