Meet our dogs: Perkins, Chip, Max and Hobbs. They love farm life, and they greet the farm's visitors with an enthusiastic welcoming.
Hobbs may not look like much of a farm dog, but he keeps up with the big dogs just fine.
Known on the farm as "Kitty" or "Cat", he is a love to have around. Mostly an indoor cat, Kitty enjoys lounging in the sun during warm weather. We are grateful to Dr. Bradford Burgess for the addition of Kitty to our homestead.
All of our chickens are fed organic feed and scratch, which supplements their natural diet of plants, bugs and of course, worms. Being outside every day keeps them healthy and happy. We use their eggs in our delicious baked goods.
The chickens, curious about a fall harvest.
Precious and Sweetpea are our adorable mini donkeys. They enjoy chasing each other around their pens and are entertaining to watch. Both Precious and Sweetpea are very gentle and welcome attention, especially if a carrot is offered. Their diet consists of the fresh mixed grasses available in their pastures during the warm months, scraps from the garden, and our hay, which keeps their bellies full in the winter months.
We have an alpaca, which shares living space with Abner, Precious, and Sweetpea. Pecaso is a Huacaya Alpaca and has a beautiful dense, multi-color fleece. He is shorn in the spring, and his fleece can be spun into yarn. Pecaso was adopted from Hog Heaven Rescue Farm, located just south of Meadville. Please take time to visit their website. www.hogheavenrescue.org
These sweet animals contribute manure, a valuable component of our compost. After a year or more of maturing, the compost is applied to the garden and high tunnel beds. click here to learn more about our vegetable production.
Precious, Sweetpea, Abner, chico and Pecaso wrapping up their photo shoot.
IN LOVING MEMORY
Roman moved to the farm with us from Arizona and quickly became the best 'gard'en dog imaginable. He left us in September 2010.
Roman, the alpha dog.
Abner was our French Alpine goat. He was as curious as a goat could be, constantly seeking out anything new in his world. When there were people around, he expected--and often demanded--to be petted. Abner left us in October 2010.
Abner looking out a barn window.
Chico was a Suri Alpaca that came to us from Hog Heaven Rescue Farm. He was very sweet and had an incredibly soft, silky fleece. Chico left us January 2010.
Perkins loved being a farm dog; running through the fields, helping in the gardens and high tunnels and taking long walks in the woods. Greeting farm visitors was the highlight of his day. Perkins left us in September 2011.