Bardo Farm

Freedom Never Tasted So Good

Bardo Farm is an off-the-grid unintentional community focusing on sustainability using a balance of our agricultural avenues: livestock, gardening, maple-sugaring, and forestry.

Thanks for Coming to Our First Kid’s Day and Second Monthly Potluck

Apr 08

20140406_182901Thanks to all who roughed the mud and came to our First Kid’s Day and Second Monthly Potluck! It was great to see so many kids, families, and adults visiting all the animals on the farm. They got to see the goat kids and piglets, explore the rabbit house, feed fruit to Red (our bull) and Trip (our Ox), and when they needed to dry off and get warm, there were newly hatched quail they got to hold in the house.20140406_16534620140406_165356 As a bonus, the sap was running so we got to collect sap from buckets and boil it down to maple syrup in our sugar shack.

It was wet and wild out there but our delicious potluck dinner revived us. The kids even got a second wind and had a music session and dance-off in the house. It was fun feasting with friends after the long day. Unfortunately, some of you couldn’t make it due to muddy roads and a busy weekend. We hope you can make it out next month when the road will hopefully be drier.

A huge thanks to our CSA members!!! As a bonus this month, we included a dozen quail eggs to try. We love them pickled (as a snack or as a burger topping – yum!) or hard boiled in salads and we think you’ll love them too. Let us know what you’re favorite recipes are. 20140406_181918

Monthly Potluck, CSA pick-up, & Kids’ Day!!!

Mar 25

Sunday April 6 is our next monthly potluck dinner. We had a blast last month and are looking forward to another fun night. Dinner @ 6pm.

Of course, this is also the day of our CSA pickup. Meat will be available after 3pm. If you are a member or would like to be, please bring next month’s payment.

We are very excited that this month we will also be hosting our first Bardo Kids’ Day on the same day! Kids of all ages are invited to come between 12pm and 6pm to explore our rabbit house and barn, meet all the animals (goats, ox and bull, rabbits, quail, chickens, ducks, and, of course, pigs). Be sure to wear farm friendly attire: mud boots and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring snacks and water if you plan to be around a while.

Hope to see you all there!

The Kids Are Alright

Mar 14

014Last Friday, we went out to the barn for the morning feeding to find a newborn goat. This was to be expected. Last fall, we bred our does with our new buck, Rico, so, we knew new goats were coming but it was also a surprise since it can be hard to tell when they are ready to kid (give birth). It being winter, we quickly got a heat lamp over a corner of the goats’ pen. Almost an hour later, a second kid was born from the same mother. Sadly, the mother was not doing well and though she licked her kids clean, she did not stand to nurse them. We took her to our vet who informed us that she would not survive.

070Later that evening, a second doe kidded another set of twins. Twins are very common for goats. Two days later, we found a third doe had kidded twins but the kids were found dead, likely stillborn. On the third day, a fourth doe had kidded one big, healthy kid who’s fleece was white as snow.

154Of the first litter, one died and the surviving orphan, Mac, needed to be bottle-fed. We started taking shifts going out to the cold barn before deciding to bring Mac into the house where we could better monitor his health and his appetite, feeding him when he wanted food rather than on our schedule.

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We all enjoyed the company of the new kid in the house.

 

 

 

 

 

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We often snuggled with him and let him out of the box to romp around the living room.

 

 

 

 

 

Iris, the toddler at the farm, especially enjoyed playing with him, trying to feed him a “baba” and saying “meh”.

 

166Even Payback, the dog, helped to take care of him, cleaning and guarding him.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meanwhile, we had a lactating doe with no kids to nurse in the barn. While milk replacer is nourishing, we wanted to transition Mac onto real milk, and maybe drink some raw goat milk ourselves. She was very relieved when we milked her. (Some of the moms out there may be familiar with the discomfort of going too long without nursing.) Eventually, we started bringing Mac out to the barn, hoping Mac might learn to nurse from her directly and that she would adopt him as her own. It took some persistence but that is exactly what happened. We may keep her as a milker so we can continue to enjoy fresh, creamy, raw goat’s milk.

Goats have been a learning experience for us. Last year, we lost most of our kids to parasites. The lone survivor, GG, still lives on the farm as a pet. Our does are Boers, a meat breed susceptible to parasites. For this year’s round of breeding, we acquired a Kiko buck increasing the resistance to parasites in the offspring. He is a strong, friendly buck whose strong sebaceous scent was well-received by our does. This year, we are optimistic that our kids will fare better. Thus far, the kids are alright.

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Thank You For A Real Good Time!

Mar 05

A huge thanks to all of our CSA members and to everyone who came out to our first monthly potluck! We had a great time hanging out with old friends and meeting new ones. It was especially exciting seeing so many kids (human and goat, hahaha). Several guests went out to the barn to see our newborn kids (baby goats) and some even bottle fed them. While the goat kids nursed and napped in the barn, the human kids had a blast in the house, playing with toys and each other, and the adults enjoyed great conversation over roast pig, stuffed grape leaves, chili, pasta, pie made with homegrown blueberries and more!

It was a great evening and we delivered some great pork. All our CSA members seemed pretty excited to pick up their meat. This month we included roasts, chops, Italian sausage, bacon, bratwurst and everyone got a bonus rabbit as our thanks for signing up!

We hope you can make it out to our next potluck on Sunday April 6.

If you haven’t signed up for our meat CSA, there’s still time! Sign up for our Pork Plan or our Meat Lovers Plan today!

 

 

Monthly Potluck and first CSA Pickup Tomorrow! (and new baby goats)

Mar 01

Tomorrow is our first monthly CSA pickup and our first monthly potluck! Join the Bardo crew, friends and neighbors for an evening of socializing and good food. CSA members may pick up their share after 3pm. You are all welcome to come early and visit the farm animals. The potluck dinner bell will be ringing at 6 pm. Come on down to see our new baby goats and our nearly completed rabbit house. 20140228_144606

Meat CSA begins in March!

Feb 15

We are pleased to announce the launch of our CSA!
The first pick-up date will be Sunday, March 2nd.
Come for the meat and stay for our, now monthly, Potluck dinner.
Whether you’ve joined or not, we hope you’ll join us for food, fun, & friends.

In Progress: Rabbit House

Feb 07

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125Adult rabbits are hardy animals, capable of bearing cold winters in metal cages. Their babies, however are not. So, what’s a breeder to do? Drag those clunky old cages inside, maybe, but we don’t have many indoor spaces to house our rabbits. Our greenhouse has sort of worked well but space is limited and it’s pretty far from where our rabbits live the rest of the time.

 

We stumbled onto one very attractive solution, a rabbit house. Of course building a shelter for our rabbits was necessary but much more exciting was the prospect of abandoning the cages altogether. Keeping our rabbits in cages and hutches has long stood out as contrary to our pasture-raised ethos. Happy animals don’t live in cages.

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For years, we have wanted to liberate our rabbits from their cages. When we first started with just a couple of rabbits, we moved their cages to fresh pasture daily but even that seemed cumbersome. We’ve let them out in the past, giving them fenced-in areas to run and play. The rabbits were clearly much happier and seemed to get along pretty well. But that was not a solution. The rabbits were not better protected from bad weather and they were not secure. Escape was too easy and the fencing wasn’t enough to keep the dogs out. It was like taking children normally kept locked in their room out to the park.

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Not only will the rabbit house better protect our rabbits from loose animals and bad weather, it’ll make our jobs easier. No more filling three dozen individual water bottles and portioning out food into three dozen individual food dishes. No more carefully keeping tabs on which bucks bred with which does and when. With our rabbits living together in a single house, we can just fill a long trough with food and another with water. The bucks can breed happily whenever they please, and the does can happily runaway if they please. Surprisingly, we hear, from the link above, that they will breed more often than we humans would schedule them to do (less rest in between for the bucks). And the cleaning couldn’t be easier.

014We began construction on our rabbit house just before winter. We decided to place the building behind our current rabbit location, a nice flat area that is easily accessible and gives good shade for the hot summer months (rabbits don’t do well in heat). CAM01383It started with a two ton layer of gravel to create good drainage, a key element in our design. Our Rabbit House is being built from our own milled wood, of course, from frame to siding. We love that everything we build now can be done this way! After the frame was built, we used a billboard tarp as the roof. Next, we wrapped the frame in the tyvek. We are currently in the middle of adding siding to the house. The construction process has gone slower than we hoped due to severe winter weather but it is coming together. We are excited to finish construction and see how the rabbits react to their new home! (more…)

Winter Farm Life

Jan 31

Snow RoadWinter is a great time for us to reflect on the past seasons and plan for projects in the seasons to come: Maple Sugaring, Seed Starting, Gardening, and Spring Chicks. We enjoy the longer evenings indoors eating yummy meals together, playing cards, and brainstorming some of our wild Bardo ideas. Mostly, we just enjoy the sheer beauty of our winter wonderland.

You may picture winter farm life as uncomfortably cold with shivering animals and people bundled to the max. With temps dipping as low as -20, there’s no denying it gets frigid but it’s not nearly as awful as you might imagine. Our animals all have shelters to stay dry and warm…but often have their own housing ideas.

Chicken Yard

The chickens have plenty of options for shelter…

 

 

 

 

 

 

but instead we find them in random places like this:

Chickens on hog panels

 

Ox & BullThe winter days can be tough on the farm, of course. The short days don’t leave much time for anything but feeding the animals, then feeding them again. The animal waters sometimes freeze as soon as we pour them. Luckily most of the animals are quite hardy (more than most humans we know); their feathers and fur give them a nice barrier against the cold.

Farm View

Our Bardo farmers can often be seen outdoors in these negative temps with no jackets on (otherwise they’d be sweating working that hard). It does take more effort to keep our critters happy in the winter months, but the farm sure looks pretty all dolled up in snow.

BARDO FARM Meat CSA is HERE!

Jan 12

Want to eat local meat, but can’t fit it all in your freezer?  Or can’t afford to pay for it all at once?  Problem solved! Sign up for our new monthly PORK plan or MEAT LOVERS plan, and get a nice portion of meat every month for a year!

We at Bardo Farm raise our animals using free-range, woodland-raised, and pasture-raised practices whenever possible. Most of our animals are very friendly due to the attention and love we strive to give them. Our goal is to raise happy, healthy animals. After all, happy animals taste better.

Pork Plan
(go to http://bardofarm.com/buy/pork-plan/ )

$75 per month

  • You will get approximately 13 lb/mo (1 pig/yr)

Meat Lovers Plan
(go to http://bardofarm.com/buy/csa-meat-lovers-plan/ )

$150/month will get you, over the course of a year:

  • 1 pig
  • 12 rabbits
  • 1 turkey (for either T-day or Xmas)
  • 3 ducks
  • 20 chickens
  • And a 20% discount off of additional meat during the year.

First month’s payment is the deposit & membership.

We need 12 people in either the Meat Lovers or Pork Plan to set it up, in 12-person increments. This is because you’re all sharing 1 pig per month.

Monthly pick-up at Bardo Farm (date tbd), and join us for Sunday Potluck!

Sign up now at either:

Contact Emily Emily@bardofarm.com for more information.

Jan 08

COMING SOON: MEAT CSA!

Want to eat local pork, but can’t afford to pay for it all at once? Or, you can’t fit it all in your freezer?

Problem solved! Sign up for our new monthly PORK plan or MEAT LOVERS plan, and get a nice portion of meat every month for a year!

More info coming soon!
Contact us to sign up!