Dragonfly Farms

  (Beaverdam, Virginia)
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summertime

We have had a great spring, blessed with good rains early on. We were able to get the garden in early enough. We got a fine first cutting of hay. We have had good sales at the two farmer's markets we attend (Ashland and the one Whole Foods puts on.) We have just taken three Beltie steers to the butcher and see increasing interest in our grass fed beef. We bought a few more cows this spring and our herd is growing. We have a mixed bunch, pure bred Belted Galloway, some pure bred Red Angus, a Red Angus bull and a few cross bred calves. We have found a beautiful field to rent with excellent facilities and the cattle are happy. This gives us better ability for controlling the breeding seasons and pasture health by now having several fields for cattle. Speaking of fields and animals, we had a busy winter doing fence work here making more fields safe for horses and our new equine friends, the miniature donkeys. We met and made arrangements with a gentleman moving from his farm into a retirement home to board his herd of 18 miniature donkeys and the two merino sheep that he loves so dearly. What cool animals!

Please come see us at the farmers markets. Call us to come visit the farm and see some animals. We have great pastured farm fresh eggs and offer an egg subscription to families or individuals who are regular egg eaters. We have a summer sale on one gallon perennials, many good looking great performers for Virginia gardens. And sign up for our fall beef harvest. Call or email for pricing. Thank you all for your support, Bruce.

 
 

Thanksgiving at Dragonfly Farm

As Thanksgiving moves closer we realize how much we have to be grateful for at Dragonfly Farms.  Having been at the farm for one whole year we look back in amazement at all we have learned and the wonderful people that we have met. 

With the steers for this year sold and the plant season winding down, we are turning our attention to the specialty horse boarding aspect of our business.  We have 6 wonderful horses that live at our farm enjoying their retirement.  The barn is complete with five stalls and paddocks for turnout and have successfully rehabilitated several horses with soft tissue injuries and are looking forward to helping many more.  As a veterinarian I am finding caring for the geriatric and injured horses very rewarding and am grateful for the new career opportunities that these horses bring.

Next year's beef steers are growing fast and we can't wait to provide beef from the heritage breed, Belted Galloways, next year.  This breed is known for its ability to thrive on a grass fed program.

The hens are continuing to lay their eggs and it is a constant hunt to find all of them!  We are still looking for ways to entice our free range birds to lay in the nesting boxes that we are providing!  Any hints are appreciated! 

We are in the process of planning next year's garden and Bruce has his perennials potted up for next spring.  We will be looking for you at the Ashland Farmer's Market in April!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely, Katherine

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November 2008

current availability  11/10/2008

two quarters of grass finished beef

200 yellow pansies 6"

70 purple pansies 6"

snapdragons 8"

perennials- daylillies-Stella d'Oro, Happy Reurns, Pardon Me; Rudbeckia; Dianthus

Specialty Horse Boarding, Retirement and Lay-up

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