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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.


Woodside Elementary Students Visit Homestead Animal Farm

Several busloads of students from Woodside Elementary School, a Sussex Hamilton School District school, visited the farm on May 21, 2010. They took a tour of the farm, met many of the animals, and went on a hay ride. They also learned about planting organic crops during a hands-on activity. The students had a lesson about eggs and the different kinds of chickens we have here on the farm then watched two short movies about farm animals  and chickens produced by Homestead Animal Farm.

"Everybody off. Let's get going!"

The kids learned about chickens and got to hold baby chicks.









   All eyes are on Homestead's farm animal movie. All students participated in a hands-on organic farming activity.










As usual, Nellie is the center of attention. Another group arrives back from the hayride. 










The hayride capped off the day, the students were singing and playing "I Spy" to see if they could find everything along the hayride that was on a poster on the hay wagon. Our dog Nellie supervised the whole tour. She is a big hit with the kids!

Information on school tours is available here.