We are proud to announce the arrival of our brand new website presented to the world today, Weds. January 9th, 2013. Just press on the picture to get a glimpse of this baby. Enjoy the video as well....it's real dreamy...Irene
You read it right…Dave has cleared trails for hiking, snowshoeing and xcountry skiing. How exciting is that??? I’ve dreamt about being able to easily walk through our woods without getting lost (we did get lost last year..don’t laugh) and now thanks to Dave I can. It’s so relaxing to walk amidst the splendor of our property knowing I can find my way home.
Our B & B guests, friends and relatives are going to love this added experience at our farm. I remember last year when we had our first ever guests, Geri and Jim, arrive they wanted to go snowshoeing. It was getting late and I directed them to start out the back side of the barn with directions not to stay out too long since it would be getting dark soon. Well, it was getting dark and they hadn’t come in so I began to worry that they had gotten lost and I would have to notify the police that our first ever guests were lost in the woods. I went down to the barn to call out to them and there were Geri and Jim standing at the pasture fence talking to the goats. Whew!! I was so relieved. Now they can take the trail…easy!!!!
I thought things would be winding down here at the farm. Not so. We’ve decided to build a hoop house (looks like a quanset hut with plastic sides) to try our hand at raising some winter crops. Our meat chickens have been in such demand that we are also thinking of growing some more this winter in the hoop house where they can kind of free range.
We’ll also be picking up our Great Black Pig piglets after Thanksgiving. They were just born 2 days ago. This is a breed which was popular before the industrial farming revolution and is on the brink of extinction. I can’t believe that I have this wonderful opportunity to help save one of G-d’s creatures. Oh and yes for those that are wondering…they will be grown to feed us. How does this constitute saving the breed? Because when there is a demand for their meat it creates a need and reason for their existence.
So now I’m dreaming of taking my goats, piglets and dogs for a walk on our new trails…Irene
How lucky can one get? Just when I thought I would not find the right person to live with us and help us grow our farm and B & B, along comes Dave, Georgia and Gideon. We didn’t just get one person, but a whole family to join forces with us. Dave is an electrician and loves growing vegetables. Georgia is a marketer, event planner and website developer. It’s really nice having a woman in the house since I’ve been the only female (the dogs are males). And then there is Gideon….a delightful 5 yr. old who envisions himself as a little man and loves to help his daddy in and around the farm. Oh..and he also tells Ed he has to behave or he’ll be put in timeout. I wish I could say that to Ed. Dave and Georgia are avid snowboarders and are certified as snowboard instructors. Georgia is the new manager of central reservations at Stratton Mountain, Bondville, Vt. and Dave will be a snowboard instructor on the mountain this winter. Gideon is attending the Mountain School at Winhall and is looking forward to boarding on Stratton this winter.
They have only been here a week and have already taken the bull by the horns. Dave has been busy electrifying the new barn which house our bucks, weeding, cleaning up the barn and property, hanging our new Cold Moon Farm B & B sign at our property’s entrance, weed wacking to expose the stone wall along our driveway, taking care of the laying hens, meat chickens and meat goats as well as trying to milk the goats. It seems his hands are too large and the goats’ teats too small. But I have to give him A+ for effort and he’s making headway. He also has plans to create hiking and cross-country/snowing shoeing trails on our property. Best of all..I didn’t have to tell or direct him to do any of these things..amazing. Georgia has been connecting us to the social media, getting our name out there, planning events and milking the goats (her hands are just the right size) and staying up late at night to get all these things done after a day at work on Stratton. Gideon has been helping us to harvest eggs, vegetables, playing with the baby goats and keeping a smile on our faces.
We’ve been busy with wonderful guests this summer and it seems that the fall season will be busy as well. It was wonderful and gratifying to see the smiles on our guests’ faces when they met our animals and had the opportunity to interact with them. Farming chores were a joy for those who wanted to actively participate and some told us it was a spiritual experience for them. Everything went just as I had hoped it would.
Now that Dave, Georgia and Gideon are here we are looking forward to a little more free time (if we choose to take it) and the knowledge that other than me there is someone else that can milk my goats. It was tremendously worrisome to me to think if I got sick who would milk the goats. Now that problem has been solved…YEA!!
So it seems that my dream of finding someone to help us out has been more than met…I never dreamt that it would be a family…and a loving, willing and able one at that!!!..Irene
My dream for the coming year is that this nightmare of war, disease, poverty, neglect and abuse of the earth and all it’s inhabitants comes to a quick end and Peace, Respect and Love for all will reign.
One can only keep on dreaming and hoping…Irene
This past Weds. we put out the welcome mat and greeted our very first Cold Moon Farm Bed & Breakfast guests. It was an absolutely wonderful visit. They were celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary and they insisted we help them celebrate. They were a delightful, warm and engaging couple and have definitely set the bar for future guests. We thank them for making this a memorable experience. It turned out to be everything I had dreamt it would be.
Looking forward to the future…Irene
Irene's Dream of creating an eco-resort is happening more and more each day, as Cold Moon Farm expands. These are her stories and experiences.