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...

First Snowfall of the Season

November 8, 2019

The first snowfall of the season has arrived. A fresh, light coating of snow fell covering most of our area today. The scenery changed from green to white in a blink of an eye. Be cautious as things may become a little more slippery and icy as this cold...

Bringing Home Bravo

October 30, 2019

On Friday, October 25th, Bravo the bull made his very long awaited appearance at Barbour Farms. He was welcomed into the herd in hopes that he will father many of next years calves. Bravo is the first breeding bull that has been at the farm. He is warming up...

Will it be a Woolly Winter?

October 24, 2019

Legend has it the woolly bear caterpillar can predict the upcoming winter. If the brown band on the woolly bear is thin, we are in for a harsh winter. But, for a mild winter the woolly bear’s brown bands will be thick. Most people don’t realize that these cute...

Moo!

October 16, 2019

The cows enjoyed a beautiful fall day at Barbour Farms. The calves enjoyed each others company, the herd grazed in the pasture and Suzie even showed off her toothless smile on this sunny day. You can see that they are starting to get their winter coats as they prepare...