Livestock Guardian Dog

Getting a puppy for Cash was 100% the right thing to do.

Cash has remained true to his job, never wavering from his commitment as a livestock guardian dog. He works so hard it’s been a challenge to get him to eat enough throughout the day since his dog food is kept in his house. Since the puppy came around, Cash is spending more time in his house and eating all of his meals (and gaining the much needed weight for winter.)

I watch them play endlessly, nap frequently and cuddle together to stay dry or warm. It’s adorable and emotional at the same time. Cash wasn’t raised like other puppies and many times we doubted that what we were doing was “right”. He spent endless amounts of hours, days alone. Our domestic dogs rejected him instantly since he liked to play too rough. We wanted to cuddle him and bring him in to the house so many times, feeling sorry for him and his loneliness. But we were committed to our goals of raising a good livestock gaurdian dog, and that we most certainly did.

Bagel has allowed Cash to be a puppy again but this time with the maturity and attitude he needs to be a good teacher and farm dog. I trust that Bagel will learn everything he needs to be equally as balanced and with the same work ethic and adorable personality we see so often in Cash.

I know we share this often but it’s true in saying: Cash is the best dog. We love him so much and there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing him laying low to the ground, as gentle as a giant dog can be, playing softly with his new puppy Bagel.

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The Farm Store

This past Saturday, October 30th, we hosted our first Grand Opening of the Farm Store in the new barn.

WHAT A SUCCESS!!! It was a dreadful raining, cold, windy day and our freshly laid dirt driveway was a soupy mess. I was concerned the bath weather would keep people away from our event. I was wrong! I should have posted that there was a occupancy limit in the little shop. My husband plans to build a covered porch so at least, in the future, our guest can have a place to sit and enjoy the view while they wait for the shop to clear out of shoppers.

My parents were visiting from upstate New York so my mom helped me prepare some fresh baked warm Pretzels and Hot Coffee and Cider for our guest. We bagged some fresh baguettes and hoagie rolls and prepared fresh Chocolate Fudge and Olive Butter, items we dont usually stock in the store. I was surprised at with every guest how much they enjoyed my selection.

I can’t thank everyone who attended enough for their support and coming to our farm on that day. I appreciated meeting everyone and connecting with them all in one way or another. I hope you enjoy the stuff you purchased and we will certainly be hosting another fun event at the Barn again soon!

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Need a last minute gift idea for your outdoorsy friend, family member or co-worker?

Want to gift a night stay at our Off-Grid Cabin? 

Our Cabin rents on AirBnB for $125 but for a limited time we are offering a nights stay for only $65.

SHOP HERE FOR A GIFT CERTIFICATE

Dates for reservations are only good between May 25 and September 7, 2020.

Reservations must be confirmed by April 15, 2020
Available dates are not guaranteed until booked.
Applicable rules and regulations apply. For more details please contact the farm directly at thefoxandcrowfarm@gmail.com
Not redeemable for cash.

*FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

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Coming Soon!

Custom Wood Crafts

Coming in 2020. Sustainably harvested wood crafts from The Fox and Crow Farm.

In 2017 The Fox and Crow Farm endured a major wind storm and lost many trees. We witnessed decade and century old trees simply uprooted and knocked over. It was a terrible loss. We vowed to save as much of the wood as we possibly could and invested in a band saw mill to mill lumber onsite. We built our Windfall Cabin in spring of 2019.

Now, we are proud to offer some unique farm crafts from our harvested lumber. From Red Oak, White Oak, Birch, Maple and other various species, we have designed cutting boards, bottle openers and other unique gifts.

Stay tuned for our official launch in our Fox and Crow Farm Store.

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Today was a good day

I just had a break through with my horse Tango. I think we both felt it and it was too amazing not to share with you.

Tango has mounting issues. Mounting from the ground, a mounting block and even just being elevated around her. She gets mean, ears go farther back than I have ever seen on a horse, bites at her shoulder, has bitten me, swishes her tail and stomps her back foot.

I have tried several different methods and I always get results but this issue just never seems to really go away.

Today I just stood on a tree stump in her paddock. Tango came to me (came to me!!) and turned her ears and started being all pissy. I put my hands in my pockets and just shifted my weight left to right and took deep breaths. Tango moved in closer to me. If I looked at her or moved my hand towards her I would get the sass. So I didnt. I just stood there minding my own business. She kept moving in closer and closer to me. Her breath got longer and longer and she shifted her weight right into me.

Now we must have stood there for about 15 minutes and I could tell she was falling asleep. Her lower lip was sagging, her head was low, her ears forward. I leaned in to her and touched her.

Tango turned her head real quick and I thought for sure she was going to go sour. She didnt!

Here I was, standing on the stump, elevated, my hip at her withers (she put herself there mind you) and I was touching her without any fuss.

What was different about today than all the other days?
I am working on mounting my little rescue TWH, Penny. I have had her since she was a wee little rescued filly and I earned her trust and confidence in me by working with her little bits at a time. That time has built this amazing bond. Today she let me sit up on her bareback and get on and off several times without a fuss. Why am I not doing this with Tango? How is she any different?

Today I let her decide how much was too much and when it felt right for her just by simply letting her be there. No halter, lead rope, nothing. She was there at her own free will. 15 minutes of relaxation and trust building was better than the 15 minutes of fighting with her to get a mount. She gave me something I honestly have never really asked her to give me. Her honest and sincere approval of the mount and just like Penny, it will take time. So, just like Penny, she will have as much time as she needs. I plan to live with her for rest of our lives so we will make the most of it.

Today was such a good day.

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Why didn’t I think of that before?

I am sharing my revelation with you now so you don’t miss out on this like I did.

We just “beefed” up our laying hen production. We went from our 4 laying hens in 2018 to 30 laying hens in 2019. This called for a whole new approach to EVERYTHING.

  • A bigger chicken house
  • Easier clean up
  • More water and feed and a better management of that
  • More nesting boxes (and ones that they will actually use)
  • A bigger, taller outdoor aviary for them where they are protected from Ravens, Owls, Fox, Coyotes, and everything else

So, what my BIG revelation?????????

A roosting bar over a sand box

Clean up works like this: kitty litter scooper, bucket, no more poop.

You can thank me now or later on when you install one in your chicken house.

And your birds will thank you too since they LOVE rolling around and scratching at sand.

 

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The Fox and Crow Farm Store

Have I mentioned that THIS IS THE YEAR!!!????

  1. This is the year we open our Farm Store right here on the farm
  2. This is the year we offer our Online Store, open 24/7
  3. This is the year we are selling our farm raised meats, eggs and goodies to YOU
  4. This is the year we are offering HOME DELIVERY!!!
  5. This is the year of the FOXBOX

When, you ask?

Well, when we get through the red tape of licensing, insurance, labeling and taxes. We are just weeks away from our Grand Opening!!!! But, that wont stop me from sharing our farm store page with you now.

CHECK OUT OUR STORE, CLICK HERE

Jared and I have been raising our free range, free foraging and grass fed hogs for several years now but this year we will be offering our pork cuts directly to you. All USDA packaged and with the option of Smoked cuts and thick cut bacon.

We have 30 laying hens going into production so we can ensure you will never have to buy commercially raised eggs from the grocery store ever again.

We have free range meat birds pecking away at the grass, bugs and enjoying the sun while stretching their wings on our farm ready to provide you with the healthiest and most delicious chicken.

Have you been watching all of our BBQ sauces, BBQ Dry Rubs and recipes? Our Soap Bars? Our dog treats, our horse cookies…?????????? Yes, you guessed it!!! Those will soon be for sale through our farm store.

And whats this about HOME DELIVERY???? ……… Ok, so we have a few secrets we aren’t ready to reveal just yet, but soon. All I can say is: FOXBOX

Heres what you need to know:

  1. Follow uS and Watch for Updates
  2. Buy from us and Help Support your Local Farmers
  3. Share our Page and our message with your friends and family members
  4. Love yourself, your body and mind, and take care of Mother Earth. We will and we do ❤

 

 

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Farm Made Flock Block, Chicken Suet

Want a healthy, fun, boredom buster idea for your chickens?

Why not try a farm made Chicken Suet!

Now, I happen to be making my Flock Block from the left over suet when I boiled down my pig fat to make lard. I am using the lard for my soap bars. I don’t expect you to have several pounds of pig flake and back fat in your freezer. I also don’t anticipate that you were boiling the fat down to make lard for soap bars. (If you are, you are in the right place my friend!)

So, if you don’t have pounds of fat what will you be using? Kitchen scratches and bacon grease!! You heard me right, trim that fat and gristle off your meat and save it. Drain that bacon grease into a jar and save it. Once you have enough to fill a pot half way, you have just enough to get started.

Here’s what you need:

  • Large Pot
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Strainer/Sifter (I use a flour sifter. The smaller the holes the better)
  • Grease/Fat
  • Chicken Scratch/Seeds/Sunflower Seeds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Plastic or Pyrex food storage containers

So let’s get started!!!

1) Fill your large pot with about 3″ of water on the bottom Your pot should never be more than half full after you have added all of your water and grease/fat!!!!! Grab a large pot to be safe!

2) Add about 1 tbsp of Salt per 1lb of grease you are boiling

3) Trim the fat and gristle down to small pieces (I freeze my fat to make it easier to cut up) The smaller the pieces the more fat you will cook out of it.

4) Add your fat and grease BEFORE you begin to heat up the water.

Now this is a good time to talk about safety. Hopefully we all know what happens when we heat water and oil!!!! Don’t overheat your water to the point of boiling!!! Don’t ever let your oil splatter! And don’t ever let your oil boil over into an open flame!!!! Seriously guys, this is science. Be safe!!!

5) Ok, so now that we have some warm water the grease should be starting to thin out, you should see less and less clumps of fat. Stir to break down the oil and aft. You will still see chunks of meat and gristle. That is fine, we will sift these out.

6) I let mine heat for about 30 mins per lb fat. By now it should be a watery consistency with clumps of junk floating around.

7) Grab a large container or large mason jar and your strainer/sifter. We are about to strain out the liquid from the clumpy stuff.

8) It’s time to slowly pour the water/oil/clumpy stuff into our jar or container. It might take a few pours since your sifter will start to fill up with stuff. Dump that clumpy stuff into a bowl (We are going to be using that too)

9) Let your oil/water mixture rest until its at room temperature. Once its cooled, you can place it in your refrigerator.

10) OK, now it’s tomorrow and you are opening your fridge and looking at your wonderful creation of LARD or TALLOW!!! Congrats!!!!! You did it!!!!!! The water should be on the bottom and the fat on top. Grab a big spoon and starting spooning it into a pot. Pour out the water that’s in the bottom. We no longer need that.

11) Grab that extra clumpy stiff that we sifted out yesterday and throw that in there.

12) Heat your pot on low. You just want to melt the fat, not boil or burn it!

13) Now you can add your peanut butter, seeds, etc to your SUET.

14) Mix it until it starts to feel like thick dough

15) Spoon your SUET into the small containers and let them reach room temp.

16) Cool them in your fridge so they are easy to handle as a block and wrap them in wax paper, lay them on a cookie sheet to freeze them or place them into baggies.

17) I like to freeze mine. It’s a nice cool treat in the summer time and will not spoil.