Spring Time is here!

After our VERY long and snowy winter last year, we held off all breedings to plan for late March – May babies! We are very happy to say that the lambing this year has been great and so far we have 5 lovely little Babydoll Southdown lambs romping around the property!  All the Ewe’s and their babies are doing great!  We are now into a rainy period and it doesn’t seem to phase these healthy critters.  

Betty and her twins (girl/boy)Aurora with her ram lamb
Emmie with her boy(black)/girl(white) twins

 

Next up is our lovely KuneKune sow Panama who is due in the next week or so with our first 2018 litter of piglets.  She’s always a solid mom and was bred to Chester, a goofy fun smaller sized boar.  Panama’s daughter, Ophelia, is hopefully recently bred for a June litter – also to Chester.  And we are hoping Nora may also be pregnant.  

Panama – expecting in the next 1-2 weeks

Finally, the cattle – We know that we have at least one calf on the way and potentially two – due anytime in the next 4-6 weeks.  It will be a fun time in the next month!  Grass is growing, rotational grazing has started and soon it will be time to put the gardens in. 

Bossy the cow and last years heifer calf

Each season offers something different – spring is definitely an awakening!

 

 

2018 Live animal and meat requests

As a light dusting of snow falls outside, we are forced indoors to work on planning!  As a result we have been able to start our 2018 animal request spreadsheets!  Doesn’t that sound like fun!!

 

If you have been looking to add Babydoll Sheep, KuneKune Pigs, or Scottish Highland cattle to your life, let me know. We anticipate lambing to start in mid to late March, piglets should start early April, and calves will drop April or May.  

 

We will also start meat share lists for lamb, pork, and potentially beef. What is available depends on animals being retained or sold for breeding.  If you prefer to raise your own meat, we can accommodate that as well.

 

Feel free to reach out with which list(s) you’d like be on and any questions you may have! As always thank you for your support of us and all small farmers!

Welcome!

Welcome to Balanced Earth Farm’s corner of the interweb!

We are a small (but growing) sustainable farm in the beautiful Columbia Gorge; specifically, in Hood River, Oregon.  Hood River is an amazing little town nestled right on the banks of the mighty Columbia River that divides Oregon from Washington.  We are a mecca for windsurfing, kite boarding, mountain sports, kayaking, running and biking of all kinds.  In addition, our fertile valley produces an array of fruits and plants: apples, pears, blueberries, lavender and wine grapes!

On our farm we currently raise cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and occasionally turkeys for meat and eggs.  These animals are also integral in our pasture management and improvement, vineyard maintenance, and humor!

Our animals are used in a management intensive grazing program in which they are rotated daily onto new pasture for grazing.  This ensures healthy pasture land, more even distribution of fertilizer, decreased need for chemical parasite control and allows us to graze from approximately April to November.

We are in process of planting approximately 10 acres of wine grapes – look for our wines in the coming years!

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