Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

A fifth grader asked us why we hay.  Here was our answer:

The short answer is, we feed our animals hay during the winter when they can't eat grass.  The long answer is more interesting.  Haying keeps many nearby fields open and cut, giving the town the wonderful open feel that we all enjoy.  Feeding animals with hay during the winter is eco-friendly; it keeps local farmers from having to truck in food from other parts of the country.

Barberry Hill Farm uses our hay to feed our own animals.  But we also sell it to feed other local animals. When you see cows or sheep around here during the winter, they may be staying alive by eating our hay.

 Haying is not the easiest way to spend a hot afternoon, but the benefits to the community last a long time.

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