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April Showers Brings…Patient Farmers

By Ben Jensen, Livestock Manager

Happy spring everyone! Or at least I think it’s spring…the sun actually peeked out for about 4 minutes the other day and I got a raging sunburn.

DSC_0005Things here in the barn are going very well! We are nearly done lambing, and as of writing this I have 32 happy healthy lambs on the ground with only 4 or 5 more ewes left to go.  I’m very much looking forward to turnout day to get those girls out of my hair.  Why?  Well, if you haven’t been in the barn at sheep feeding time (which in their mind’s eye is about every 15 minutes), let me clue you in: they are extremely loud, and they are extremely persistent. But they have all been very good mothers, many of them first timers, and I look forward to seeing the lambs grow like weeds out on pasture.

We are milking 40 cows and have a great looking bunch of young stock and replacement heifers growing up, getting ready to join the ranks of the big girls and earn the title of “ol milk cow”.  We’re doing our best to keep ’em all fed, bred, happy and healthy.  Come watch us pick 40 milk cows worth of manure off our bedded pack 3 times a day, it’s enchanting!

I’ve got about 150 Cornish broilers growing up in the brooder on their first leg of the relatively short journey to a 6 pound roaster cooking up in the oven.  Our big chicken tractors are set up and ready to host our juicy little buddies who ought to be out to “dump fertilizer” all over the periphery of the garden plots. Hopefully we can crack that 50 degree mark next week and they can go feast on bugs and grass. Our first processing date this season is June 22, so look for our delicious pasture-raised-with-an-ocean-view chickens in the farm stand at that time.  And they tend to sell fast.

We are all chomping at the bit to get all our critters turned out to grass, but Mother Nature is taking her time drying things out and giving us adequate sunlight to actually grow grass.  Not a darn thing we can do about that though, can we?  We’ve got plenty of feed and bedding, so we bide our time and continue with our winter confinement routine and watch the weather forecast.

Come down and see our calves, cows, heifers, lambs, rams, ewes, broilers, hens, does, and wethers sometime…better bring a rain coat.

10 Reasons to Donate to Wolfe’s Neck Farm

10 Reasons to Donate to Wolfe’s Neck Farm

We recognize that you likely have many incredible and worthwhile organizations who are asking for your support this time of year.  To help you in your charitable decision making process, we developed our Top 10 (okay… Top 11) reasons to support Wolfe’s Neck Farm today.  We are: Giving children meaningful experiences. Over 3,500 children participated in… Continue Reading

The Fundamentals of Dehydrating

Dehydrating is an excellent, uncomplicated way of preserving food and making delicious snacks.  Regardless of whether you want to dehydrate vegetables, herbs, fruit, or meat even your most basic dehydrator can handle the job. Having never dehydrated before, but wanting to give it a whirl I brouht home the Nesco “Snackmaster,” our four-tray, 500 watt… Continue Reading

Raise Your Own Roasting Chickens!

Please note:  This post refers to a class that occurred in 2013. Raise Your Own Roasting Chickens! I’m so excited about our upcoming series of classes about raising and processing meat chickens. The first one is coming up on June 8th, 2013! The chickens are out on pasture right now, eating up grass and bugs… Continue Reading

Seeking Field Production Assistant for Teen Ag Program

Field Production Assistant (Freeport ) Wolfe’s Neck Farm is accepting applications for a Field Production Assistant for the 2013 season. The Field Production Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to work daily with our Teen Agricultural Crew, a group of local teenagers hired to learn about farming, raising livestock and cultivating vegetables on an acre of… Continue Reading

Join Us for a Volunteer Welcome and Orientation on Saturday, May 18th!

Wolfe’s Neck Farm depends on the help of capable and reliable volunteers throughout the year to help at events, cover daily chores around the barn, do gardening and landscaping, trail maintenance, site clean-up and special projects. Anyone interested in volunteering at Wolfe’s Neck Farm this year is encouraged to attend a welcome and orientation on… Continue Reading

Tales of the Neck: Historical Accounts by Sam Smith

The first Europeans to visit these waters were probably Scandinavian fishermen, who could make the northern transit of the Atlantic and never be more than a few hundred miles from shore. John and Sebastian Cabot, five years after Columbus, passed through and charted Casco Bay on their way from Nova Scotia to the Carolinas. By… Continue Reading