fall foliage on my farm

Fall Foliage On My Farm

Fall foliage on my farm is especially pretty.  We give most of the credit to the sugar maple trees in our sugarbush.  We know there are a lot of maples in Vermont because we lead the other states in maple syrup production. The maple trees and foliage on my farm lead me to believe that I live in paradise.  I …

Daniel Fortin looking at his heifers before auction

Dairy Farm Auction at Carman Brook Farm

A dairy farm auction was held on May 2, 2018 at the Carman Brook Farm.  We decided last fall that we would be changing the way we do business and dispersing of our cattle and dairy equipment.  This allows us to focus on our maple operation and start enjoying some down time. Retirement Daniel has been living and working on …

Sap Collection Project

A sap collection project was our main focus in the sugarwoods this year.  How important is sap collection to a sugarmaker’s maple business?  Very important, both economically and to the health of the trees.  So much, that after reviewing our system, it prompted a major investment and overhaul.  Our sap collection project has been ongoing through 2015 and into 2016 and …

Curious Coyote Puppies

Earth Day Surprise in Maple Sugarwoods

We had a surprise on Earth Day in our Maple Sugarwoods this spring, when our team of untappers were busy pulling the taps from the maple trees. The 45th Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 2015.  In 1970 Sen Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin asked Americans to set aside this day in observance of the environment; air, water and land …

Sugaring 2015

  For us, the sugaring season 2015 started in the summer of 2014, when we took down sap lines for 2,000 taps that we built in 1998 and 1999.  These were the first taps of our sugaring enterprise and it was bittersweet to see them go but they were well past the recommended life of 10 years. Loggers came in …

A New Way to Heat

In October we made the decision to buy a wood gasification furnace that would heat our home, the sugarhouse and the hot water used for the dairy.  We have an ample supply of wood and are hoping our fuel oil usage would be dramatically reduced.  With the new unit we committed to erect a building to house it, the wood …

Much Fuss Over a Sick Hen

We noticed that one of our laying hens was under the coop and didn’t want to walk.  After examining her it was clearly evident that she wasn’t putting any weight on her swollen leg.  Her injury was also not allowing her to get to water and food.  Not being able to take care of herself in a flock of birds …

New Chicken Coop

  Our new chicken coop for our 12 laying hens arrived! The hens have been moving from one temporary area to another as they have grown while we have patiently awaited our new coop.   After a lot of research on an easy to maintain and comfortable coop, they very happily moved into their new home. The new coop has …

First Cut Hay

With the cooperation of our custom hired field workers and the weather, we made a first cut of hay on 100 acres during the second week in June. We also cut some rented land seven miles away that would normally be cut for bedding hay. With a carryover of bedding hay from 2013, it was decided to do a first …

Spring’s Work

We are finally able to get on the fields and do field work by the first week of May. Not all the fields were passable and some fields had wet spots. Determination is the only way that the work finally got finished. It was mid June before all the corn was planted, an activity that is usually completed by May …