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Posted 2/10/2016 2:53pm by Alan & Amy McKamey.

Wow what a busy winter its been for us. To think this is our slow time. Well we just got certification for being a Homegrown by Heroes Farm and in 2015 we became members of Indiana Grown. We are at the Farm to Fork winter farmers market every Saturday 900am to 1230pm. This summer the Farm to Fork market moves to Friday evening 4pm to 7pm and we will be at the Garfield Park farmers market on Saturday mornings 9am to 1230pm

Posted 11/13/2015 11:35am by Alan & Amy McKamey.
We will be at the Farm to Fork farmers market located at 79th and Marsh Rd in Pike Township Indianapolis Saturday morning 9am to 1230pm
Posted 5/6/2015 1:21pm by Alan & Amy McKamey.

Dear friends,

 

Please come join us this Saturday from 8-12 at the Danville court house square for our first farmers market of the season.  We will be bringing some of our mouth watering pasture raised large black pork for sale.  Other items that we will have available are ground duck, whole duck, jams, soaps, dried herbs and various other items.  Please come join us!

 

Your hard working farmers

Alan, Amy, and Morgan of

Heritage Meadows Farm

Posted 5/2/2015 7:40pm by Alan & Amy McKamey.

Spring time finds things very busy around the farm, so busy that there just isn't enough hours in the day.  Today has been especially hard.  I have been here today by myself as Alan is at work and Morgan is with his dad.  The weather was beautiful today and it would have been a perfect day to be planting in the garden.  However I found most of my day spent taking care of a very sick little bottle piglet we have.  I had so much planned to do today but most of those things got put on hold when I had to check, feed, doctor, etc. that little piglet that needed me more.  These types of days are tough in many ways and its just all part of farming.

I had errands to run today and since there was no one else home I found myself loading her up and taking her along.  The hardest part of all of this is that she has some sort of brain issue and the chances of her making it are very slim.  She has been having seizures all day and even though I am keeping food in her, warm and hydrated theres not much else I can do.  My many years as a vet tech taught me everything I need to know to take care of this little life however not sure that it will be enough.  Of course there are many others that needed my care around here as well today.  I had ducklings to take from the hatcher, and all of the other animals to take care of as well.  

These kind of days are hard, but I have to tell myself to stop and look around at all you have done and the lives you have saved.  Like this little bottle baby who is now out with the flock.  He hasn't figured out that he is a lamb yet though and would rather be with people or the dogs.

Or I can take a look at all of the happy healthy and very silly little piglets we have out in the barn and pastures right now.  Like this shot of CLara with her babies.

It is likely going to be a long rough night for me tonight, but I wouldn't change this life for anything.  Farming is where I belong good days and bad.

Posted 4/5/2015 12:25pm by Alan & Amy McKamey.

Finding time to do a blog entry these days is pretty tough.  But I promised myself I would try to do this at least once a week.  So here I sit trying to squeeze in just one more thing into my day.  SPring has finally arrived and so has all of the jobs and hard work that goes along with it.  I know it is easter weekend, but a farm doesn't slow down or stop even for holidays.

Yesterday ALan and I started our day off by a litter of pigs born in the barn when he went out to feed.  It had gotten a bit cold the night before, and she had obviously started without notifying us.  We lost one in the process and had one very cold but it came around.  Once getting things all situated with Clara and her new brood and everyone else fed.  We started on the rest of the tasks, but already now running behind.  Alan moved a round bale then to the garden to till.  I headed back up to the house to check on the hatching ducks, baked a loaf of bread, cooked up 2 pots of eggs to feed, and worked on laundry.  After lunch we both worked in the garden hauling compost and getting the onions planted.  We planted almost 10 lbs. of onion sets!  Once we got those in the ground it was off to the barn again to do evening feedings.  ALong with that we had Martha's litter of piglets from the weekend before to ear notch and castrate.  It was getting fairly late by the time we made it back up to the house.  We had dinner, then still had eggs to process, lamb to feed, ducklings to move to the barn, and a grocery list to prepare for today.  It was almost 10 by the time we could sit down, and at that point heck might as well go to bed!

Alan is working today and Morgan is still with his dad, so that leaves me to tend to things.  Thank goodness for a wonderful husband who got up early and fed before work.  I didn't sleep in though as up to move ducklings to the barn, a few small chores, then off to run errands.  Now I find myself quickly paying a few bills writing to all of you, then it will be back to the garden to try to get something else planted.  I hope you all enjoy this sunny day and Happy Easter!

Posted 3/30/2015 11:37am by Alan & Amy McKamey.

I apologize for not having time to post anything recently.Our lists of things to do seems to get longer each day even though we remove things.  Our work day is interrupted every 4-5 hours by a hungry bottle lamb that is currently living in the kitchen.  We had a litter of piglets born last night with at least 2 more litters expected in the next 2 weeks.  Hatching will start this weekend and will continue through the fall.  We had hoped to have some garden planted by now, however the weather hasn't cooperated at all!  Crossing our fingers that we can get a few things in this week.  I have been busy making soaps for the coming market as I know when the weather improves I will have little time to work on that as the garden and other farm duties will take much of my time.  We are very excited about the months ahead and all the things that we have scheduled.  I have shared a few pictures of the sheep and our young feeder piglet group enjoying the bit of sunshine that we had yesterday.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Posted 3/15/2015 10:37am by Alan & Amy McKamey.

So, I am hoping that I don't offend anyone with this photo and blog entry.  My intent is quite the opposite and it is to show the importance of our livestock guardian dogs.  So when Alan went out to feed the other morning this is what he found in the poultry pasture.  We knew that we had fox in the area, and even a den down at the neighbors.  We have seen fox jogging down the middle of the road during the day.  But until now they had kept their distance.  Our goal and hope is that the dogs presence alone keeps back all predators.  However that was not the case this time.  We love wildlife and our intent is to live in harmony with them as best we can.  We don't trap, hunt, or go looking for them.  However we prefer they stay on the outside of our fence.  If they dare enter the pastures looking for dinner, then thats when our dogs will react protecting their flocks.  Tuff earned his keep that night protecting his birds from becoming this little guys dinner.  He saved us thousands of dollars that night in loss of valuable birds and eggs.  We love our boy Tuff and he is worth his weight in gold here on our farm!

Posted 3/8/2015 7:00pm by Alan & Amy McKamey.

This past week had us running from the start.  We had events for Morgan each evening including 4-h meetings and tutoring.  We spent three days at a farm conference going to great classes and meeting new and old friends.  We look forward to the small farm conference each year as it gives us a chance to talk to other farmers like us and somewhat local.  We always learn a few things.  This year it was both good and bad news(basically more regulations).  We had a ram lamb born early in the week and Millie had a litter of piglets last night.  We did our best to get as much done today as possible from running errands, getting groceries, cleaning pens, and sorting a new breeding group of ducks.  It has been a week of non stop running!  The bad part is we are more behind then ever lol!

We are super excited about the weather forecast for the next week.  I hope all of my friends out east are starting to thaw out as well.  Wishing everyone a good evening and a great week ahead!

Posted 3/1/2015 11:10am by Alan & Amy McKamey.

Well the first day of March didn't quite bring the weather that we would prefer, however the temperatures aren't too bad.  The sheep don't seem to mind eating on their round bale with a coat of snow on their backs.  

Momma Dixie is up by the fence first thing this morning waiting on her breakfast.  Dixie is from the Daisy line which is one of the rarest sow lines that we have here in the U.S.  She is a very important part of our breeding program.  We should be getting another nice litter from her later this spring.

Josie had a lot of fun taking a good run through the pasture this morning.  We are trying to get the breeding pens cleaned today, and it is hard work as it is basically a sheet of frozen poop!  It takes a bit of muscle to pick through it all, however it has to get done as we were supposed to start collecting hatching eggs this weekend.  The eggs have been a bit dirtier then we like to hatch so it is important to get these pens cleaned out.  Then the real job will be keeping them clean.

The snow didn't stop this rooster from being out and about this morning.  This guy stays on the back side of the barn and in the sheep pasture with his little harem of girls.  This is the Buckeye rooster that Morgan showed this past fall recieving best of breed in the junior division.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day and think thoughts of spring.  It can't be too far away.  Crossing our fingers that this is our last big snow.