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Local Farm as an Oasis for Peace

After participating in a week-long intensive (inspiring, yet tiring) Building Abrahamic Partnerships program at Hartford Seminary, Debra was glad to get home to peace-and-quiet and the gratifying routine of morning chores at Local Farm. Her friend Juliet, a rabbinical student who also participated in the program, spent the night and joined Deb and Margaret in milking cows, bottle-feeding calves, setting up a new pasture rotation for the cows, and picking strawberries. Here are some of her photos of that morning.

rain chain malfunction
cows in the rain at the gate
resting cow and calf
Deb and Margaret catch up during morning milking
Tivoli in the barn
baby swallows - future bug zappers
M clips calves before feeding
Margaret feeds Sorrella
Juliet feeds Simeon
S. Catherine and mother Samantha
Betsy with  Juliet and Debra
cattle follow the leader
cows are you coming
Silmaril heavy with calf
heading out to a new pasture rotation
waiting for fresh grass
sisters - Ramona Rae and Raquel
Juliet visits with cows
cows in roses
Betsy on tiptoe
Samantha inspects fence posts
Juliet picks strawberries
Debra and Margaret with their strawberry haul
the Local Farm barn

our cup overflows

cows in the rain at the gate

resting cow and calf

Deb and Margaret catch up during morning milking

Tivoli in the barn

baby swallows - future bug zappers

M clips calves before feeding

Margaret feeds Sorrella

Juliet feeds Simeon

S. Catherine and mother Samantha

Betsy with Juliet and Debra

cattle follow the leader

cows are you coming

Silmaril heavy with calf

heading out to a new pasture rotation

waiting for fresh grass

sisters - Ramona Rae and Raquel

Juliet visits with cows

cows in roses

Betsy on tiptoe

Samantha inspects fence posts

Juliet picks strawberries

Debra and Margaret with their strawberry haul

the Local Farm barn

Experiencing our physical connection to the land by walking barefoot* in the rain, harvesting fruit and milk to eat, and by caring for the earth and animals who provide that food; quietly guides us inward to our central core of peace and security. Listening, speaking, and acting from a strong, loving, peace-filled center allows us to be more effective in the world.

The Building Abrahamic Partnerships, or “BAP,” program Debra attended was comprised of people from the three faith traditions: Muslim, Judaism, and Christianity, who all trace their beginnings to the Biblical Abraham.  She and Juliet (Christian and Jew) would like to invite future BAP students to Local Farm for a day-long farm visit either at the start or end of the program. With a third classmate, Nazeera, who is of the Muslim faith, Juliet and Debra hope to develop other interfaith leadership development opportunities at Local Farm; AND! possibly a “class” reunion this August… in order to “share the peace” of Local Farm.

*for safety and our peace-of-mind, shoes or boots are required for group farm visits.

 

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Who’s MOO: the animals of local farm – October 2014

local farm cowsMeet our cows, cats, and other critters in this You-Tube slide show.

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Keeping a Family Cow Workshop Photos

At R Family Cow Workshops, we’ve been teaching folks how to milk a cow…

make butter, yogurt, simple cheese, and ice-cream; as well as giving pointers on finding, feeding, fencing, and breeding a backyard cow; since 2002. We hope you’ll enjoy the following Family Cow Foto Album!

meet the cows
teaching a boy to milk a cow
cow workshop lunch
jersey cow and calf
Jersey Cows on pasture
milk mustached girl
cow workshop
cow in wooden stanchion
learn to milk a cow
cranking a cream separator
books about cows
jersey cows and farmer
cows and workshop participants
2008 Bathing Lovely
skimming cream from top of milk
Crystal Creek Calcium Drench
2008 Leading Calves
2008 Meeting the Girls
2008 three heifers
brushing a cow at workshop
letting cream slip over edge of cup to
Butter and buttermilk in churn
warm milk and vinegar separates into curds and whey
cutting curds to make cheese
sampling homemade icecream
2008 Setting up Fence
2013 Brushing Pumpkin (2)
2013 Learning to Milk a Cow
2013 Rest Head Here When Milking
2013 Butter in a Jar
hand cranking ice-cream 2013
September 2013 Cow-Milking Group

2002 Meet Alisa

2002 Learning to Milk

2002 Lunch in Cowshed

2002 Cow and Newborn Calf

2002 Local Farm Cows

2002 A Satisfied CustoMOOr!

2005 Meet the Cows

2005 Portulacca in Stanchion

2005 Learning to Milk

2005 Hand Cranked Cream Separator

2005 Cow Resource Books

2008 Debra with Jerseys

2008 mingling with cows

2008 Bathing Lovely

2008 Skimming Cream

2008 Drenching a Cow

2008 Leading Calves

2008 Meeting the Girls

2008 three heifers

2009 Brushing Stormy

2009 Skimming Cream

2009 Just Churned Butter in Buttermilk

2009 "Magic" Cheese

2009 Cutting Curds

2009 Feasting on Ice Cream

2008 Setting up Fence

2013 Brushing Pumpkin (2)

2013 Learning to Milk a Cow

2013 Rest Head Here When Milking

2013 Butter in a Jar

hand cranking ice-cream 2013

September 2013 Cow-Milking Group

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Samantha MOOves to Local Farm

After two weeks at Stone Silo Farm with her mother, Susan, we brought young Samantha to grow up at Local Farm. Using an empty 100# feed sack around her legs and body kept her snug and secure as we drove home with her in the trunk of our Kia Spectra. Split fold-down back seat rests make this a deluxe way to transport calves! transporting a calf in the trunkSoon she was out of the car and meeting her new neighbor, Sherlock. calves greetingLearning to drink from a bottle after nursing directly from one’s mother is not an easy task. If the calf has been nursing from its mother for more than 10 days, I don’t even try to feed it until 12 hours after the separation. Making sure the fresh milk in the bottle is absolutely no cooler than 95 degrees and preferably under 110 degrees, I straddle the calf and usually back her into a corner. bottle feeding a calf for the first timeI happened to be wearing a dress this morning and my skirt conveniently restrained Samantha from backing up so I could gently force open her mouth and insert the bottle’s nipple. Then I held her mouth shut on it, pulling and squeezing, until she got the idea that sucking on that horrid green plastic nipple yields sweet milk. After a couple more “straddled” feedings, she’s sure get the hang of it.

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Anudder Cow Mooves Home

The sisters at Bluestone Farm and Living Arts Center asked us about getting a family cow. Although we had none for sale at the time, we recommended they inquire at nearby farms for cull cows… cows that are not making enough milk or are not aggressive enough to thrive in a commercial dairy. A few months later, Jiffy arrived at Bluestone Farm. Click to witness her happy welcome!

(Photo by Delia Hitz)

(Photo by Delia Hitz)

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