Purposeful. Practical. Preservation.
Why that name?
Barakah Heritage Farm believes in preserving the heritage livestock breeds and heirloom plants whenever possible. These old time-tested genetics are uniquely suited to small farms and local markets. What we look for in a plant: hardy, low maintenance, easy to save seeds or cuttings and propagate. What we look for in livestock: Good mothering ability, parasite resistance, low input (needs little or no supplemental feed), hardy, foraging ability, gentle and easy to handle. Poultry should go broody and successfully raise offspring.
What we have and what we are planning:
These are not a heritage breed. However, these muscovies come from homestead-suitable bloodlines carefully selected over many generations for foraging ability, quick gains, large size and temperament. These are known as meat ducks but are also decent egg layers. They are quiet, do not require a pond, roost high, raise several batches of ducklings annually (usually 10+ ducklings per nest) and the adults will eat up to a pound of flies daily – each. Ducks are generally more gentle to garden plants (except greens) and will not uproot or eat plantings the way chickens will. The meat is dark, more like roast beef, and lean. These ducks have large claws for tree climbing, and they know how to use them. Between the claws and the large size, they are more resistant to the smaller predators. We keep our muscovies for insect control and eggs.
Local pickup or delivery (with appropriate safety measure and distancing) and we can ship! We do not offer meat ducks.
|Eggs for eating||$1/each||$7/dozen|
|Hatching eggs from select hens||$2/each||$20/dozen|
|Adult starter flock (1 drake, 2 hens)||$79 (includes mentoring)|
Email us to get on the waiting list!
We have tried many breeds. Buckeyes are a favorite heritage breed that meet all our requirements of dual-purpose, good brooding and chick rearing, and good foragers. We hope to add some Jersey Giants and Transylvanian Naked Necks (Naked Necks have bare necks and heads like turkeys) for their larger size to discourage predators.
|Eggs for eating||$0.50/each||$4.50/dozen|
We do not offer meat chickens.
We currently raise Fainting Goats, also called Tennessee Goats, Myotonic Goats, or Nervous Goats. Technically this breed is classified as a meat breed. However, the original heritage myotonics were a dual and triple purpose goat. Myotonic milk is very rich, more like half-n-half than milk. Does produce up to a pint daily. Myotonics also excel as a low-input meat goat, with some slaughtering at a 4:1 meat:bone ratio. Myotonics grow more slowly, but that is offset by their low or no input diet, making their per meat pound production cost lower overall. Some myotonics also produce a cashmere. This cashmere is fine but shorter, and must be blended with a longer fiber for spinning. They are a quiet breed, and also less likely to climb or challenge fences as adults. Our myotonics keep our pasture plants balanced and produce milk and fiber for us. Kids are sometimes for sale for breeding or pets. See our goats here.
We do not offer milk or milk products at this time. We do not offer meat goats.
We added donkey Josephine as additional protection for the goats and for possible muscle power or mule production in the future. So far, Josephine shows no interest in goat guarding but does alert us to visitors. We hope she will eventually be trained for a pack.
|Teacher horses for conscious horsemanship lessons||Rare Arabian preservation program|
On-site classes and tours open May 22. The Horse Heroes program, farmstays and online classes are open.
The Gardens & Produce For Sale
We are restoring the rest of the original raised-bed gardens at the new farm this year, plus have added new beds to increase production, God willing. In 2020 we are planning seed production for sprouted poultry feed, possibly black oil sunflowers, heirloom corn, heirloom peas, millet and amaranth. We have also added additional fresh herbs, cut flowers, and more vegetables. Whenever possible, we plant heirloom open-pollinated varieties.
It became clear right away that Hugelkultur beds would not work with our unusual high rainfall and the number of springs. As there were already raised beds on site, we are using those. We may add Eden Gardening in 2021 using locally-sourced wood chips. Raised beds are working really well for our climate and soil.
|Early summer and the gardens are just starting to produce.||Lush August garden. Only a few bare spots where new herbs and greens are seeded.|
|2020 Planned Produce For Sale|
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Recreation – Fishing, Picnics, Labyrinth, Equine Trail Obstacles, Walking Trails
All public activities reopen May 22.
We are also planning a mowed-grass labyrinth large enough to walk or enjoy with the horses. Here is a simple page showing how to create your own grass labyrinth. Our labyrinth will be less complex with much wider paths and turns, and a bigger center to accommodate a standing horse.Stay tuned for diagrams and photos.
The farm has a stocked fishing pond (catch and release only)
Planned for 2020 is an equine obstacle course, to be incorporated both into our AirBnB Experiences and for equestrians. Watch for more details coming in summer 2020, God willing.
Finally, we are designing our hybrid system of intensive rotational grazing and exercise runways/bike/walking trails. Stay tuned for drawing, diagrams and photos.