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Transparency, Manipulation and Internet Games

If you’ve been anywhere around social media the last 5 years you’ve heard buzzwords like transparency. And it’s met with reasons companies can’t do that, why farmers should and platforms of various sizes that sometimes work and sometimes, like Luke Bryan, results in stepping off the edge of the stage. There has sprouted up a […]

Antibiotics Begone! Food Choices, Farm Choices

The modern way of asserting food choices is no longer, it seems, buying what you want that fits your preference and budget. It seems too often, generate a fear, suggest a solution (whether a good one or not) and get a mob of people to increase pressure until things change. “FoodBabe” does this quite successfully […]

AgriSnobs or AgriChoices? The Faces of Food & Agriculture

Last week I traveled to Austin Texas to attend the AgChat Cultivate & Connect Conference. As always, it’s an incredible opportunity to talk with like minded people. It’s a chance to talk with those in different types of management and vastly different agriculture than us. Sometimes the biggest lessons come from within and this is […]

AgChat Conference Austin

What a week. What. A. Week. This conference was different, in many ways. The fifth one, and the one that generated the most tears. That’s not a bad thing. Some were happy tears. Some tears of empathy. Some of relief that someone out there “gets” what we do. Some at being outcast as being different […]

I wish That You Could See

I wish that you could see so many things that are behind the scenes. While many of us in agriculture blog, show pictures on Instagram and videos on YouTube and participate on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest there’s another side. At the risk of calling some folks out I think maybe it’s worth a peek at […]

15 All Around the Farm Tips

Anyone who has animals, gardens or farms is always looking for better ways to do things. Things one person takes for granted another thinks is a genius idea! 1. If you run cattle and goats or sheep, and have a connecting field or shed you want to allow the small stock but not the cows, […]

Weeding With Chickens

Too often people think chickens and gardens have a happy co-existence. Chickens get weeds, pests and leave manure while the garden benefits from the exchange. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work that way. More often than not digging down after weeds and pests moonscapes the area, digs up plants and leaves nothing behind! A compromise comes […]

The Creation of our On-Farm Creamery

We’re in the process of building and equipping an on-farm creamery to bottle milk from our cows for retail sale. There is an interested in purchasing products directly from the farmers who produce them. Our creamery will allow people to purchase fresh milk from a local farm.

We will produce small batches of non-homogenized, whole milk in white and flavors. The creamery is located just steps away from where the cows are milked. You can’t get any fresher than that! Very few dairy farms in Ohio, or across the country, make products on-farm for retail sale. We’re excited about this new adventure!

We remodeled a portion of office space in the barn for the processing room. Here are some pictures from the construction of the Creamery which started in February. . .

The office space before becoming a Creamery
A local Amish family remodeled this space
The room with it’s new ceiling
Me in the Creamery after the walls were complete
Experts from Burton Carpet carefully install the tile floor
Preparing the concrete mix for the Creamery floor

The tile floor during installation
The 250 gallon vat pasteurizer being delivered
Lad moved it with the loader while I watched nervously
Lad moved the pasteurizer onto the front porch with the skid steer
Moving the vat pasteurizer into it’s new home
Discussing the next steps to installing equipment in the Creamery

We plan to sell milk at the farm, at local retail outlets and restaurants. We hope to be producing milk for sale by mid-June. For updates, check this blog or the Hastings Dairy Facebook page.

The Creation of our On-Farm Creamery

We’re in the process of building and equipping an on-farm creamery to bottle milk from our cows for retail sale. There is an interested in purchasing products directly from the farmers who produce them. Our creamery will allow people to purchase fresh milk from a local farm.

We will produce small batches of non-homogenized, whole milk in white and flavors. The creamery is located just steps away from where the cows are milked. You can’t get any fresher than that! Very few dairy farms in Ohio, or across the country, make products on-farm for retail sale. We’re excited about this new adventure!

We remodeled a portion of office space in the barn for the processing room. Here are some pictures from the construction of the Creamery which started in February. . .

The office space before becoming a Creamery
A local Amish family remodeled this space
The room with it’s new ceiling
Me in the Creamery after the walls were complete
Experts from Burton Carpet carefully install the tile floor
Preparing the concrete mix for the Creamery floor

The tile floor during installation
The 250 gallon vat pasteurizer being delivered
Lad moved it with the loader while I watched nervously
Lad moved the pasteurizer onto the front porch with the skid steer
Moving the vat pasteurizer into it’s new home
Discussing the next steps to installing equipment in the Creamery

We plan to sell milk at the farm, at local retail outlets and restaurants. We hope to be producing milk for sale by mid-June. For updates, check this blog or the Hastings Dairy Facebook page.

Farm Week in Pictures 4/30/2014

Been a slow last week here from the crop standpoint.  Received 2.5-4.5 inches of rain last week and started off Monday and Tuesday both with rain and another 1/2 inch.  We have around 375 acres of corn in the ground and are ready to roll on both corn and soybeans at the same time here […]