Hey folks!! Did ya miss us? We’re checking in to update you fine farm followers on what’s been going on around here…and it sure has been a lot of goodness to share!!
– Let’s start with this little ray of sunshine that graced us with her presence last October:
– We lost our beloved Primrose in mid-December to an illness that came about and tested her limitations, as well as Ben’s while treating her. It truly was a sad event, as she had become a part of the family through her gift of fresh milk and sassy saunter around the yard. Carly was with her when she died, and she was treated to a family burial alongside her son, Dukes, at the opening of the woods behind the house. We sure do miss her, and look to her daughter, Beledene to carry on her legacy as one of our family milk cows, alongside Hope, Piedra & Buttercup.
– Colin returned from his cattle-ranching adventures out west in early Spring to settle back down on the farm to assist in the long-term goals of the farm in harvesting wild edibles and making those available to the family and consumer. One of our goals is to reconnect with our innate hunter-gatherer roots by learning about, harvesting, and having available the nutritional abundance that is around all of us everywhere. Our nephew Al has continued to learn the basics and details of fencing, general land management, wood splitting, saw-milling, etc., and will also join in the hunter gatherer elements of our adventures in hopes of filling the saloon shelves with delicious greens, berries, mushrooms, and anything else we can find along the way. We are hoping our niece Allison and myself, Hannah, will be joining in this thrilling component of the new farm happenings to share all that we have to offer.
– We kicked off our Community Movie Nights with the film Numen in February, and continued them til May. Each event started with a potluck dinner with lots of delicious, homemade food, then everyone settled into a documentary about important farm/community topics ranging from family to bees. All of the movies chosen were highly informative and entertaining, and I would highly recommend seeking them out on your own to watch at your convenience, and we would love to talk about them with you on your next visit to the saloon.
- Numen (healing power of plants)
- This Way of Life (a family’s connection to nature & each other)
- Queen of the Sun (a look at the global bee crisis with solutions)
- The Greenhorns (stories of the young farming community)
– Mountain Run Farm hosted a Weston A. Price Foundation: Bedford County Chapter pasture walk and potluck one Sunday afternoon. We had a good turn-out of folks from Lynchburg, Bedford, Roanoke, and places in between ready to walk the pastures and learn all about wild edibles along the way. We’re hoping they won’t look at a “weed” the same way! We then watched the mob move into a new pasture, and walked back to the saloon for a wonderful lunch prepared by those present. Noah even had his egg stand set up, and I do believe he made a few sales that afternoon. How could anyone resist?
– This past week, we supplied the “venue” for Land & Table: Potluck + Open Mic + Market event organized by Jason Fowler of Sustainable Traditions and Land & Table. This was the first of many of these types of events for our area, and were honored to be a part of it. We had a plethora of delicious, homemade food, along with a market setup of local greens, goat cheese, veggies, eggs, fine art, paper goods, garden art & beautiful walking sticks. Our mom’s Monday night bluegrass band played some tunes, along with some other local musicians. It was quite a purposeful gathering of community and we look forward to the next one…which I believe is in the beginning of June. I have provided Facebook links so that you can follow along with all of the happenings. Also, Jeff Sharpe of Sharpe Shooter Photography took some excellent photos of the event so you can see for yourself how much fun we had.
– Ben, Carly, Noah, Gilliam & Luna are moving out of their house and moving in with the cows this summer for several days at a time. They want to experiment with moving with the herd and observing how they use and nurture the land with each pasture rotation, because observation is key when dealing with animals and land. Their first attempt was last week where they set up camp on what we call “The Top of the World,” and were joined by Colin for a night and Hannah and some friends for another night. It truly was spectacular to wake up to a 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge and other local mountain strands.
Well, that was a just a few happenings going on around here, and I’m sure there is bunch more. We hope to not take such a long break between postings to keep everyone on the up and up with Mountain Run Farm. If you’d like to come and see us, our saloon farm store is open every Saturday from 10am-2pm, and we continue to stock a wide range of grass-only beef and pastured pork cuts. We are also going to be hosting monthly events for you to attend at the farm…stay tuned for more information on those here on our blog and our Facebook page.