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Farm Name: Empty Acres Farm

Year Farm Established: 1986

Location: Hammond, NY

Years I’ve been farming: 28 years

Animals I raise: Horses, Chickens, pigs and a milk cow

Crops I grow: Vegetables, strawberries, soon to have fruit trees

Hobbies I enjoy: Making small batch Milk soap, drawing, writing, building things, fencing, designing small workable homes

The proudest moment on my farm: All achievements are proud moments

Pets: Two dogs, two cats and a screechy Sun Conure Parrot!

Farm Motto: Sow, don't mow

Farm Blog
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  please forgive any typing errors...
Stoopid Cel phones!!
How DO we use this ultra tiny keyboard with farm caluses??!!

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08/17/2014 07:08.40 PM Report This Comment  
  I laughed today...
I have kept my two drafts out of the 'barn' while I box in the stalls.
I got one stall wall finished Friday and another completed yesterday, Daturday.
I was worrying over future use as we are breeding our spotted two years in
a row for a team. In three years that will bring our total to five, all unforseen adoptions not mentioned. So going through my mind was whether I shoukd build standing stalls, rather than the big box stal@
Both girls came in today and stood side by sided. Gosh, had I known. they wouldn't mind standing stalls I would have brought home more lumber and nails! That would solve the space problem, certainly!!

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08/17/2014 07:05.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Age and farming
I have been involved with farming of one sort or another for my entire adult lifetime. When I didn't have my own, I helped someone else. One of the biggest influences in my farming life was a gentleman in Erinsville, Ontario. His name was Donald F. Young, and this gentle man taught me how, what, when, where and why of farming. I started working for him haying. There was usually just he and I in the fields. Mr. Young (still to this day and my age, I refer to him in the proper manner) would drive the tractor while baling and I would be behind on the hay wagon, pulling them off and stacking them neatly. We would bring in two or three loads, morning and afternoon. None of this haphazard tossing into a caged hay wagon. Mine, courtesy of some solid lessons, had straight sides and tight corners. I could stack them six to eight rows high and never lose a bale heading back to the barn.
Often times, being that my children were young at the time, we would do a round about the field, then stop to check they were doing fine under the shade of an old maple or oak tree, playing with blocks, sticks or anything else that was handy. They didn't require high tech toys to keep their minds occupied.
As we look back on how we became the farmers we are, there has to be some sort of influence. Mine was Mr. Young and I remember his words to me each and every time I start my day. "If you are going to do it, do it well."

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08/15/2014 05:32.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Good advice!

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08/05/2014 04:48.00 PM Report This Comment  
  The dangers of Farming
happen every day. From little things to severe accidents, anyone working around farm machinery or animals basically takes little hidden dangers into the circle of their daily living. When you are working on a farm alone, you must be especially cautious that there might be an accident lurking around the next moment. Remember, accidents are UNINTENIONAL. You don't plan on them, but there they are and most accidents happen in a matter of seconds. Then they are over, passed and always regretted. You, on the other hand, may never recover. My word of advice, from experience and age is this; be cautious. It doesn't matter if you are moving a box or feeding chickens or building something out of good wood or scrap. Fate is sitting on your shoulder waiting for you to make a wrong move, wrong thought or wrong decision. You might end up regretting it. Please don't get too over confident, no matter how experienced you are or how long you have been at it.

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08/03/2014 06:32.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Beautiful art work,very talented. Good luck getting your farm running smoothly. Your horses are gorgeous! My daughter would love them.

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07/27/2014 09:55.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Living in an Amish area
We bought this property for the most part because as an Amish area of NY State, people driving motorized vehicles are more aware of buggies and wagons on the road. I just so happen to like driving my cart or wagon so it was "apre po" (I know this isn't spelled correctly) that we come into an area with that familiarity.
I have bought lumber now and get shavings for my horses at a local (8 miles away) Amish sawmill. I have finally met a fellow who has lived in the area for a very long time and he has introduced me to several Amish families who are able to supply the products for my milk soap, a farrier for my horses and possibly the power to till up my terribly bumpy hay fields for replanting.
These people are a gentle people. I have found each and every one of them to be honest and as hardworking as I have ever seen.
So the farm is being supplied, fixed up, replanted and built-on-to.
I am working on basically being warm come cold weather. I know, I know... I am a pioneer in 2014.
Perhaps I was one in 1844?

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07/17/2014 06:12.22 AM Report This Comment  
  So many projects, so few hours in each day...
For those over 50 who complain about lack of sleep, insomnia or too much on their minds when bedtime arrives, I have this to say.
Come to our farm. As bare as the new place is, I work from around 6am until close to 8 at night. Because we don't have electricity, I rely on my little solar powered system. I watch maybe three hours of tv a week, if that and it is only because I HAVE to sit down some days... or drop.
For example:
I wanted to add a covered porch to the side of our barn. I live out of a truck camper so I want to be able to come and go without getting "weathered" if you catch my meaning. Rather than building it on deck blocks, the building inspector wants cement pilon footings because of the roof. So I sold my antique motorcycle and bought a post hole digger and auger from Tractor Supply. No, they don't come ad a package!
So... yesterday morning I assembled it and attached it to the tractor. The guy showed up to rake the hay, do I had to clean out the lower section at the back of the barn to pack it into once he starts baling.... hopefully, as I am only me, he bales before seven at night when I no longer have the umph to load them all in the barn by myself.
Personally, I believe EVERY young person should have to intern on a small private farm, just to earn the right to eat... but who am I?....
Of course, there was year old hay in the barn, so I had to clean out and move a bush cord of firewood to under the barn stairs to clean up a spot inside the actual barn for the hay that neefs to be fed first... BUT FIRST I had to move all the crap that was in front of the hay.... I still haven't gotten up the umph to try to move the CAST IRON bathtub, but Id better get it done before the hay is ready to bring in or it won't be found until next year...!
Where was I?..... Oh, right....
Hole digger
Old hay....
regular chores....
THIS morning I moved the hay, dug 12 - 36" deep holes for my porch supports... then, of course, I had to clean out the bottom foot and a half by hand with a shovel...
So my point is.... work hard.....
SLEEP hard.
Long winded, aren't I!

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06/22/2014 11:59.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Watching the hay fields growing,
Brings back memories of "Uncle Longley's" farm. Summers as a young child my family traveled back to Nova Scotia for vacation. I spent a lot of time playing while the hay was being cut and brought in. I remember massive loads of long, loose hay. Not many of the old farms had balers in the 60's. At least not our friends.
As I have no hay equipment as of yet here at the new farm, I have to rely on another farmer to cut and bale my hay which I do in exchange for him keeping a large percentage of it. It saddens me that he missed last weeks wide open five days to bring in my fields. My thought is: cut earlier before the hay stalks out and seeds. Then you can pull in a great second crop in August. Relying on someone else can be dissapointing to say the least as I watch my fields grow out to belly height on my draft horses!
So, to anyone out there, I could use some help finding RELIABLE. hay equipment. Used in good condition that I don't have to look forward to signing off my Firstborn for.

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06/11/2014 03:54.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Well, I am tuckered right out!
I have logged exactly 3800 miles since May 3rd..
Florida to NY then over to New Hampshire and continuing to Nova Scotia for our tractor. What a drive! Of course, I had to drive back to the new farm.
In two days, after bracing and stretching fence I will load up hay and return to FL for the 2nd run.... three horses, dogs, cats and leftovers from the first trip.

I think I am going to need another oil change!

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05/17/2014 03:21.56 AM Report This Comment  
  The closer we get to MOVE THE FARM DAY...
I start to run through the scenarios of what, where, when, who and why... So this morning I decided it was better to make something to keep the chicken water clean. No matter how many times I clean their 3 gallon waterers, they end up with dirt, grain and other horrid things floating in them. So, I gathered up a Horse treat jug (plastic), watering nipples (with rubber washers, purchased at Agri Supply), drill, bit a wee bit smaller than the rubber nipple washer and away I went!
I held the container up by the top of the handle, just the way it might hang off a rope (or in my case, a piece of baling twine - the ultimate farm tool). I then turned it upside down and drilled two holes in the bottom, right on the rounded edge.
First pushing in the moulded washer, then using a pair of vice grips, I gently twisted in the plastic/steel nipple. PERFECT! Just to test, I sat it on the edge of my counter and filled the jug with water. TA DA! With the lid screwed back on to keep out dirt, I hung it in the baby chickens cage. Perfect again. See the pictures... after taking out their dirty little bottle and tray waterers, they caught right on... smart little girls that they are. They are getting used to their new waterer and now I just have to get one in for the BIG chickens. Think they will catch on as quickly?

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04/22/2014 11:37.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Our young Heifer, Maggie...
drives me nuts some days. It is because I have spoiled her and I am certain to regret it one day. She is stand offish and unfriendly, yet I feed her, grain her to grow and make certain she gets out for a stretch now and again, especially when the barnyard is a gooey mess from all the heavy rains. She ignores all rules and does her own thing, no matter what. Of course, having the big round bale tarped and protected against the weather (and horses) didn't stand in Maggie's way. She actually nearly crawled into the bale!

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04/17/2014 05:10.24 PM Report This Comment  
Love your pictures. You have a great farm.

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04/06/2014 09:09.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Dentistry for Horses
It's true. No matter what the dentist, they have torture devices that would set back an 11th century torture chamber!
Blue had to have his teeth floated this week. Nothing that a little sedative couldn't help with. The device in his mouth was just like going to the human dentist. It looked horrible but kept him from biting down on the Vets hands. They don't use a file anymore... good old DeWalt powered circular file... sort of like a dremel tool but WAY bigger.
Blue didn't care. Old school for a good boy off the race track.

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03/25/2014 05:09.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Unscented natural soaps...
are actually quite fun to create. I'm a newbie, still pretty green at it all. I have discovered that adding natural things to my soaps give it a tender, mild scent that is all natural and safe for those of us with EXTREME allergies to fragrance. There are so many good and creative books on soap making. It can be very calming and pretty cool to see the bars formed and foaming up in your hands at the end of the curing process. I used to draw a lot as my business until I had a horse incident and lost the full use of my strong hand. PencilYourPet.com is still out there, but now I do other things. I was blessed to find soap molds that look like PAWS. Too fun and too cool. People at the local swap meets or farmers markets love them.

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03/19/2014 07:22.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Road Trip part 1 of 3
I can relate to the trepidation that Amish must feel every time they harness up to tackle the roads. This Saturday last we harnessed up our "Ferrari" Blue for the first time to the Pioneer Buckboard. We usually take the "Family Station Wagon" Stormy, but wanted to make a trip into our little town and didn't feel she was up to it at 21 years old. The "Ferrari" is a Standardbred off the track in Syracuse, NY and loves to run. So much so that in the buckboard, he was freely taking us on a mind numbing drive with me braking and reining him in. He is still pretty fresh off the track (10 months or so) and we usually hook him to the forecart. BUT we figured it was going to be a long trip and the lighter, easier to pull buckboard was just the ticket. Next time we will just take the forecart and the little trailer I made for it to pull!
We got down to the end of our dirt road and onto the secondary highway that runs directly into town. Blue had been not quite feeling right the last time we had him out and I thought that the easier trot we had finally perfected would be remembered for this trip. Well, THAT didn't happen! I was letting him find his step and having only to slow him down or stop him when he got carried away. My husband Rex, sitting as my co-pilot was watching for traffic behind and keeping an eye on the nylon harness. We reached a small community on the highway and a church that had cars parked everywhere and all along the sides of the road, even partially on the roadway. There were several houses close by with people milling about outside. As we reached this, a large dog started coming at us barking insanely. Blue watched, but wasn't too concerned. He is a good, solid horse. Of course, when the other five or six big pit bull crosses all added to the frey, he pretty well went nuts. Rex jumped down in the midst of it all to lead Blue through the kafuffle with the dogs snapping and snarling and rendering us deaf with the barking. Not ONE person made any move to control their dogs.
As we got through it all, a very nice fellow had stopped on the other side of the road and got out to comment to us that he would talk to these people because he knew them and he knew how bad dogs were with horses. We thanked him and carried on.
As Rex was out of sorts after all that and we didn't want to repeat the dog incident, we cut across to the other highway to come home in a loop. This highway is much busier and has a constant stream of transports up and down but I knew Blue wasn't bothered by them so we rested for 20 minutes then continued onto the highway.
There is a wide area on each side except where several small bridges cross over the creeks and little rivers running into the Suwannee. As we came up to the first bridge a transport crawled up our butt and came SO close that Blue had a bit of a panic and started galloping.

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03/17/2014 07:48.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Road Trip part 2 of 3
We don't shoe them and I was concerned he might slip on the pavement so I pulled back and put on the brakes to slow him down, transport or no transport.
Just about the time the bridge ended and we got over, the front left wheel brake locked up tight. Once stopped, Rex pointed out the 1/2 inch of rubber (now a flat spot) gone from the wheel. Drat.
So there we both were, standing there discussing how in Heaven's name to get home. I finally had enough talk and waved down a passing vehicle. Well, they were going in the same direction... it's not as though we were hitchhiking so why not??
They were very kind and drove Rex home to pick up our big truck and the flat bed trailer. As he was leaving, I told him to bring Blues tack. Told him where the saddle and bridle were, then set about unharnessing and letting him eat all the greens he could while we waited. Not one car stopped to see if we were all right. One slowed down and beeped, but I waved, "I'm o.k." and they continued on. I actually thought that was kind because I knew they would have stopped if I needed them to.
Rex arrived back with truck and trailer. I backed it right up to the buckboard and we were making all effort to lift this 800 lb. wagon up a foot onto the trailer. Note to self; have him bring the ramps next time. :)
Not a hope were we two old people going to lift that buckboard. Then, out of the blue came a Sheriff's Deputy, asking if we were all right and letting us know that someone had called them. How nice. Too bad the world has become a place where good Samaritans are too afraid to help, but they still have cel phones.
The officer actually assisted and we got it up and tied down nice and snug. One hill tackled.
The other one was a bit more challenging. Blue doesn't have a lot of riding time in as I always drive him and he only had a few hours of ride training at the rescue. Of course, it didn't help that Rex didn't bring the right saddle... or bridle.
The saddle was for my spotted draft horse, Sugar. The bridle is 50 years old and has a bit that is 3/4" too big for Blue. Nice. On they went anyway because at my age, taking a racehorse down a highway bareback with only a halter and lead rope just isn't going to happen.
Rex held the opposite side of the saddle while I mounted and got my seat. Then he drove away.
My ride lasted about 700 feet. I got off. Blue was confused.... "wait a minute! What IS this?!!" he kept trying to turn around because he didn't understand that it was closer to home to go straight, not turn around and follow his path back the way we came. Silly horse.

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03/17/2014 07:46.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Road Trip, part 3 of 3
So we walked home. Rex showed up with a drink of water for me after a mile or two and we kept walking.
It pays to have a good horse that has bonded with you for a long walk home. When you get so exausted that you want to fall down, they are a great leaning partner and Blue even supported me while I closed my eyes for twenty steps or so.
I'm not the woman I used to be and the first to admit it. That trip home exausted me past my limits. Blue wasn't too bad. He got more greens than he had in over a year! I had been meaning to take him out on the road sides anyway, so what an opportunity!
Next morning, I went out in the car to check distance. We walked six and a half miles home. *sigh* I suppose it would be great to do that every day, if possible, but why would you want to?
Next time, we stay off the insane highway with ignorant drivers, take a big stick for the dogs and take the car when we want something in town.
I think I will store Blue's saddle and bridle in the back of the wagon next time as well.....
just in case.

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03/17/2014 07:45.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Giving artistic licence to the farm...
comes through in the children's stories I have written. How many years do you think a farmer should hold onto things before sharing... so I finally got up the gumption to put my story of Piggy on SMASHWORDS. It is exciting that I actually "published" something I wrote on the Farm and my children enjoyed when they were younger. We had just finished coxing our pig, Alexander back into his pen one afternoon when the thought of a little pig trying to find a place to play came to mind. The story went down on paper in record time, as most of my stuff does, but the illustrations took a while. I used to make up all kinds of things at Empty Acres for my children and kind of wish they had stayed little... and fun.
Smashwords is a great place to find an out to creativity. I know THIS LITTLE PIGGY did! (the one by me, of course... *wink*)

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03/15/2014 06:56.41 AM Report This Comment  
Maggie is our milk cow, or will be after she grows up. It has been a few years since I have had a cow and they either were polled (without horns), or had BIG horns such as the Scottish Highlands do. This was the first time we have had to dehorn a cow. Be brave. Noone told us when you take off the horn nub it bleeds like CRAZY! We honestly thought we would lose the poor thing for the amount of blood we were both wearing! Fear not, oh those of you with perseverance. Next time we will have a cauterizing iron handy, but this time we used BLOOD STOP and pressure until I couldn't stand it and a neighbour suggested CORN STARCH, which did the trick along with pressure (and a thick pair of..... gloves!)
Maggie is great and was fine after all the trauma. Cows have a fairly short memory. It only took three days for her to come anywhere near me again and I attribute it all to FOOD! Better now than later, stitching one of us up after a playful gouge!

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03/15/2014 05:06.50 AM Report This Comment  
  A place for horses..
Contrary to the people who can afford the fancy barns (oops, sorry-stables), horses don't require a big fancy stall and unless you are showing year 'round - a heated facility. I have had horses most of my adult lifetime and find my horses stay much healthier with a well built, solid windbreak. Somewhere they can get out of the blizzards and have a place to rest. During winter months they will 'coat up' and be all the healthier for it as long as their feed is kept up and quality. Keep an eye out for mold in your late season hay. Not fancy actually works well for horses who are just farm friendly and don't have to worry about a show circuit. We will have field shelters up this summer. A place to be protected from the worst weather. Keep in mind, a horse will rarely find cover and feels safer out in the weather where nothing can crash down around them!

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03/15/2014 04:52.48 AM Report This Comment  
The picture of your horse and carriage are great. I love looking at them but my barn is for my work shop so I wouldn't have the room for one. Although my son keeps trying to find a way. joe

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03/14/2014 12:47.23 PM Report This Comment  
Love the pictures. Great diversity on your farm.

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03/08/2014 08:09.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Its good to have whole milk
I am amazed more and more with corporate commercials and the blatant attitude in trashing good, wholesome farm eggs and milk. Most recently commercials for almond milk or soy milk and how much better the actor says it tastes than dairy milk. I hope they get paid well for that statement because personally, I don't brainwash that easily and nothing can truely compare to the absolute wholesome goodness of REAL milk. Especially when it comes directly from a good and healthy family cow or goat.

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02/27/2014 09:21.17 PM Report This Comment  
  New Breed, Canadian and American X
I, the Wife, am Canadian. He, the Husband, is American. Gosh, there are times when we are ALL mixed up but the one thing we both know is that our love of farming and the plan to be as self sufficient as we can runs through both of us.
Empty Acres started out in Ontario, Canada... moved to Nova Scotia (47 acres farm which we are trying to sell) & Florida - mostly because as a colder climate girl, I don't do the FLA heat very well, and now we are moving everyone back up north to a lovely Amish built house (barn) in NY state.
Imagine how Empty Acres is a bit discombobulated lately. When I travel, I travel with horses, a cow and Heaven knows how many chickens will end up in the trailer! Could we be considered a "travelling" Hobby Farm? Hopefully not for too much longer! We WANT to finally settle down.
Our past has been raising pigs and goats for somewhat of a decent, but sparce profit. Our future will be homemade milk soaps, eggs and writing about our experiences on Empty Acres!

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02/26/2014 08:11.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Pigs are like people
Over the years I always believed that if you treated your pigs (on a small farm basis, not commercial production) with courtesty then it was always easier to get them to do what you needed from them. I have always had Yorkshires as I tend to admire their personalities , but have kept Hampshires over the years as well
A strong point to remember is the fact that, like a very stubborn person, the pig will usually do the exact opposte of what YOU want them to... SO, if you are yanking, hauling, pushing or pulling, just do it in the OTHER direction. Once the pig gets it in their head to make a dash for it... they will be heading right where you want them to be! Of course, a bucket of grain always negates the stubborn attitude. Like any livestock, stomachs come first.
I haven't had room for pigs for several years and look forward to a strong pair once we get the farm moved completely.

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02/26/2014 04:00.42 AM Report This Comment  
  what kinds of pigs do you raise?

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02/25/2014 05:40.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Such a cute picture!!

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02/24/2014 05:01.23 PM Report This Comment  
What kinds of pigs to you raise? Do you breed?

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02/24/2014 07:30.29 AM Report This Comment  
to hobby farms! Wow, you guys are busy, busy!

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02/24/2014 03:40.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Chickens are friendly little creatures
Every year we incubate another batch of eggs out of my prolific Black Sexlinks and Buff Orpingtons. I have been actually getting spangled white offspring who are gentle creatures most of the time.
In 2013 I left them to roam the property in Florida while I headed up to NY to get the barn sorted out. When I came back I had lost all but three hens and the rooster to hawks and turkey buzzards. Now, I don't mind sharing but eating 19 of my 22 new birds just didn't seem fair somehow! This year they are all inside the coop and will be heading up to the new farm in NY state. I encase my coop in no-climb heavy horse fencing then over layer with one inch chicken wire... 360* including the ground and roof! Not even weasels can get in. Yea! One thing I will never do again is build a coop that I can't completely stand up straight in. Way too hard on our backs. The chickens might be short but we like standing up straight!

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02/23/2014 05:49.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Empty Acres never seems too empty!
We started out raising goats north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Moved lock stock and barrel to Florida for respite and marriage & now are gathering speed in Northern New York state. What a ride!
By the end of 2014 we will be into full fledged canning, making safe, unscented milk soaps and teaching anyone interested to harness and drive big horses.
We sell soaps, eggs and fowl - love to drive the cart or buckboard and look forward to our first foal in 2015. Gwen has just published her first Empty Acres Farm childrens book on Smashwords!
Two draughts, one harness racing horse, numerous chickens, a milk cow, two or three dogs and two cats.... Empty Acres Farm is a going concern.

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02/23/2014 05:32.03 PM Report This Comment  


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