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We raise Angora goats, dairy goats, chickens, heritage Black Spanish turkeys and bees. We also have a large organic garden and pumpkin patch each year.
I am care taker of all animals on our farm including milking, shearing, hoof trimming, vaccine administer, milker, assisting in animal births, dehorning, ailment fixer, chin scratcher, hug giver, egg collector, chick and turkey hatcher, feeder, waterer. I can drive a tractor, run a sickle bar blade, a rake, baler, plow, disk and seeder. I'm a mad weeder, planter and gardener, honey harvester, maple tree tapper, hay bale stacker, stall cleaner and fence fixer. I can also cook a mean farm to table meal when the day is done. I document, write and photograph our days on the farm at our blog.
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm As the long dreary days of winter drag on, I get impatient for the new life that spring brings. Hopefully our goats are pregnant and we’ll be enjoying all that new kids bring to a farm. We’ll be starting up the milking routine once again, […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm Winter has settled in at Iron Oak Farm. Temperatures have been in the single digits for almost two weeks now and we have about 3 inches of snow. The chickens are protesting the cold temperatures and lack of sunshine with their usual, seasonal egg-strike. The eggs […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm Some of my favorite blogs to read are day-in-the-life blogs. I find it interesting how other people set up their routine for the day. A blog like that makes you feel as though you’re walking right along with a friend, helping out with chores. So I invite you […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm Raising turkeys is similar to raising chickens in many ways. But when it comes to nutrition requirements, turkeys need different nutrients than chickens to prosper. Turkeys are larger birds, with larger feathers, they lay larger eggs and their feed should support these differences. For the most part, I […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm In our house, Thanksgiving isn’t just one day of eating turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, no,no. This feast goes on for several days in the form of leftovers. Come Sunday after the holiday and I start to feel more like a stuffed bird and all I can […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm We hold our turkeys in very high regard here at Iron Oak Farm. Our Tom presents himself in a stoic, almost regal display. Turkeys are proud deliberate birds, gentle and beautiful. It’s no wonder that this amazing creature has made history time and again. With “Turkey Day” only […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm Let me start by saying that this is not my original idea. I found inspiration for these hilarious eggs on the mother-site of all crafty and artsy ideas, that would be…Pinterest of course! So whoever came up with this idea I thank you and give full credit, because […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm When raising chickens it’s always important to have a “back up” plan. Just when you think everyone in the flock is happy, content and healthy, nature has a way of surprising us. Chickens can become ill or suffer injuries. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm We’ve already had several fires in the wood burning furnace this September and it’s not even officially Autumn. We live in Michigan and last year our area of the state received record snow falls and temperatures 30 below zero. According to the Farmers Almanac, we’re in for another […]Read more »