The Dadz and I got to do something fun and different recently – we headed to the Southern part of our state and attended a Farm & Forest Expo. We were hoping to learn some new ideas for our little farm and maybe get some of our questions answered about some different things we’ve been considering. It wasn’t really a place where you would purchase new birds or livestock or anything, though there were a few different animals up for adoption from various places. We had barely gotten in through the doors when we saw three chickens getting adopted from Live and Let Live Farm, a farm rescue organization that rescues and rehabilitates not just chickens, but horses, goats, dogs and many other animals. If they can’t find them homes, they give them lifetime care at the farm. Other than that, we only saw one other chicken – on a leash, no less! I forgot to snap a photo of that, but I did get a few shots of some of the other animals we saw.
We may not have learned as much as we had hoped to (there weren’t many booths on poultry), but we had a fun time and it was interesting to see all the different things that farmers in our state do. Beekeeping and maple sugaring are both very popular (though probably not something we’re going to do, though hubby was interested in beekeeping). I think our focus this year is going to be increasing our chicken flock and getting our garden going for fresh produce to sell. We are considering other birds, ducks and turkeys, but right now we’re both busy with new jobs, etc., so we’re not going to try to do too much. I’m pretty sure just adding a bit to the current flock and planting the garden will keep us busy enough this spring!