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WestWind Farms was purchased a few short years previous with the intention of fixing it up and putting the 50 acres back on the profit side of the ledger.
Initially the smaller, out by itself, horse barn was switched to a workshop, by pouring a cement floor and adding an oversize garage door where large farm machinery and small engine equipment could be repaired and stored.
Soon thereafter, the large old bank barn, 55 feet from barn floor to roof peak, in need of repair was considered. As it was originally constructed by Mennonite people they were consulted and consequently called in to do the repairs.
The floor was braced first, then scrambling like squirrels in the tree tops, they pried the huge hand-hewn shifting beamed frame back into place and fastened it together with lag bolted steel plates. They then replaced the two large gangway sliding doors, repaired the roof and replaced or renailed about one third of the original exterior siding. In two days the old barn was as good as new. The huge drive-in shed would have to wait. But that didn’t happen.
What did happen was Mother Nature chose WestWind Farms as a point of touch down for a devastating tornado. In minutes, counted on one hand only, the tornado left very few trees, no fences, no barn, no drive-in shed and a house and workshop that needed both the roofs and sidings replaced.
Looking back, following three years of many dawn to dusk hours of back-breaking work cleaning up acres of far-flung debris, and planting new trees, the thought immerged that perhaps Mother Nature was trying to tell the world something.
WestWind Farms, back at square one, had
only one direction in which to go, and that
So here we are:
The New Barn
The new goal, at WestWind Farms, is to create a viable self-supporting sustainable farming practice. The aim is to be transparent as possible, to show our family, friends and like-minded people from near and far, that you can raise stress free livestock and grow produce in a natural environment free of chemicals, herbicides, insecticides, pesticide, or whatever.
The livestock that can now be seen at WestWind Farms are Heritage Berkshire Hogs, African Boer meat goats, Rhode Island Red laying hens, hybrid meat chickens, an Appaloosa mare, two South American llamas, two Pyrenees puppies, our house dog Foxy, as well as Mike and Molly our two barn cats. All are friendly and free to roam in the pastures and paddocks throughout the majority of the year, as we believe and have learned that this freedom keeps them healthy, happy, and hardy.
What is CSA? How does it work?
Known by few but desired by many, there is a simple, satisfying win-win relationship between urban and country dwellers that give each and all an opportunity to “Fight Global Warming” by shrinking the carbon tracks of long-distant trucking, bringing us food on our highways. It makes very little difference whether your home is a cabin in the woods or within a high-rise urban apartment – what is being talked about here is known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
CSA is an innovative system of local food production in which the consumer pledges to support the grower by purchasing food shares in a close relationship, where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production.
Ready For Pick-up.
It is, too, a social relationship that gives the buyer the satisfaction of meeting and exchanging conversations with the grower, seeing what is growing, and how it is grown. At WestWind Farms, you are encouraged to bring the whole family. They will enjoy seeing the collection of different breeds of contented, well-kept, grass-fed, friendly animals that romp about freely in the paddocks and pastures.
House and Kitchen Garden
You will see, in addition to the Kitchen Garden, that there is a series of developing Gardens, which pressed by growing demand, are numbered two, three, four, and soon to be more, covering greater than five acres.
The expansive spread of these lush gardens is accomplished and made possible by yearly rotation and the use of all available farm resources, such as the continuing mixture of animal manures and the growing of cover crops worked into the soil as green manure. This, in conjunction with the 30 hive hosted bee yard for ample pollination, makes for happy, healthy and productive crops.
Available at WestWind Farms, in addition to an array of seasonal vegetables, are Honey, Eggs, Chickens for roasting, as well as Berkshire pork and Boer goat’s meat, Abattoir butchered, in quantities by whole or by half if so request.
“BUY LOCAL BUY FRESH”
IT IS WORTH THE DRIVE TO WESTWIND FARMS.
LOCATION OF WESTWIND FARMS
PICTURES OF AMIMALS
With whom Barrie ponders and pets.
African Boer Meat Goats
Heritage Berkshire Hogs
South American Llamas
(Pics of Earl and Kelly with straw hats on. Earl on tractor, Kelly on Gator.)
Kelly and Earl Hopkins Owners and Operators of WestWind Farms.
Enlarged pic of Business Card
Pic of bird house building
Well insulated building
where Barrie raised Canaries, Finch, Show
Bantams, Peacocks, Quail, Mandarin Ducks,
Doves and Ornamental Pheasants. Soon to be
converted to an air-conditioned pick-up room
where fresh picked produce awaits pick-up.