Polyface Farms: The Rest of the Lunatic Tour Pictures

So the weekend got away from me and I wasn’t able to post the rest of the Polyface Farms Lunatic Tour pictures. But, it’s a great way to start the week so here we go:

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These are two of the hoop houses as you walk up the hill from the house and storefront. The two on the left are empty and the one on the far right is housing pullets

 

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Here is the hoophouse full of pullets

 

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This is a look inside the store where you can purchase all types of shirts, hoodies, books and even apple cider. Of course, meat and eggs are available at the store too

 

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Here’s a closeup of one of the bunnies…what a cutie…and they’re so friendly!

 

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Lest you think that the watering system for the animals in the pens is complicated…here’s a shot of the inside of the bucket with the tubing

 

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Here’s the inside of one of the hoophouses that has been vacated of animals. Again, Polyface has multiple uses for every structure

 

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This is down at the barn closer to the house. My assumption is that these pigs will be moved to the woods when they are larger

 

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I had to include this picture…it shows how friendly the pigs are and how they are well conditioned to being around people

 

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Here’s a wider shot of the barn and the pigs. I love how this picture shows the simplicity of the farm…a gate propped up against the fencing for reinforcement

 

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You won’t find a picture like this at Smithfield

 

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Here is a picture of the farm buildings as we traverse the hill up to see the broilers

 

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Here is a shot of the pastured broilers and their alignment

 

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This picture shows the dolly that is used to help move the broiler pens

 

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Joel speaking to the tour group…if you see yourself, let me know!

 

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This is a shot of the bunny/hen house. These bunnies are suspended above the floor and the hens pick through the litter to keep it sanitized. It is my understanding that these are the breeder rabbits and they need an area that isn’t as unpredictable as outdoors. If the does are with a litter and they feel threatened, they will eat their babies

 

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The hens were enjoying treats off of my boots courtesy of walking through the cow paddock

 

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This is the bounty out of one of the nest boxes in the bunny/hen house

 

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More pictures of the girls hanging out around the eggmobiles

 

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I like this picture…it shows the present and the future. The hens will be where the cows are in about 3 days

 

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My son, Myles, surrounded by hens. He was fascinated by the eggmobile, just like his momma

 

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A close up of two of the girls

 

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Looking from the eggmobile back towards the barn where the piglets were in the earlier pictures

 

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What a view

 

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Back at the barn, the pigs were romping and having a ball

 

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The closing shot of the day

 

We toured Polyface Farms on a Monday and allowed our kindergartener, Myles, to miss school. He went to the school library on Wednesday and brought this book home:

polyface farmsJob well done Joel! Thank you for showing my 5 year old (and his parents) that farming can pay the bills. That you can follow your dream of living off the land and help to heal the land in the process. And that I’m not so crazy for having this dream after all…

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April 30, 2012Permalink 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Polyface Farms: The Rest of the Lunatic Tour Pictures

  1. Pingback: Polyface Farms: Pigaerators and EggmobilesMid-Atlantic Gardening

  2. This is just amazing! I am so inspired and in much better spirits about food production than I was earlier tonight. What a great life! I am curious how the processing of the chicken went…I must keep reading! I am hooked on mid-atlantic and truly enjoyed the reading and pics.

    • Thanks Olivia! I hope to volunteer my time again in 2013 and I will take pictures and make a post about it. Trust me…it’s not nearly as bad as you think!

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