Farm Journal

Posted 9/16/2014 4:38pm by Renee Savary.

New Leaf Market 7th Annual Farm Tour

Sunday October 26, 2014 from 10am to 4pm

Farm Tour at 11am and 1pm 

On going throughout the day, a detailed showcase of our chickens, our hogs, our sheep, our turkeys, our apiary and our donkeys.

Farm Tour

Twin Oaks Farm is a certified organic 94 acres farm located in Holmes county. We raise heritage chickens, ducks, lambs and pigs on pasture, the old fashioned way.

At the farm we produce a whole line of artisan food only using organic and/or local ingredients. Our production is small and authentic. The taste of Real Food.

On the day of the Farm Tour you will have a closer look at what we do and how we do it from our thriving apiary using smaller bees to our incredible Big Black Hogs (yes our first litter of piglets is growing very fast), from our Rhode Island Red hens (producing the #1 eggs in the country according to the Cornucopia Institute Eggs Score Card) to our gentle Gulf Coast Sheep. We will show you how organic sustainable farming raise healthy animals giving them the space and the life they are supposed to have.
Ducks, geese, turkeys, donkeys ... they all will be roaming freely on pasture and be picture ready.
Stop at our unique Bistrot under the Oak and degust some delicious all organic and farm produced food.
Our shop will be open with a whole cornucopia of goodies.
As we get closer to Farm Tour day please visit our web site for a detailed schedule.

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Twin Oaks Farm

 USDA Certified Organic

 Bonifay FL 32425

www.twinoaksfarm.net

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Posted 9/2/2014 8:06pm by Renee Savary.

The pix was taken late afternoon yesterday as the storm was kinda rolling in ... it looks like a lot of chickens but when they see me they all run toward me ... no worry NOT out of love for their farmer but for that bucket of grains I was carrying ... !!! 

Raised on pasture

Posted 8/15/2014 3:45pm by Renee Savary.

 

Posted 8/7/2014 8:39pm by Renee Savary.

Our piglets are now 1 week old and doing well.

On day 2, we were able to move the second Mom back into a secured area. It was epic and took several hours for a few hundred yards. We would give Mom a little bit of food, move the babies a few feet but as soon as we would grab a baby, the little punk would scream like you wonder how such a little thing can make such a noise !!!

Mom reacting immediately, us looking innocent !!! Once she calmed down starting all over again ... It was not a fast move but even protective the mom was never aggressive ... 

The big Mama was too far away to be moved but on Friday I came with a grand idea to move them and it did not work at all, the difference was this Mom was super aggressive when protecting the babies so everybody is still out there. 

Both group have access to a pond and the babies already go roll in the mud ... 

Here a few pictures, they are so much bigger and at least double in weight.

The second group, 6 days old ...

6 days old

The first group, 6 days old ...

6 days old

Mama having diner ...

Mama having diner ...

Posted 7/31/2014 4:30pm by Renee Savary.

We got 14 piglets in 24h!!!

I spend the last two nights in the field making sure they stay safe: I am beyond exhausted !!!
On Tuesday, at the end of the day, as we were letting everyone in, our big mama-to-be was missing. It was strange as they (all the hogs) stay together. We look and look and walk all the ditches which are almost dry for once ... Finally we find her, all the way at the other end of the pasture, she had gone through a whole under bush overgrown jungle and build herself a nest and when we got there the first baby was already snacking.
By then it was pass 6pm and I needed to get the rest of the gang in before the night. I knew that both of our sow were close to have the babies, but I was off like 2 weeks !!! As we lock the rest of the hogs in their enclosure I decide to remove the second sow and to put her in a large enclose where we have the rams at night, they usually don't bother each other.
Then run to the house and call my friends to find a tent. I had decided to go spend the night close to the new babies because they were in an area not secure and I did not wanted to take the risk of a predator attack.
Back to the mama, she already got 6 of them !!! 
My friend got to the farm with the tent and we install it.
Check on mama ... 7 little punks sucking the life out of her ...
Libellule with babies
A couple of hours later and I am ready for the night ... very little sleep, super uncomfortable, noisy like hell ... and yes mama snores !!!!
The next morning as we go around opening to everybody we find out the second mama has crawled under the fence and is nowhere in sight !!! 
The enclosure she was in is made for our rams and the fencing is not that strong ... 
Again game of looking but this time is much easier, she did not go far and we find her a few hundred yards away in the ditch WITH FOUR BABIES !!!!
As the sun raise, she is now in full sun, we get some of the old market tent and stretch them over her to create some shade. By then her 7 babies are in or actually out !!!
Coccinelle babies
14 babies in 24h !!! 
There is no way I am going to let that mama spend the night without protection, she is in the open ditch much less protected than the other one ... that is when it is really useful to have camper-friend !!!
Day 2: moms and babies are doing wonderfully well ....
will tell you the rest of the story next week ...
I am dead ....
Libellule and babies 2014
Posted 7/4/2014 9:01am by Renee Savary.
From All of Us here at the farm ...
we wish you a ...

4th of july

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Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425
www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm
Posted 7/1/2014 12:07pm by Renee Savary.

Thank you to The Alys Gazette for featuring our great partnership with Kevin Korman, chef de cuisine at Caliza Restaurant.

http://slaughtergroup.com/files/5514/0422/3872/Alys-Gazette-Spring2014-TwinOaks.pdf

 

Alys Gazette

 

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425

www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm

Posted 4/20/2014 8:03am by Renee Savary.

From All of us here at the farm, we wish you ....


Happy Easter

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Twin Oaks Farm 
USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425

www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm

 

 



 

Posted 4/2/2014 10:01am by Renee Savary.

This week I got my new bees through the mail !!!

I had all my hives ready to go. Here is the box of bees called a nuc, it comes with a queen and is ready to be installed in their new hive.

Nuc

Once I open the box, I quickly remove a smaller box with the queen in it and close it back ...

The white part in the box is sugar ....

queen box

On the side of the box, you find a small plug that need to be removed, once the queen box and the bees will be in the hive, the bees will eat through the sugar and free the queen ....

The next step is to staple the queen box into the hive. It will stay there for a few days and once the queen is out it can be removed.

queen box stappled

Then I needed it to get the bees into the hive, it is fairly easy, just you get thousands of bees buzzing around ... A good time to test your self control !!!

bees and box

I just turn the box upside down and shake the bees out ...

bees in hive

I put an empty box on top of the frames to funnel the bees.

et voila ... 

Et voila ... I leave the box in front of the hive for any of the bees still in to join.

close up

Close up  ... my pictures are not fantastic on this post, but I take them in full sun with a veil and smoke and bees .... 

Posted 3/27/2014 8:09pm by Renee Savary.

# 1 Eggs

#1 Eggs

I was already really happy to score 5 eggs (exemplary) on the Cornucopia Institute Organic Egg Scorecard but we are the #1 on the list !!!!

… I am eggstatic ….

We are now officially THE best eggs !!!

The Cornucopia Institute Organic Egg Scorecard rates farms and companies that market private-label or name-brand organic “shell” eggs based on 22 criteria that are important to the organic consumers.

The scorecard showcases ethical farms and their brands, and exposes factory farm producers and brands in grocery store cooler’s that threaten to take over organic livestock agriculture. Non organic or “natural” do not make the list as they are just conventional eggs.

For me this #1 spot is the result of years of hard work, refusing to cut corner, going through the expense of feeding my chickens the best organic mix of real grains, rejecting cheap alternative like soy.

Over the years I was able to improve our practice increasing our chickens well being and safety … and you know how the saying goes :

Happy Chickens = Happy Eggs …

and tonight we can add Happy Farmer …  

Thank you to All of you that have purchases our eggs over the years now let’s do a little bragging about them and spread the good news …

 Here is the link to the Cornucopia Institute Organic Egg Scorecard:

 http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg-scorecard/

 Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425

www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm