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The Back Forty -

Our Homestead Animal Farm Journal


Here Comes the Pumpkins!

We've harvested wagonloads of pumpkins for the fall maze season. You'll find them for sale along the drive and in the pumpkin barn along with many other items.

Mark Harmann poses with a freshly harvested pumpkin ready to be transported to the barn area.


Another wagon filled with pumpkins.


Here are some other photos of the harvest. Note that Nellie, our golden retriever, rests for all of us so we can keep working.



Homestead Animal Farm is Abuzz With 9 Million New Workers


Yes, you read that right, 9 million new workers. They are honey bees. The bees have arrived and have a new home at the very south end of the pumpkin patch. They will leave at the end of September and be trucked to Florida for the winter and return next spring. (Can honey bees be snowbirds?) They will produce nearly 1/2 ton of honey while they are here. Our new workers will also help pollunate our corn, pumpkins, gourds, gardens, and other crops.

Homestead will offer our own honey for sale in the Pumpkin Barn this fall. We will also have Saintly Syrup maple syrup for the first time along with the traditional pumpkins, gourds, and woodworking products made from wood milled right here on the farm!

Stay tuned for more details about our new products.

Here are some photos of the honey operation.

The hives are unloaded from the flatbed and moved into place by the forklift. Smoke is used to calm the bees.

 The hive was already producing honey on the second day.

A few bees remain behind on the comb.


The Homestead Chicks Greet the Public and Pose for Photos

One of the most popular activities each maze season is the opportunity to meet many of the animals up close. The chicks are fun for people to hold and photograph. Small children espcially enjoy this interaction with these little critters.