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This Week ‘Round The Farm – 04/01/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 04/01/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm

I think Cleo has had enough of us being home 24-7.

If you have ever gone fishing with me, this will not surprise you.

Jason had a little help with fencing. We’ve decided to call him Wart, ’cause he grows on ya! 😂

This handsome fella has the worst singing voice 📣 .

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A Little Help To Pass The Time

This is probably the point at which everyone is getting a little stir crazy from being inside so much.  Cabin fever is becoming more prevalent during this time of self isolation and quarantining. 

That’s why this is the perfect time to learn about something new, obtain a new hobby, explore home schooling resources, or just look for another source of entertainment.

We’ve complied a list of free resources and activities that may help. 

Want an Ivy league Education?

Free Code Camp has compiled list of 450 Ivy league online courses that are FREE!  You don’t get a degree but if you’ve ever wanted to learn to program, or finance, or world religions, this is the place.

What About The Children?

With schools closed and kids at home 24/7, teaching can be a challenge.  This list compiled on Reddit has endless educational activities for kids.  I was going to type some out, but this pretty much covers it way better than I can!  A great way to spend some quality time with children and learn in the process!

Credit to Reddit Users MustLoveWolves & alphajoe13

What Are You Guys Doing To Stay Sane?

To start, we’re avoiding the news … like the plague (too soon?)  As healthcare providers, there is so much fear producing coverage and anxiety provoking headlines that we’ve had enough.  That’s not to say ignore news, but go to real sources if you  want the latest on the whole Covid-19 Pandemic.

Virginia Dept of Health has all the latest information and recommendations.  It’s not perfect but the best I’ve found to get accurate information.

Some of our Favorite Sites / Apps

Headspace – A meditation app has been my go-to in past weeks.  There is no chanting, incense lighting, achieve nirvana nonsense.  Just guided meditations to help your brain resist the urge to run with thoughts.  Mark Twain is quoted as saying “Some of the worst things in my life never even happened”.  Meditation helps to block that road of worry and steer you back to the present and now.  Check it out!

Khan Academy – This is an amazing resource for teaching children and yourself.  A non-profit dedicated to ensuring no one is without an education.  Check it out.

Farm Updates

1. Farmers Markets: All officially closed.  Scottsville Farmers Market will allow pick-ups at the market, but no vendors will be set up for browsing or chatting.  Charlottesville City Market will be closed indefinetly.

2.  We are expanding our local delivery area in an effort to help those who are undergoing quarantine or socially distancing.  We’re also dropping our minimum order to $40.  You can leave a cooler outside if you desire no contact, no worries.  Choose ‘local delivery – Wednesday‘ as your shipping option on the website).

3.  Our processor is experiencing unprecedented demand for locally raised meats.  In an effort to meet that demand, they are limiting certain services including dry aging and value added products like cube steak and sausage links.  This is temporary until June 1st but could extend longer.  Keep you posted.

4.  You’ve probably noticed a lot of ‘sold out‘ tags on our website.  We will be FULLY RESTOCKED on grass-fed / grass-finished beef in about 2 weeks.  That means our value packs will also be back in stock.  Concerning pork, we are a number of months out on that but the pigs will finally be here tomorrow!  We still have bacon, chops, and most of the goodies (very low on sausage), but are also tripling our pigs this year to improve inventory.  Thanks for you patience on this.

5.  We’ve had a ton of visitors to the farm for pick-up orders and are very appreciative of the support we’ve received.  In an effort to observe the social distancing rules, we’ll be setting up times for On Farm Pick-up and leaving orders in a cooler on the front porch.  Also farm tours are on hold. This was a tough decision to make but flattening the curve, and keeping people healthy is what we are all about these days.

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you!  If you have questions, want to tour the farm, or would like to share your thoughts, give us a shout!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

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This Week ‘Round The Farm – 03/25/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 03/25/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm

Getting the girls on fresh pasture. All of them 🐔

The family that fences together stays together? Is that a thing?

Our sweet 80 plus year old neighbor showing off his new wheels 🚗.

It might not look like much, but this sweet mama has taken on our sweet cookie calf and that gives me so much hope 🐄❤

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Times They Are A Changin’

Well, here we are. One week into the first quarantine this nation has seen in over 100 years. The CDC recommendations and government mandates will undoubtedly impact us all, but surprisingly, this challenging time has already had some positive outcomes.

Americans from coast to coast have drawn on the ingenuity and grit we are known for and are making big changes both personally and professionally. Families are educating at home, teaching skills no classroom can provide and making memories in the process. Businesses are changing models, restaurants offering to-go or delivery, breweries now make hand sanitizer and companies are donating much needed protective gear to those who need it most. As healthcare providers, Jason and I have had the pleasure of seeing our colleagues shine in times of great need and this is no exception. Throughout the hospital changes have been made to accommodate more patients with increasingly complex needs. Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurses, and therapists have all stretched and thought outside the box to make the absolute most of what they have. But that is not surprising, it’s what we do. It’s what we’ve always done and will always do.

The farming community has seen some big changes too. Demand for safe, healthy, locally grown food has skyrocketed and farmers have risen to the challenge, not only for production, but also in how they are getting their products to the people. Local delivery is something that our farm, and many small farms, has always offered. But now it is not just about convenience, it could save a life.

If you have a minute, we would love to hear of some of the positive things you have seen or experienced recently. Please use the link below to share with us your silver-lining stories, I think we could all use an extra dose of positivity.

Farm Updates

1. Farmers Markets: It looks like Scottsville Farmers Market will be open BUT, will only allow 10 visitors at a time under the Pavilion.  We are still debating on whether to attend and will keep you updated.  Charlottesville City Market will likely be closed but no official word yet.

2.  We are expanding our local delivery area in an effort to help those who are undergoing quarantine or socially distancing.  We’re also dropping our minimum order to $40.  You can leave a cooler outside if you desire no contact, no worries.  Choose ‘local delivery – Wednesday‘ as your shipping option on the website).

3.  Our processor is experiencing unprecedented demand for locally raised meats.  In an effort to meet that demand, they are limiting certain services including dry aging and value added products like cube steak and sausage links.  This is temporary until May 1st but could extend longer.  Keep you posted.

4.  You’ve probably noticed a lot of ‘sold out‘ tags on our website.  We will be FULLY RESTOCKED on grass-fed / grass-finished beef mid April.  That means our value packs will also be back in stock.  Concerning pork, we are a number of months out on that.  We still have bacon, chops, and most of the goodies (very low on sausage), but are also tripling our pigs this year to improve inventory.  Thanks for you patience on this.

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you!  If you have questions, want to tour the farm, or would like to share your thoughts, give us a shout!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

Farm Store

It Tastes Right Because It’s Raised Right!

Hand Gathered, Farm Fresh Eggs

Experience the difference and give our free range, premium eggs a try!

Virginia Raised, 100% Grassfed, Black Angus Beef

Our Virginia raised beef at Longbottom Farm is 100% grass-fed & grass-finished.

Longbottom Farm Pastured Pork

Raised in a combination of pasture and woods, our Pastured Pork produces a flavor like no other. Experience the difference.

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 03/15/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 03/15/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm

Let’s be honest, we are introverted homeschooling farmers. Self quarantine is kind of our thing. ❤

She found a new use for the round bales. 🎯

They are my favorite part of gardening.🌱

We will be working on fencing for the rest of our lives 👵👴

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Trying Times

 I’m certain we can all agree that recent events are more than unsettling. There’s nothing like a global pandemic and national toilet paper shortage to send one’s anxiety through the roof.  However, as a healthcare provider I have to applaud the steps taken to make this situation manageable from a provider standpoint.  Imagine if all of the people who rushed the grocery stores for TP collectively rushed the hospital for ICU beds and ventilators.  We will end up with a triage based system of care where massive casualties will be inevitable simply due to lack of resources.  But in seeing the shortages and pitfalls that have plagued the Italian healthcare system and by implementing isolation procedures early, hopefully we can avoid them.

That said, quarantine is not easy.  The impacts are far reaching and not to be taken lightly. Now is the time to reach out in new ways to see how we can help. Thankfully in this digital era, phone calls, texts, emails and facetime make it possible to do in the safest way possible.

Here at the farm, we have an abundance of fresh eggs, pork and beef available. If you are in our delivery area we are happy to drop them off on your porch.  Place your order online and we’ll bring it to you (We deliver every Wednesday).  If not home or prefer staying in, leave a cooler out in a visable place and we’ll leave your order there.  We also understand that the quarantine has financial ramifications as people find themselves with limited work and unexpected childcare costs. Food budgets will be stretched thin, but we can help there too!  Please reach out to us directly and we will be happy to lend a hand (or a roast).

It may seem strange that a time of social distancing could possibly bring us all together, but lets not let the physical distance make us forget about our neighbors. Cover your cough, wash for hands, and for heaven’s sake share the toilet paper.

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you!  If you have questions, want to tour the farm, or would like to share your thoughts, give us a shout!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

Farm Store

It Tastes Right Because It’s Raised Right!

Hand Gathered, Farm Fresh Eggs

Experience the difference and give our free range, premium eggs a try!

Virginia Raised, 100% Grassfed, Black Angus Beef

Our Virginia raised beef at Longbottom Farm is 100% grass-fed & grass-finished.

Longbottom Farm Pastured Pork

Raised in a combination of pasture and woods, our Pastured Pork produces a flavor like no other. Experience the difference.

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