Welcome to our Holden's Hide a way farm

Holden's Hide-A-Way Farm is a diversified farm that produces a wide variety of meat product, in much of the same manner as a farmer would have 100 years ago. Our ideas on how to raise livestock come directly from mother nature. We raise grass fed beef and lamb because that is what mother nature intended. Our pigs are free to root and roam through out the warm seasons. Winters are spent in a barn with ample space and lots of hay to eat and root around in. Poultry is raised on pasture where they get lots of fresh air and can do the things poultry likes to do.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Fall is flying by

Well it is the middle of October now. Wow time sure is flying. It is a busy time around the farm. Final harvests are coming in, hay needs to be brought home, grain is combined for the ewes, birds and pigs,  plowing for next years crops, and a general clean up of the equipment and yard before the snow comes.
We planted mulitcoloured carrots in the new garden. They turned out great. The taste in unbelievable.
Christina showing off some of the harvest. We did very well this year with peppers, water melons, and cantaloupe.
Some critters raiding our apple harvest. Max treed these 4 trespassers. They returned to their mother shortly after this picture. We had to put Max in the porch. He Doesn't like trespassers
More critters raiding the apple trees. Allison a Christina making a game out of the apple harvest. Like most other home grow crops the apples are very intensly flavoured. We have been planting at least 2 apple trees a year. Hopefully we will have some for sale in the next couple seasons.
A few extra tasks we are doing include building a new cattle winter pen with a solar watering system. Repairs to the old drafty farm house we call home, spreading manure before the gound freezes, as well as trips to the auction barns in an effort to increase our livestock numbers. Speaking of which, we have a rouge cow running around our neighbourhood. She was a new addition that decided she did not want to stay. Hopefully we will get her back before the snow.
Grace decides she likes the rabbits

So I am done until the weekend now. Back to work for the next couple of days. Lynn and the girls will be continueing the harvest. This weekend I have to get more of the hay home. My uncles are coming Saturdya to put new windows in our mainlevel. Hopefully that will help with some of the drafts.