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Little Owl Natural Farm

Little Owl Natural Farm Soil has been chemical-free for over 27 years. Natural eggs, dairy, wool and produce. Healthy soil+healthy environment=healthy livestock and produce.

Preserving heritage livestock breeds and heirloom seeds for future generations.

Operating as usual

Perfect for famers and ranchers. And all others, too. Stay safe.
03/05/2022

Perfect for famers and ranchers. And all others, too. Stay safe.

“Ambiguity, or the willingness to hold many perspectives at once, is a core competency of belonging and dreamwork. It teaches us that there are many sides to a story, and as we grow more adept with it, we can hold an increasingly diverse number of perspectives at once.

The initiated adult is one who learns to withstand uncertainty, embody ambiguity, and straddle paradox. In dreamwork, the ability to hold the tension of the opposites is essential. We let contradictions have out their mythical argument until paradox can be held—until harmony can be struck. Until a creative third solution has a chance at appearing.”

Excerpt from “Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home” by Toko-pa Turner (belongingbook.com)

Photo of a fast moving river running between snowy banks, flanked by bare trees and a cottage on the far shore, under a blue sky.

Photos from Cow Nerd's post
03/03/2022

Photos from Cow Nerd's post

SO many people do not know what farming is and does for us. Food does not come from a store - the best food comes from a...
02/11/2022

SO many people do not know what farming is and does for us. Food does not come from a store - the best food comes from a natural farm and not from a processing plant. Stay safe.
Support your Local Farm.
Buy local - Buy fresh.

Let's talk about some facts of the times for this week's #farmfactsFriday. We are 28 days into 2022 and I am already flush with challenges. While most people are thinking about W2's, tax refunds, or football, I'm concerned about the future. This is a bit lengthy, but let me explain.

Fact #1: Inflation is the highest it has been in my lifetime. For you, that means higher gas prices and higher grocery prices. For farmers, that means nearly every input we use is more expensive. When you factor in the rising land values and rent, our cost of production is going up significantly.

Fact #2: Fertilizer prices have increased 100% since last year at this time. Some fertilizers have more than doubled. Chemicals have also increased significantly, some cases double over one year ago. Supply issues have also caused some availability issues for some of the more commonly used ag chemicals.

Fact #3: External challenges are piling up in addition to the cost of production. Whether you consider the ever increasing H2A wage rate, the availability of labor, competition from development for farmland, or regulatory uncertainty, there are many compounding challenges that are completely outside of our control.

These facts mean that I am trying to figure out how to break even this year. Read that again. I'm going to work all year and pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into the ground and hope to end up with what I started with. This is a pretty bleak outlook. Couple this with the external challenges and you can lose sleep wondering why any one would want to farm in this environment. I often get asked how do you do it all? Why are you involved in so much STUFF? The answer is simple. I have to. One of the many things I'm involved in is a committe to update the land use plan for my County. As the fastest growing County in the state and a significant agriculture County, development is a huge threat to agriculture due to farmland loss. At our meeting last night I was told by a fellow committee member and self-described entrepreneur that I might not be able to farm in my County anymore due to "progress." This was a gut punch to me. While what he said may be true, the fact that his dreams as an "entrepreneur" are deemed more important than my dreams as an agricultural entrepreneur was a problem for me. He had no understanding of modern agriculture, our challenges, nor our successes. None. In his eyes, agriculture is a stumbling block for progress. Unfortunately, he is not alone. He's the reason I have to be involved. He is the reason I started this weekly post. Education, transparency, and telling the story of modern agriculture is more important now than ever before. This leads me to my self-proclaimed word of the year for 2022: Resolve.

Resolve as a noun is defined as a firm determination to do something. I took this picture this evening as I untangled the flag on top of our grain bin. Make no mistake. My head isn't hung in despair. Rather, I'm taking a breath and getting ready to go to work. Agriculture is our largest industry. It is the basis for our independence. It is the first line of defense for conservation and sustainability. I am absolutely resolved to keep telling that story until the Good Lord calls me home. May God bless you with resolve for your beliefs. As always, #IamyourFarmer.

01/24/2022

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One of my favorite educational sites. Eat healthy and stay safe.
12/09/2021

One of my favorite educational sites.
Eat healthy and stay safe.

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Custard dropped Topper November 8. It took him a few days to unfold his legs and now he is running (his mother crazy). W...
11/17/2021

Custard dropped Topper November 8. It took him a few days to unfold his legs and now he is running (his mother crazy). We would like another natural farm raise him after he is steered down another road for beef. Custard and sire are both A2/A2 Guernseys.

THIS really cannot be true, but some people have never been on a real farm.
10/01/2021

THIS really cannot be true, but some people have never been on a real farm.

Hidden in the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Plan are methane fees. The energy committee has refused to exempt agriculture, leaving gaps for the future. If implemented, this would be the end of US meat production. Farmers could not afford to produce meat and consumers could not afford to purchase. Here at Skara Brae, we have worked diligently to minimize costs by producing forage fed meat, eggs, and dairy, but we could not over come this set back.

“The tax is estimated to cost $6,500 per dairy cow, $2,600 per head of cattle, and $500 per swine each year. That is more than what the animals are worth, it’ll run ranchers out of business.” - Congressman Markwayne Mullin

We encourage everyone to contact their senators and congressman to speak out against this. Be proactive!

#letyourvoicebeheard #speakout #skarabraehomestead #fauquierfarm #fulldietfarmshare #regenerativeagriculture #foragefed

http://www.okenergytoday.com/2021/09/mullin-says-build-back-better-is-a-blank-check-for-socialism/

Little and Owl are looking for a registered and horned Hog Island ram who would like to add us to his flock for a month ...
09/06/2021

Little and Owl are looking for a registered and horned Hog Island ram who would like to add us to his flock for a month or two soon. We were raised on a central VA natural farm and will adhere to all of ram's biosecurity needs. We are cute, hornless and SO much FUN.
We are looking forward to our first 'dates'. We were not allowed off the farm to date because we were too young. Now, we are older but not experienced ewes and ready to find a good match.
Nice horns, good temperament and handsome is appreciated in our future date.
Stay safe.

UPDATE; Mitzi is safe at a neighbor's farm. Thank you for your positive thoughts.Mitzi, my 2 year old, 700#, Dutch Belte...
07/10/2021

UPDATE; Mitzi is safe at a neighbor's farm. Thank you for your positive thoughts.
Mitzi, my 2 year old, 700#, Dutch Belted heifer is missing. Last time I saw her (evidence) was Thursday morning.
She never leaves the 'herd' [Dolly and Custard], stays near their fenced pasture and just helps Little and Owl keep the lawn and vines under control for the day.

Thank you and stay safe,
Linda (WHO did you think lost Dutch Belted in the area...), Polo et al

Invited them to come see the nests we have supported here. NOT my friends as they hurt and even the animals avoid the ne...
07/09/2021

Invited them to come see the nests we have supported here. NOT my friends as they hurt and even the animals avoid the nests. Love the chemical-free removal and using to improve medical care.
Stay safe.

Today we're highlighting some of the differences between the yellowjacket and hornet species that we collect. If you see these, it's best to steer clear.

Offer to this wonderful and generous group. My natural farm is opening up for a limited number of children (adult must a...
06/28/2021

Offer to this wonderful and generous group. My natural farm is opening up for a limited number of children (adult must attend, too) mini farm talks and learn where food, milk, beef, eggs, wool, lamb and chicken comes from - HINT; it is NOT the grocery store. Contact me for scheduling and address.
(You will also see how I have used/reused items from you.)
UPDATE A; Thank you for the interest. My goal is to educate our (current) generation and (up coming) future generations about one of our most critical elements of survival. Farmers have been under increasingly disruptive regulations. Regulations are needed but, small farmers (less than $25,000 farm sales) are under rules which prohibit them from ever making a viable income. Result is foreclosure and farmland is developed and lost forever, and/or taken by a megafarm which markets chemically-raised food.
Several families asked if they could help with chores. Volunteers are always welcome. Close supervision is provided. Safety first here.
Stay safe.

Our newest heritage Guernsey cow, Custard. She is giving up to a 5.9% butterfat, A2/A2, golden-colored milk and cream. R...
06/22/2021

Our newest heritage Guernsey cow, Custard. She is giving up to a 5.9% butterfat, A2/A2, golden-colored milk and cream. Reserve your herd share early.
It took Custard a few days to understand that Dolly and Mitzi were REALLY cows and not mobile Oreo cookies... Now, they are inseparable.
Custard puts up with Little and Owl - but, NOT during milking and when she has her twice daily alfalfa ration.

Shearing is done. Little and Owl are both sporting their summer loungewear now.
06/22/2021

Shearing is done. Little and Owl are both sporting their summer loungewear now.

I have to keep learning to encourage my brain cells to keep firing.
01/24/2021
joe gardener welcome video

I have to keep learning to encourage my brain cells to keep firing.

Hello and welcome to joegardenerTV! My name is Joe Lamp'l and I'm the "joe" behind joe gardener. I'm a passionate organic gardener who loves to grow pretty m...

Our heritage Dutch Belted, A2/A2 dairy cows, Dolly and Mitzi in a rare snow shower last year.
01/24/2021

Our heritage Dutch Belted, A2/A2 dairy cows, Dolly and Mitzi in a rare snow shower last year.

Heritage breed, Hog Island, Little and Owl grazing while bundled in their warm, 3" sweaters.
01/24/2021

Heritage breed, Hog Island, Little and Owl grazing while bundled in their warm, 3" sweaters.

01/16/2021

One of our next projects - not learning how to play the guitar, but singing to our relaxing cows. I found their favorite scratch spots. Our cows love to be groomed - as long as they don't miss a meal.

12/29/2020

Something for the black and white photographer to appreciate.

12/29/2020

Dogs are amazing workers. Another planned project for our natural farm.

12/16/2020

Guess what one of our Wish Project's List entails??

One of my all-time favorites!
12/08/2020
All Creatures Great and Small on MASTERPIECE on PBS

One of my all-time favorites!

James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930’s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in a seven-part series based on his beloved books. #AllCreaturesPBS

12/07/2020

Long, last two weeks here on the farm; tractor damaged by a contractor, winter hay deliver went sideways for 5 weeks and lost some hay, then, the icing on our natural cake was a fowl kill and injury by a roaming dog yesterday...
BUT, I LOVE farming and all of my animals - they save my sanity - even during the cold and windy days. All I do is look at them and laugh. Little and Owl's ears are warm and toasty as they sit in the shade and in the wind on a 20 degree day in their 3" wool sweaters.
Stay safe.

12/06/2020

Guess what another project may be when I have 'spare time'?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !I AM GRATEFUL;I am grateful for my friends who help when asked. I still have a hard time asking.I am...
11/25/2020

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !
I AM GRATEFUL;
I am grateful for my friends who help when asked. I still have a hard time asking.
I am grateful for my friends who give sage advice.
I am grateful for my friends' respect and love.
I am grateful for my health.
I am grateful for my parents giving me a sound education, instilling ethics and morals into my soul.
I am grateful for all of my teachers, in and out of formal schools.
I am grateful for my fine education at the best schools my parents could find.
I am grateful for the firewood purchased and gifted to keep my house warm.
I am grateful for my beautiful farm (only 2 years left on the mortgage).
I am grateful for Polo, Dolly, Utah, Mitzi, Little, Owl and the surviving 6 hens (who are molting now so no eggs for my customers or myself)
I am grateful that I am not in a food line.
I am grateful for the rains on my natural soil and all I need for planting a garden.
I am grateful for the Albemarle County beauty.
I am grateful for the kindness of strangers.
I am grateful for all the smiles during each day.
I am grateful for living in the United States of America.

Stay safe.

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11/25/2020

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Sweet Briar College Monarch research and garden.
10/11/2020

Sweet Briar College Monarch research and garden.

Address

Albemarle County
Free Union, VA
22940

Products

Natural, jumbo hen eggs.
Herd shares offered A2/A2 milk and cream from heritage breed cows.
Raw wool from heritage Hog Island sheep.
CSA natural vegetables to follow soon.
Limited supply of the above. Please reserve for your pantry.
Workshops and learning opportunities planned with agriculture and homesteading topics.

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The HOOT behind the Owl...

Natural farm land has not had any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers used since 1994. The Heritage Rhode Island Red hens are night roosting in a converted (and secure) dog kennel and 1/2” plywood custom plywood coop. (The hens have never thanked us for all of the planning and hard work building their coops - yet.) They enjoy their pasture during the day and laying eggs (usually...) in their coop nests. Their prized, natural eggs have been available since September, 2018.

Jersey and Native (also referred to as ‘Heritage’) Milking Shorthorn cows are the next addition with herd shares almost sold out for the first round. The milking parlor is the next major build - along with fence repair... I miss my cows and cannot wait to have them again. They are great companions and conversation starters.

UPDATE; Native Milking Shorthorn A2/A2 cows were not available after a two year hunt. January 10, 2020 two second calf heifers and one 10 month old heifer pure Registered Dutch Belted dairy cows arrived. They are due to freshen March to May. Herd shares are being sold for their fresh A2/A2 milk. We are ‘jumping over the moon’ since their arrival. Gentling and calming work is a daily exercise.

Then, we have hay and equipment storage, shop, sheep sheds and more water hydrants, fencing, and stock tanks planned. Oh, and fixing the driveway so something other than a military jeep can drive up to the house.

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The eggs that this farm produces are far tastier than those I have tasted from other sources. Linda takes great care in providing the proper food, exercise, and attention needed to produce this high quality.
Great eggs. Thanks.