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Highland Farm LLC from Batesburg, SC
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Farm Name: Highland Farm LLC

Year Farm Established: 1994

Years I’ve been farming: 20 years

Animals I raise: Horses, Dogs, Chickens, Goats

Crops I grow: Variety of Organic Vegetables, Plum, Cherry, Apricot, young Pecan trees, young blueberry bushes. Getting ready to start planting Hazel nuts.

Hobbies I enjoy: Reading, gardening, walking with my dogs, Learning more everyday about everything there is to running a farm.

Club/Associations memberships: Arabian Horse Association
Ride and Tie Association


The proudest moment on my farm: Each time a new life is born!

Pets: 9 dogs and 1 cat. Correct that.. add 3 new kittens.

Farm Motto: "To God be the Glory"


Farm Blog
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  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  A brand new Year!
Well it is already the 3rd of January. We've had rain almost every night which is wonderful. Just got my white walnut trees and a few others that I can put in this weekend. Perfect weather for them to get in the ground.

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01/03/2013 03:00.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Your goats
Thanks for the nice comment. I just found this web-site. I started my subscription 4 months ago and I love the magazine.
What type of goats do you raise?

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12/28/2012 08:07.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Pigs
The first pig we raised was 3 years ago. That pig made it to the county fair and we did not eat him. The second pig did not make weight for the fair, we did share some of her. The kids did not have a hard time eating it. My son named her frijoles so when we were having pork for dinner the girls would ask if we were eating frijoles. This last pig he raised also made fair so he was auctioned off also.

We do not eat our chickens we just use their eggs. Having chickens in our yard has opened their eyes as to where eggs really come from. They love waiting to see the chicken lay and grab the egg as soon as it is dry.

Have a wonderful new year!

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12/28/2012 08:45.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the Welcome!
Thanks for the welcome and the warm comments! Love the pics of your animals! Your horses are beautiful!

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12/27/2012 11:04.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the Welcome
Happy holidays from Yummy Tummy Farms, a suburban farm, in San Jose, CA.

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12/25/2012 09:57.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Christmas
with family is so special. We have a 3 year old who is just learning about Christmas. Praying all of you have a merry Christmas

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12/25/2012 04:02.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Merry Christmas
Praying everyone has a wonderful Christmas

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12/24/2012 08:45.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Karakul sheep
Well the farm might be growing faster than expected. I've been doing research about the sheep and since have received a message of 4 black ewes for sale. I don't think I want to start out with that many. Two would be plenty and than get more unrelated lambs each year. There is a lot to think about.
The farm will need to provide everything for feeding all the animals. I'll be looking at growing millet which I understand is good for dogs to eat. Will need to find what I can grow for the horses besides feeding them hay.

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12/19/2012 04:24.48 PM Report This Comment  
  rain
more and more rain today. Has been non stop since yesterday.

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12/17/2012 03:26.20 PM Report This Comment  
  my daughter and her horse
you asked was the one up an English rider, she was trained by the lady she got Porshe from to ride English style, until she moved ,that is when she got her one and only horse.

Come visit me, The Cox Family Steading.

12/11/2012 05:23.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Winter
I'm finding I really love the "not" so busy time of winter. Being able to just sit for an afternoon and listen and watch birds. Being able to work through my mind the things that spring will bring. Going through seed catalogs and making Wish lists. We are blessed with some beautiful "cool" not cold/wet days right now. I know winter will hit soon so I'm enjoying every day I can.

Come visit me, Highland Farm LLC.

12/10/2012 03:01.21 AM Report This Comment  
  wow
You certainly have an amazing set of pictures. Beautiful. Love your farm profile and giving all thanks to God. He is the keeper of my farm as well :)

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12/08/2012 03:48.43 AM Report This Comment  
  P.S.
love your farm motto

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12/05/2012 12:27.17 PM Report This Comment  
  thank you
thanks for the welcome , my daughter loves horses, well, I do too, I just don't ride. Your horses are very pretty.

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12/05/2012 12:04.39 PM Report This Comment  
  December
Can you believe how fast this year has flown past. So many changes and so many more to come. Thank you my Lord for your bountiful blessings.

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12/02/2012 02:53.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Garden
Still making raised beds in garden. The compost seems never ending which is wonderful. New bed is 10x64 feet and at closest end is over 3 foot from ground. I know that sounds strange but have decided to use mason blocks and bricks to put into levels for strawberry plants and some herbs in the spring. The majority of garden is now made up of these raised beds. Only have tractor width in between each. Think my actually put water stops in paths to slow rain water. Beds will have ridge along outer side to hold water in the beds.

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12/01/2012 02:40.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Reply to alpacas
Alpacas are not used as guard animals. You're thinking of llamas which make outstanding guard animals for herds like goats sheep and alpacas. It is a common mistake because alpacas and llamas are so closely related. Llamas are much larger (about twice the body mass) as alpacas and have a natural instinct to watch for predators and protect the herd.

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11/28/2012 05:33.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Very Cold
Well covers didn't protect the peppers and eggplants. Lost the plants but was able to save lots of fruit. Some of the peppers will have to ripen to their colors.

Picked some Rutabagas and beets. Looking forward to lunch tomorrow.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.

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11/26/2012 03:24.23 PM Report This Comment  
  cold morning
Frost on everything. Will uncover garden after 10 to give temp time to come up some. 31* right now. Light breeze makes it feel much colder.

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11/25/2012 05:45.52 AM Report This Comment  
  cold morning
Frost on everything. Will uncover garden after 10 to give temp time to come up some. 31* right now. Light breeze makes it feel much colder.

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11/25/2012 05:45.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanksgiving
So much to be thankful for this year. God has been so good. We have come through some hard times and God has allowed us to keep the farm together. He has brought a young lady here who wants to learn about the horses and has been working with them each week.

We did lose Dee this past year but had so many joyous with her and have her daughter Mirandy Rose to carry on her memory.

That has been one thing God has thought me this year. To be able to look at all things and try to see how they are all connected. How good can come out of things bad. Sometimes it's a very hard lesson.

Watching the farm grow and change has been amazing. Seeing the pastures take on a life of their own with no more help from me is refreshing. It was the best thing to start Bahia grass. Even now with just a few showers, the pastures are turning green again. So different than the years previous. We have been able to keep the weeds under control finally so hopefully will have a much better and thicker grass stand than even last year. We can now graze 6 horses on about 6 acres for 1 1/2 months before showing signs of wear.

Looking forward to a wonderful New Year developing.

Come visit me, Highland Farm LLC.

11/22/2012 10:57.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Fall Garden
The Lord has been so good. Still getting yellow squash from under covers. The Chinese, white and purple Eggplants are covered up with fruit and new blooms. I still have a few bugs around so hope they can continue to pollinate everything.

Watching the Brussels Sprouts begin to grow on their stalks. Both Red and green cabbages are almost 3 feet around! I've been told you can eat the whole thing so will start pulling off some of the larger leaves to try. Have also been told to wash and cut them up and than freeze for later use.

Will see about picking some beets in the morning. Nothing so wonderful and refreshing as fresh picked beets!

Mashed some of the fresh dug sweet potatoes and took them to Church last night. Don't think people really knew what to expect. They were so bright orange. No sugar needed. Just added a bit of butter. They melt in the mouth.

Digging this past years compost out of the stallion paddock. The paddock is about 60x100 and the compost is about 2 feet deep or more. The boys have lived off hay most of the year. Have their new pasture growing grass finally but just have to get it fenced in. They won't know what to do! This past summer they spent a month on one of the new pastures with grass almost up to their knees! They did not like leaving it.

Making new row for spring planting. Will also try some beds 25x25 in size for Flax seed/Buckwheat rotation. Have just learned about Quinoa. I'm going to try some of it. Maybe I will learn to be a vegetarian??

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11/19/2012 06:02.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Farming
Having to look really hard about the direction the farm will be going in. I still want to expand the Natural gardening sites and am looking at Nut and Fruit trees and bushes to add. Am a Charter patron of the Arbor day foundation Hazelnut program so will be putting out those trees this fall.

I'm looking at raising different birds and animals for meat sales, and even thinking of opening up the farm for RV use (max of only 6 sites). I know there are people who travel with their horses and dogs and want to reach them.

So as you can see, I'm looking at different thing that might help build the farm.

Sure would appreciate any ideas and suggestions!

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11/15/2012 06:33.36 PM Report This Comment  
  There are pallets used world wide and the pine one are ot owned by any one..... unlike the chep pallets So the pine one I use to make huts out of and have had very good success with it.....corrugated tin is also readily available second hand. way to go.....just to house animals and you an fill in the nail holes with silicon and that is cheap to buy. why buy new when you an pick up second hand and make do....great idea I reckon

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11/13/2012 05:12.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome. Love your horse pics. We have two horses we resuced. One is a Tenn.walker mare and the other is a 1/2 quarter horse and 1/2 arabian cross gelding. We are new to horses and are still learning the ropes. We have not ridden either one, just big, lovable hay burn'n pets. Wouldn't trade em for the world. Have a great farming day.

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11/09/2012 05:27.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
Welcome

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11/08/2012 12:47.41 AM Report This Comment  
  The Farm
This farm is owned by God. I try and do as I would think His Will is for it.
We raise people friendly Arabian horses who live together in small herds. Including the 6 stallions.

This year has seen a huge improvement in our Natural gardening. The new rows are 5X100 feet long and two feet deep with organic material. The fall/winter crop has boasted a late yield of green beans, English peas, colored bell peppers, three kinds of eggplant, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, and "believe it or not" Yellow squash! All are still producing.

I'm praying the row covers will extend the growing season into the winter.

Come visit me, Highland Farm LLC.

11/07/2012 04:19.39 PM Report This Comment  

 



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