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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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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Latest Project

Last year I had the opportunity to have a land use professional take an objective look at the farm and offer some suggestions. It took ten years and someone with a PhD in Geography to show me exactly where my property lines are. All I could say was, "Wow! This is all my land?" which was promptly answered with "Yes, so why aren't you using it?" So, this is the plan...
Maximize land use while enhancing the riparian viewshed through the reduction of undergrowth and invasive species using goats.

This project is on a hillside so this is the top of the slope and below is the edge of the wetlands.

Before the electric netting could be run down to the water's edge, a path through undergrowth needed to be cleared.

One of the adjoining properties had recently been sold so now there is surveyors' marking tape making it easier to locate the corner of my land.
The bluebells were in full bloom while I was working and I couldn't resist taking a bouquet back to the house to enjoy.
Once the hillside down to the waters edge has been cleared, there will be a walking path and a sitting area (already have the park bench there) for contemplation, birdwatching, etc. Clearing out up to the stream banks, a small bridge will extend the walking path across the water to the hardwoods. With the removal of the invasives growing along the stream bank, these beautiful flowers will have more opportunity to proliferate. It will also create more nesting habitat for water fowl.

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