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Visit Us During the Loudoun Farm Tour This Weekend May 20-21, 10am-4pm We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors during the Loudoun Spring Farm Tour May 20-21 from 10am-4pm. The farm store will be stocked as always with rabbit meat, pork, eggs from our free range chickens and ducks, organic bath and […]

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We JUST received a call from the processor that our latest batch of pork is ready! We’ll pick it up from the processor tomorrow morning, and it’ll be for sale during our farm store hours 12-4pm tomorrow. We are so excited to be fully stocked on pork once more! Come get your favorite cuts before […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday, May 6th, 12-4pm  This Saturday welcome the warm weather with a visit to the farm! We have two litters of piglets to see! In the farm store we’ll have rabbit meat, chicken and duck eggs, bath and beauty products, beeswax candles, handmade magnets, coasters, and more! Address and directions are on […]

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Oh my goodness the last few weeks have been BUSY! You may have been able to tell that based on the lack of blog posts. So much has happened: pigs taken to the processor, springtime work completed, but today I’m going to focus on the new life that’s joined the farm this week. Piglets Born […]

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Last Week to Order Hog Share!

This is your last week to order a hog share as reservations must be in by this Friday, April 7th. Visit our hog share page now to place your reservation!

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It’s spring! In typical springtime fashion, temperatures are about freezing this morning, but we should have a high of 64 today. As the weather warms up, our outdoor chore list is exploding. We have so many exciting things to do, and finally the weather is nice enough to do them! Here are the adventures from […]

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We are expecting our first major snowfall tonight, with 8-12″ forecast. I’m thankful we’ve made it until March before getting some major snow. I am also thankful our worst case scenario is 1 foot of snow, not 3 feet like we experienced January 2016. We had a few preparations to make before the snowfall, one of […]

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This week’s nice weather has brought out all the farm helpers pictures above: Noah, Ghost, and Rebecca! This past Saturday was a busy one at the farm store. Many people came by to see Lauren of Boot’s Shire Homestead and the chicks she had for sale! Remember she’ll be back with chicks and ducklings on […]

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We are now accepting orders for half and whole hog shares for our next batch of pork. Hog shares are an amazing way to order the exact cuts you want, and get the pork at a discount! Fill your freezer with delicious farm-raised pork, and enjoy it all summer long. The pigs are going to […]

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Farm Store Open Saturday The farm store will be open tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, from 12-4pm. Come by to scoop up fresh eggs, pork, soaps, and more! Chicks will be for sale, too. Address and directions are here. Hog Shares We are now accepting reservations for half and whole hog shares for our next round of […]

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The farm store is open this Saturday from 12-4pm. If you’ve been wanting to stop by the farm and see the animals while stocking up on some goodies, this is the time to do it! No appointment needed, just come on by! We have just 2 barrow American Guinea Hog piglets left for sale from our […]

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Rabbit Hides for Sale

When we process rabbits for meat, we take pride in using all parts of the animal. That includes the hides of the rabbit. Tanned Hides We have a supply of rabbit hides we have processed and tanned that are available for sale. These hides are $30 each, with discounts on bulk purchases. The tanned hides […]

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Senior Rabbit Doe for Sale We have more breeding does than breeding cages right now, which means someone has to go. Banana is looking for a new home to grace with her good mothering skills and productivity! Born here on 7/12/2015, Banana is a chocolate rabbit that carries the dilution gene for blue/lilac (bbDd). We […]

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The adventure of this week was when one of the American Guinea Hogs escaped from the pen! On Wednesday morning I looked out the window to find Hillary rooting around the front yard, right outside the house. Let’s take a quick look at how this happened and what I did to fix it. The Back Story […]

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Wind Damage We are thankful we had no notable damage from the significant wind that swept through the region this week. The worst we suffered was that a tarp tore on the rabbit hoophouse, and a small hoophouse feed area cover flipped over. Trouble is, when the small hoophouse flipped the goats walked on it. […]

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The prevailing wisdom when starting a rabbit breeding operation for your own meat consumption is to start with a trio of 2 does and 1 buck. Rather, we recommend starting with a quartet of 3 does and 1 buck. Using our own personal experience, plus running the numbers of meat production, let me explain why we […]

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Another wintry week has passed! This one had record high temperatures, though, so we are thankful for the mild winter weather. We try to cut back to “maintenance mode” in winter with no special projects, but things always pop up. That’s when we really appreciate the mild winter weather! Since it’s not too frigid outside, […]

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In Part 1 of this series I posted the considerations we take into consideration in our pig housing. In Part 2 I detailed the first pig houses we made. Today in Part 3 I will detail our second pig house design, a hoophouse! Here are some prior posts about hoophouses for more tips and tricks: […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday 12-4pm This Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, which means the farm store will be open! Come by to get some of our delicious pork! We also have duck eggs on sale, 10% off this Saturday only. Piglet Update: They’re Eating Solids The piglets are a month old […]

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Now that we’ve talked about the considerations that go into developing our pig housing, in this post I will detail the first pig house design we ever used. Next week I’ll detail the second pig house design we use. Both are good, they’re just different. The Triangular Structures These are the first two pig houses […]

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It’s been another wonderful week on the homestead! There’s been a good amount of mud and dirty clothes, yes, but also warm weather and sunshine. We are thankful for the rain we received as well as the sunshine. Some of us (pigs!) are more thankful for the rain than others. The Pigs Are Porking Up! […]

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We’ve had pigs for a few years now, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. Today I’ll share some of the characteristics of pigs that we take into consideration when constructing housing for them. On the next two Mondays I’ll follow up with posts detailing the two types of pig houses we use! Come […]

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It’s been another week of enjoying our blessed life here on the homestead. The winter season is a time where the pace slows a bit, we can actually complete everything on the “to do” list, and have a few minutes to savor it all. Here are some things we enjoyed this week. Delicious Pork We […]

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Over the last few weeks we have taken photos of all our breeding rabbits and posted them on the Our Rabbits page. This was no small feat! First, we have a lot of rabbits. Also, trying to get a rabbit to pose can be a challenging endeavor. We do not show, so our rabbits aren’t […]

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Happy Friday! We’ve had such wonderful weather the last few days. Who would imagine it’d be over 70 degrees in January? I know more character-building cold will come, and I’m fine with that. But I will enjoy today. Pork is Here! We now have a freezer full of pork from the two pigs we took to […]

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