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Farm Name: Cheaper than therapy

Year Farm Established: 2010

Location: Bright, IN

Years I’ve been farming: 5 years

Animals I raise: Chickens, Rabbits

Crops I grow: Family garden stuff

Hobbies I enjoy: Hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, flying

Club/Associations memberships: Kids are both in 4h.

The proudest moment on my farm: First deer harvested to help feed the family.

Pets: Yes... Need we say more?

Farm Motto: Become less dependent on the grocery and more self sufficient.

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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  
Welcome to Hobby Farms!

Come visit me, K&B Ranch.

08/16/2013 04:59.03 PM Report This Comment  
  I never used to like pickles either! And yes, I think you should get a mini or two! They are so cute and think they are just like the "big guys."

Come visit me, Animal Place.

08/16/2013 06:59.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Nice pictures

Come visit me, Annie's Farm.

08/16/2013 06:58.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Love the farm name! Are those pickles?

Come visit me, Animal Place.

08/14/2013 04:57.01 PM Report This Comment  
welcome to Hobby Farms

Come visit me, Sayre's Farm.

08/12/2013 05:58.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Making big plans for the 'small farm'
So yesterday my family had a very close friend and his family over for the afternoon. A nice simple visit, breaking bread and reflecting on years gone by. My friend, is one of those TRUE friends, that seems to be hard to find these days. We've known each other since we were five years old and although we lost track of each other for a handful of years we picked up as if it as just a few days.
Well long story short, my friend has been a great help and inspiration to my family in our desire to break our dependence on the grocery stores. This year we raised up about 60 meat chickens on his small farm. Of those, I put ten in the freezer so far and will be getting another five or so next butchering. He also butchered a pig and along with meat, he rendered the fat to lard. For those who are gun shy of using lard in cooking, do your research, and a taste test! My wife and I have cooked with store bought lard for years (in moderation) but let me tell you, NOTHING beats homemade!
So during the visit, he and I started making plans for our next expansion projects together. He does already have some rabbits, and has bred the does off. Quick calculations tell us that the feed/cost to meat conversion is actually significantly better than with chickens, so we will be leaning towards a blend of both. With regards to the chickens, instead of getting a large flock at one time like we did this year, both of us are going to go with multiple smaller flocks throughout the year and have a rotation going, in an attempt t o keep the costs down. We are going to do the same with our pork production. Having room for up to 4 pigs, we are thinking to have two initially, and as we prepare one for slaughter, we will be bringing in another. Lastly, with both kids in 4H they are looking to expand their workload as well, and an article on working goats caught their attention, so likely we will be adding at least two goats to the family, to be trained for harness work.

Come visit me, Cheaper than therapy.

08/11/2013 05:24.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Finding our way...
Our family farm had sat neglected for about 14 years before I moved back to the area. My brother in law had been hunting it for a few years, but so have several trespassers. In the last two years we have been working at getting it cleaned up so we can make it a working farm once again.
It brings great joy to my wife, kids and I to be working there every chance we get. My kids are the 5th generation to drip sweat on that soil! And they are enjoying it! We find them reading our magazines and looking stuff up at the library and on the Internet when they aren't outside. The feel very comfortable roaming the hillsides and woods, bringing back specimens of this or that wanting to learn more about it. The more progress we make towards our goal of becoming less dependent on the grocery, the more they want to do.
It took a while being away from the farm life to realize what a blessing it really is.

Come visit me, Cheaper than therapy.

08/09/2013 11:15.52 AM Report This Comment  


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