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Homestead Animal Farm is Abuzz With 9 Million New Workers


Yes, you read that right, 9 million new workers. They are honey bees. The bees have arrived and have a new home at the very south end of the pumpkin patch. They will leave at the end of September and be trucked to Florida for the winter and return next spring. (Can honey bees be snowbirds?) They will produce nearly 1/2 ton of honey while they are here. Our new workers will also help pollunate our corn, pumpkins, gourds, gardens, and other crops.

Homestead will offer our own honey for sale in the Pumpkin Barn this fall. We will also have Saintly Syrup maple syrup for the first time along with the traditional pumpkins, gourds, and woodworking products made from wood milled right here on the farm!

Stay tuned for more details about our new products.

Here are some photos of the honey operation.

The hives are unloaded from the flatbed and moved into place by the forklift. Smoke is used to calm the bees.

 The hive was already producing honey on the second day.

A few bees remain behind on the comb.


The Homestead Chicks Greet the Public and Pose for Photos

One of the most popular activities each maze season is the opportunity to meet many of the animals up close. The chicks are fun for people to hold and photograph. Small children espcially enjoy this interaction with these little critters.




Hayride. Here we go!

Another group takes off on a Homestead Animal Farm hayride. We have several vintage tractors, this one is a 1949 IH McCormick Farmall Model M, that are used to pull the hayride wagons. Mark Harmann drives this group through the "I Spy" trail. The ride lasts about 15 to 20 minutes and winds through the farm, fields, and woods. The "I Spy" hayride is one of the favorite activities during the fall public maze season. You can play the "I Spy" game, where you try to find a list of items placed along the trail, as you ride along.