With Spring comes a time of awakening, renewal and hope! Spring brings new life, and it can be seen everywhere at Jenness Farm! The pond is melting and the ducks are thrilled to be swimming!! (Can you imagine physically not being able to do what you were essentially made to do…for 6 months out of the year!?) New goat babies are being born, chicks are chirping and heavy winter coats are being shed so that the barn swallows and other birds can use the hair to line their nests! Needless to say, we will NOT complain about the mud or may flies this Spring after such a dreary and heavy handed Winter! We are extremely excited about changes going on at Jenness Farm! We have found a home for the HUGE loam pile down past the boys little barn and we will be relocating the compost pile to start seeding our new pasture! We have already invested in site work for the new pasture and will be moving the boys to create a new open pasture space for Emma the horse, and others! We are currently fundraising for raising a new “Community Barn” to house our goats and other rescue animals so we will have enough space to accommodate camp groups, local animal group meetings, field trips, and educational programming! We are THRILLED at the prospect of offering this to our community, and every penny which is being donated takes us one step closer to being able to help educate our next generation of potential farmers and animal ambassadors! You can check out our gofundme site at http://www.gofundme.com/jennessfarm
You can now watch LIVE STREAMING VIDEO from our barn! We have a Goat Cam set up in our “big girl stall” and a Kid Cam! set up in the babies stall for your viewing pleasure! We have been told that it is a phenomenal “stress break” from the work day! WE are enjoying the ability to see the goat’s natural behavior without interrupting them when we physically walk into the barn. Several lucky customers were able to view the live streaming birth of triplets about an hour after we installed the first camera! You can view the cams at the top of the main Jenness Farm web page, just click on “GOAT CAMS”! www.jennessfarm.com/goat-cam/
SAVE THE DATE!! Our Annual Jenness Farm Spring Open House is Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th from 10:00 ~ 6:00 and we are lining up some fun! Milking demonstrations, spinning demonstrations, sheep shearing, face painting for the kiddos, maple products from Sugar Momma’s Maple Farm, crafts from Dueling Roosters Farm, Nottingham School’s own “Mr. O” & Jameson with the pottery wheel and their beautiful pottery, Sweet Olive Cupcakes, Good Ole Boys BBQ will be here with samples of their amazing sauce, Fibersmith Lane’s products, reclaimed welded creations by Mike Russo, tiny clay creations by Chloe Russo, photography and other local artisans. We will have live music both days from 12:00 – 3:00 and will be adding more as we get closer to the date!
In closing…we would like to introduce our newest farm guests and bonded pair Bobby and Thunder, the 40 year old donkey and 30 year old pony who we rescued from slaughter. They will live out the rest of their natural lives, in peace, at Jenness Farm.
Quite often, we have customers who ask “what is the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils”?
Most pure essential oils are extracted from plants through steam distillation. Freshly picked plants are suspended over boiling water, and the steam pulls the oils out of the plant. The steam rises, is captured in a vessel, and is pushed along tubing. Then the steam is rapidly cooled, causing it to condense back into water. Since water and essential oils do not mix, the two separate, and the essential oil is collected. There are other methods of extraction but distillation is the most common. Essential oils have great health benefits!
Fragrance oils are a mixture composed of essential oils, synthetic aroma chemicals, and aromatic resins. In order to achieve the scent that a perfumist is trying to achieve, the perfumist has more than 3000 different fragrance ingredients that s/he may use (natural and synthetic). These ingredients come in the form of liquid, powder, or crystalline.
For example… there is another soap company that makes Pumpkin Spice Soap and they were touting the benefits of pumpkin for skin and health. However, upon further inspection of the ingredients of their product, we found there is NO actual pumpkin (or essential oil) in their soap, they use a pumpkin fragrance oil which does NOT have the same health benefits of essential oil or fresh pumpkin.
We have products that are made with both essential oils and fragrance oils. We always use essential oils whenever we can. Many of our combination fragrances contain more than one essential oil, but all fragrances aren’t available in essential oils… therefore, synthetic fragrance oils are used. We are very particular about the fragrances we use in our products, if it doesn’t smell EXACTLY like the name of the fragrance, then it has no place in our products!
If you are purchasing one of our products made with fragrance oils, (our goat milk soap for example) you still benefit from the amazing all natural ingredients and goats milk from our own does milked right here at the farm! We have the best goats milk soap and body care products in the Universe!
Springtime on Jenness Farm is a wonderfully magical time! We revel in the last little pile of snow melting, the pond defrosting, the leaves popping, flowers budding and BABIES being born!! Not just goat babies, but this year our mama duck (Ginger) and papa duck (Rufus) welcomed a single duckling “Sadie”. She is a daring and adventurous little fluff ball, who has been known to leave the nest several times a day a venture down to the pond ALONE for a swim. Mom and dad barn swallow hatched out a nest of eggs, they take turns flying in and out of the barn to feed the chirping babies. We also had the addition of Emma, a 17 year old quarter horse who is absolutely lovely. She has wonderful ground manners and will hopefully on the trails by the beginning of Fall. She is enjoying the sights and sounds of her new home, and has setted into her beautful new stall barn.
This Spring we had 16 goat babies (11 doelings and 5 bucklings). They were each beautiful and special in their own goat baby way! Kidding started on March 3 with Rose birthing triplets Oscar, Greta and Hazel, and then 6 days later we had 4 days straight of birthing does! The proud papa is our Nubian buck “Mr. Frankie Nibbles”. We lost one baby and we are not sure why, she simply failed to thrive. We saved one (little Abi) who was very close to not making it and she has become a customer favorite and Facebook star! At one point we had 5 pack and plays set up in the shop, chock full’o babies! We have found homes for all but two of the babies, but I think they will be placed within the week. We have 4 who will be remaining here at the farm, Oscar, Adelaide, Abi and Delia.
This year is a little different and our kidding season will extend through the Summer. We have 7 more ladies who are expecting! There should be some colorful baies in this batch. We are VERY excited and looking forward to meeting the next babies born into our AMAZING milking herd at Jenness Farm. Thank you for your continued support!