Formerly,Bar None Ranch, of Berlin, NY, we are now Climbing Tree Farm, of New Lebanon. We raise PASTURED POULTRY, LAMB, GRASS-FED BEEF, and WOODLAND/PASTURE-RAISED, MILK-FED 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 a local dairy to feed our pigs Jersey milk. We are conscientious stewards of the land, and our animals.

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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!