Jehovah-Jireh Farm

Pasture-raised meats and eggs

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Unusual Egg3498 viewsThis is one of the most unusual eggs that our hens laid. It looks like a man showing off his muscle.
Eggs in the nest house3382 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.
Our farm viewed from Sugarloaf Mountain3096 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.
View of the farm from the back pasture3027 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.
Front of House before2807 viewsThe right side of the house is a two story log cabin built around 1850. The left section of the house was added around 1900.
Hen shelters in the early morning2744 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.
Girls Bedroom After2591 viewsThe log walls turned out beautiful. The girls love their log cabin room. The floor is random width poplar and has a rich brown color.
Autumn on the Farm2575 viewsThe trees look pretty in the late afternoon sun.
The Kitchen Before2544 viewsThis is part of the 1850 log section. There is a stone fireplace that is covered over.
The Kitchen after2494 views
Front of house After - The house was completely repainted2431 viewsThe pictures in this album show the preservation work that we did from October 6 through December 9, 2006 to get the house ready for us to move into.
Shed After2425 views
The Girls Bedroom Before2407 viewsThis was the worst room in the house. The windows were boarded up, and plaster was falling off the walls. At first glance it did not appear to have much potential other than a storage area. But look at the after picture and see what was hiding under the plaster.
Back of house After2377 views
Foyer After2339 views
Shed Before2328 views
Laundry room After2309 views
Foyer Before2305 viewsThe stair railing and newel posts were caked with wood putty. It was a mess!
Living room After2282 viewsThe heart pine floors look beautiful now that they are sanded and varnished.
Back of the house Before2265 viewsThe grass was tall and hard to walk through. Weeds, brush, and sticker bushes were all over the place.
Laundry Room before2245 viewsThis is part of the 1850 log section of the house.
Living Room Before2222 viewsThe heart pine floors through out the house had never been sanded after they were installed. They probably had a coat of varnish put on a hundred years ago.
All the walls and ceilings had cracks in the plaster1851 viewsHere Grandpa is removing the fan so we can finish repairing the cracks in the ceiling. This room was the worst. Note all the cracks in the ceiling and walls. After the cracks were dug out it required three coats of Durabond compound.
Chinking the Log Walls1518 viewsOur sons, Joel and Nathan, chinking the logs in the girl's room. Insulation was first stuffed in the cracks, then wire lath was nailed across the gap. Then a colored mortar was troweled over the lath to simulate mud chinking.
Closing in the open sided machine shed1483 viewsGrandpa, our boys, and their cousins working together had a great time one Saturday.
Cathy Painting1418 viewsMuch of Cathy's time was spent in keeping us fed and keeping the old farm going - cleaning eggs, etc. She also found time to help with fixing up the house.
Even the youngest ones worked hard1417 viewsLuke (7) and Melody (6) unloading the picnic table and benches from the trailer. Each day we would bring a load of things over to the new farm. All the children wanted to help at the new farm. It was often a challege finding enough work for the younger ones to satisfy them.
Exposing the Log Walls in the Girl's Room1415 viewsThe log walls had been covered with plaster and the plaster was in bad shape. We removed the plaster and found flat rocks wedged between the logs. We removed the rocks so we could insulate the space between the logs.
Myron Painting the Kitchen Cabinets1403 viewsWe will be remodeling the kitchen in several years. However, a coat of white paint made the old cabinets serviceable until then.
Daniel painting shoe moulding1326 viewsBefore we started work on the house all the children received training on how to paint. They learned the correct way to hold a paint brush and how to apply the paint. Daniel, age 9, did a good job here painting the shoe mould.
Breakfast1326 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.
Joel digging out cracks in the plaster1297 viewsThe plaster was hard and kept wearing down the point on our tools. So we made a tool using case hardened cut nails sharpened to a point and inserted it into a stick of wood. We kept sharpening the nails when they got dull. It worked much better than anything we could have bought.
Nest house1281 viewsThe nest house is attached to the shelter and the hens go in there to lay their eggs.
Turkey Shelter1272 viewsMyron and the boys building a new turkey shelter.
Joel doing paint prep1262 viewsOur oldest son, Joel, received a big education in historic preservation work. He worked early morning til dark six days a week.
Plaster Repair - Master Bedroom1233 viewsCathy said the mustard yellow color on the walls of her bedroom had to go!
Hen Shelters1215 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.
Grandpa replacing window sills1211 viewsGrandpa (Myron's Dad) helped us a lot. He did a lot of the odds and ends that we didn't have time to get done
An Old Road Dating to the late 1700's1148 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.
Hens on pasture1124 views
The root cellar1075 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.
Sheep1070 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.
Texel Yearling Ram1050 views
A Big Little Ego 1034 viewsThis little ram lamb thought he should be biggest. But, he found that he couldn't shove the boss around!
The Horst Family 1032 viewsLeft to Right: Joel, Nathan, Melody, Myron, Cathy, Daniel, Kara, and Luke.
Indian campsite?997 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.
Bridge across Furnace Branch973 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.
Stone Silo967 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.
Indian campsite?959 viewsA possible Indian campsite located next to Furnace Branch Creek.
Old School Site942 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.

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