The land on which our farm sits has been in the family since it was homesteaded in 1887. It’s about fifty percent hardwood forest, including many maples. The name of the road we live on reflects a history of collecting maple sap to cook down into maple syrup. The back forty also has enough open land to supply us with some hay, oats, and sweetcorn (enjoyed primarily by raccoons).
We moved on to this land in 1980 and have raised two fine boys, lots of chickens, a couple of pigs, and a constant supply of horses and dogs.
A lot of training is provided for our horses while they help with farming activities. We don’t rely on horses for all our farm work, but there are certain jobs that we feel horses accomplish better than tractors. For instance, we use horses for pulling logs back to the house. And we use them to pull in loads of firewood when it’s been cut up and piled in the woods. A few of the other farm jobs the horses do: they pull the grain drill, they help with cultivating, they do a little plowing, and they unroll big hay bales. And every week of the year – unless the snow is too deep – they pull the manure spreader.
The back forty is also home to “the cabin.” Although it never had running water or electricity, it was lived in until 1985. Currently, we use the cabin as a warming stop for sleigh riders. The wood stove can warm fingers and toes, and there’s hot chocolate to warm the insides.
We maintain an alcohol free farm and encourage family fun. Call to set up a time to enjoy your sleigh ride through the quiet of the woods and fields this winter. Daytime rides are a lot of fun – we can prepare an outdoor fire if you would like to bring hot dogs or marshmallows for roasting. And evening or moonlight rides have a peaceful quality that you don’t find just anywhere. If it’s not wintertime, we also have wagons – it’s a little bumpier than a sleigh, but still fun.
We are also available to bring our horses and sleighs or wagons to your location if you desire.