Welcome Baby Jediah!
It has been an amazing spring so far at Field of Faithfulness Farm. The biggest and best news is the arrival of our 6th child, Jediah Levi Perdomo. Jediah arrived on February 28th at 4:13 am. We are so thankful to the Lord for this special gift as well as a smooth labor. Mom and baby are doing wonderful!
The Goat Kids Also Arrived!
We have had 11 does kid so far and the the farm is literally jumping with life! The human kids love to race the baby goats and play king of the rock pile. Nehemiah and Hannah especially love to pick up babies and help them "find" their mommies.
Milk and Products Now Available
We are excited to announce that we now have milk and several of our products available. The goats continue to be fed organic, non-soy grain and forage daily on our 7 acres of pasture. The milk this year will be sold in sealed, plastic containers. Please give us 48 hours of notice so we can package the milk especially for you.
Perdomo Sweep! Florida State Fair Goat Champions of Champions!
They did it!! Each Perdomo placed 1st in their division to be the Champion of Champions at the State Fair! Noah for Juniors, Melina for Intermediates, and Isabel for Seniors. They each had the highest score after completing a skillathon test, record book, record book test, goat judging contest, showmanship, poster, and seminar. Isabel's top senior spot earns her $500 plus she competed in the Champion of Champions contest against all the species shown at the fair. They worked so hard getting ready for the fair and studying all the parts of goat, scorecard, products and marketing, classifications, and more in addition to physically working with their goats. What a joy they are and we rejoice in their accomplishment! To God be the glory!
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We have had a very productive month here at Field of Faithfulness Farm. The concrete spread footings were excavated and poured, the structural columns were installed and aligned, and we're progressing with the structural beams. Check out the video update and photos below for more details:
We designed and built forms to pour the concrete footers around each column.
Next, the elevations were measured and marked and each column was cut to the appropriate height.
Then came the exciting challenge of installing the 8" x 16" x 34' ridge beam, which consists of six 8" x 8" segments. Each segment was installed individually using a rail/slide system.
The ridge beam was secured to the columns with heavy duty galvanized steel connectors, and the top segments were joined to the bottom segments with #5 rebar to prevent differential bending.
After the ridge beam was completed, we installed the lower beams that support the lofts and have started installing the outer porch beams, which support the outside edge of the roof.
Overall we have been very excited and encouraged by the overall progress in the past two months. Stay tuned for future developments as we walk in faithfulness and see what YHVH has ahead for us. Psalm 127:1a "Unless YHVH builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."
Construction Has Begun!
We are excited to announce that not only have we begun construction on our new home but we will have an additional blessing to bring up in it!
After months of Gabe working overseas, he is back and we have not only broken ground but in two weeks have sixteen posts in the ground and over six tons of concrete poured.
We will be blogging our progress as we undertake this endeavor. Stay tuned to facebook and the blog for updates!
Pictures of Week 1 and 2:
The season has officially started at Field of Faithfulness Farm!
This will mark the second year that all our dairy goats are being fed soy-free, certified organic feed. After reading the scientific study by the University of Naples (Italy) that found that dams fed genetically engineered soybeans exhibited changes in the composition of their milk and that the weight of their kids was significantly reduced, as well as the reviewing the increasing number of articles highlighting the negative potential and realized impacts of genetically modified foods and pesticides on humans and animals, we turned to organic feed.
It has also been two years since we implemented a free range foraging program for our goats. We have seeded our summer pasture with mixes designed to meet the dietary needs of dairy goats. Our goats enjoy foraging the fresh pastures daily.
We have increased the number of layer hens, whose eggs available for purchase. Our hens are also fed soy-free, certified organic grains.
We are grateful for our customers’ support over the past several years, and we are delighted to continuing implementing this vision so we can provide you and other local families with quality products.
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