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An Unlikely Pair

Will Love Bloom on Cold Winter Nights?

 

It was dark, and as we drove through the trees our headlights illuminated the couple on the drive. There he was, Banjo, our majestic, winter white Maremma guard dog cavorting with a young coyote, splendid in a silver winter coat. We watched agape, as they followed each other around like the best of friends.
DSC00621Banjo arrived last spring from a farm in Pennsylvania. His job, as we understood it, was to protect our flocks, specifically our lambs, from predators. So far, Banjo seemed to be on top of his position, barking endlessly at anything that moved, keeping prowlers at bay.  Last night was different — no barking. And there he was, consorting with the enemy!

We’ve got one smart coyote in residence using a divide and conquer strategy. Will we see a large white pup in the den next year? Stay tuned.

The Self Serve Mineral Bar

mineral bar

When the grass dies back in winter, the cows start munching the hay raised on the farm. A change in forage can mean each cows’ individual vitamin and mineral needs shift. Uncanny creatures, cow have a real nose for their own needs. Put a selection of supplements in front of them and they will choose exactly what is required.

So, we set up a self selecting mineral bar for our ladies. Every day when they come in for milking, the girls can belly up to the bar for a refreshing cocktail of potassium, vitamin B complex and calcium. There’s not a mixologist in town as good as any one of our gals.

(The mineral bar will be a refreshing stop on all our farm tours. If you know your periodic table, the signage will be not seem muddled at all.)


1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens
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