Pleasant Hills Farm

Pleasant Hills Farm Farm-to-table CSA in Montgomery County, MD offering produce, flowers and eggs grown following organic farming principles.

New Compost Bins.  Hope this will help us keep our sh$t together.  Thanks Renovations by Ed!
01/23/2020

New Compost Bins. Hope this will help us keep our sh$t together.

Thanks Renovations by Ed!

So excited!  The first shipments of seeds have arrived and we’re starting our early birds under lights today!
01/19/2020

So excited! The first shipments of seeds have arrived and we’re starting our early birds under lights today!

Just received our bulbs from Holland.  We have a lot of work ahead of us to get these 2000+ bulbs in the ground before w...
10/17/2019

Just received our bulbs from Holland. We have a lot of work ahead of us to get these 2000+ bulbs in the ground before winter! Already excited for Spring.

Progress is being made on the riding ring...  so happy with TFJ Excavating!  Can’t wait for my first ride!
06/21/2019

Progress is being made on the riding ring... so happy with TFJ Excavating! Can’t wait for my first ride!

Weekly hive inspection.  Both hives are thriving and we should be ready for our first batch of Pleasant Hills Farm honey...
06/02/2019

Weekly hive inspection. Both hives are thriving and we should be ready for our first batch of Pleasant Hills Farm honey next year.

Barn is getting a new roof!
05/31/2019

Barn is getting a new roof!

This little guy was born on the farm this week.  Taking name suggestions!
05/03/2019

This little guy was born on the farm this week. Taking name suggestions!

10/08/2018

Guinness’ first ride was successful and uneventful thanks to all the great ground work his trainer and horse whisperer John Kuster has done with him over the last 18 months!

Guinness getting ready for the big day - first time carrying a rider!  Let’s see how he handles this situation!
10/08/2018

Guinness getting ready for the big day - first time carrying a rider! Let’s see how he handles this situation!

This has been a year of learning and experimentation.  This weekend I was honored to make the table arrangements for a d...
08/28/2018

This has been a year of learning and experimentation. This weekend I was honored to make the table arrangements for a dear friend’s party at the Annapolis Yacht Club. After a stressful growing season, it was gratifying to see hard work come to fruition. #flowerfarmer

This has been a year of learning and experimentation.  This weekend I was honored to make the table arrangements for a d...
08/28/2018

This has been a year of learning and experimentation. This weekend I was honored to make the table arrangements for a dear friend’s party at the Annapolis Yacht Club. After a stressful growing season, it was gratifying to see hard work come to fruition. #flowerfarmer

Morning rainbow on the farm after a night of storms to remind us that the fears in us will subside if we just believe th...
08/22/2018

Morning rainbow on the farm after a night of storms to remind us that the fears in us will subside if we just believe that this too will pass and a rainbow will be waiting for us when it does. #waitfortherainbow

Pleasant Hills CSA Newsletter for 07/25/2018 -
07/25/2018
Pleasant Hills CSA Newsletter for 07/25/2018

Pleasant Hills CSA Newsletter for 07/25/2018 -

I'll be the first to admit that this endeavor to return our small portion of the historical Pleasant Hills Farm to working condition has been a bigger undertaking than I had imagined.  I have a new profound appreciation for farmers who worked this land many years before us as well as our family mem...

Pleasant Hills CSA Newsletter for 07/01/2018 -
07/01/2018
Pleasant Hills CSA Newsletter for 07/01/2018

Pleasant Hills CSA Newsletter for 07/01/2018 -

We've been busy at Pleasant Hills catching up with Mother Nature.  As soon as all the plants and seeds are in the ground, our focus turns to battling weeds which can seem like an endless task when farming organically.  As frustrating and tiring as it can be, it's worth every effort to provide our ...

I love the way Smash adores her baby.  She is such a good mom!  I’ve always felt a special bond to her.  She loves her b...
06/14/2018

I love the way Smash adores her baby. She is such a good mom! I’ve always felt a special bond to her. She loves her babies as much as I love mine! #motherlylove #mommyandbaby #fortheloveofhorses

Look what we got today!  We will win this battle one varmit at a time.  Guess what we got this week?
06/13/2018

Look what we got today! We will win this battle one varmit at a time. Guess what we got this week?

It’s officially berry season at Pleasant Hills Farm.  Our strawberry patch is looking lush and we’re getting ready for a...
06/06/2018

It’s officially berry season at Pleasant Hills Farm. Our strawberry patch is looking lush and we’re getting ready for an abundant harvest of raspberries and blueberries! #berries #sustainableliving #localfarms

Riddle of the day.  What rhymes with awesome and likes tuna in a can?
06/06/2018

Riddle of the day. What rhymes with awesome and likes tuna in a can?

06/02/2018

Smash and Dash arrived back on the farm today!

05/30/2018

We met Dash for the first time. He’s figuring things out and Smash is accepting him well. Check out those legs! The tape on his nose is for a feeding tube that he had after birth and will be removed tomorrow.

Introducing Dashing - the newest member of Pleasant Hills Farm.  Smashing had her colt at VT’s equine hospital in Leesbu...
05/30/2018

Introducing Dashing - the newest member of Pleasant Hills Farm. Smashing had her colt at VT’s equine hospital in Leesburg Virginia last night. We’re so grateful for the wonderful VT team who helped bring Dash into the world through a difficult delivery. Mommy and baby are doing fine. Can’t wait to get them home to the farm! #babyhorse #miracleoflife #pleasanthillsfarm

Look what we caught lurking around wood pile near the chicken coop.  Hopefully this one is just lost and mamma isn't nea...
05/28/2018

Look what we caught lurking around wood pile near the chicken coop. Hopefully this one is just lost and mamma isn't nearby. We dropped her off in the woods near Potomac this morning.

A family who mucks together stays together!  #farmchores #pleasanthillsfarm
05/10/2018

A family who mucks together stays together! #farmchores #pleasanthillsfarm

Rub a Dub Dub ...4 Ducks in a Tub!  Keeping cool on a hot day!  #toohotforspring #duckbath #pleasantillsfarm
05/03/2018

Rub a Dub Dub ...4 Ducks in a Tub! Keeping cool on a hot day! #toohotforspring #duckbath #pleasantillsfarm

Spring Time on the farm.  This is what I’m missing.  Our big Tulip tree blossoms for a couple of days and then blankets ...
04/15/2018

Spring Time on the farm. This is what I’m missing. Our big Tulip tree blossoms for a couple of days and then blankets the ground in pink petals. Our dog Sadie is at least enjoying its beauty. #pleasanthillsfarm #springblooms

April Showers in South Dakota.  I’m away from the farm in Maryland this weekend, where they are enjoying 70-80 degree we...
04/14/2018

April Showers in South Dakota. I’m away from the farm in Maryland this weekend, where they are enjoying 70-80 degree weather. I’ve left the farm in the hands of my very capable husband but I’m still missing him and the farm! #aprilsnowstorm #southdakotaspring

04/09/2018

Come on... who doesn’t want a duck?! Maybe my husband....

I can no longer be trusted to go to Tractor Supply unsupervised... #quackquack
04/09/2018

I can no longer be trusted to go to Tractor Supply unsupervised... #quackquack

Look at my big boy standing so nicely for the Farrier.  He’s come a long way in the past year.   After his pedicure, I t...
04/03/2018

Look at my big boy standing so nicely for the Farrier. He’s come a long way in the past year. After his pedicure, I think he needs a bubble bath. #spotteddraft

Happy Easter from Steve and Amy Kurtenbach  at Pleasant Hills Farm
04/01/2018

Happy Easter from Steve and Amy Kurtenbach at Pleasant Hills Farm

04/01/2018

Happy Easter from Pleasant Hills Farm!!!

Our chicks have been moved to a new room at the inn.  They’ve outgrow their last room.  This one is in our 250 year old ...
03/31/2018

Our chicks have been moved to a new room at the inn. They’ve outgrow their last room. This one is in our 250 year old basement. Next stop...Super Coop Outside! #springchicks #pleasanthillsfarm

Spring has Sprung with chicks a chirping and seedlings growing.  If you have not already done so, it's time to get signe...
03/30/2018

Spring has Sprung with chicks a chirping and seedlings growing. If you have not already done so, it's time to get signed up for your CSA share. Go to PleasantHillsFarm.com and select Market to sign up and get more details.

03/28/2018

This is why chickens should not live inside with modern technology. #lovemychicks

Would someone please explain to me how I am suppose to open a package of scissors without a scissors???  If I had scisso...
03/25/2018

Would someone please explain to me how I am suppose to open a package of scissors without a scissors??? If I had scissors, I would not need to buy new ones! #stupidpackaging #difficultfornoreason

Remembering Smash when she was lean and fit.  Now she’s in foal and ready to burst!  She needs the barn door open wide j...
03/22/2018

Remembering Smash when she was lean and fit. Now she’s in foal and ready to burst! She needs the barn door open wide just to fit through it. Can’t wait for the foal to arrive in early May! #dutchwarmblood #foalingseason #pleasanthillsfarm

Sign-up is now open for our 2018 Farm-to Home CSA memberships where you can share in the fruits of our labor on the farm...
03/21/2018

Sign-up is now open for our 2018 Farm-to Home CSA memberships where you can share in the fruits of our labor on the farm... well more specifically produce, eggs and flowers... a few fruits too! Our CSA season will begin in early June and run for 16 weeks. Full (weekly) and half (bi-weekly) shares are available with different size options depending on your family’s needs. You can sign up for produce, eggs, flowers or all three and we offer some fun pantry and apothecary add-ones as well. Memberships are limited so sign-up soon to guarantee your share! #farmtotable #buylocal #buyfresh #communitysupportedagriculture

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY! We are now accepting memberships for our 2018 CSA season including weekly or biweekly produce, flowe...
03/20/2018

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!
We are now accepting memberships for our 2018 CSA season including weekly or biweekly produce, flower and egg shares. Memberships can be purchased on our website at www.pleasanthillsfarm.com, where you can also find out more about the CSA model and what we will be growing this year.

03/08/2018

Nothing says Spring like Baby Chicks! Our 2018 flock arrived today... Americauna, Barred Rock, Buff Orbingtons, Wyandottes and more. #freerangechickens #babychicks #farmfresheggs

03/07/2018

Silly little lambs out for recess. Sharing a friend’s video. Two of these goofballs will soon be finding a home on our farm.

It may be cold and windy out but these guys are thriving inside.  #bringinspring #pleasanthillsfarm
03/04/2018

It may be cold and windy out but these guys are thriving inside. #bringinspring #pleasanthillsfarm

Just a few simple ingredients to create this scrub and mask to reduce pores and combat black heads.  The main ingredient...
02/28/2018

Just a few simple ingredients to create this scrub and mask to reduce pores and combat black heads. The main ingredient is an activated charcoal. Even at my age, I need a good pore cleansing for all the grimy work I do outside. However, the older I get the more sensitive my skin is so I love the simplicity of this recipe. I’ll share it soon on our website or you can order some ready made. #simplebeauty #pleasanthillsfarm @ Pleasant Hills Farm

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14820 Kelley Farm Drive
Darnestown, MD
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The original plantation of Pleasant Hills was founded in 1765. Over the years, it has only had a handful of owners, including the Kelley Family who owned the property for roughly 100 yers starting in the mid 1800’s. They operated Pleasant Hills Farms Dairy. Since then, much of the original farm has been developed into the lovely neighborhood in which we live, Spring Meadows in Darnestown, MD, and little has been farmed. Since 2015, we’ve been fortunate to call the original manor home and about 10 acres of the original farm our home.

We’ve been working hard to turn our ivestment into a working farm once again and have decided to keep it’s original name out of respect for it’s rich history, which we hope to preserve and pass on to future generations. Like our farm’s founders, we follow organic farming principles and embrace traditional homesteading.

In 2018, we’re excited to launch Pleasant Hills Farm CSA, offering fresh produce, flowers and eggs, as well as a farm-stay AirBNB. Stay tuned for updates and more information!

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You have a very nice farm with a lot of history. It is nice to see that the old house has not been torn down like so many others have. I was reserching my gassaway family line as well as the homes they built in montgomery county maryland . I was very glad to see that plesent Hills had not been torn down like my great grand father's father (William A. Gassaway's )house was. I think it is wonderful that you are useing it as a farm and it is very beutiful at that. My Great uncle William F. Gassaway told me ,that our family lost land that was siezed by the union forces at the start of the cival war . He never told how much our fammily had lost . John h. Gassaway had land on both sides of the potomac river . When the cival war started he was kind of in a real bind .he had hid a skiff down at the edge of potomac river close to Van Deventer island ( Gassaway lands at the time before cival war ) a couple hundred acers also on the VA. Side .So the union army arrested john hason Gassaway for conspirring against the Union. He spent some time in the old fedral prizon in washington D.C. He lost about 1000 acers . It was never talked about much after that . I had to dig to find out about the details of what really happened. IT was a real loss I guess at the time . Any way what I have seenon your page is very nice .