I am posting the April newsletter just to keep it all a bit organized.
I just wanted to drop y’all a note and let you know what is going on around Klenke Hollow Farm.
First, I am working on a blog that will be updated regularly on events and happenings going on around here. I had hoped to have that going already but alas, it is still a work in progress. The address is www.klenkehollow.wordpress.com. We are excited to share with you what is going on around the farm.
Secondly, we have EGGS!!! If you are interested in true farm fresh eggs please let me know. We are getting almost a dozen a day and while we do eat a lot of eggs, we certainly don’t go through that many. We are selling them for $2.50/dozen and ask that you save cartons for us and return cartons to be refilled. These eggs are from healthy chickens that have plenty of room to roam around and scratch and do the things that God created them to do. We currently give them a commercial feed that has no added antibiotics or hormones. While this feed is not organic, it is what we are able to do for now. We would like to switch to an organic feed in the future. We are beginning to free range them some during the day so that they have even more access to bugs, dirt and the other things that make chickens happy. We are in the process of getting about 25 more chickens that will begin laying this fall in order to be able to supply eggs throughout the winter as well.
Thirdly, we are planning and working on a patch of ground for a garden. We are hoping that by next year we are ready to open it up as a modified CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) type organization. I know that we live pretty far out for most of you but if you are interested in planting some stuff and chipping in for the materials (some soil, seeds, etc.) and are willing to come out 1 day (maybe 2, depending on how big the garden is) per month, then we can share the produce……at least that is what I am playing around with right now. I would love to know if you are interested and if you have any suggestions or comments. Our goal is to have the garden in by the end of April.
We are tackling tasks one by one, researching other animals that would be beneficial, adjusting to farm life, and chipping away at home care stuff that we all “enjoy.” I am in the process of researching various types of cattle that would eventually allow us to have beef and milk available to those who might be interested.
Jared is chomping at the bit to get out around the spring fed pond and get the perimeter trail cleaned up as well as the fishing shack. The pond has plenty of fish and is just waiting to be enjoyed. The creek is calling the name of each of the girls as it is probably their favorite place to hang out and play outside.
We are thankful for what God has provided and desire to share with anyone and everyone that would like to be a part of it. Part of the vision we have, is to have families or groups out for fishing, camping, playing and just having a great time. We are looking forward to putting some dates on the calendar for various events.