Jehovah-Jireh Farm

Pasture-raised meats and eggs

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305 viewsPutting in posts for a porch roof on the false front of the hoop barn. Aug 30, 2015
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Speading Gravel 402 viewsJun 03, 2015
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The Egg Cleaner318 viewsJun 03, 2015
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The Horst Family 979 viewsLeft to Right: Joel, Nathan, Melody, Myron, Cathy, Daniel, Kara, and Luke. Jun 03, 2015
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259 viewsCats are an important part of our farm. They keep down the rats which like eating the chicken feed! Jun 01, 2015
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Farm Buildings 381 viewsThe main buildings. The hoop barn is all the way to the right, and you can see the house on the hill from the store and shop. Jun 01, 2015
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The hen pasture 878 viewsIn the foreground, you see the former boiler shelters. The rest are the layers. Jun 01, 2015
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Happy Hens Scratch in the Dirt374 viewsA chicken's natural instinct is to scratch and peck in search of food. Many times you will see them pecking at what appears to be just dirt. However, if you look very close at the ground, you will see a multitude of soil life crawling around.Jun 01, 2015
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Farm Store 877 viewsJun 01, 2015
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Family Night855 viewsOne family night we dried apples. We have several apple peeler slicers. The slices are put on wooden poles and dried over the wood stove.Feb 09, 2012
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Family Night748 viewsWe call the dried apples, apple schnitz. The next day before the apples could be removed and stored, some apple snitchers had eaten about half of them!Feb 09, 2012
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The root cellar1054 viewsPotatoes in the cellar. 4 gallon buckets with some holes drilled in them for ventilation are an improvement over the old wooden bushel basket. With the buckets we can stack them up so they don't take up as much space.Feb 09, 2012
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The Bee Yard778 viewsJoel with a tall hive, loaded with honey.Feb 09, 2012
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The Bee Yard796 viewsOur oldest son, Joel, working in his bee yard inspecting the hives.Feb 09, 2012
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Corn Day831 viewsThe corn is put into freezer boxes and the freezer filled. There is plenty of delicious high brix home grown corn to enjoy all winter. It is a satisfaction that cannot be matched by just having money in the bank.Feb 09, 2012
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Canning879 viewsOne set of Cathy's canning shelves loaded for the winter. Because our health to a large extent is the result of what we eat, we are continually trying to grow and preserve the highest quality fruits and vegetables that we can for our family.Feb 09, 2012
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Canning883 viewsCathy and Kara canning vegetable soup.Feb 09, 2012
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Corn Day788 viewsThis is a cooker/canner that Myron put together. It is heated by a weed burning torch and it will quickly boil water. We tried a burner from a turkey frier, but it did not put out enough heat to make the job go quickly.Feb 09, 2012
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Corn Day817 viewsThe crew removing the silk. Feb 09, 2012
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Corn Day885 viewsHere is the husking crew. Corn day is always a special fun day. Our family has learned to enjoy working together on a project. It can be a fun family time. Corn day is also an all you can eat corn on the cob at lunch. With 26 brix corn it is a real treat. The corn is so sweet and tender.Feb 09, 2012
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Greenhouse819 viewsCathy wanted a greenhouse where she could start plants and grow salad greens. So we built her one in the kitchen garden.Feb 08, 2012
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Studio868 viewsWe built several small studios for our oldest two boys where they can go to read, study, and play their instruments.Feb 08, 2012
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Turkey Shelter1249 viewsMyron and the boys building a new turkey shelter.Feb 08, 2012
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Nest house1260 viewsThe nest house is attached to the shelter and the hens go in there to lay their eggs. Feb 08, 2012
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Hens on pasture1103 viewsFeb 08, 2012
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Hen Shelters1194 viewsThe hen shelters sit out in the pasture. Each flock of hens has about two acres of pasture. The small buildings between the two shelters are the nest houses.Feb 08, 2012
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Breakfast1304 viewsIt is morning, and the hens are being let out on their pasture. Each night the gate is closed to keep out the wild critters that love chicken dinners.Feb 08, 2012
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Sheep1049 viewsThe sheep are rotated through the hen pastures to keep the grass short enough for the hens. Chickens prefer the grass to be less than 6" tall. Tall grass makes it hard for them to walk around in the pasture and makes it easy for a fox to sneak up on them.Feb 08, 2012
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Texel Yearling Ram1029 viewsFeb 08, 2012
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A Big Little Ego 1013 viewsThis little ram lamb thought he should be biggest. But, he found that he couldn't shove the boss around!Feb 08, 2012
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Autumn on the Farm2552 viewsThe trees look pretty in the late afternoon sun. Apr 14, 2008
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Hen shelters in the early morning2721 viewsEarly morning is one of the most beautiful times of the day on the farm. The fresh, crisp air, and the beauty of the mist hanging over the land invigorate the soul.Apr 14, 2008
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Eggs in the nest house3360 viewsThe hens lay their eggs in the nest house. After the eggs are laid, they roll out to the "tray" where we gather them from the outside of the nest house. The roll out tray helps keep the eggs clean.Apr 14, 2008
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Unusual Egg3477 viewsThis is one of the most unusual eggs that our hens laid. It looks like a man showing off his muscle. Apr 14, 2008
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Old School Site916 viewsThe C.O. Titus map of 1873 shows a school at this location. We found this stone wall in the woods next to the old school site. There are no visible remains of the school.

Apr 14, 2008
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Stone Wall828 viewsThis is one of several walls located in the woods. Evidence that this was not always a forest.Apr 14, 2008
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Lime Kiln?888 viewsThere is a stone structure that some call a lime kiln others call it a furnace. It probably dates to the late 1700's. It is in need of identification and preservation. To the best of our knowledge it is not listed on the Maryland Historic Trust list of historic structures. The Lime Kiln is located some distance from the Johnson Iron Furnace site.

Apr 14, 2008
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Stone Silo941 viewsAt the end of Dr. Belt Road on another curatorship property owned by the park system is a unique stone silo. It has a ring of holes two thirds of the way up the silo. Holes in a silo will cause the silage to rot. Therefore, these holes are not there because it is a silo. It appears to have been built as a lookout/fort during the civil war. It is located on a high spot overlooking the Potomac River and into Virginia. It would have had a clear view for quite a distance up and down the Potomac River. Apr 14, 2008
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Indian campsite?930 viewsA possible Indian campsite located next to Furnace Branch Creek.Apr 14, 2008
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Indian campsite?970 viewsIn 1712, the Tuscarora Indians build a large town on the southern part of the Monocacy Natural Resource Management Area (MNRMA) south of Route 28. This is one of the few known Indian towns located in Maryland. The town was located on the west bank of the Monocacy river and spread 1 ½ miles to the west.
This picture shows what is possibly an old Indian campsite located along Furnace Creek which is on the opposite side of the Monocacy River from the Monnockessy Indian Towne.
Apr 14, 2008
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Stone Quarry793 viewsThis is the quarry site located in the park where stone was quarried to build the Monocacy Aqueduct on the C&O canal.Apr 14, 2008
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Stone at the Stone Quarry821 viewsThis stone shows the holes that were drilled to blast out large stone blocks for the Monocacy Aqueduct on the C&O Canal.Apr 14, 2008
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Bridge across Furnace Branch946 viewsAn old bridge located near the Johnson Iron Furnace site. It was built of stone and repaired several times with concrete and concrete block. The Johnson Iron Furnace site is located close to the parking lot on Route 28. All that remains now are some holes in the ground and some terracing into the hillside. The Johnson Furnace was built in 1787 by the Johnson brothers who also owned the Catoctin Iron Furnace in Thurmont. The Johnson Furnace produced 12-15 tons of iron a week.Apr 14, 2008
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Keto Log Farmhouse876 viewsThe Keto Log house is located on private property on the farm on the opposite side of Ed Sears Rd from our farm. It is a large two story log house falling into disrepair. It was built in the early 1800'sApr 14, 2008
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Site of old School824 viewsAll that remains of the school that once stood across the road from our farm lane are these steps. This is located on private property about 100' into the woods. The presence of two schools located about a mile apart, shows that there was a much larger community that existed years ago.
Apr 14, 2008
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Old Road722 viewsAn old road dating to the late 1700'sApr 14, 2008
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Old road771 viewsAn old road dating to the late 1700's.Apr 14, 2008
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An Old Road Dating to the late 1700's1115 viewsUpon casual observation of the park, it appears to be an undeveloped woodland in the Washington DC metropolitan region, that was saved from development by the Maryland State Park system. However, it is a "ghost town". Unlike most of the metropolitan area that is more developed today than any time in history, this area was much more densely populated 200+ years ago. It was a thriving community completely cleared of trees. At least five old roads dating back to the late 1700’s can still be seen.Apr 14, 2008
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View of the farm from the back pasture3006 viewsIn the center are two of the laying hen flocks with the hens having a picnic in the snow. In the background is Sugarloaf Mountain.Feb 27, 2007
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Our farm viewed from Sugarloaf Mountain3075 viewsThis is the view of our farm from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain looking west. The first large open area that goes the full width of the picture is our farm. The pastures from one end to the other are 1/2 mile long. You can't see the house because it sits down behind the trees.Feb 13, 2007
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