Touring the Farm
Visiting Us: We are trying to expand our business and farm footprint, and with that in mind we have run out of time for giving tours.
While we fully believe that tours are a must, we just can't keep doing them each month nor can we do them at the whim of unannounced visitors.
Effective immedately (July, 2008) we have suspended all tours and limiting tours to once or twice a year on specific dates. The next special tour will be in the Summer of 2009. This tour will be an all day event with food, fun and education -- so keep an eye on our Blog for the date.
Online tours: Let us show you a bit about our farm, such as the names of our pastures, which you
have been reading about. Most of our pastures were named in the
18th century, and why they are called what they are we can only
guess. On the original farm there were such names as the "Black
Steer Lot", the "Umbrella Tree Lot", the "Bill Dewey Lot".
Right now we are roughly using the old names but are having to
separate the larger pastures and find ourselves creating new names
that are useful for us.
Here is a rough map of the farm (not really to scale):
Click here to see the farm in pictures
and learn more about itclick on one of the leaves that
are on the map to see the a picture and read about that part of
Most of the pictures show you how early we are in the game of clearing
the pastures. Clearing Russian Olives, Cherry trees, wild roses,
milk weed, poke weed, and brush will most likely continue for 2
more years. Once all of this is done, we will be thinking about
irrigation. At the present time I haul water in garbage cans to
the animals in whichever lot they are in. For the clearing process
we use two Stihl chain saws (one for limbing and brush work, one
for felling) and a Stihl FS200 brush cutter. Sometimes we get help
from friends with whatever chain saws they have. I did purchase
removable forks for my tractor bucket and they are a big help in
moving brush piles to a main pile for burning. A year after the
pile is formed we wait until the fields are snow covered and then
touch them off, as this tends to be the safest way of burning the
brush piles. I start the clearing by making a 6'-wide path all around
the lot, then I fence it in and let the animals in there to start
the clearing. This is all after I have dropped any cherry trees
and let them sit for a week. Then I go in and start to pile things
We are looking forward to the time when our work load will diminish
some and we can spend more time visiting our animals. We may even
have some time that we can spend together as a family. Gee I almost
forgot, once all the clearing is done, fence is up, pasture is lush,
but we still have miles of stone walls to repoint
Thanks for visiting Footsteps Farm, and we hope you will come to
see us in person. And, do check back as we have a lot of work to
do and will keep you up to date.