‘Round The Farm

12 degrees

Good Morning???? I think not!!!

donkey cuddles

Nelson is super social and spent his morning warning us of the dangers of sledding.

horse bale net

They were so mad that I dared to use a hay net on their round bale.

farmer needs rest

This weather might be killing us.
#cold #frozenfarmer

👫 As a farming couple, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges when the temperature drops. But with resilience, smart strategies, and a little bit of humor, we’ve learned how to make the most of winter on our farm.

This Week on the Farm:

Overcoming Winter Challenges and Preparing for Horse Boarding

Cattle eating hay

👋 Hey there, farm friends and homesteaders! Hope you’re staying warm out there. Despite the frosty weather, we’ve had a busy week here at the farm. Here’s what’s happening ‘round the farm:

🧊 Chilly Challenges but No Mud!

Wow, it’s been icy cold this week, with temperatures often in the teens. ❄️ Despite the extra challenges the cold brings to our daily chores, we’re kinda enjoying a break from the usual mud! Trying to look on the bright side of these bone-chilling temperatures. Our regular water systems needed a time-out due to the freeze, but our cattle’s inground systems have been flawless (phew!). Our horses’ heated waters had a brief hiccup but are back in action now. Meanwhile, I’ve turned into a bucket-hauling champion for our dogs, sheep, chickens, and donkey. My back disagrees, but hey, it’s all good exercise, right? 😅 Good news is, it looks like we’re in for a warmer spell – mud included, but we’ll take it! The best part? Our animals are weathering the cold like true champs. They’re a constant inspiration and also a source of pride in ourselves in getting them through this.  I think we’re getting a few things right!

🐎 Horse Boarding: Coming Soon to Our Farm!

Big news! Our barn is nearly set for horse boarding. 🎉 The tack room is shaping up, and my DIY plumbing skills (hello, new sink and water heater!) are slowly but surely improving. Horse boarding is our way of blending our love for horses with a sustainable business model. Thanks to the lessons from the pandemic, we’ve learned the value of diversifying. So, horse boarding isn’t just a passion project; it’s a strategic move for our farm’s future. Can’t wait to share more about this exciting new service!  If you know of anyone looking, send them our way!

🚜 Parking Lot Update

If you’ve swung by for curbside pickup, you’ve probably seen our parking lot’s transformation from nice and flat to muddy trench.  We put a new water line in and the rain, snow, and cold temperatures haven’t been our friend in this endeavor.  So please pardon our muddy mess, watch your step when pick-up orders, and know our contractor is on the case.  We actually have plans to not only fix that, but cut out more of the bank and widen the parking lot as a whole for easier access. We’re expecting a quote soon and aiming to have it all sorted out in the next few weeks.

📹 YouTube Adventures in Farming

Have you checked out our YouTube channel yet? We’re doubling down on videos about starting and growing a farm, and sharing our journey with aspiring farmers and homesteaders. 🌾 It’s our way of spreading the farming love and knowledge we’ve accumulated (and sometimes unlearned – it happens!). We also hope to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into running a small family farm. Your support means the world to us, and we’d love to hear what topics you’d like us to cover in future videos. Drop us a comment and let us know!

🌤 Looking Forward to Warmer Days

Here’s to hoping for a week of warmer weather – muddy boots and all! Spring is just around the corner, and we’re buzzing with plans and projects for the farm. Stay tuned for more updates, and as always, we love hearing from you. Thanks for being a part of our farm’s story, and catch you in the next update!

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you.  If you have questions or would like to share your thoughts, give us a shout!  Have a wonderful week!

Longbottom Farm Winter

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family