‘Round The Farm
With 200 new layers due at the the end of the month, it was time to hustle on the new mobile coop 🥚
The old layers like to help the girls with garden prep.
Wood chips and chicken poo for the hay field, just don’t follow too closely! 💩
Poor Goldberg got to see pigs for the first time. I don’t think he’s a fan 🐷
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The Dangers of Farming
A Cautionary Tale of Woe
Let’s face it, farming is a dangerous business. Every day, you’re out there battling nature, trying to coax crops from the earth and raise animals that don’t always want to be raised. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. And as a farmer, you’re constantly faced with the risk of injury.
That’s why, when I hurt my back recently, I started to think about all the ways it could have happened. Was it the time I got kicked by a cow? Maybe it was the time I tried to ride a pig like a bucking bronco and got thrown off. Or perhaps it was the time I got into a wrestling match with a particularly stubborn bale of hay. I could have been attacked by a rogue chicken, or accidentally fallen off the loading chute while herding cattle. The possibilities are endless, and each one more absurd than the last.
Of course, the truth is much less exciting. I simply twisted my back while getting out of my truck one morning. There was no epic battle with a farm animal, no daring rescue from a precarious situation. Just me, making a simple movement and feeling a twinge of pain. Most of my body wanted to leave the truck, but apparently one stubborn muscle decided to stay. It’s not a glamorous injury, but it’s a reminder that even the most mundane activities can have consequences.
So what’s the lesson here? Well, I guess it’s that farming isn’t the only dangerous activity out there. Everyday life can be a real pain in the backside, too. You never know when a rogue bag of groceries or a stubborn door hinge will strike. That’s why we all need to take a lesson from my injury and start living life like we’re in a constant state of danger. You know, wear a helmet to bed, put on knee pads to do the dishes, and always keep a first-aid kit in your pocket. It might look a little ridiculous, but hey, at least you’ll be prepared for anything.
Just kidding, but it’s important to remember that accidents can happen at any time, in any situation. And sometimes, the most mundane activities can be the most dangerous. So be careful out there, fellow readers and farm friends. And if you see me hobbling around the farm with a sore back, just remember that it wasn’t a wrestling match with a hay bale that did me in. It was just me, getting out of my truck.
What Else is Happening ‘Round the Farm
Lots happening as Spring approaches. Here’s what to look out for.
Barn: Road is complete to the barn and electricity / water is almost done. This will be the new pick-up area soon with freezers / refrigerators outside. NOT YET, but soon, pick-up will change to 7 days a week between 8am – 8pm once you get a “all ready” notification. This is not in place yet will be ready in the next few weeks!
Restocking: We have pigs and cattle going in April so will be fully restocked in all of your beef and pork favorites next month.
Pasture Walks: Once the barn is complete, we’d like to do Pasture Walks once a month. Pasture Walks are an opportunity to see the animals, explore the farm, and learn about why and how we raise our animals as we do. Watch for future announcements.
Chickens: Our layers are expected to be on farm (pullets) beginning of April so eggs should be back soon. Our Pastured Poultry should be restocked in June with chicks due on the farm 1st week of April.
YouTube : Something new we’re trying. Are you tired of watching cat videos all day? Let’s switch it up with some happy cattle, a farm tour, or a recipe or two. We’ll be adding videos here every couple weeks or so. Next up is rendering pork fat / tallow, starting your own backyard chicken flock, and tour / construction of the new egg mobile we’re building. Check out our past videos and let us know what you think!
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With Our Appreciation,
Jason, Lexi, and Family
Want to pick some Longbottom Farm beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and coffee as well as other locally produced goodies. These are the places to do it.
Charlottesville City Market – (April – December) Every Saturday from 8 am – 12 noon. A great way to stock up on some local food and treats while enjoying some fresh air. Thanks to all those that have come out to support local farms and artisans in our area. Hope to see you there!
Curbside Pick-up – Order online and pick up on farm with our Curbside Pick-up. Place your order, choose your day, and pick-up anytime on that day between 11am and 4pm. That’s it!
Locally Delivery – If you are within 30 minutes of our farm (availability is determined by zip code at checkout), we offer home delivery to the Scottsville / Charlottesville areas. We deliver every Friday for orders over $50 ($6 delivery charge) and FREE DELIVERY for orders over $99. Simply Order online and we’ll take care of the rest!
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