Formerly,Bar None Ranch, of Berlin, NY, we are now Climbing Tree Farm, of New Lebanon. We raise PASTURED POULTRY, and LAMB and WOODLAND PORK. We keep our animals true to their instincts- letting our pigs dig, our chickens range, our sheep graze. We feed rotationally graze on pasture and silvo-pasture (in the woods). We work with local raw milk dairies, and breweries, to feed our pigs whey, milk and brewers' grains. We are conscientious stewards of the land, and our animals.

Find us at:
Abode Farm CSA- New Lebanon, NY
Allium- Great Barrington, MA
Baba Louies- Pittsfield, MA
Castle Street Cafe- Great Barrington, MA
Downtown Pittsfield Farmer's Market- Pittsfield, MA
Fish and Game- Hudson, NY
Gala- Williamstown, MA
Jacob's Pillow- Becket, MA
Lebanon Valley Cooperative Meat CSA-
New Lebanon, NY/Pittsfield, MA/Albany, NY
Red Apple Butchers- Dalton, MA
Trusted Roots Farm CSA- New Lebanon, NY
Wholesale to individuals and businesses

Please visit our website
or contact us with questions or to place orders.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Little Visitors... From Mountain Road School

We had a fabulous visit with about 25 kids from Mountain Road School.
The kids were excited to learn, and were gentle with the animals.

You don't often hear of a group of 25 kids that are all willing to try pork rinds,
smoked sausages, and head cheese. Way to go Mountain Road School!

Here the kids are checking out some piglets- they were surprised that
 we don't have a big red barn, pink pigs, or lots of mud.

Super proud to say that not one kid was zapped by the electric fence! Phew!

A Walk in the Woods- Post-Silvopasture

We often field the question about whether silvopasturing
 (raising pigs in the woods) is harmful to the forest. We took a walk in our woods the
other day and this is what we saw. This woodland pasture was used heavily about 9 months ago.
 This section has far more vegetation growing on the forest floor now than it did before,
 and far fewer invasive plants- like Multi Flora rose and Japanese Knot weed than it did
before it was used. We have noted significant growth in saplings since our pigs have been on
silvopasture. We are very pleased with the health of our forests.

    No walk is complete without a visit with pigs and a homemade sword.

This section of pig fence is part field, part woods.
These guys like to come out and sun themselves in the field.
They thrive when they have a varied diet- in this case, from field, forest and dairy.

Gosling Love

Goslings are soft, and adorable, but not too fragile for BIG two year old love.

Sweet kisses.......but this is not recommended.

Pigs. Glorious Pigs.

Piglets- about 15 weeks old. Just before being moved to a new section of fencing.
 So curious!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beautiful Morning at Climbing Tree Farm/ Young Pig Breeding Group

Early morning chores with no kids makes it much easier to take pictures!

One of these things is not like the others...

Note: To encourage the chickens to graze we feed grain only once per day, this also helps them
to grow at a healthy rate- not too fast. Needless to say, the birds get pretty excited at grain time
and aren't great about turn taking.

Young Mulefoot gilt. (gilt= young, un-bred girl pig)

Young breeding group on field/forest.
We keep breeding groups small, and with similarly sized pigs.

This section of fence was last used about six months ago-
with rest the vegetation comes back quite well. At this time last year the hillside these pigs
 are standing on was covered in six foot tall, super-invasive multi-flora rose bushes. Yay pigs!

Colby spends more time with the pigs, so he typically chooses who will be kept for breeding.
The pigs we keep to breed are selected based on many factors.
Here are some of the things we think about when we choose who will become breeding stock:

how well they forage
how well they respect the fence
 whether or not they are pushy with people or other pigs
whether or not they are loud and squealy
the quality of meat (tested when their siblings go to slaughter)
body conformation
general health
whether their mothers were good mothers

This fence is about an acre in size, roughly half field/half woods.
Five breeders will stay in this space for around a week or two
depending upon the condition of the ground and forage.

Powerful nose.

Meat chickens resting in a shelter made from a (very clean!) used septic tank.

Sheep: curious about the grain bucket I was carrying.

Sheep: so curious about the grain bucket I was carrying that one
 got a bucket stuck on her head.

The Beach

With as many animals as we are responsible for on our farm, it is difficult for us to leave home for extended periods of time. Luckily, there is a mysterious pile of white beach sand on our leased land that is almost unbearably fun, and if you are imaginative, the mountains in the background almost look like waves.

Raised Bed Garden Workshop- Alchemy Iniative

Assembling frames.
Our introduction to food production was through growing vegetable gardens. Our garden was beautiful, productive, and almost felt like a work of art that we collaborated on. We were able to grow nearly all of the vegetables that we ate year round. We began meat farming to fill in the protein gaps in our garden diet (though we did grow dried beans and soy). 
Since moving to our current farm a couple of years ago, and leaving our old garden behind, we have mostly been focusing on meat production for sale, and our home garden has taken a backseat. We did spend more than a year preparing the soil for a new garden when we arrived to the new farm, and even plowed and planted a portion of the garden last year, but competition from weeds in the new spot was too great, and we ended up planting the majority of the garden in pig forage.
We've been members in our friends' vegetable CSAs for the last couple of summers, which has been great, but not quite the same as having our own vegetables growing in our own dirt on our own land.  In mid April the Alchemy Initiative held a raised bed gardening workshop
 at our farm. A great group of people came to learn how to build, and grow vegetables in, raised bed gardens. In the process of learning, the class built three beautiful garden beds for our farm, and now we are making a slow transition back to growing our own vegetables in our own dirt on our own land. Thank you all! Especially instructors Nikki and Jess Conzo who are incredible, and a wealth of knowledge.
We are hoping to host more workshops on the farm in the future. Have you got an idea for a workshop in mind? Let us know, we would love to have you!
Discussing fencing.
Square foot gardening lesson. And, planting the first ceremonial
peas in one of the new garden beds.
Silly raised-bed garden cake we made to thank the participants
and instructors for all of their hard work.
Chocolate cake/soil/pea seeds.