First chicken harvest this weekend!

The time has arrived!  The first chicken harvest is this weekend!  We will finally have fresh chickens in the Farm Store!  Stop by anytime after 6pm on Friday through Monday evening for some finger lickin' good local chicken!

We will have both Cornish and Freedom Ranger breeds as well as parts including boneless breast, legs/thighs, wings, backs, and giblets!  

Whoee! Come on down!

Critter update!

While the weather outside has been a bit wet and soggy the critters on the farm continue to grow and prosper!  We've made it through the long winter, cool spring and we are happily gearing up for the warmer days ahead.  We thought May would be the warmer days ahead...but maybe that will be June this year!

HENS, Toby and Andy

Toby, as seen below, did a great job protecting the flock of hens all through the winter.  We are happy to report we had no major predation in the greenhouse or the field behind the greenhouse where the hens had been pecking away at any morsel of grass left over from last summer.  This is a big change from the year before when we had many foxes and fisher cats stop by the farm for a mid-winter snack.  

Meet Andy!


Andy is our newest livestock guardian dog!  He is a 1 year old anatolian shepherd/akbash cross just like his big cousin Toby.  Andy is a slightly skinnier version of Toby and can be seen (but not touched!) on Codman North field just down the road from the farm.  Andy will live with our older flock of laying hens (Toby is with our new flock on Codman South hill) for a month or two and then he will assume responsibility for protecting our turkeys all summer and fall!  We are excited to have two wonderful and dedicated dogs on our team.  (photo by Ines)

Photo by Ines Boehnert

 

New Calf!

We have a new calf!  This beautiful Red Devon was born last month.  Seen in this photo she is less than a week old.  Red Devon's are a heritage breed of cattle that we keep here on the farm in a closed herd.  This means we have no other types of cattle co-mingling with the herd and their genetics are kept pure to the breed.  All of our Devon's are registered to ensure their genetic lines.  Did you know all our cattle are 100% grass fed?  We never feed them any grain...just grass, grass and more grass!  In the winter we feed hay, of course, and wrapped wet hay called baleage. This is slightly fermented hay which is quite tasty for the cows.  It smells good too!  We will soon be moving cows to pasture which they are quite eager for. We've been busy setting up new fencing in Farm Meadow field (near Donelan's) and have other pastures almost ready for them to graze.  It's been a busy spring and will only continue to be busier as we launch all the critters onto pasture!

OINK!

We have piglets!  Of our five sows three had piglets!  All our heritage breed pigs are healthy and doing great.  Many folks have already stopped by to check out the piglets, seen below, which are are in the front pasture.  This momma took on her sisters piglets and began nursing them when her sister couldn't be bothered.  She is now in charge of 14 spry little piggers.  

Meat birds

Our meat birds are getting huge!  One more week until harvest!  The weather has not been the best but they are enduring. This warmer weather this week will surely make them happy.  We will have lots of chicken for the first harvest next weekend. Make sure you stop by to grab some!

Chicks are here!

The first Freedom Ranger chicks have arrived.  Let the 2017 farming season begin!  

With the arrival of the chicks this means the countdown begins towards our first chicken harvest at the end of May.  Lots of work to do over the next few weeks including caring for these cute little chickies and making sure they grow up strong and healthy.  Within four weeks we will be moving these birds out to the fields at Mt. Misery where (we hope!) they will enjoy lots of pasture and warm fresh air.

The birds are located in what was the hen house on the farm.  It's closed up tight now since it's so cold but when the weather warms folks are welcome to stop by and view the birds running around from the observation room.

Pete

Freedom Ranger chicks arrive!

Freedom Ranger chicks arrive!

Rain and Marshmallows

Devon momma with her 6 hour old heifer calf!!

Devon momma with her 6 hour old heifer calf!!

Woke up to a nice wet farm this morning, a happy sight after the parched dryness of this summer. Fingers are crossed here at the farm that the little rain we have had over the last week leads to some healthy grass this fall. With no pasture left to speak of, we have begun feeding hay to our cow herd. Woke up this morning to a delivery of 40 marshmallow hay bales which now litter our parking area! We are thrilled to have this quality hay for our cows to chow on. Wrapped hay bales are fermented hay that can often have higher protein content and better taste for the cows. These advantages come from not being raked so heavily during the drying process needed for dry hay and from the retained water content in the hay which reduces the cows need to drink water and secrete saliva. Can't wait for the new moms to get a chance to chow down! Our second to last baby of the season dropped yesterday afternoon! A beautiful little girl and a proud mommy as you can see in the picture. Pete is off to meet Jen in Nigeria as of today so please feel free to reach out to Ben for the next few weeks if you see any animals out or notice anything amiss! His number is 781 572 6937. Pete returns September 7th! Hope everyone is having a great summer! Come by the store for fresh chicken until Monday!

Ben 

 

Volunteer and long time friend of the farm George Travis helps unload our first load of hay!

Volunteer and long time friend of the farm George Travis helps unload our first load of hay!

Hello!

Hello and WELCOME!!

We are so excited to welcome you to our new website and eCommerce store! With our arrival at Codman Community Farm just a few months ago, we are now embarking on a quest to improve all aspects of the farm and our new website is just the beginning!

Our goals for 2016 are ambitious but it all starts with YOU!  We are hoping to expand the Codman Community and Pete and Jen's family of fans and to invite all that are interested to stop by the farm, say hello, visit the NEW Farm Store (packed full of goodies) and say howdy to all the critters around the home farm and varied farm fields.  We have much in store and hope you will sign up for our newsletters, become a member of the farm, and support us during this year of opportunity.

By purchasing our farm products you are voting with your fork and supporting one of the few livestock centered farms in the area!  We are dedicated to a pasture-based system that improves the soils and fosters the growth of healthy and vibrant animals.  

We are grateful for your support!