My family farm photos….

A photo essay of Sustainable Food and Farming graduate, Chuck Canty’s family farm

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These are the baby chicks back in May. We have 11 chickens for egg laying right now

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Our barn currently houses 13 goats, 11 chickens, and a guinea fowl. We’ve also raised cows and sheep here before too
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Our herd spends its’ days grazing on roughly 3.5 acres of pasture, this is them back in May when the kids were just 2 months old
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This is Jonas, he escapes often
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Sunsets overlooking the pasture and orchard are always spectacular; this one is from right after a summer storm
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In this photo from June, the kids are about 4 months old. In the background you can also see our manure spreader for fertilizing the pasture
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Here is Jonas leaning over the fence to gnaw on a fruit tree
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Here you can see (from right to left) our Japanese Maple tree, Black Walnut trees, the primary garden, and some of our apple orchard
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Here the kids are enjoying an afternoon snack of assorted weeds from around the garden. We grow broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, radishes, onions, strawberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, raspberries, blueberries, beans, eggplant, melons, squash, and pumpkins in for our extended family’s consumption in our garden patches.
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Five minutes after this photo was taken, Jonas escaped and led 2 kids on an adventure before they were captured and brought back to their pen.
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Around September we begin pressing fresh apple cider with apples from our orchard and our press. Our orchard consists of McIntosh, Macoun, Summercrisp, Gala, Golden Russet, St. Edmund’s Russet, Westfield-seek-no-further, Baldwin, and Black Oxford apple trees as well as a few pear and peach trees
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In October the kids were seven months old
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By October the chickens were five months and began laying eggs in November
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They herd us talking about them!
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By the end of November our billygoat landed himself in goat jail after attacking my father
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And finally, this is our dog Bella who herds the goats when they escape!
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As you can see, Bella is not that scary once you get to know her…

 

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