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5, 2, 1 Family Farm from Owings, MD
5, 2, 1 Family Farm

Farm Name: 5, 2, 1 Family Farm

Year Farm Established: 2013

Location: Owings, MD

Years I’ve been farming: Less than a year

Animals I raise: Suffolk sheep, African Pygmy goats, Nubian goats, layer hens, broiler chickens, Heritage Black Spanish turkeys.

Crops I grow: Tomatos, peppers, eggplant, gourds

Hobbies I enjoy: The farm and photography

The proudest moment on my farm: Saving Petunia, the runt of triplet African pygmy goats. She was rejected by her mother and we bottle fed her.

Pets: Two dogs: Kiwi and Chase

Farm Motto: Invest your talent


Farm Blog
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  The Beginning
5,2,1 Family Farm is a venture started when I (Jason Luby) was laid off in the Construction Industry. As I worked to find another job, we decided to start raising chickens and goats for our own family needs. From there our farm has grown as our interests and knowledge increased. In 2013 we named our farm 5,2,1 Family Farm - 5,2,1 being taken from the Bible, Matthew 25:14-29 - the parable of the talents. "to some he gave 5...to some he gave 2...and to some he gave 1" 5,2,1. We believe when you are given a gift - whether a talent, finances, or ability - you need to invest that gift, share it with others, help more then yourself and in the end - be able to offer back more then you were first given.

With this, we are a first-generation family farm, started with the sole intent on raising healthy choice foods for our large family. As the farm grew, we have been able to offer more options then we saw in our first vision for the farm. God has truly blessed us from all our children involved in our farm to the growth we have seen thus far. It is exciting for us to see where we have come from just 2 short years ago and exciting to imagine just where we are headed and the anticipation of what lies ahead.

Come visit me, 5, 2, 1 Family Farm.

02/27/2014 12:08.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank you for visiting my farm. I like your picture with all the different animals you raise.

Come visit me, Princess Rose Stables and Mini Barnyard Friends.

02/11/2014 02:25.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Petunia
Just saw a recent picture of our bottle-fed "runt" Petunia! She was adopted as a pet a few months ago. She is WAY bigger than her siblings; looks very healthy. Just goes to show what a little love can do. Wow, she was just fur-covered sticks when she was born!

Come visit me, 5, 2, 1 Family Farm.

12/30/2013 11:52.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to all from 5,2,1 Family Farm.

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12/24/2013 03:24.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hoofing Plane
My experience with "planing" goats hooves is that their hooves are generally soft. A "wood rasp plane" type hand plane (multiple cutting edges) has seemed less worthwhile with little productivity. I generally use a utility knife with a sharp blade and patiently trim the hooves. I also bought a "cheap" pair of pruning scissors at the local hardware store - to trim their hooves. Works great! the planes I tried just seemed not to work too well. Hope that helps.

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12/20/2013 06:47.08 PM Report This Comment  
  I've been suggesting to family and friends to get P2 need supplies for his goats, so he wont be in the red for his 4-H book.

What kind of hoofing plane should we get him?

Come visit me, The Homestead.

12/16/2013 06:11.25 AM Report This Comment  
  With fingers crossed our son sow is settled. Now watch she'll have them the week he's off showing at State.

He's counting down the days until May when we pick a Nubian and Boer kid out for his 4-H project. Might even get them to pull a cart depending on if we can pull it all together.

Safe week and maybe you can help us out with the hoof trimming after we get them.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

12/15/2013 05:28.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Then I would go with a barrow (castrated male), so you don't have to worry about having babies on the ground until you all feel comfortable enough to deal with farrowing issues.

Hogs aren't that hard to raise, do you have a butcher or will you do it yourself (slaughtering, meat prep)?

Our son dosen't like anything that dosen't have color on the ears or the hams, because of sunburn issues in the past.

You can use a barrel cut in half the long way and screw some 4x4's on the bottom as a pan. Depending on the weather you might want to put drain holes on the bottom. But if you are feeding cooked slop, drain holes aren't the route to take.

You can train them to use nipples, just need a heated line for the winters to keep pipe from freezing.

Pig LOVE wallows and they will make one if they have the right ingredants.

Predator proof the place, if you have done so already. But you have a sow that 800 plus with babies that's all you need.

Keep them friendly by bringing treats, washing them down with the hose during those hot days or brushing.

Make it a rotine of loading and unloading so they want stress out on you when their appointment date comes.

If you got questions post them and we will answer.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

12/13/2013 09:38.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Cold!
It got down in the 20s here last night! What does everyone do to protect the animals. We don't have special equipment, but we do give our animals shelter and ensure they have water (not ice). I saw a picture of a black rubber water bowl with ping pong balls in it; the black ensure maximum heat from the sun and the balls cause small ripples that discourage freezing.

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12/13/2013 07:18.50 AM Report This Comment  
  To The Homestead
We are looking for hogs for our freezer. We are going to raise "woodland hogs" - in a woodland setting. There is a farm not far from us I visited during a Univ. MD Agricultural tour that has had great success with woodland hog farming. We are modeling after them but not nearly as large of an operation. We want to be able to provide for our household only on the hogs - and for consumption only - no 4-H.

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12/12/2013 06:17.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Breeding
Breed one of our Pygmy goats (to our Pygmy Buck) last week for an early May birth. This week breeding our 2nd Pygmy goat for a mid may birth. Will be breeding the Nubian here soon I hope. I have to take her to a stud though - we dont have Nubian bucks on property.

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12/11/2013 06:31.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Do you want a hog for the freezer, just because or you have some one who wants to show? We have them for many reasons.

Rule of thumb for every 3#'s of feed you get 1# of weight gain.

They are very trainable, if you put the time into it.

Know your breeder and go with your gut when purchasing. Ask them if they have the parents on site and what shots were given. Don't know if the Rhini Shield TX4 is back on the market, when it was backorderd for so long I went to the vet and got another brand to give to our son's pigs.

Check out the different types and see what's close to you.

I would stay away from pruchaing from an auction barn unless you are in a pinch. Just remember the 30 day rule before introducting them to other animals.

Introduce new foods to the pigs slowy. They do need some trace minerals in their diet and you can go with a balance pig ration. We always weight our feed to the pigs, because there is a difference between grain and pellet feed. Show pigs get 4#s a feeding and then when off the circuit they slowy drop to 2#'s per feeding and more out of the pen time.

Got questions, our 4-H has his POV....

Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

12/10/2013 07:07.16 AM Report This Comment  
  What can we do on 3 acres?
300+ meat birds, 50+ layers free ranging, woodland hogs, goats, sheep, and turkeys plus produce! Not to mention our home, a circa 1870 big old tobacco barn, 5 of our own kids and our 2 dogs.

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12/09/2013 05:11.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Nubian goat upkeep
Some hay, some pasture, hoof trimming and the occasional access to a buck. :)

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12/09/2013 05:03.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Can you share up keep on your nubian goats?

Have you trained any of them to pull a cart?

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12/08/2013 07:07.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Nice picture

Come visit me, Annie's Farm.

12/07/2013 07:06.39 AM Report This Comment  
  welcome!
It looks like you've got quite a spread in Maryland!

Come visit me, Standfield Organic Farm, Cintonville.

12/07/2013 05:55.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Looks like you've got quite a zoo there!

Come visit me, Animal Place.

12/06/2013 01:35.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
What an amazing photo. Love it.

Come visit me, Rocky Acres.

12/06/2013 08:10.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome to Hobby Farms. And good luck with all your farming endeavors. Will have to look up Black Spanish Turkeys, have not heard of them before

Come visit me, Belly Acres Farm.

12/06/2013 05:48.06 AM Report This Comment  

 



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