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Regarding the Pumpkin Patch 2016

Family and friends- after much thought and prayer, we have decided that Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch will not be open for the fall 2016 season. This was not an easy decision as we have enjoyed sharing the farm with so many friends over the past seven years. It has truly been an honor to watch your little (and not so little) ones grow, play and learn at the patch. Many of you have become like family, and we appreciate the blessings you have been to us.
While the pumpkin patch will not be open, Johnstown Farm will continue its operations dedicated to providing its customers with quality and healthy chicken, eggs, and grass fed and finished beef. If you have not tried our beef or eggs, give us a call (785-227-2656).
We are also dedicated to providing agriculture educational experiences in and out of the classroom. Our certified teachers continue developing our unique curriculum instilling the “what” and “why” of Kansas agriculture. We look forward to visiting classrooms in the 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to contact us for information.
Again, we are so thankful for the loyal customers who have visited us over the years. What a privilege it has been to be a part of your fall family traditions! Blessings to you families

Johnstown Farm, McPherson, KS 2016

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Wait…where did Spring go?

So Spring came…and went…and is slated to reappear tomorrow. Central Kansas went from 90 degree weather to 28 degree weather in 24 hours. Braving the SNOW, we gathered sheets, blankets, and tarps to cover young plants. Unfortunately, we missed a few…

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Extra heat lamps were set up for the chicks. They made it through the freeze and are growing rapidly…

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And as for the kittens, well, at least one litter arrived the night before the temperatures plummeted. So of course, they needed some old rugs and rags to keep warm too. Aren’t they a cute patchwork of fur?

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I am putting my request in- true Spring from now on. We’ll see.

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm-McPherson, KS 2014
 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Farm Fresh Eggs

 

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Spring has Sprung at Johnstown

I love Spring! Everything is fresh and new with the promise of growth. What does springtime look like here at Johnstown?

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Looks like we will have kitties, and lots of them, soon. Several of our favorite farm cats will be having cuddly babies. Maybe we’ll be looking for good homes…

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The fields are carpeted with crops ready to soak in the Kansas sun and (hopefully) some April showers. This field is no-till triticale. Our cows will love it!

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Flowers peeking out to welcome Spring make me want to get my hands into the garden boxes. There is such satisfaction in hiding those seeds in the soil. I am trying to listen to the experts and wait until the freeze threat is gone.

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Our newest arrivals are 50 Cornish Cross broiler chicks. They are peeping their Spring song.

That’s just a taste of this beautiful season here in central Kansas.

Johnstown Farm & Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch-McPherson, KS 2014

 

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Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

We have decided that our hens are just plain crazy!

Normally, the hens experience a “slow” laying season each year. Unfortunately, their slow time is our busy pumpkin patch time. The slow down is mainly due to fall molting, shorter colder days, and sheer numbers of visitors at the farm. This year, their egg production did not pick up much at all after their molting. Our minds began to contemplate lots of fried chicken, chicken and rice, and chicken and noodles this winter. They must of read our minds because against all odds (production should slow during cold snaps), those ladies began laying – and laying lots!

So….if you are interested in Johnstown Farm Fresh Eggs, give us a call! I know many of you asked about the eggs during the fall when we were running out each day. This is your chance to get in on the benefits of fresh eggs!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm – McPherson, KS 2014

 

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Molting Chickens

Our chickens have decided that it is time for them to molt. The result-ugly chickens for a while! At first I was worried that something was getting into the chicken house or that the chickens were sick. The symptoms included egg production drastically decreasing, and there seem to be more feathers in the coop than on the chickens.

Here’s what I have learned.  Molting is the natural process that chickens undergo once a year. Basically, the current feathers are replaced with new feathers. After molting the feathers are usually fuller and fluffier. Molting can be triggered by the change in daylight hours and/or the weather, so most chickens molt in the fall. This molting can last for 1- 6 months depending on how healthy the birds were before molting. Molting takes a lot of energy as the new feathers form and grow. This energy focus takes away from egg laying. Most breeds totally cease laying during molting.

I also learned that we can help our ladies by increasing the protein in their feed. Some experts even suggest making a smoothie of plain yogurt, chick starter, and fresh fruit. Really? Okay, I’ll get the blender…

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Farm Fresh Eggs, Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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He’s No Chicken

So I was going through some pictures.  I found a few of my nephew that I thought were too good not to share.  This little guy just turned two.  When he visits Papa and Grammy at the farm, his favorite chore is gathering the eggs. He runs to get the egg bucket as soon as it gets close to evening, grabs Papa, and heads out!

            So here’s the little guy taking the chickens’ entrance into the coop.  That’s what happens when we aren’t quick enough opening the door for him!  Here he is peeking out from the chicken door.  Don’t worry, Val, I am sure that he is totally clean (nothing a little antibacterial won’t take car of).

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2012 – McPherson, KS
 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Farm Fresh Eggs

 

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