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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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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Few Farm Shots

I thought I'd just snap a few random shots of the farm today. The turkeys are getting tugged along on fresh grass and clover. They're about the size of a softball right now. A special thanks to Jill in N.H. who graciously sent me her sash weights for Christmas a few years ago. They're coming in handy all over the place! See the one that helps the coop door automatically close behind us so the turkeys don't get out? The ladies are on fresh browse and loving life. Of course, the first thing they go for is the poison ivy. I love you, but I'm not going to pet you.

I was thinking of Bill & Joan Smith, who have BIJO Boers in Gardners, PA when I took this picture. . We bought our first does from them and many are still productive matrons in the herd. The wide-bodies are Carlisle & Cocoa and in the background standing on her hind legs is Peaches. Between the three of them, they'll put nearly forty weaned kids on the ground. In the livestock business, regardless of species, health and longevity are keys to profitability.
There's fungus among us! When I removed a water tub that was set on blocks, I found these mushrooms and decided to take a picture. (Yes, go ahead and make fun of their shapes.) It's been a wet year at the farm and we've had lots of interesting fungi popping up all over the place.

1 comment:

  1. I love the mushrooms that are popping up all over our land. Some of yours do have a funny shape, though!