Summer has flown by! I can't believe that my girls are back in school already. On one hand, it's hard to let them go every August because I miss my every day help around the farm and their companionship and with the other hand I'm pushing them out the door to get out of my hair. It's a true love/hate relationship.
The Randall girls are busy having calves (we have 2 on the ground so far) and we are still waiting on another 5 to present theirs. We've been lucky so far and both calves that have born are both heifers. They are absolutely beautiful and I could spend hours watching them play every day.
September 21 is the Kenton County Fall Harvest Tour. If you have never been, you really should plan to make a day of it and visit some of the farms here in Kenton County. Most people have no idea how much agriculture is right in their own backyard. From cattle farmers, to dairy farmers, to goat farmers, horse stables, sustainable farms, excellent local wineries, and even a shrimp farm right here in Kenton County! 13 farms total will open their gates and allow the public in to see what we do. It promises to be a great day for the ENTIRE family. Rain or shine 9-5. You can read more about the tour here: http://kenton.ca.uky.edu/CommunityEconomicDevelopment
We are doing a ton of work here on the farm in preparation for the fall tour. We greatly need people who would like to help to come to the farm and help us get it ready. We have buildings to paint, weeds to pull, fences to fix, outside clean up to be done, repairs to be done, and more. Regardless of your skill level - I promise there is something for everyone. And yes even kids can pull weeds growing through the gravel. Most actually love it. We also need help the day of the tour. There will be TONS of people here visiting. We always need people to be here to make sure that our animals and our property stay safe and to keep the people safe and make sure they don't go where they aren't allowed to go. We will have informational booths set up, food booths, craft vendors, and if our luck holds - Dan himself from Hiland Naturals will be here to talk to people about feed. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet Dan if you have never met him. If you know of anyone locally who would be interested in setting up a booth to sell their handmade items here, please let me know. There will be no charge, however they do have to provide their own tables and a tent if they want it (sorry - we won't be hosting anyone that is a distributor for products like cosmetics, purses, etc. - it must be handmade products.) Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Our Hiland Feed business is growing so fast that it is a little hard to keep up. I have someone that has graciously offered to help. In the next several weeks, I will be getting her set up to handle a lot of the daily emails in regards to feed. I will also be setting up monthly newletters packed with information, updates on Non-GMO issues, studies, and more. Soon I will be designing a new pricing list that hopefully will be easy to follow and find out how you can get your Hiland feed cheaper. I am also in the process of building an online store for ordering purposes. I am hopeful that once this is up and running that it will streamline the ordering process and make it much more efficient. It's getting fairly difficult to keep up with 100+ orders every month by email alone. Join us as we continue to grow!
We are also thinking about hosting school field trips here to the farm. If you are a teacher, contact me so that we can talk about what you would like to see offered for your kids here on the farm. We want to be able to offer opportunities here that other farms can't or won't do.
I think that's it for now. I've got fences to fix so I guess I better get busy working.
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063