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Visit the Farm

Lots to see and do at Bent Pine Farm. Visit us @ the Farm…

Each visit to the Farm includes:

Farm Tour – visit the animals, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, goats, hogs, rabbits, and fish (you can’t really play with the Tilapia, but you can see hundreds of them, all sizes!)

Demos of the things we do here on the Farm – fermenting veggies, cheese-making, bread-making, spinning, weaving, bookbinding

Sampler (a taste of our Farm food) – taste the veggies, salsa, sauerkraut, sausage, cheese, bread, herb teas, and kombucha.

Each overnight stay includes:

Farm Tour – visit the animals and help to feed them!

Activities – ferment veggies, make bread, make cheese, sew, spin, weave, or just watch…

Visit the Farm

Happy Homesteading,


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Farm Tours

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Chickens don’t wear shoes

You may wonder (and I have often thought about this myself) why chickens are always barefooted.  Chickens don’t wear shoes.  The explanation that I’ve been given is that their claws poke holes in their socks, and we all know how uncomfortable that can be!  

One very good hen friend (who is not the sort to go along with the crowd) got a hold of the goats’ hoof trimmer one day and clipped her own nails (which was quite an undertaking in itself).  She was then able to successfully don a brand new pair of Christmas socks and a pair of steel-toed work boots. 

Hilda was never one to go along with the crowd.

The last time I saw her, she was barefoot again, happily scratching around in the garden for earthworms and bugs.   I guess it just goes to show you that not all new ideas are good ones…but we all have to find that out for ourselves.

Happy Homesteading,


feather pen with egg

Ducks Don’t Climb Stairs

You perhaps have never thought about it, but duck legs are too short to negotiate stairs. And their knees bend the wrong way. So, unless you are prepared to carry each bird in separately, (quite time-consuming if there are very many), you are not likely to have many ducks as house guests.

I hate to think that I may have limited my acquaintances with the feathered fowl due to this issue…but there it is.



Feather Pen Post