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Posted 9/19/2013 9:50pm by Heather Skorinko.

This weekend, September 21, I will be at the Laurys Station Community Days at the Laurys Station Fire Company from 2-6pm.  If you are in the area stop by and say hi!.  On Sunday, September 22nd Pam Schimmel, my volunteer, will be demonstrating the use of the spinning wheel at the farm.  Hope you can make it.  Just a reminder, it has not been cold enough so we still have produce, particularly tomatoes, in.  For my egg customers, I   have ordered more pullets so hopefully the egg production will increase soon.  Finally, for my meat lovers, the freezer should be full next week.

Posted 9/5/2013 9:03pm by Heather Skorinko.

For all you home canners, it is not too late.  We have peaches, tomatoes, and corn yet, availble in larger quantities for canning and freezing.  If interested, send an e-mail.

Heather Skorinko

Posted 9/5/2013 6:07pm by Heather Skorinko.

My volunteer, Pam Schimmel, will be offering some fiber classes over the next few months.  All sessions will be from 10am until 2pm.  Here is a list.  I will try to send out e-mail reminders.

Saturday, Sept. 7th Drop spindle

Sunday, Sept. 22nd  Spinning wheel

Saturday, Oct. 5th  Using hand carders on wool and for color effects

Sunday, Oct. 27th  Drop spindle and knitting a viking baby hat

Saturday, Nov. 3rd  Felting and making a beaded necklace 

Hope you can attend!  Sessions are free.

Heather Skorinko

Posted 8/29/2013 7:35am by Heather Skorinko.

Although I have lived on the farm for over 25 years, every day is new and different.  What amazes me is the wild life I have been seeing recently.  We were picking peaches a few weeks ago when I spotted fresh deer droppings.  Soon I heard some rustling and spotted two young fawns.  As I watched, one of them stopped and turned towards me.  I slowly approached and took a few pictures.  I'm not sure who was more curious, the fawn or me.  They both then took off.  

A week or so ago I was putting out temporary fence when I spotted a red fox.  It wasn't far from me but I didn't have my phone with me so I could not take its picture.  We studied each other for a few minutes and it then trotted away.  Unfortunately it had severe mange, which is not uncommon to see in fox the Lehigh Valley.  Poor thing must have been very ill because it was found dead in a neighbor's dog house the other day.

Today two of the bucks got tangled.  After I untangled them I went in the barn to see how the clean out was going (I scrape it clean every summer to prepare for the fall lambing)  when I spotted a small dead snake on the floor.  I have seen several garder snakes and a few milk snakes (young) but the markings on this one were different.  I scooped it into a cup and brought it back to the house to show my youngest son, who is familiar with snake species.    It turned out to be an eastern milk snake!  I have never seen one before.  It is too bad this young one didn't make it. 

So life on the farm not only entails the work and the livestock, it is a great study in mother nature.

Posted 8/10/2013 11:06pm by Heather Skorinko.

Sometimes doing farm work gives me a chance to mull things over or just enjoy what is around me.  The other day I was cutting the last large field of first cutting hay.  The tractor and hay cutter tend to be rather noisy so I had on my ear protectors.  As I was cutting I drove a multitude of bugs up into the air (it was kind of annoying).  Soon there was a barn swallow, then another, and another until several started diving and swooping, enjoying the buffet I had presented them.  In another part of the field, the alfalfa rustled, moved, and before I knew it, I chased out a fawn who went darting into the raspberries and trees.  The bugs continued to fly, the barn swallows continued their swooping and diving.  Soon, a kestrel perched itself on a tree.  I eventually saw it dive and fly away, but returned to another tree and held its vigil for the rest of the day.  The circle of life, nature doing its thing, and me farming.

Posted 5/30/2013 6:54am by Heather Skorinko.

The cool weather last week was not benefical to some plants, especially okra.  This week the heat will have an effect on plants.  Watch the temps and keep your plants, and selves, well hydrated.  Try and water in the morning.

Admitedly the weather has been challenging for us.  Since we transplant on a biodegradable black plastic we cannot put plants out.  They will cook.  I am beginning to wonder what a normal spring is!

Posted 5/17/2013 8:19pm by Heather Skorinko.

Today was a rather exciting day.  Mayzie, one of the white cows, had a baby.  Actually, she had two babies!.  Twins are not that common in cattle and can present a problem depending on the sex of the calves.  If they are both male or both female, there is not problem  If one is male and the other female, then there is a 90% chance the girl is a freemartin.  A freemartin is a sterile female. The first birth went without a hitch.  I was able to get the cow and calf in the barn.  I got them settled and left for awhile.  I had a surprise when I peaked in and saw another head and leg!  This was not the best situation.  I tried pulling but with one leg back, the calf was not going to be delivered this way, the vet is on vacation, so I had to "step in".  I'm used to this situation with sheep but they are a lot shorter!  Well, till all was said and done, I was able to correct the issue and everything came out all right (pardon the pun)

This is our second set of twins, the others being born four years ago.  There were never twins born on this farm prior to the first set.  Mayzie is being a good mom, almost too good.  She is being very protective of both babies but British Park Whites, who are normally field raised, have that temperment.  Since the babies are born in the field, you want a good, protective mom.  In our barn situation it is not quite as good, but we will work with her.  Pictures have been posted.

Posted 5/12/2013 10:38am by Heather Skorinko.
For all of you who were anxious to get your plants out, please watch the weather.  We are going to have two cold nights that will kill tender plants.  If you can bring them in, please do so.  If not, try to cover them up.
Posted 3/29/2013 9:50pm by Heather Skorinko.

It may be spring by the calender, but the weather is being typically unpredictable.  I must say, I prefer a cool spring.  It is better for the fruit trees and strawberries.  We are also having some spring lambs being born.  However, not everyday is great on the farm.  Sometimes, especially with animals, things happen such as moms get sick, moms ingore their lambs, or moms don't have enough milk for different reasons.  When that happens it is necessary for me to bring the lambs into the house for a few days until they learn to drink from the milk bucket.  I currently have four in the house but they are quick learners and real cuties.  They'll be in their special pen in the barn in just a few days.

For my egg customers, we are working on figuring out why the hens are not laying.  About a month ago we got rid of all the old hens and we are getting the feed tested to be sure it has the proper nutrient values.

Posted 3/11/2013 12:27pm by Heather Skorinko.

Spring means change and that is what is happening on the farm.  For my egg customers, the chickens have not been producing for awhile now so we decided to get rid of all of the older ones and start all over.  We are getting some eggs from the youngest hens, therefore, there should be eggs in the cooler.  

Our lambing season went well so we have alot of lambs and sheep.  For my lamb meat lovers, that means a full freezer in a few months.  We just got some animals butchered so there is some meat available now.  In the next few months we will be culling out the older animals and ones that are not producing.  Yes, there is a pattern.  In order for a farm to continue to operate, just like any other business, we need our animals/fields to produce.  

Finally, we are working on getting the greenhouse open.  I'll keep you posted.

Just a reminder, we are now doing a CSA.  This is a good time to join.  Check it out on the website.

2018 SeasonJune 2nd, 2018

Everything is off to a slow start through out the agricultural industry in PA.  We are no different but with the warm weather we will catch up quickly.  We should have some strawberries soon

Local HoneyApril 12th, 2018

Mr Monjack, our local source for honey, has retired.  We have searching for a new local source and have located one.  We should have local honey this weekend. Heather

Ah-Ha! Arts Management Mother's Day Sale on 5/6/2018April 10th, 2018

We will be at the Ah-Ha! Arts Management Mother's Day Pop up shop.  It will run May 5 & 6, 2018 at the Macungie Memorial Hall, 50 Poplar St., Macungie, PA.  The hours will be 10am-5pm.