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Posted 2/26/2010 12:00pm by Sam Bellamy.

If you are interested in booking a Spring field trip please let us know. Use the email or call 910-287-6794 or 843-399-6902 and ask for Annie or just tell them what you want. If you know of other teachers or groups who may be interested we greatly apprecaite your sharing the web site with them as well. Thank you.

Posted 2/26/2010 11:54am by Sam Bellamy.

"The weather outside has been frightening but the produce inside has been inviting". I know Christmas has been over for awhile but the winter has continued with strength. Yet people have been saying that the produce we have is better in quality and price than what they are seeing in other places. You may want to check it out. We anticipate things to begin to get better each week of March. So now is a good time to get connected with what is happening here on the farm.

Now is the time for camellias as well. See the garden center for some very quality plants.

Since this is the time for more indoor activities don’t forget the pies and baked goods at the bakery.

We still have apple cider which is great for taste and a health boost.

Posted 2/1/2010 7:57pm by Sam Bellamy.

      If you are wanting to participate in a CSA ( community supported agriculture) please let us know. We are interested in making this available. One of our goals is to develop satisfying relationships with the people we serve. We believe CSA's are a good way to do this.

Posted 2/1/2010 7:43pm by Sam Bellamy.

       What could you possibly learn from us?

         How to get the most from visiting a barnyard. A barnyard is different from a petting zoo. First, a petting zoo is a set up for seeing and petting animals. It is not set where the animals usually live except to be penned for exhibit. In a barnyard you don’t pet the animals but you see them in their normal environment. Secondly, pens and pastures are larger and usually the animals can have some natural interaction. It is this natural interaction that makes a barnyard a powerful place. Why powerful? One powerful aspect is in the manner in which you can observe behaviors. This is real honest behavior, no props, no coaching and no social inputs. Animals don’t use flawed human thinking yet they exhibit some real integrity in their relationships. Consider creatures such as the wild geese, swans or emus, these fowl actually mate for life! Being able to have watched pairs of geese nest and raise their brood has been amazing. There are stories to be told about what has been seen here on this farm. Often the humor takes form from other animals or younger animals that find out just how seriously motherhood is in the barnyard. Incredible scenes of young ( teenage) fowl or animals learning to become adults and the adjustments they discover along the way can bring a healthy laughter while serving to remind us or our very selves. Another powerful aspect is the lessons that can be reinforced upon us as we observe the commitment to motherhood, the duty of the males to protect or the uncanny brains of a hinny. A barnyard is for going slow, observe and take in as much as you can. Try to not intrude into it but rather like the animals browse your way around. Sit and listen, try to imagine what these creatures would say to you if they could.

Posted 12/31/2009 9:42pm by Sam Bellamy.

We hope you had a good and meaningful Christmas and New Year. We have been busy trying to make repairs, grow winter crops, planning the spring /summer crops and planting the early spring crops. If you have some items that you would like for us to consider growing let us know. The big news is we will re-open January 14.We will have winter vegetables, hopefully stawberries, baked goods and items from the garden center.

 

organic lettuce and greens

 

 

Posted 12/6/2009 9:26pm by Sam Bellamy.

 If you are looking for ways to make the holidays special you might would like to know about what the farm has to offer. 

    The produce market has some items such as real local honey ( if you want to know for certain the honey is from the farm call 910-287-6403 and ask Sarah about her honey). Mr. Smith's honey is definitely local but not all of it would be from our farm. there are lots of items such as jams, preserves, relish, dressings, sauces, pickles and lots more. There is apple cider , still some grape juice and fresh strawberries right from our fields. As of last week we are still picking beans! there are some good greens and other cool season crops from the farm. Organically, we have turnips, radish, diakon, kale and soon baby lettuce.

   The Bakery has much to offer. This is the time to place your orders in early. If you have not made the pies and baked goods a part of your holiday you are missing out. If you have a particular interest in something let us know we are interested in your input.

   The Garden Center has many gift ideas for people who love to garden. The water garden supplies can make great gifts. The smaller items such as garden labels, signs and novel ornaments can make in expensive gifts suitable for young family members to give as well.

Posted 10/12/2009 7:42pm by Sam Bellamy.

If you are into food that is nutritionally good for you, then you would likely want to know about our juice and cider. Our grape juice is made from our grapes mostly two varieties that are especially good for juicing due to their particular traits. One makes our red grape juice and the other our white grape juice. For many people these have become a tradition for the holidays.

 Our apple cider is made here on the farm as well. The apples are from the mountains. We no longer try to grow apples here due to the heavy losses from the series of storms in the late 90's. We try to use the right mix of apples to create a rich taste and our cider is not pasturized. It is some of the best cider around.

Posted 10/12/2009 4:08pm by Sam Bellamy.

Pumpkin day is all about Fun!; old fashion farm fun, a celebration of the good things of the Fall season. Old farm games such as sack races, pumpkin archery, corn shelling, cob throwing, stilts. (Stilt racing if anyone is up for the challenge?) It is designed with the hope that parents and their children can participate together or at least be active spectators. Thre is no charge for admission to Pumpkin Day. Only certain activities have a charge.                                          A   list of happenings include pumpkin painting, pick your own pumpkins, hay rides, pony rides. Each of these activities do have a charge. Something like $7/ pumpkin painted, $16 PYO pumpkin (1st pumpkin -2nd pumpkin $7), $1 /person on hay ride, I don't know what the person charges for pony rides. Most all the other activites have no charge! There is a lot a family can do without worrying about money. We really want you to build great memories not get home stressed out!

A special area is reserved for really young kids with cornstalk tepee, box train ( kids love that simple experience) ,ring toss, cob throwing, little kids stick horses. Other activities for a little older kids include, sack races, stilts, pumpkin archery, corn shelling, cob throwing, apple eating, seed spitting, pumpkin pull.

Activities for all include hog calling, animal sounds, guess the weight of pumpkins and chickens, Naspig races ( they are fantastic!) ,hay maze, meeting the scarecrow characters amid the barnyard and the barnyard with it's many animals.

The bakery has good food, the snack wagon has lots of snacks. If you want fresh apple cider or grape juice from the farm press we should have plenty. A very good selection of apples from the NC mountains and the garden center has lots of Fall flowers and Fall decor. There will be special performances of "clogging" near 11:00 to 12:00 and gospel music by a young band. Hope to see you Saturday!

 

Posted 10/5/2009 1:38pm by Sam Bellamy.

Pumpkin day is where the kid can find himself no matter how many years have passed since you first felt the joy of Fall. Pumpkin day is all about celebrating , honest fun, old farm games, the simple joys in life that  sets our hearts up for ...thanksgiving. 

If you have been to Pumpkin Day in the past you know it is a great opportunity to build lasting memories.  If you have never been, here is a real treat waiting to be discovered. With pumpkin painting, hay rides , pick your own pumpkins , pig races, hay maze, good things to eat  and a whole lot more. Call 843-399-6902 or 910-287-6794 for more details. The day starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

Posted 9/7/2009 7:31pm by Sam Bellamy.

If you are new to the area or did not grow up in rural Carolina low country you have a very unique opporunity this October 3. We will have some valuable people sharing their knowlegde, skills and experience. You will be albe to talk to some people who can give you first hand history.  You will be able to see indigo plants, see the dyeing process and ask questions about it's history. If you think you have seen blacksmithing you may be amazed to see and hear how Meck  Hartsfield came to understand iron and metal working. If you are like myself and you read about swords in the Middle ages being made of such strength to cut other swords you wonder if that could be true. Then you read about swords with intricate designs and patterns forged into the extremely hardened steel. Swords that are truly beautiful to look at. Again you wonder if it could be true? Find out from Meck. He has studied from Master craftsman blacksmiths who are known throughout the blacksmithing world.

In years past we have been fortunate to have many really quality people to share themselves with others. For several years the many re-enactors shared their knowlegde. People such as James White , Fred Johnson, Landis White and Marvin Nicholson. Believe me, you can learn a lot about history from some of these people. Regretfully, we do not have these people scheduled. But they are appreciated for their input in the past and their continued input in the coummunity. There are many people who have not been able to continue to attend for many reasons, health, conflicts and death. I say that because it makes you appreciate and value these people more.

 

Fred Johnson teaching a child to milk a cow   In todays world guns are often the topic that draws those who love guns and those who think they are a danger to society. Regardless of which side you may be on, a visit with Carl Hannekin can enlighten your appreciation of guns. How they were made, the kinds of people who made them, the history of how guns developed, myths about old black powder guns, these are just some of the interesting aspects that Carl can help you understand.  Visit with someone who can pick a gun up and tell you more about the gun than you can imagine. Someone who has made replicas of famous guns, has made guns for motion pictures ( The Patriot ), and even made a replica of the very earlist attempts of a      gun.

Carl Hannekin, master gunsmithOne of the high lights for many people is the opportunity to see the indigo dyeing process. Faye Ahuja has worked with Cathy Perry to use the indigo plant to give wool or cotton a natural steadfast color that for centuries was considered a treasure throughout the world. the history of indigo is fascinating. This is articularly true for our are right here. The farm gets it's name from the Indigo Run which borders the farm and has quite a history of it's own. We are in an area where indigo was grown during the 1700's

                                . Cathy Perry with a cotton wheelFarm Heritage Day has so many people it is not easy to cover it all. Please check back as I intend to continue to add to this blog.

2009 Farm Heritage Day Schedule is shaping up

 

10:00 visit & take pictures Note some places are made for family pictures; the hand pump, the hay wagon out front, scarecrows, etc.

10:00 pre pig race     Naspig Racing

 

Exhibits : These exhibits are best seen in the mid morning.

Cane mill demo, molasses making -

Horse drawn drag rides

Special exhibit by the NC Forestry Museum, Harry Warren

Antique tractors - Waccamaw Antique Tractor Club

Basket making - Helen Cashwell

Black smithing

Grist mill, 1915 vertical engine -Horry County Museum, Walter Hill

Dyeing , Spinning - Lisa Kennedy and Cathy Perry

Weaving -Beth Miller, Paper making -Barbara Frye

1860's artifacts - David Perry Timber tools- Mr. Horace Butler

Gun Smithing- Mr. Carl Hanniken , Needle work -Lena Mintz & friends

old style dress making using materials on hand

 

1:00 Pig Racing

 

 

2:30 Pig Race

.4:40 Pig Race

 

ANYTIME DURING THE EVENT!!! IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE GO TO

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We thank you for coming & hope that you will express appreciation to the many people who help make it.

NASPIG CAFE & LET THEM KNOW. DO NOT WANDER OFF FROM DESIGNATED AREAS OR WITHOUT DESIGNATED GUIDES. PLEASE WATCH YOUR CHILDREN CAREFULLY, NOTE NO SMOKING AREAS, BE CAREFUL AROUND ANIMALS & EQUIPMENT , ENJOY THE DAY!!!!

We encourage you to visit the Horry County Museum and the N C Forestry Museum.

 

 

 

 

2:30 Pig Race

.4:40 Pig Race

 

ANYTIME DURING THE EVENT!!! IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE GO TO

THE

We thank you for coming & hope that you will express appreciation to the many people who help make it.

NASPIG CAFE & LET THEM KNOW. DO NOT WANDER OFF FROM DESIGNATED AREAS OR WITHOUT DESIGNATED GUIDES. PLEASE WATCH YOUR CHILDREN CAREFULLY, NOTE NO SMOKING AREAS, BE CAREFUL AROUND ANIMALS & EQUIPMENT , ENJOY THE DAY!!!!

We encourage you to visit the Horry County Museum and the N C Forestry Museum.

 

 

 

2:30 Pig Race

.4:40 Pig Race

 

ANYTIME DURING THE EVENT!!! IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE GO TO

THE

We thank you for coming & hope that you will express appreciation to the many people who help make it.

NASPIG CAFE & LET THEM KNOW. DO NOT WANDER OFF FROM DESIGNATED AREAS OR WITHOUT DESIGNATED GUIDES. PLEASE WATCH YOUR CHILDREN CAREFULLY, NOTE NO SMOKING AREAS, BE CAREFUL AROUND ANIMALS & EQUIPMENT , ENJOY THE DAY!!!!

We encourage you to visit the Horry County Museum and the N C Forestry Museum.

 

 

 

 

Current News

                   

 

 The Produce market is OPEN.  We have been short on our strawberries but have been careful about buying to fill in the gaps. Our spring vegetables have been very good. Call 910-287-6794 or 843-399-6902 

 

                                 

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