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Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Save Your Kids & Your Barn

Yesterday there was another story in the paper about a local farmer's barn burning down. The arsonist...a heat lamp.

Anyone involved in agriculture knows the silver-domed devils we have all used to keep pipes from freezing and newborns warm in the dead of winter.

The last thing I want to see is my 150 year old barn reduced to a pile of ashed over my own stupidity so using unattended heat lamps isn't an option. Unfortunately, it seems like no matter when my does kid, mother nature is in the process of doling out her worst winter smack-down. This year is no different.

But thanks to some handy contraptions that Ralph put together, for less than $10 we can rest easy and keep our kids warm in the barn. Using a plastic barrel (we bought ours for $5 from a guy who salvages them from a local factory that makes ketchup and salad dressings), a porcelain light fixture ($3.99 at the hardware store) and a 100 watt light bulb, our kids stay warm & toasty during the foulest of winter weather. The open end goes on the floor so nothing ever needs cleaned out...just moved. We've seen as many as six kids at a time jigsaw puzzled in to one barrel. Although we chain our barrels to the wall to keep the mommas from knocking them over, even if the barrel were to tip on its side, the bulb would never touch anything to set fire.

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