Since we are a very small farm by modern standards, we need to be creative with our offerings. We try to have items that we can offer in different months, to allow us to have cash flow throughout the year. This works very well considering our natural world is seasonal also. We try to be mindful of the seasons and what our natural world has to offer.
One of our cornerstones of our farm is our tourism operations. We have found great joy in sharing our way of life with people and introducing people to our loveable farm animals, each with their own story of their life and of how they are used on our farm.
Our sawmill has been another pillar for our farming operation in recent years. With our sawmill and logs from our woodlot, in the summer of 2020 (the year of the lumber crisis), we were able to build two barns by only buying $52 of commercial lumber. We will be offering all manner of rough sawn lumber by the spring of 2022, including hardwood lumber and live edge slabs. Additionally, we will be using our lumber for our next offering below.
Continuing with the theme of needing to be creative with our products, chicken coops fit perfectly between our education component, our lumber products, our construction skills and our chicken breeding program. Value adding our products is important for our long term success.
We currently produce a variety of food items, however, we expect to produce considerable more in the coming year, as we focus on additional meat products (pork, lamb, beef, chicken and turkey), more Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms and potentially garden items. For many of these items, you will need to stay tuned to see how we make out.
One of the first animals we started working with is laying hens and over the years, our chicken addiction has only gotten worse! We now have multiple breeds of chickens with excellent bloodlines and we have developed a great reputation as reputable breeders. We love helping seasoned chicken keepers and newbies alike.
We have struggled with our bees this fall/early winter, but we are hoping to salvage some of the bees and have some products available going forward from either our bees or from bees from our other bee friends!
Homesteading has taught us that no-one is an expert (well maybe someone having done it for 50 years, but I bet they were say no they aren't too). However, we have found that by sharing our education with others, we may be able to either encourage someone who would like to start homesteading or we can save someone going through the same pain points we went through. In the spirit of this, we offer various educational opportunities.
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