While we have had a very mild Winter so far, we are still doing our usual Wintery things here at Jenness Farm. The goats and donkeys are nibbling on Christmas trees being dropped off by the customers. We are breeding for the Spring/Early Summer babies. This year we are going to try to reduce our footprint and decrease the number of does being bred. This is going to be an interesting experiment, as we have to take into consideration any issues that could arise with milk production, but to be sure we still have enough milk to make product and get us through the year. We have successfully found homes for every baby born at Jenness Farm for the last 3 years! Not one has gone to “freezer camp”, they have all been placed in homes. Mr. Frankie Nibbles has fathered approximately 65-70 babies over the last 3 kidding seasons. We will be procuring a new Nubian buck in the next week, he will be bred to our two year old and three year old does who have not been bred yet. We are excited to see the new color combinations and personalities that come through!
We are continuing to work on our plans for the new Community Barn at Jenness Farm. Through our efforts with the Go Fund Me and our donation jar in the shop, we have collected roughly $4,500! We are looking at other ways to improve our farm through grants and other opportunities available to NH farms. We are so excited that every day we are closer and closer to our goal.
We now have two female and one male India Blue Peacocks who are enjoying their new digs in the barn. If you check out the goat cam on the website, you can see them on the left side of the “In the Barn” camera. They will spend the Winter in their stall, on their perches, becoming familiar and encoding on the barn. We will let them out once Spring has sprung and hopefully they will stick around! The male peacock is a super handsome guy and sure to be a beautiful sight once his tail feathers come in!
The new hens who came to live at the farm from the Deerfield Fair have settled in wonderfully. The tiny RI Red hen, Ted, is a cuddle bug! But if you cuddle too close, watch your earrings! She pecked at and swallowed my pearl earring faster than I could react! Needless to say…we never found it. And the mille fleur d’ucle hen, Feather, thinks she is a bunny. She lives primarily in the rabbit stall and cuddles side by side with the buns. It is so sweet to see different species, snuggling and living together so peacefully. She is a smartie! If I were a chicken, I cant imagine a warmer place to cuddle during the Winter than between two warm bunnies.
2015 was the first year that our guinea fowl were able to hatch (and successfully raise 8 free ranging babies) this has not occurred naturally at the farm in years! The 8 babies are now fairly indistinguishable from the adults. In 2015 we said farewell to several of our animal friends…Edith, Bert, the ducks Winnie, Ichabod & Rufus, Pocahontas, Turkey the guinea fowl, Thunder (our rescue pony), Ace & Isaiah but as the circle of life goes on….we also said “hello” to several new friends and rescues. It’s never easy to say goodbye to these sweet souls who leave their indelible mark on the farm and it’s visitors. As always, we hope to see you at the farm!
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!