Our family farming history began with my great-great-... (nine generations ago) grandfather Johannes. He, his wife and three children left Saxony, Germany, on April 20, 1734, aboard the ship St. Andrew, mastered by Capt. John Stedman. They landed at Philadelphia on Sept. 22 and eventually settled our family’s first "New World" farm near Society Run in Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pa., in 1743. Pig farming was our family’s specialty until the mid 1950s. A lot has changed since then. Our BQA cow–calf operation includes 100% grass-fed registered Red Angus, Hereford and purebred Beefalo; 30 to 35 pastured Duroc and Spot pigs; 100 Freedom Ranger broilers; and 90 Golden Comet and Buff Orpington layers. We organically maintain 80 acres, comprising 15 acres in rotational pastures, 15 acres in tillable cropland, and alfalfa/mixed grass hay on the balance. We have never used chemical pesticides or herbicides on our pastures or hay fields. We are not a "certified" organic farming operation, but we prefer the natural/organic approach to help promote sustainability.
Dec 23, 2010
Christmas gives us the opportunity to do things for people we might otherwise neglect, and we must take advantage of every opportunity.
December 25th isn’t about presents but about Christ presence in our lives. The angels had been overjoyed once before when the Son of God, through whom all things were created, laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:1-7). But now the same Son was coming to dwell upon the earth He created! The joy only the angels had known would now be a joy spread throughout the earth to all people. Have you experienced the peace of which the angels spoke?
Imagine how excited you’d be (or are), if your loved one were returning home after a tour of duty. You would be (or are), giddy with excitement, straightening the house, planning a menu, calling friends, and preparing for the long-awaited reunion. This is the same excitement we should be experiencing and preparing for in the coming week as we get ready for Christmas. The Celebration of Jesus Christ. Think of why he came, and what he did for us.
This Christmas, remind yourself of why it is more blessed to give than to receive.
And as this year is coming to an end, it’s a good time to leave behind some old habits.
Perhaps you need to bring your temper under Christ’s control.
Perhaps you need to change your vocabulary. Maybe God is nudging us to forgive an offense or overlook an insult.
As we celebrate Christmas with friends and family, and prepare to end one year and begin a new one, let’s determine to start it with passion. To press on with a desire to succeed in how we live our lives and how we choose to raise our cattle!
Celebrate Christmas this year with both a backward glance
and a forward look! Rejoice! God is with us!
From all of us at:
The Kuhn Family Farm
& Old Country Store