We don't know them all, but we owe them all. ❤️ Happy Memorial Day!
Elm Bend Farm is a regenerative farm located at the bottom of the prairie in Nowata, Oklahoma specia
We don't know them all, but we owe them all. ❤️ Happy Memorial Day!
So much progress happens each week! I’ve wen coming out to see the house every weekend & I’m always so excited to see what the crew has done over the past week.
We’ve been thinking of how to get this abandoned rod and pipe out of the well for way too long. Finally got it done- 45 ft of pipe!! What a fun day!!
Creating the fences for our pastures…If I could do this full time I would. It’s so good for me to get out & do the manual labor with dad. It’s hard work but I love it! Put the fence in place & measure twice to make sure it’s straight! How did we do?
Happy New year, friends & family! 🥳 I am so excited about the upcoming changes in 2023! 🏡🐄🤠 Stay tuned for announcements as they are happening!
Footings were done yesterday! 🥰 I can now see my vision coming to reality. Also, look how amazing the sky always looks! ☀️ I’m so looking forward to being out here full time.
Big weekend on the farm with dad. Moved cows…doesn’t sound all that exciting but I truly love being out there working with him. More progress pics of the house to come soon!
Progress! ☺️ I can’t tell you how excited I am to see land flattened and dirt moved!
Breaking ground! ☺️
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 🦃 On this particular day, I have much to be thankful for. 🧡 Next year, 🤞, Elm Bend Farm will be my full-time home!
Happy Veteran’s Day dad. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country. Proud to be your daughter. 🥰
Last weekend was a busy one! 💪 Helping build a shed and found my childhood bike! What a treasure! Next step…new tires and I’m good to go! 🚴🏻♀️🚴🏻♀️🚴🏻♀️
Turning one mailbox into two! 🥰 🤞
Work on Chicken Tractor #2 has begun! 🔨 Lots of work was done last weekend & the farm is coming together. 💪 Also, a few pics of the turkeys. Getting bigger every week!
Another busy weekend on the farm with dad. 🔨🪚🪜 Loving this time with him and excited to see our hard work coming together to crossing projects off the list together.
Chicken tractor #2 has begun! 🐤 Stay tuned!
Had a great weekend out at Elm Bend Farm & wanted to show you all the turkeys. Almost two months old now.
Update on the turkeys: they have doubled in size this week! 🦃🦃🦃 Had a relaxing weekend checking on the farm and relaxing a bit. Have a week everyone! More updates soon.
Spending time in my happy peaceful place this weekend. 🥰🧘🏼♀️ ☺️ My fall garden has begun!
Oh did Scout have a good time this weekend looking after the turkeys while my mom and I planted the garden! 🤣 Glorious weekend! 🥰
👋 Been quiet for a bit on social media, but we’ve been busy! 💪 Here’s a glimpse of this past weekends activities…3.5 week old turkeys! 🦃🦃🦃
Have a great week everyone! ☀️☺️
It is beyond hot in Oklahoma this week. ☄️🔥🌞 Here's a flashback to cooler times (2 weeks ago when it was only in the 90s). ❄️ The best thing about this lifestyle is generations working together. 🥰 This is my dad and son digging up potatoes to put in the cellar for later in the year. Preserving and storing food from your garden can benefit you all year long. 🌈
Wishing you all a happy & safe holiday! 🎉
This weekend I’m getting one step closer to being on my land full time. This video was taken a while ago but it will give you a nice idea of my vision. 🏡 Send good vibes my way this weekend! 🙏💪
Missing this view right about now. Can’t wait to get back to my farm! 🌿🐄🐔
So excited about spending more & more time out here soon. 😊 My happy place! 🌳🐄🐓🦃
Why do we move cows? 🤔 They’ve been eating off this pasture all winter and it needs a break to grow fresh grass. The other pasture has fresh 🌱 grass for the summer it makes for happy cows. 🌈
I’ll be posting a few videos and pics from this weekend. 🐄 Just a little preview of what’s to come! 🥬🥕 Plus, working with dad is always a good time! 💪🥰
And the wind comes sweeping down the plain….went out to plant a garden the other day and whew! 🌬 Almost gone blown away! Proud of our hard work though. 💪 More videos to come & a cameo of where my house 🏡 will sit on my land!
Coming soon to Elm Bend Farm! 🏡 This journey has taught me dreams do come true with a lot of hard 🔨 work, family 🥰 by my side and maybe a few tears…happy 😭 tears! Stay tuned for updates!
Whew! 🤪 What a couple of weeks it has been! The chicken tractor 🐤🚜 is almost done. Last weekend we were out at the farm, but not working on the tractor, the 🐮 cows needed some attention. Stay tuned for the finished product!
Update on our project - 🐔🚜 - A chicken Tractor is basically a mobile chicken house that lacks a floor. It is designed to be easily moved so that the chickens can eat, scratch and fertilize in one area, then be moved to a fresh area periodically. My dad and I have been building a chicken tractor and it was really run!
Do you all remember working with your parents when your were a kid. If you grew up rurally, it was probably a daily occurrence. Feeding animals, mowing property, repairing structures, building fences, working cows...the list goes on and on. The thing about working with your parents when you are a kid, is they were doing more for teaching than anything. You probably weren’t helping as much as you thought. Big thanks to my mom and dad for their patience and willingness to teach.
Two weekends ago, my dad and I started to tackle the chicken tractor and it was so fun. I can’t tell you how fun it is to work with my dad! Like most farmers and ranchers, he is a “Jack of all Trades” and I always learn from the experience. We followed a plan from John Sucsovich who is a fellow regenerative farmer that focuses on poultry. We made a couple of mistakes when starting, but hit our stride and got the front part of it done. The main concern with this model is the wind that occurs in the area and how this tractor will hold up. If you aren’t familiar with Nowata county in Oklahoma, it is on the bottom of the prairie and the wind there is something special. We will complete it this weekend and can’t wait to show you the finished tractor. The chickens that will reside there will be happy, healthy and tasty birds!
Preview of our weekend project…any guesses? 🐤🚜
Why is regenerative farming important? The loss of the world’s fertile soil and biodiversity, along with the loss of indigenous seeds and knowledge, pose a mortal threat to our future survival. According to soil scientists, at current rates of soil destruction within 50 years we will suffer serious damage to public health. We will also literally no longer have enough arable topsoil to feed ourselves. Elm Bend Farm is a 100% regenerative farm! 📸 cred Cindy Knull
How does regenerative farming work? The key to regenerative agriculture is that it not only does no harm to the land but actually improves it. Regenerative farming uses technologies that regenerate and revitalize the soil and the environment. Elm Bend Farm is a regenerative farm in Nowata, OK!
📸 cred Cindy Knull
January is not my favorite month…the days are short and time spent outside is limited. It feels like there are so many tasks to complete and not enough daylight to do it. I have several projects I want to start on the farm but there is an impending winter storm this week so I wanted to look into a fun small project to work on inside. This leads me to microgreens and sprouts. I’m sure you have seen these at the Farmers Markets around Tulsa. They are outrageously priced for a small bundle of greens that you can add to salads or sandwiches. I’ve often wondered what is so special about this product that makes them so expensive…so I went on a deep dive for information on them and I’ll be attempting to grow my own.
Micro-greens are defined as the shoots of salad vegetables such as arugula, Swiss chard, mustard greens etc. They are typically picked just after the first leaves have developed. To grow microgreens you need a shallow tray, soil, and a sunny area. Put a layer of soil in the shallow tray, scatter your seeds, and cover the seeds with another layer of soil. You are supposed to mist the seeds several times a day and in 3-4 week your sprouts will be ready to eat!
Now, more about sprouts…sprouts are a germinated seed. The germ awakens and becomes a living plant using the nutrients stored in the seed to develop a stem. The process for sprouts is slightly different. Place stems in a wide mouth jar and rinse with water and drain. Allow the seeds to soak in the jar for 2-12 hours depending on size. After soaking add your sprouting lid. Place the jar away from direct sunlight and rinse them twice daily. If all goes well then your sprouts should be ready in just a couple of days. Health benefits for these include lowering cholesterol and improving gut health.
Now, why am I doing this? I want to see what makes them so darned expensive. So that’s my project this week! I will keep you posted on how it goes. Let me know if you have tried this and have any tips. If the weather clears, I have plans to start building a chicken tractor in the next week or so. Fingers crossed the weather isn’t like last year in February and this will be done by the end of the month.
A little history about Elm Bend Farm, my farm. When I was born, my dad was a foreman at a ranch in a very rural community, called Nowata, OK. We lived in the family's ranch houses. My parents built their own place when I was six and my brother was eight. I grew up helping my dad in every way I could. I am so thankful to my parents for providing my brother and I with a well rounded education, as well as a strong work ethic that is needed when you work a farm or ranch.
My parents also wanted us both to go to college and pursue options that would provide us careers. Which we did…so I ended up in Tulsa and my brother ended up in OKC. Last year 50 acres next to my parents came up for sale. Our long-time neighbor passed away and his grandkids were selling off the property. As soon as I saw that for sale sign, I knew I had to have it.
So, here I am…I OWN 50 ACRES that borders my parents farm, my childhood home. It is literally everything I’ve ever wanted without knowing I wanted it until now.
I think so much about what I want to do with this land…the thing about owning land is it’s not just a piece of property…it’s a part of the family…my legacy. My parents' place next door has been in the family for over 100 years. I DO NOT want to let that go so, I have thought and thought about this. I truly believe that there is still money to be made off of agriculture, you just have to think outside the box and I am here for the challenge!
I want to be a steward, not just for the land, but also for the livestock that is raised here. Grass fed, pasture raised beef and poultry that I can sell directly to the consumer with no middle man. This is my dream. In my future, I can see farm to table dinners, a storefront on the land where consumers can buy meat and homemade food. I honestly don’t know If I can do it but damn it…I’m going to try! I welcome you to Elm Bend Farm!
What is regenerative farming? 🤔 Regenerative farming describes farming and grazing practices that reverse climate change by rebuilding soil, organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity. 😀 The result is both carbon drawdown and improved water cycle. Elm Bend Farm is a regenerative farm in Nowata, OK!
Official website announcement!
https://www.ElmBendFarm.com is live! Please share & help spread the word about my regenerative farm! I'm just getting started but will grow year after year. I appreciate everyone's help that has brought my farm & I to this point.
So excited to launch my website later this week! 🥳 Currently it will be full of information on why regenerative farming is crucial to revitalizing the soil and environment. Later, a shop page will be added for you to buy grass fed beef and pasture raised poultry directly from my website! Please help share my business with your friends and family. 📸 cred Cindy Knull
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