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Edge of the Woods Farm from Three Oaks, MI
Edge of the Woods Farm

Farm Name: Edge of the Woods Farm

Year Farm Established: 1993

Location: Three Oaks, MI

Years I’ve been farming: 22 years

Animals I raise: Chickens, turkeys, ducks, cows, horses

Crops I grow: Pears, blackberries, red and black raspberries, strawberries, apples, radishes, onions, potatoes, cabbages, kale, collards, chard, asparagus, rubarb, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, cucumbers, peas, beans,

Hobbies I enjoy: gardening, sewing and the outdoors

Club/Associations memberships: Three Oaks Farmers Market
Berrien County Youth Fair

The proudest moment on my farm: When the girls would win at the local fair an animal raised on the farm.

Pets: Horses, cows, lambs, many chickens, turkeys, ducks, hedge hog, cats and dogs.

Farm Motto: To raise heirloom tomatoes for every taste bud.

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  Cool turkey
are turkeys like chickens to raise? do they take any special care to have around?

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hi, I've got a few clydesdale's.

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02/24/2011 05:19.22 AM Report This Comment  
  deer hunting
ya i use to hunt the U.P. about 12 miles west of Escanaba had a lot of fun but the guy were i hunted got sick and had to sell the land and i couldn't afford it just for hunting so i hunt on my land here in Wisc.

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02/22/2011 07:17.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Oh, Alpine's are fun. We have some Alpine blood in our goats. Very pretty breed. Good luck! Any photos?

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01/17/2011 10:07.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for visiting Myrtle Hill
Bees are not too difficult, as you can start out with one or two hives. I know several beekeepers whose spouses or kids are allergic to stings but still manage.

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03/25/2010 06:19.02 AM Report This Comment  
what breed of turkey is this in the pisture.

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02/23/2010 05:19.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Rocks again :o)
Loved your comment about rocks. It boggles my mind that here in the Ozarks we have to buy sand. When we lived in MN and needed sand we drove up to Lake Superior, scooped some up and that was it. Now I don't think there is natural sand within 100 miles of us.


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10/20/2009 01:30.14 PM Report This Comment  
I am laughing so hard right now..not a good thing with 2 cups of coffee and an over 50 bladder!!! I have heard that turkeys can be quite interesting to raise, from an entertainment standpoint that is. I just saw P. Allen Smith on PBS this morning with his heritage breed turkeys. I can remember what he called them but he seems quite enthralled with them.

So you have Aussie's..are they the coolest or what? My Mother has one but Schatz is a sofa hound these days. The farmer who previously owned her got pissed because she wouldn't round up his cows, so he threw her in a pen and never paid attention to her. He told me if someone didn't take her, he was going to "put a bullet in her head". She was so battered and Mom had just lost her Boxer only 3 days before but I tried it and she bit..she and Schatz have been tried and true friend for almost 10 years now. She is such a good, loyal and devoted girl.

We are having our summer drought in October. We need rain really bad but our only hope is they are calling for hit or miss showers today. We'll see.

Have a great weekend! - MaLinda

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10/10/2009 05:49.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Oh Yes Fines
The first time they got out, we unfortunately had 3 dogs that didn't have their County license. So that fine was $168.00 for the dogs plus goat fine. Slowly, all of the fencing is being replaced but Alpine's are just like deer..they stand beside the fence and jump straight up and out. We only have one Alpine,she's now 12 and moves a little slower than she use to. She would get out and the others would plow the fence down to get to her. Major pain.

I think the turkey x biker story is way to funny. I'm assuming the biker was OK. If I had been in the car with you guys, it would have definitely been a side splitting experience. You are so right..the things we do for our animals! - MaLinda

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10/07/2009 04:51.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the Photo Compliment
Goat's are just by nature mischevious and challenging fences is just one of those things. They are cute and have wonderful personalities. I'm not sorry I have them but sometimes I really want to use the "staple gun" on them to make them stay..of course I'd never do that, I'll just keep paying fines and getting yelled at by the farmer next door!!

Love your turkey..pet or food? - MaLinda

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10/03/2009 06:46.15 AM Report This Comment  
  turkey has tail feathers:)
I just checked it out yesterday and he was all fan out. And he looks pretty his tail feathers are growning back there not the full length yet but there close to it. just thought i would let ya know.

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10/03/2009 05:40.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Do you raise your turkeys with the chickens? Any disadvantages of raising them together? We are on the list with Ideal to receive 5 Bourbon turkeys next year?

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10/01/2009 11:29.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Thank you
I appreciate your input on the turkeys, I need to keep investigating but I think I am leaning towards the Bourbon. I live in Kentucky and Bourbon county is a nice place. Fact Bourbon county is dry and Christian county is wet. Only in Kentucky.

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09/16/2009 04:32.13 PM Report This Comment  
  turkey has no tail feathers :(
okay ya i would like that if you could. he did look pretty when he was walking around like he was bad haha. but now hes not as pretty. i know we got way to many roosters i didnt know if that would have a conflict with that but i dont see them messing with him.

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09/15/2009 07:38.44 AM Report This Comment  
y does a tame turkey loose his tail feathers? and i am hopeing that we can get sum good out of the 4-h i know the kids also need to meet new people around here so do me and mommy

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09/13/2009 06:16.18 AM Report This Comment  
I love the picture! I am hoping to get so turkeys next year. Looking at the Bourbon Reds. Do you have any suggestions? Your farm sound lovely.

Cindy, Bloomfield Kentucky

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09/11/2009 04:20.25 PM Report This Comment  
  your request for assistance
The Rural Community and Agri-business Center is a regional company and our target area is Ohio. Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky---however, depending upon the assistance you might be looking for, we might be able to help.

send me an e-mail outlining what you are looking for at rcac@comcast.net


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09/07/2009 06:33.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Rock Wall
Yes we do have alot of stones! We try not to plow as it takes a long time to pick up all the stones. After we cut a lot for pasture(we use the wood for our heat source and usually leave some nice specimens for shading the animals), we use a bog harrow to clean up the roots and the backhoe to dig out any rocks(boulders) that are rising out of the ground. Sometimes we just DR cut the brush down until grass wins out over the brush.

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08/18/2009 06:22.05 AM Report This Comment  
The kids really like 4-H and my duaghter joined a sewing club also!!

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08/17/2009 09:41.38 AM Report This Comment  
  bad chickens
I had a flock of all roosters before the chickens I have now. Those roosters would chase you and attack. Finally the hound took them out. Now I have some nice chickens. I have 2 polish with the hairdoes. They are real friendly and nice birds. Forget banty's unless you like action. :) Thats great your kids get into that stuff. The first time we butchered chickens my son was shocked we were doing that. He said, 'those were my friends'. It hadn't even dawned on us. He doesn't name them now.

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08/11/2009 05:40.06 PM Report This Comment  
I'm not sure I know how to use the blog.

I just posted a long message on my site.

Am I supposed to do it here instead??


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08/08/2009 08:47.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, I hope you read my message on my site about my daughters CSA. It is a lot of work, and we are only at 26 members. We will do it again, next year, depending on how many customers we get. I am removing shade and flowering trees from my tree business to make more room for the vegetables. We already had an irrigation system in place that needed upgrading for the vegetables. It seems a shame to not try it one more year. I think we need 40 customers to make the numbers work.
our web page is www.echoridgefarm.org

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08/07/2009 04:48.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for visiting my site. Life is very interesting with minis! Our newest family member is 4 years old and only recently gelded...he has definitely given us a few interesting moments!

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08/06/2009 06:05.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Okra and veggies
Thanks for stopping by and talking about okra- I made a much longer comment on my own site- however I had heard about the need to rotate but I hadn't heard about the cold affecting them- we did have a little cold right after we planted them- but I replanted with seedlings that also went nowhere this year- well, I'll not plant next year and give our garden a little rest from okra= on to more beans! Again- thanks for visiting!
Naomi, Pottstown PA

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07/31/2009 12:40.30 AM Report This Comment  
That's interesting you mention the name of the town. The locals (I am originally from about 30 miles away) pronounce this BucK an-an. Local lore has it that President Buchanan actually pronounced his name this way and the town has pronounced it CORRECTLY since then. Don't know if this is true. But I have always thought it was an interesting tidbit.

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07/22/2009 01:55.38 PM Report This Comment  
Thanks for the blog comment. We had a great year for blackberries here in GA. We actually received enough rain and sun this year. Made some pies and froze a few. We do have an advantage with no 30 degrees below zero to contend with! Good luck in the future and thanks again.

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07/20/2009 12:13.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments. My son Evan is going to do his dog 4H in about 2 weeks. He has been doing pretty well with our little wheaten scottie named Brydi. He wants to add horses to his projects next year. We love our animals. I am going to be getting a greenhouse pretty soon and have always been interest in heirloom tomatoes. My dad used to grow them when I was young and there aren't any tomatoes anywhere as good as those were. I may be calling upon you for some ideas. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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07/11/2009 04:08.06 PM Report This Comment  
I'm sure when the time comes you will love working on the old ford, I know I have. Surprisingly enough there are a lot of parts available. Happy restoring

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07/02/2009 01:38.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Ford 8n
Thanks for the comments about our tractor. It was just sitting in the barn for about 10 years. It has been in my wifes family since it was new. So when we got married last year and moved on to her families farm I made it a goal to get it running.

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06/30/2009 07:37.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Your daughter
I am so glad to hear your daughter is doing well. It had to hard for her and her horse. I have been wondering how our local farmer's market is getting these wonderful veggies and tomatoes so soon. Our tomatoes are just starting to bud green. You are right it will most likely be mid july/august before they are edible to eat or have green tomatoes to frie. can't wait. shel

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06/23/2009 05:19.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Your wonderful daughter!
Dana, I pray your daughter is ok and just had a scare. I have always been shy around horses and farm animals being a former city girl.I have become more bolder....yet I still need to have caution too. I had a chicken step on my middle toe and cut a corner of my nail with it's sharp nail. I as wearing sandles. My fault. My toe swelled up and turned red in area. I immediately administered perioxide and tea tree oil. Untreated I suppose I could of gotten an infection. I wear shoes now. Hope everything is back to normal on the farm....stay in touch! Shel

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06/21/2009 08:30.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Mornin Dana
It was great hearing from you. I did not go to college. I have been in the IU area for many many years and now live here in Bloomington (IU). Dwight retired from IU as professor of Information Securites (Kelly School of Bus.) However, I must confess....my heart lives for Purdue.I keep in quiet here. I love to visit Purdue's site learning the innovative things they are doing. I ordered (FREE) from Purdue this whole group of different publications "Sustainable Agriculture Network"...Wonderful. We love to bike ride. We ride our tandem to the saturday farmer's market downtown BLN...5 mile ride into town. I bought a new bike last summer. I love to observe and read constantly everything about farm life. Purdue web www.sare-org/publications. Love my chicks: Barred rock, rhodes, white barred we think. Love to come to visit. Dwight is from the Chicago area and has family in southern Michigan/Indiana border. Take care. Chat again! My email: shelnew70@yahoo.com. Feel free to stay in touch via email. Shel

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06/15/2009 05:11.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hobby Farm Friend,
Thank you so much for the info. I must not have been clicking on the correct tags to pull up info on mini donkeys. i would love to have the info. Love your farm. It sounds so much like ours. Dwight bought the farm in 2004 before we met. He is a recent retired Indiana U professor. Please do not hold that against us. His son Jesse just graduated from Michigan in Ann Arbor in Environmental Studies. His girl friend ran the local Farmer's Market. I was a city girl until I met Dwight in 2007. My spouse passed away of lung cancer after a very brief diagnosis of 4 months. So I decided at 52 I was going to do what I always dreamed of become a farmer...lo' behold I met dwight on dont laugh" match.com. I love my chickens dearly even only having them 2 mos. I have to get use to the idea of their demise of being dinner. I am having difficulty with that. Love to come to visit some time when we are visiting in your area on our way to see dwight's son. If you are in our area, Bloomington, IN please feel free to stop in for a visit. Shel

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06/10/2009 03:46.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Miniature Donkeys
Recently, I became the mother to 23 (3 day old) chicks mid April. It has been so much fun and rewarding watching them grow, observing them. It is our free entertainment. Amazing how fast they grow. We now have 16 2 week old guineas. Wow! totally different. We are also interested in miniature donkeys. I cannot seem to find too much on the internet or even books on them. Any suggestions and cannot find any locally purchase. Mother Hen Shel

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06/08/2009 06:37.24 AM Report This Comment  
I wish I had the opportunity as a child to grow up on a farm instead of being a city girl. I was city girl until 2 yrs. My husband passed away of cancer at age 62 in 2004 after a brief illness and I was 52. Now I have a new partner and we share Nature's Sanctuary together. I love farming and my new farm animals at age 57. I finally got the farm I dreamed of. We love going to the county and state fair and see the 4-H programs. Recently we went to Gateway Poultry Expo here in our town in April a week, Bloomington, Indiana ,after receiving my first chickens. I could not believe all he different breeds. I was like a child in a candy store...wanting them all and amazed. I love to get some silkies, frizzles. Our neighbor farmer and best friend, has played a trick on us. One night we inherited 10 more chickens and thought we had more chickens..we started counting...lololol.could not believe it went untected for a few days. He has new pullets and chickens we inherited we believe are from another friend who housed her chickens on his farm. What was most interesting...the 2 groups of chickens have gotten along beautifully. At first there some pecking order going on we noticed...all has calmed down. Shel Ritter

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06/06/2009 05:26.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi in Three Oaks,Mi
Thanks for your comment on my blog. And yes you said it right a garden of any size is work. By the way nice looking turkey.

Joshua - J&T Farm

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05/31/2009 09:17.47 PM Report This Comment  
  well heres a tip dont wear flip flops made that mistake a couple of times but thank you me and my dad built it the coop is 6ft by 8ft and 8ft tall its very nice it cost about 1,200 to build unfortunly do you have fun looking for eggs though

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05/31/2009 07:30.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Upstate NY
Thanks for visiting my farm page! I love what you are doing. Jane from Hillsdale, MI is right about keeping ourselves educated. Keep your independence, folks! Especially when it comes to this stuff.

Gretchen, Hands To Work Farm

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05/28/2009 05:53.15 AM Report This Comment  


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