On Visiting the Farm

5/5/2014

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We love to have folks visit the farm, especially when there are cute little baby animals to see! We do need to advise potential visitors of a few things, however.

First, this is a working farm. There are animals running loose - none of them will attack or eat you, but some will get a bit territorial, especially if you seem to threaten their young. And hard as we try to discourage the habit, they are not potty trained and will do their thing wherever they happen to be at any given moment. Wear appropriate footwear.

Also, with a farm come realities that aren't as common in town: mud or dust depending on the weather), flies and other bugs, and so forth. Dress accordingly. There is poison ivy in our woods and if you are extremely sensitive, we don't recommend visiting on a windy day. In addition, there are trip hazards (roots, holes, loose wire, etc) and other dangers (broken glass, old bits of metal, etc) so just be aware and keep an eye on small curious persons.

Second, this is our home, not a public park or grocery store. Please respect that and call ahead.

Finally, When you visit the farm, you'll notice a variety of things, I've no doubt. We generally begin every conversation with apologies for how the place looks, which is kind of weird. Glenn's family has been farming here for several generations and back in 1968 a neighbor retired and, having no children, sold their farm to Glenn's parents. They had no need of the house or buildings, only the fields, so the farmyard has been little used. Various family have lived up here now and then since and the last time anyone lived up here (for that's where we are) was in the early 1980s. Hence, there's been a 30-year-plus build up of junk, overgrowth, and cast off stuff. The house burned down about 40 years ago, and the main barn collapsed last year, but the other outbuildings are still here and almost intact. They weren't used much either and were let go. When we moved here in 2010, we pulled a mobile home in that we were able to find cheap and quick until we're able to come up with something more permanent and have been concentrating on getting fencing up, repairing the buildings a bit at a time, clearing the woodvine and poison ivy and general overgrowth, and collecting trash and junk to haul away. It's a work in progress. The critters don't help, either - as soon as we get a pile of trash collected up, they scatter it out again. Nonetheless, it's hard to believe the amount of progress we've been able to make and we envision a beautiful place one day in the not too distant future.