2016 for Hulse Hill Farm was a year of growth and adventure! We had little time to sit back and reflect how darn lucky we were with the addition of a tiny house, 5 new goat kids, 10 new chickens, wildflower pastures, and a full B&B . January can be a brute of a month, working with cold finger tips , fretting over whether they’ll be enough hay, and endless shoveling. January is the time where farms are thinking about the planting and breeding seasons to come. Reviewing expenses, animal health, and land management use, are just a small piece that goes into the vision for the farm yearly. Hulse Hill farm’s vision for the new year in 2017 includes :
We are delighted to share that Hulse Hill Farm’s Tiny House episode will be the season’s premiere for season 4 ! The episode will air sometime on January 1st on HGTV. Rick, Matthew and I had a blast with the amazing crew from Pietown Productions , Susan , Stevo and Greg. Long hours and attention to detail all the way . They made it all seem like fun. Rick and I are anything but your limelight seekers so to be featured on a network TV show is a stretch. A cold snowy day in January in front of the computer and a passion for tiny living evolved into a casting call. We have not seen the episode and will be seeing it for the first time with all of you on January 1st . I am praying the editing team is as talented as the filming team! If you would like a tour of the home please contact us. A big shout out to Randy Jones from Incrediable Tiny Homes for making our dream home, who knew it could be so tiny! http://www.incredibletinyhomes.com/
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” – Henry David Thoreau
Most of us get an extra flurry of energy and excitement during this time of year, whether it’s the inner child memories of the holidays coming to the surface or the thought of what the season is really all about, love and hope . However, for goat farmers there is an additional quality to the season, that being a surplus of pine trees available for the taking! Goats absolutely love pine trees and will devour them completely, including the bark. It’s a win-win for everyone involved in this exchange. Trees are digested and put right back into the ground for further fertilizer. The term sustainable has been grossly over used and somehow lost its true meaning that being ” the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance” What a lot of people don’t know is that pine needles have a natural de- worming property to them. Imagine that… I’m not saying that this is a replacement for more conventional methods of removing worms, but it is a free, natural and they love it! Finally my favorite benefit of feeding pine trees to goats is that they obtain pine -fresh breath! Give any of my goats a hug after December 25th you’ll feel like you’re in a forest of pine trees. There are many great places to get your trees this year and some even benefit a good cause. Rick stumbled across the Gard’n and Gate Tree Farm in Van Hornesville last year. ( https://www.facebook.com/gardngate/ ) It is right out of a Hallmark Christmas Movie! Cut your own tree with the hack saws provided or buy one of the pre-cut trees . Take home a unique wreath and kissing ball. The owners will take your families picture with your prized tree and place it on their display champion Christmas tree bulletin board. You can take the picture home the following year as a memento. I can’t say enough about the experience of visiting this magical farm . The complementary popcorn amd hot chocolate just tops the whole experience off!
If you would like tree picked up after the holidays please reach out to us on www.facebook.com/hulsehillfarm/