Joel Salatin

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While we really need to play catch-up on our blog, this article, although long, is worthy of our attention: Farmer Joel Salatin. He uses common sense and integrity on our food system. He states, “When the government stamps “Approved” on a product, it immediately takes the responsibility off the buyer and creates ignorance. Government approval or licensing creates ignorant consumers, regardless of the commodity being purchased.” This statement describes the essence of our culture. We have become a dependent society, not wanting to take responsibility for ourselves. If only we realized how much better our lives would be if we educated ourselves and made our own decisions.

We encourage you to invest your time in this article,. Clink on the link above, and also search and investigate for yourselves the devastation of our food system.

Stay safe this winter!

Mark & Nora

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Merry Christmas!

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We want to wish you all a very blessed Christmas! This is the day that the world acknowledges that our Creator, the Word, the son of God, stepped into our messy world, to love us back into His family. We want to reiterate that this is why we exist, and the reason we have farmed the way we do. Understanding that our land and animals have been created with a purpose gives us a high calling to care for and manage them in a way that they are blessed, and as a result of that, you and your family are blessed. GMO’s and factory farming methods could not come from anyone with a worldview acknowledging our Father as creator, but only from an atheistic, evolutionary mindset. We just want to remind you, as well as ourselves, that not only our reason for existing is due to our Heavenly Father, but also our reason for living and working. We love you. Merry Christmas!

October 12th Farm Fest!

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Adoption is one of the greatest gifts. While adoptive parents feel they are blessing a child, the parents end up just as blessed. Both of us experienced the joy of adoption which created a passion for helping others. We have several friends who also have adopted and experienced the same joy. We even have a few cows that have adopted orphaned calves!

Now, we have an opportunity to help a family who are in the process of adopting. The family who lives next to our farm are adopting two boys! The process is in the second year and they should receive the call any day to pick up their boys. Anyone who has been in their position knows the emotional roller-coaster created by all the legalities. Even if there is not a lot we can do to help, we can at least help with the finances to ease some of the emotional pressure and bring their boys home!

Our friends have gathered together to help bring a day of fun activities in a Farm Fest here at the Apple Family Farm! We have a great line-up of very talented musicians to provide a five hour concert, with music from Beth Fox, the Avenue Blues Band, Tom Sullivan, the all new Branches on the Vine, and more! Lots of activities for the kido’s to have fun on the farm! A cool clown will be visiting (no scary noses!), along with a petting zoo and games. There will be a silent auction and a raffle to win three different vacation packages to three different destinations, as well as booths from local small businesses with their proceeds going to the adoption. We will be serving hamburgers made from 100% grassfed beef from our farm, pulled (homegrown) pork sandwiches, and beef dogs…and lots of desserts!

Entrance to the event is free with donations for the food and fun to benefit the adoption! Come out to the farm from 2:00 – 7:00 on October 12th! You won’t want to miss this exciting event!

Mark & Nora Apple

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Please Excuse Our Renovations!

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We have been blessed with some very good friends who are helping us turn our garage into a “real” market. They are donating their time, as well as some of the materials. When they are complete, we will post pictures of their work…and it is fabulous!

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This last month has been challenging for Spring Valley Farm, where Moses raises the chickens that provide our wonderful eggs. A couple of varmints snuck onto the field where they are pastured and took out a few, thereby traumatizing the remainder of the flock. I believe I would be traumatized as well! After quite a bit of reinforcements to the pasture, they have finally settled down and are producing again.

Our homeschooled families who were raising the chickens here at our farm ended their project in February. The flock, along with the turkeys and goats, are happily relocated at Piney Acres Farm. You will have to stop by and say hello! Our cows are bored without their humorous squawking as they were quite entertaining!

The hay production is going well again this year! We are not through July, and have August to go, but we have had two good cuttings so far! God has blessed us!

We hope you have a safe and healthy rest of the summer!

Blessings,

Mark & Nora Apple

Involuntary Farm Annexation

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Another winter has come and gone…and for the first time ever, we did not have to buy hay! This is a miracle considering last summer we had a drought and what seemed like the longest winter in memory. All thanks to the Lord, our provider, and the Franks family, who managed the hay production. The cows are healthy, happy, and producing an abundance of milk!

Our farm has faced a number of challenges this past year. Rather than go into great detail here, we wrote a blog under a new tab above labeled Involuntary Farm Annexation. The blog is quite long as to explain the whole ordeal is very extensive and we tried to include as much information as possible in one place.

We thank everyone for their support of our farm, and all local farms. Please do not hesitate to contact your local representatives and hold them accountable for their governing actions. If you live in the Fortville, Indiana area, feel free to contact the town leaders and let them know the damage they are inflicting on the heartland of America. Their contact info can be found here: Fortville Indiana Elected Officials

Blessings to all,

Mark & Nora Apple

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Fall on the Farm

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Wow! Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? We hope each and every one has a wonderful season!

We just wanted to give an update on the happenings at the Apple Family Farm. Our Dutch Belted herd is growing healthy on our lush pastures. We were blessed not to have been too badly affected by the drought this past summer. We will not be certain until the end of winter when we can determine if we were able to produce enough hay. As our herd is grassfed and we are chemical free, hopefully we will not need to buy hay due to the high expense of hay that is non-GMO and has not been treated with chemicals. In spite of the drought this summer, there were several births and even a set of twins!

Our petting “farm” is growing by leaps and bounds! We have a family that is running the chicken coup as a project for their children. What a great learning experience! With lots of their friends to help, the children have done an excellent job cleaning, feeding, and loving on the animals. They have shown great responsibility as well. The chickens, goats, and turkeys are adding a lot of activity to this dairy farm!

The coop is full of around 90 chickens, consisting of a mix of Ameracauna and Aracauna—also called “Easter Eggers”; Cochin; New Hampshire Red; Barred Rock; Buff Orpington; Silkies; and different varieties of Bantams. We also acquired three Rhode Island Red and two Aracauna chickens, as well as three heritage turkeys, from an old friend of Mom’s who was unable to care for them. The birds were on their daughter and son-in-law’s small acre home, being raised as pets. Yes, the turkeys will actually come up for a neck rub! The son-in-law is in the military and leaving this week for Afghanistan for the next year. We are proud to take care of his birds while he is serving our country!

Yes, Bambi is with kid! The babies should be arriving in mid-winter! If you stop by to play, give her a good back rub, and let her know how wonderful she looks! The two goats have been a lot of fun for everyone. Sweetie Pie, the black goat, is a wonderfully sweet Pygmy; and Bambi is a very pregnant mini Nigerian. They sit in front of the coop every morning waiting for the door to open so their friends can come out to play! Check out our Facebook page for pictures: Facebook Apple Family Farm Pictures

Our market is expanding with more products from local vendors. Our goal is to help support our local farms and pass on health to your families. Click on our Farmers Market tab and check out the all natural and organic items we carry. We are also stocked with our own grassfed beef, grassfed lamb, and pastured pork and chicken. As the holiday season approaches, keep us mind for that natural/organic gift and help bring health to your family and friends.

We appreciate you being part of our community, and hope to see you when you’re here.

Mark & Nora Apple

 

Apple Family Farm

3365 W State Rd 234, McCordsville, IN 46055

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Welcome!

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Enjoy the sight of open pastures and Dutch Belted cows as you pull into this fifth generation farm.  We specialize in grassfed beef, a raw milk cow-share program, and pasture raised foods from local farms.

Our Dutch Belted cattle are 100% grassfed and are never fed any steroids or growth hormones. They are born and raised on our farm. The cattle are pastured on our own fields during the grazing season and then fed high quality haylage and hay during the winter months. They are never fed antibiotics, animal by-products, or any grain products. We believe in preserving the microbial life in the soil, therefore it is important to keep the soil nutrients balanced. No GMO seeds or feed is used on our farm, and everything is chemical and growth hormone free. All animals have access to the outdoors year round. Herd shares for grassfed raw milk are also available locally.

You’ll also be able to visit our on site Farm Market featuring Indiana home-grown products. While you shop your children can enjoy our swing set, enjoy our Dutch Belted cattle peacefully grazing, or just walk through our century-old timber frame barn.

It’s life at Apple Family Farm…come on out and see us.

Mark & Nora Apple

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Apple Family Farm

3365 W State Rd 234, McCordsville, IN 46055

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