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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.
Planting forages next month?
The wet weather this past spring in the North East, and extreme drought in the South & South West has forced many of us to postpone planting forages until mid-summer or even fall if we don’t get a break in the extremes.
If you are hoping to plant yet this season don’t forget to keep two very important factors in mind.
So take some extra time when praying today, the weather we’re dealt isn’t more than we can handle. Our families before us survived these weather extremes and we will too. There might not be an end in sight to our over abundance of moisture or your extreme drought, but if your trust in the Lord he will provide what you need. Don’t believe me? TRY GOD! What do you have to lose?
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