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Welcome to the farm, Rosie

A new sow joined the herd today. Rosie came to us from Washington, VT where she recently weaned a litter. She is an Old spot-Tamworth cross, and looks a lot like Purdy.  She is currently getting to know Hershel and… Continue Reading →

Purdy is mom of the year

We had off farm business to attend to today which kept us away for 14 hours. With no power…and therefore no heat lamp or heater in the barn…with freezing temperatures last night, barely hitting the mid 40s today.  Purdy took… Continue Reading →

Farming off the grid

It’s been an interesting couple of days at Sweet Bear Farm. First we had inches of rain just a few days after we had already had inches of rain. Our previously dry pastures and barn yard were a few steps… Continue Reading →

New arrivals!!

Still going!! 16 and counting! Update: 16 total. Purdy was a total champ. 

Still waiting….

We’ve been watching Purdy closely, but no nesting behavior yet. Eleanor is very diligent in checking on her. We’ve seen some discharge and expressible milk, so theoretically, she should start nesting any time and we’ll have piglets!

Short final for the piglets 

Purdy is due any day now. Eleanor has been checking regularly for fetal movement, and giving Purdy some good rub downs. 

Fall piglets and more adventures

We were hoping for earlier fall piglets, but nature doesn’t listen to requests and Hershel took his time getting the girls pregnant. We’re expecting litters from Purdy and Ruby. Just like in the spring, Purdy is due first. We feel… Continue Reading →

The flock increases

Six more chickens came to Sweet Bear Farm today from our friends at Cedar Circle  Farm in Thetford. They came to love with us after the other hens in their flock had an unfortunate incident with a Fischer. So far,… Continue Reading →

Equipment for new skills

Eleanor is a very curious young lady, and she likes to do whatever mom and dad are doing. In order to facilitate this, and prepare her to work so we can have a break, we’ve been finding Eleanor-sized equipment.  We… Continue Reading →

Helping off-farm

We had a unique opportunity earlier this week. Our neighbor is a logger, specifically, a horse-logger. He works with his trusty horse, Devon, a very popular animal in Eleanor’s world. Anytime we walk down the hill, she calls for us… Continue Reading →

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