Welcome to “100 Days of Little Bend Heritage Farm LLC” This page is a dedication to our 5 years at the farm! We will chronicle our 5 years of progress starting in November 2010 all the way to November 2015! So I invite everyone to follow along as we post 7 days every week! So to get started here are the first seven days starting when we moved in on November 2010! Day 1 starts at the bottom with the latest day at the top for your reading ease! I will update the page every Monday so check in then!
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Day 100 – November 2015. Taking in the big order of turkeys for Thanksgiving. It has been an extremely busy year and we are looking forward to some rest and relaxation for the holidays.
Also, this ends our “100 Days at Little Bend” journey and I hope all of you friends have enjoyed the journey as much as I have. At this time I want to thank all of you who have followed, liked, and shared our posts these last 100 days. I especially want to take time to thank my wonderful wife as quite frankly she is the one that took most of the pictures and video that were used in my posts! She has been wonderful and supportive and I can’t thank her enough. Lastly, and most importantly I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to do what I know is his will. I know I am truly blessed to be able to do his will and to love what I am doing! So I guess with that there is only one last thing to say:
God Bless Friends and we’ll Gobble at ya’ later! 🙂
Day 75 – June 2014. So we decided we will expand and take the business to the next level. One of the things we need is a larger building for the turkeys as the flock is growing. Here are some pictures of us starting to put up our new turkey barn. It is 15’ wide x 45’ long and it should fit our needs for quite a while.
Day 55 – July 2013. Even though we are not collecting and hatching any more turkey eggs the hens are still laying so we are letting them set on their eggs so they can hatch their own poults. In the second picture the turkeys are taking dirt baths. This helps them get rid of any bugs and helps in keeping their feathers clean. We believe in letting the turkeys live naturally and letting them do all the things they are suppose to do. I wish as a kid I could have convinced my mom to let me take a dirt bath as opposed to regular baths! They sounded like more fun!!
Day 50 – June 2013. It has been a couple of years since we have gotten our Norwegian Elkhounds and they really enjoy Little Bend. There is plenty of room to run and so with with post we are celebrating them again. Here we have “Dogs on Logs”! They love to run on all the logs in the forest in the backyard. Also Elkhounds like to be up high as they can see and smell better. They are prey dogs and they love to hunt.
Day 33 – July 4th 2012. We had a wonderful surprise today as our goats gave us quite a show! They are wonderful climbers as you can see from the pictures! They are really doing a great job on eating the weeds and brush. In fact they are eating anything they can reach! As I thought they are clearing a lot of brush and weeds. It will really make the place look nice and the weeds shouldn’t grow back next year.
Day 27 – April 2012. So we mapped out an acre on top of the hill to which to plant the orchard. In order to protect our sizable investment in the fruit orchard we decided to put up an 8 foot tall fence to keep the deer and rabbits out. Here we are putting up the fence around the orchard. It may seem excessive but I think we need to protect our investment from our wildlife friends. After the trees are grown we will take down the fence and use it for other projects.
Day 26 – April 2012. Growing up as a kid on our farm we had a fruit orchard that my grandpa had planted when he was a youngster. I had such fond memories of picking the delicious, bountiful fruit harvest! I remember all of us putting up all the delicious fruit for the winter. So one of the things we decided on doing was planting a fruit orchard. So we took our income tax return and bought some fruit trees. We decided on Apples (Honeycrisp and McIntosh), Pears (Summercrisp and Luscious), Apricots (Sungold and Moonpark), Cherries (Meteor and North Star), Plums (Pipestone, Superior, and Toka), Grapes (Swenson Red and St. Croix), Blueberries, and cranberries. I also found some hickory nuts, butternuts, hazelnuts, and black walnuts on Craigslist and have planted those as well. It may be decades before they bear nuts but eventually they will and it will make Little Bend more sustainable and wonderful!
Day 19 – November 2011. Well we made it a full year here at Little Bend! We told ourselves we were going to take a year and see how the place evolved during the changing of seasons. While we did some things we waited and just did one of the three “P’s” (PLAN). We will continue during the winter with the second “P” (PREPARE) to get ready to go with the third “P” (PRACTICE) in the spring. Here is a picture of a little yellow-bellied flycatcher that flew into our window! Don’t worry it was alright just a little stunned for a while. And we got a shot of this magnificent Bald Eagle sitting in our trees!
Day 16 – August 2011. Summer is in full swing and the place is buzzing! Literally, here is a picture of a strange looking dragonfly we spotted on our walk today.
Day 15 – August 2011. So we got a new tractor so I figured we needed a garage for it. So what do you do? Well I decided we would buy a garage! So enjoy the short video of us bringing home our new garage! We got a really good deal on I didn’t have to spend the time building it! Instant garage!
Day 14 – July 2011. Well I had a talk with Shadow and he said he was kind of lonely! While he appreciates my company he would like to have a girlfriend. So introducing Miss Stormy Night! Better known as Storm. She is a female Norwegian Elkhound that we just got. I think Shadow is going to like her and we have already fallen in love with her.
Day 13 – June 2011. The temperatures are getting warmer, the place is getting greener and we saw some more of God’s creatures on our walk today. We saw a beautiful white-tailed deer eating some white clover in our front yard! Also, we saw his red-headed woodpecker in our back yard. I have not seen a red-headed woodpecker for decades! Truly a wonderful treat for the eyes. And with the flowers blooming a wonderful treat for the nose as well.
Day 12 – May 2011. The month of May is almost over now and I discovered we have an apple tree! Actually, we have several growing around the farm but this one looks like someone actually planted it. I thought it might be one when we moved here but with the leaves gone in November it was hard to tell. Isn’t she a beauty and it looks like we will have a lot of apples come this fall. Also we are still in awe by the beauty of nature we found some wild trumpet plants and some periwinkle plants on our walk today. Periwinkle is a medicinal herb and I collected some to have and make a tincture out of.
Day 11 – May 2011. We are still being amazed by the kinds of wildlife we are seeing! We just never saw all these birds living in town. Here is a picture of an Indigo bunting and an Oriole. Just beautiful and such great blessings to see at Little Bend! I am filling up my spreadsheet of all the wildlife we have seen here at Little Bend quickly!
Hello Little Bend Friends! We we are 1/10th of the way through our “100 day” journey and I hope everyone is enjoying the posts so far. Remember to go to our website for more in depth stories on the pictures.
Day 10 – It is mid- May 2011 and we found a wonderful gift growing on the farm! This is a picture of a Morel mushroom! They grow in spring when the weather gets warm and the conditions are just right. What a treat to have as they are so delicious! Little Bend is truly a wonderful place full of richness and bounty.
Day 9 – It is still May 2011 and WOW are we loving the new place! Spring has sprung and every thing is getting green and we are experiencing it for the first time! Every day we see something new and exciting. Winter is but a memory now, and Shadow has a new throne on the stumps from the trees that were cut in the back yard! Hey every Sir Shadowy Knight needs a throne right! Although I must admit he still like his lookout on the roof!
Day 8 – It is now May 2011 and time to get things started! We have been at Little Bend for 4 months and have been kept busy planning our vision and the first thing was to cut the 60 foot tall oak trees that were so close to the house! I had visions of them crashing into the house during a thunderstorm! In fact when the logger tied on to one of the big trees and put some tension on it before he went to cut it it just fell over! So that probably would have came down in a minor wind storm! We also had some bulldozing done in the back yard as well to give us a little more room behind the house.
It is now April 2011 and the snow has melted and we are experiencing warm temperatures! We are getting out more since the snow has melted and it is a blessed experience to see Little Bend awakening and coming alive! It is strange to think that Little Bend Heritage Farm has not even been conceived yet at this date! More on that in the coming days! The farm is greening up and more of God’s creatures are visiting us!