Green grass and sunshine here at Dickey Hill Farm.
Time to raise some pigs. Dickey Hill Farm successfully harvested 4 healthy pigs last year. This year they're raising 5! Heehaw! Pork!
Winter is near. With the solstice just two weeks away, James and Noami take advantage of these warm December afternoons. The Hoop houses have been reinforced in order to withstand the harsh conditions of the upcoming winter. Fifteen gallons of hard cider were bottled and stored in the cellar, also in preparation for the long and cold winter.
Winter is just around the corner! 16 large bundles of hay were delivered, dumped, and rolled into the barn for safe keeping. The hay will be used to feed the cows throughout the long Maine winter.
With much help from many friends and family a farm wedding was held at Dickey Hill Farm. The majority of the food served at the wedding was grown or raised by James and Noami. Although the wedding was held on October third, it was the days prior that will truly be remembered. Friends and family gathered many days in advance to prepare food and transform the farm into a venue for celebration.
Dickey Hill Farm is a small diversified organic farm located in Monroe Maine. James Gagne and Noami Brautigam began farming the land in the fall of 2014. Their ownership of the farm has been made possible by a unique farm cooperative allowing young farmers to affordably farm and eventually own the farmland. Through trial and tribulation they are working towards finding their niche as farmers in Maine. In addition to creating a business as farmers they are also growing and raising food for their own consumption.
Despite the dry summer its been a fruitful season for apples! Pressing has been a weekly event.
Thanks to the help from Blue Hill Itinerant Slaughter, we harvested over 300 pounds of pork. The tone of the day was serious yet relaxed. There was much respect and sincerity given to the pigs throughout the entire process.
Blue Hill Itinerant Slaughter - "A Kinder Kill", is a local mobile butcher service. They are an alternative to driving your livestock (often many miles) to a slaughter facilitie in Maine. They focus on making the slaughter as humane and respectful towards the animals as possible.