Flower & Bunny

March 6, 2020

Spring has sprung at Barbour Farms! This past Tuesday we welcomed Bunny and Flower to the mix. Bunny is a gray standard donkey and Flower is a brown mammoth donkey. Both are very friendly and are adjusting well to their new home. In the future we hope to have...

Agriculture CAP Speaker

February 24, 2020

On February 21, 2020, the Agriculture CAP group here at Blue Ridge High School gathered in the library to listen to the lovely Jim and Kim Barbour of Barbour Farms not only speak about some of their experiences but also promote and educate the students about agriculture. They shared...

Tapping the Trees!

February 19, 2020

For a majority of this past weekend, I was able to get my hands “sappy” and learn how to tap trees and begin the process of making maple syrup. To start, the selected trees had to be drilled in an area far enough away from the past year’s tap...

Groundhog Day!

February 3, 2020

Groundhogs, a marmot belonging to a group of large ground squirrels is what we celebrate every year on February 2nd. People of all ages await the moment that Punxsutawney Phil crawls out of his burrow, watching to see if there will be an early spring or if winter is...

The Only Marsupial in North America

January 12, 2020

Marsupials are mammals born not fully developed that live in their mothers pouch until matured enough to come out. The opossum is the only marsupial that lives in North America. The average adult opossum is 20-40 inches long, including 10-12 inches from the tail, and their weight can vary...

Winter Solstice

December 22, 2019

Happy Winter Solstice!!! The days are getting longer and nights, shorter. On December 21st is when one  of the Earth’s hemispheres is at maximum tilt away from the sun. This occurs twice a year, one time in each hemisphere. The Winter Solstice, also known as midwinter or hibernal solstice,...

Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

December 11, 2019

‘Tis the season!!! Christmas shopping is filling stores, Christmas lights are illuminating every street, and Christmas trees are being brought inside and decorated! Christmas trees are soft wood and coniferous. Coniferous trees have needle-shaped leaves and seed-bearing cones instead of flowers. Some of the trees that you could be...

69th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Meeting

November 25, 2019

This past week I had the opportunity to attend the 69th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Meeting in Hershey PA. There were many seminars to attend, lots of vendors, discussion meets, and so much more. I had the pleasure of meeting Rick Ebert, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President, and Chris...

Hershey Gardens Butterfly Atrium

November 22, 2019

Hundreds of beautiful butterflies from around the world are housed in Hershey Gardens Butterfly Atrium. The big tropical themed room lets guests and butterflies safely and comfortably interact at ease. Stands of fresh fruit and sponges soaked in Gatorade are set of for the butterflies to drink from throughout...

Filling the Fences

November 14, 2019

It’s been a very busy week at the Barbour Farm welcoming six new members to the herd. On Nov. 6 we got two heifer calves (Holly and Bliss) and two steer. Then on the 8th two more heifers (Semi Sweet and Hot Mess) joined the group. The cattle have...