Bugtussle Farm – I. Homestead

28May13

About a half a mile up a dirt road lies Bugtussle Farm. It’s a 160-acre family-owned CSA farm in Kentucky. It’s owners, Cher and Eric have 3 beautiful kids and a short-haired Great Pyrenees dog. Their farm is committed to sustainable, organic agriculture. Their business sustains them and supports 50 CSA consumer families. If you’d like to know what a CSA is, visit our posting,  Getting Ready to Visit a CSA.

Cher and Eric graciously welcomed us to their farm. My sister in-law, Helen set up the visit just for us. Eric and I, and my brother, Eric and his family arrived on Sunday to get a tour and learn more about being a sustainable farm. Our goal is to raise most of our own vegetables and livestock to supply our own needs.

On the homestead is a well-built modest home with an outdoor summer kitchen. Eric built the home with his own hands. There’s an old sugar maple tree that Cher tapped in the winter for maple syrup. The greenhouse on their homestead is just for starting plants in March. (There’s a larger scale greenhouse up on the hill near their garden plot.)

Four bottle-raised lambs (3 of which were rejected by their mothers) run around the homestead and are all very lovable with their children. There’s a small flock of ducks running around and about 50 pullets (pre-egg laying stage) in an electrified pen. (The pullets are about to graduate to their new home up on the hill where the other chickens roost.)

The farm is a kid’s dream with a zip-line, tree swing and creek to explore. Their 3 children are very knowledgeable about their surroundings and lifestyle. Cher home schools their kids.

Their oldest child, a nine-year-old boy named Ira, likes to raise animals is currently raising a flock of 50 chickens on his own. He fishes their creek and recently caught a small mouth bass weighing over 4 pounds. During our visit, he caught a crawdad in the creek, two hens out in the field, and a lizard near the homestead to show us. When we were down at the creek, he showed us how he could skip rocks all the way across the creek to the other bank. He’s even a competent golf cart driver.

Their middle child, a 6-year old girl named Opal likes to make things. She recently created her own paint from natural materials. Opal told me that they surprised their mom one day by making a blackberry pie.

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Opal finds an egg that hasn’t calsified. It has a soft sack instead of a shell.

Olivia, their 3-year old is a happy and content child. She loves her special lamb like a live teddy bear. It’s so sweet!

Helen says she feels very safe when her girls go to visit Cher and Eric’s farm. The girls get along great with their kids. They really enjoy the zip-line and playing in the creek.

Make sure you check out all of our 5-part series on Bugtussle Farm. Next, Bugtussle Farm – II. CSA Produce

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