A Local Farm. January 9, 2013Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: boars, Buckland, bulls, farm animals, farm life, Farmer Chuck, hogs, Llamas, sheep, the Berkshires
Along the way yesterday, I came across a cool local farm.
OK, I didn’t exactly “come across” it – I hoped to get a few photos of this place, a very organic mix of buildings and animals along a dead-end road in Buckland.
Well, as it happened, I ran into the owner, who gave me a tour!
He had hogs in a little barn right off the road:
Quite a few of them, from full-grown to this year’s model:
They were cute up close, in a swineish way:
Gotta love that snoot!
…and cattle, including this painfully skeptical one-ton bull:
Normally, one wouldn’t cross the fence to visit such, but his Farmer-Dude assured me he had been bottle fed by his Momma, and was gentle enough to approach.
This side-o’-beef licked and slobbered my pants into the next wash as I scratched his coarse head with one hand and snapped this photo with the other:
I dug it, though I stuck to my car seat on the way home.
There were also sheep, cute little buggers too, but when I tried to take their photo, their Guardian Llama reared up in my face:
Word had it he’d lost several of his little charges recently to coyotes, and he wasn’t in the mood to humor strangers.
I had a great time talking to the farmer, a kindred spirit who wasn’t shy about proclaiming himself to be a Socialist (!) in this land of hicks and hippies.
This was a cool interlude in my day, weaving between hill-town hicks and the hippy peace-niks.
Ah, Life in the Berks!