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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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Sunday, March 09, 2008

I must be doing something right

Wow. I was totally blown away when I found out that I'd been given the Project Grass award this year. After all, the farm is more like Project Weeds. People think I'm joking when I tell them that we cultivate poison ivy, multiflora rose, chicory and thistles. While everyone else is out trying to eradicate these 'invasive species' from their farms, I'm carefully rotationally browsing the goat herd to take advantage of these high-protein leafy and woody forbs.

Using Weeds of the Northeast, last year I identified 47 different species of plants in my paddocks.

So now I have this really cool sign I get to hang up and got my picture in Lancaster Farming this week. Click on the picture to read the article about the Pennsylvania Forage & Grazing Council's conference.


  1. Wow, Sandy, you're really on a roll. Congratulations to you and your weeds, er, grass.

  2. Congratulations! I guess the old saying that "one man's junk is another man's treasure" is applicable here. I have really enjoyed your blog. You are a great educator through well written posts and great pictures. Thanks for taking the time to help others who still have much to learn!
    grace and peac,