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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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Friday, June 27, 2008

Just Another Busy Day

Our day started out with a load of hay. With hay-making season in full swing, it's time to fill the hay mow. Who needs Gold's Gym? That was 2 1/2 tons I had to load on to the elevator for Ralph to stack in the barn.
Every year, our friends in Perry County throw this big fall party called "Grapevine". It's kind of a cross between a Halloween party, a harvest celebration and a craft center. The guys bring a truckload of wild grapevine out of the mountains and all day long everyone eats, drinks, visits and makes wreathes, swags and other things out of grapevine. On year Ralph got in on the action and decided to make a grapevine ball. It's wedged in the trunk of our Dogwood tree. The other day, he noticed that a Robin has built a nest and laid eggs in the center of the ball.
As our cats have gotten older, they've decided they'd rather live inside than chase vermin and fledglings all day. Unfortunately, the lack of a feline presence in the barn has led to an over population of mice. They literally ate an entire 50-pound bag of whole, shelled corn in two weeks so they're living large. Fed up with them, Ralph relieved our friends down the road of three kittens--they have 15! I told him to only bring home females as they are merciless killers when properly fed (and spayed). He was going to get four, but they're pretty wild and they could only catch three. While kitty here may be cute, she'll tear the flesh of your finger in a heartbeat. Let's hope she gets the idea and does likewise to the mice.

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