- Winter can be harsh here in the Shire, but imagine living in a house that stays warm and cozy throughout the cold months with minimal ongoing inputs. Well-designed earth-sheltered structures take the warmth of summer and carry it deep into the heart of winter. The key is an "umbrella" of dry earth that covers and partially surrounds the structure. The dry earth acts as both thermal mass and insulation, helping to passively maintain near-earth-stable temperatures year-round. Earth-sheltered homes can be faster, easier, and cheaper to build than almost any other construction method, but there are certain critical design issues to keep in mind. Firstly, the roof should follow the site's slope and be oriented in such a way that every drop of water that lands on it has a complete downhill soil path. Secondly, there should be multiple drainage ditches uphill of the structure to redirect water coming down the hill.
Here at Bardo Farm, we're hoping to build an earth-sheltered house that can live up to their reputation, so we're building with roundwood timber posts and beams from the land it's being built on, and we're integrating a permaculture food forest site design into the uphill patio. When everything is done, the uphill patio will not only facilitate proper drainage, it will also be planted with a beautiful, diverse, and highly productive edible forest garden, and provide a fairly large and comfortable outdoor living area to complement the modest interior of the hobbit house itself.
If you're excited about natural building, earth-sheltered houses, food forests, and/or permaculture, then come on up to Bardo Farm Aug 8-17 and learn along with us.
Friday, Aug 8 will start with an overview of the site, the house and food forest design, and the work we've already done, and once we're all on the same page, we can start getting our hands dirty!
On Saturday, Aug 9, the focus will be on log debarking. Stripping bark off of the logs will help to prevent them from rotting, and help to dry them out.
Sunday, Aug 10, we'll learn how to cut notches and fit together the posts and beams!
From Monday, Aug 11 through Thursday, Aug 14, we'll finish up the debarking, the notching, milling lumber, and preparing the rock footings for the posts.
Friday, Aug 15 is a big day! We'll raise the post and beam frame and start placing the rafters!
Saturday, Aug 16 we'll finish the framing, shore up the walls and roof with milled lumber, and add the first waterproofing layer.
If everything goes smoothly, then on Sunday, Aug 17, the excavator will backfill with dry earth and we'll add the "umbrella" waterproofing layer to keep the dry earth dry. Finally, we'll add the last layer of earth and seed over everything with a cover crop!
What's a hobbit house work party without a hobbit meal schedule? That's right, if you want to come rough it out here in the woods of the Shire and help build a hobbit house, you won't starve, as we aspire to serve you the traditional six meals a day.
Breakfast, coffee available everyday and sometimes sweets.
2nd Breakfast, might be quail eggs, fresh or frozen local berries.
Elevensies, hot and fresh from the Bardo Farm Kitchen!
Luncheon, wild edibles, maybe salad or berries, and bring your own to share.
Tea, a different tea everyday, tulsi, oolong, rooibus, etc., sometimes biscuits.
Supper/Dinner Party everyday after work, sometimes pizza, bbq, campfire, live music!
If you're staying overnight(s) don't forget to bring a tent and camping equipment, and prepare for any weather.
- Hello Bardo friends,
We will be hosting or Monthly Potluck/Meat CSA pick-up this upcoming Sun, June 1st.
Potluck dinner is at 6pm, please bring a dish to share. Starting this month, we will be serving our own Pig Roast!!!
This month we are offering a gardening workshop before dinner. Come between 2-6pm for some Hugelkultur gardening (http://www.appropedia.org/Hugelkultur)! We will be planting the "Three Sisters" (Corn, Beans, Squash) in our current hugel mounds, as well as digging and starting new hugels!! You will learn how to do them yourself, and what the benefits are of this great Permaculture style of planting.
Of course, feel free to come early and tour the farm. Things are greening up, with lots of nice trails, ponds, and animals galore.
Hope to see you there!
- Thanks to all who came out to our monthly Potluck! We had a wonderful time, as usual!
Friends came early to see the bunnies hopping around the Rabbit House, snuggle with some chickens, and shoot some new guns from our partner gun company, Shaolin Rifleworks (please "like" us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/shaolinrifleworks)!
Our Meat CSA members picked up their bonus swag for signing up early! These Bardo Farm cooler bags are the perfect size to hold your monthly share of pork and other Bardo meat. Please help us "meat" our goal of 36 members by June 22nd, and earn your bonus Bardo goodies and other great rewards!!! Sign up now (http://bardofarm.com/buy/pork-plan/ or http://bardofarm.com/buy/csa-meat-lovers-plan/) and you'll even be able to pick up your meat at the next monthly potluck on June 1st (and get your bonus prizes)! A huge thanks to all our current members!!!
This month's potluck was full of music! One of our Meat CSA members, Alan Carruth, makes guitars and dulcimers right down the road in Newport, NH (http://www.alcarruthluthier.com/) . We traded a CSA share for one of his beautiful dulcimers!!!! Almost everyone, even the kids, tried them out and fell in love with the sound. It was such lovely background music for good conversation, it seemed you couldn't make it sound bad. We love local talent, and we love to trade... what an awesome deal! Let us know if you ever want to trade with us!
We all enjoyed a relaxing evening of food, music, and laughter. The weather was nice enough to grill our first Beer Bratwurst of the season, yum! We highly recommend grilling these tasty bardo sausages (we have plenty for sale right now btw). There were some other delicious dishes, some made from home garden ingredients, and even a Minion cake to celebrate our good friend Brigitte's Birthday!
Join us next month for a gardening workshop on hugelkultur before dinner!
Thanks again, and hope to see you next month on June 1st
- Hope you can join us for our monthly Potluck this Sunday, May 4th!
Dinner is at 6pm. Meat CSA members may pick up the pork any time after 3pm. Feel free to come early to visit the animals and enjoy spring at the farm. We have more baby animals this month, chicks in the greenhouse and bunnies hopping around the rabbit house, yay!
Farm products available this month:
Eggs- Chicken, Duck, and Quail
Reserve Meat- Pork, Rabbit, Chicken, Duck, Turkey
Sign up for our Monthly Meat CSA
Hope to see you there!
- Our first Goalbuster (think Kickstarter):
Help us meet our goal of 36 Meat CSA members by June 22nd and earn some sweet (and savory) rewards!
Current member count= 7
1. Sign up for Pork Plan =
Bardo Farm Sampler: 1 doz. eggs (mix of chicken, duck, quail), 1 quart Maple Syrup, 1 chicken, 1 Rabbit, 1 Bardo Farm Cooler Bag!
2. Sign up for Meat Lovers Plan =
Bardo Farm Sampler plus Bonus Turkey!
3. Pay for the whole year in advance =
Bardo Farm Sampler plus 1 month FREE!
4. Get a friend to sign up =
Bardo Farm Sampler plus 1 month FREE per member!! (get 12 people to sign up, get the whole year FREE!!!)
Sign up and get your friends to sign up at http://bardofarm.com/buy/pork-plan/ or http://bardofarm.com/buy/csa-meat-lovers-plan/
***NOW offering delivery/pick-up in Manchester, NH***
Enjoy some local pasture-raised meat, monthly!
More info on our Meat CSA (from earlier post):
Want to eat local meat, but can’t fit it all in your freezer? Or can’t afford to pay for it all at once? Problem solved! Sign up for our new monthly PORK plan or MEAT LOVERS plan, and get a nice portion of meat every month for a year!
We at Bardo Farm raise our animals using free-range, woodland-raised, and pasture-raised practices whenever possible. Most of our animals are very friendly due to the attention and love we strive to give them. Our goal is to raise happy, healthy animals. After all, happy animals taste better.
(go to http://bardofarm.com/buy/pork-plan/ )
$75 per month
You will get approximately 13 lb/mo (1 pig/yr)
Meat Lovers Plan
(go to http://bardofarm.com/buy/csa-meat-lovers-plan/ )
$150/month will get you, over the course of a year:
1 turkey (for either T-day or Xmas)
And a 20% discount off of additional meat during the year.
First month’s payment is the deposit & membership. Payment for following month due at each pick-up.
We need 36 people in either the Meat Lovers or Pork Plan, in 12-person increments. This is because you’re all sharing 1 pig per month (per 12 people).
Monthly pick-up at Bardo Farm every 1st Sunday, and join us for Potluck Dinner!
Sign up now at either:
Contact Emily 603-276-9205 Emily@bardofarm.com for more information.
- Attention all Bardo fans: there will be no Bardo Farm Fest this year.
Don't worry though, Bardo Farm is just taking the year off to get our ducks in a row (among other things), and make next year's Fest bigger and better than ever.
In 2015, the date of the Fest will be changing from Memorial Day Weekend to sometime later in the Summer.
We hope you can hold your festival horses until then and be psyched for next year's big event!
Meanwhile, if you'd like to schedule a visit to the farm, just let us know. We have plenty of exciting projects going on this year. If you are interested in getting involved, feel free to contact us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you in 2015!!!
- Thanks to all who roughed the mud and came to our First Kid’s Day and Second Monthly Potluck! It was great to see so many kids, families, and adults visiting all the animals on the farm. They got to see the goat kids and piglets, explore the rabbit house, feed fruit to Red (our bull) and Trip (our Ox), and when they needed to dry off and get warm, there were newly hatched quail they got to hold in the house. As a bonus, the sap was running so we got to collect sap from buckets and boil it down to maple syrup in our sugar shack.
It was wet and wild out there but our delicious potluck dinner revived us. The kids even got a second wind and had a music session and dance-off in the house. It was fun feasting with friends after the long day. Unfortunately, some of you couldn’t make it due to muddy roads and a busy weekend. We hope you can make it out next month when the road will hopefully be drier.
A huge thanks to our CSA members!!! As a bonus this month, we included a dozen quail eggs to try. We love them pickled (as a snack or as a burger topping – yum!) or hard boiled in salads and we think you’ll love them too. Let us know what you’re favorite recipes are.
- Last Friday, we went out to the barn for the morning feeding to find a newborn goat. This was to be expected. Last fall, we bred our does with our new buck, Rico, so, we knew new goats were coming but it was also a surprise since it can be hard to tell when they are ready to kid (give birth). It being winter, we quickly got a heat lamp over a corner of the goats' pen. Almost an hour later, a second kid was born from the same mother. Sadly, the mother was not doing well and though she licked her kids clean, she did not stand to nurse them. We took her to our vet who informed us that she would not survive.
Later that evening, a second doe kidded another set of twins. Twins are very common for goats. Two days later, we found a third doe had kidded twins but the kids were found dead, likely stillborn. On the third day, a fourth doe had kidded one big, healthy kid who's fleece was white as snow.
Of the first litter, one died and the surviving orphan, Mac, needed to be bottle-fed. We started taking shifts going out to the cold barn before deciding to bring Mac into the house where we could better monitor his health and his appetite, feeding him when he wanted food rather than on our schedule.
We all enjoyed the company of the new kid in the house.
We often snuggled with him and let him out of the box to romp around the living room.
Iris, the toddler at the farm, especially enjoyed playing with him, trying to feed him a “baba” and saying “meh”.
Even Payback, the dog, helped to take care of him, cleaning and guarding him.
Meanwhile, we had a lactating doe with no kids to nurse in the barn. While milk replacer is nourishing, we wanted to transition Mac onto real milk, and maybe drink some raw goat milk ourselves. She was very relieved when we milked her. (Some of the moms out there may be familiar with the discomfort of going too long without nursing.) Eventually, we started bringing Mac out to the barn, hoping Mac might learn to nurse from her directly and that she would adopt him as her own. It took some persistence but that is exactly what happened. We may keep her as a milker so we can continue to enjoy fresh, creamy, raw goat's milk.
Goats have been a learning experience for us. Last year, we lost most of our kids to parasites. The lone survivor, GG, still lives on the farm as a pet. Our does are Boers, a meat breed susceptible to parasites. For this year's round of breeding, we acquired a Kiko buck increasing the resistance to parasites in the offspring. He is a strong, friendly buck whose strong sebaceous scent was well-received by our does. This year, we are optimistic that our kids will fare better. Thus far, the kids are alright.
- Sunday April 6 is our next monthly potluck dinner. We had a blast last month and are looking forward to another fun night. Dinner @ 6pm.
Of course, this is also the day of our CSA pickup. Meat will be available after 3pm. If you are a member or would like to be, please bring next month's payment.
We are very excited that this month we will also be hosting our first Bardo Kids' Day on the same day! Kids of all ages are invited to come between 12pm and 6pm to explore our rabbit house and barn, meet all the animals (goats, ox and bull, rabbits, quail, chickens, ducks, and, of course, pigs). Be sure to wear farm friendly attire: mud boots and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Bring snacks and water if you plan to be around a while.
Hope to see you all there!
- A huge thanks to all of our CSA members and to everyone who came out to our first monthly potluck! We had a great time hanging out with old friends and meeting new ones. It was especially exciting seeing so many kids (human and goat, hahaha). Several guests went out to the barn to see our newborn kids (baby goats) and some even bottle fed them. While the goat kids nursed and napped in the barn, the human kids had a blast in the house, playing with toys and each other, and the adults enjoyed great conversation over roast pig, stuffed grape leaves, chili, pasta, pie made with homegrown blueberries and more!
It was a great evening and we delivered some great pork. All our CSA members seemed pretty excited to pick up their meat. This month we included roasts, chops, Italian sausage, bacon, bratwurst and everyone got a bonus rabbit as our thanks for signing up!
We hope you can make it out to our next potluck on Sunday April 6.
If you haven't signed up for our meat CSA, there's still time! Sign up for our Pork Plan or our Meat Lovers Plan today!