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The Three Leaf Farm Honeybee Sanctuary and Education Center  was established in response to the Honeybee crisis to provide an organic, safe, and nectar-rich environment for our local honeybees and other pollinators.

Honeybees and other Polinators are vital to the health of agriculture and are responsible for pollinating over one third of the food supply.  Over the past decade, over 40% of beekeepers have reported the loss of their hives, commonly called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The reasons are many and can be difficult to pinpoint: climate change, habitat loss, rampant use of neonicotinoids pesticides, parasites like the Varroa mite, and other viruses.

Our mission is to educate our community about  the importance of the honeybee to our food production, and to inspire people to make personal choices that promote the health of the honeybees and the environment.

Our efforts include:

  • Keeping Beehives in a safe, pesticide-free environment
  • Planting of nectar-rich flowers, shrubs and trees.
  • Educating of our local community through workshops, nature walks, farm days and printed materials.
  • Supporting local legislature that promotes the health of the honeybee, backyard beekeeping, and environmental protection.
  • Using organic farming practices for growing food at Three Leaf Farm.
Jax the Beekeeper
Jax the Beekeeper

 

Our Beekeeper – Jax Martinelli
Currently a student at Colorado State University, Jax is double majoring in Horticulture and Wildlife Biology.
Jax manages the beehives at Three Leaf Farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see some of the products we sell to raise funds for our Honeybee Sanctuary, or to make a donation, visit our ONLINE STORE.

 

More Information: Articles

Top Five Things You Can Do to Help the Honeybees

Types of Honey

 

More Information: Links and Associations

Colorado Beekeepers Association

Boulder County Beekeepers

American Beekeeper Foundation

The Guide to Beekeeping for Adults and Kids

 

 

 

Need Barn Cats? Save some lives in the process!

Need Barn Cats? Now taking reservations for a spring transfer! Three Leaf Farm is teaming up with Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats to bring you barn cats in this lifesaving mission. Most of you know of the benefits of having barn cats to keep the rodent population in check, and you have probably seen […]

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Fresh Tomato Basil Cream Soup

Ingredients: 8-10 medium sized fresh tomatoes (chopped) ½ onion (chopped) 2 garlic cloves (chopped) 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup fresh basil (chopped) 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup half/half cream 1 teaspoon Salt and pepper to taste Directions: In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic until lightly brown. Add  the tomatoes, basil, butter, salt/pepper […]

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Fall 2016

Our Medicine Trail showed vast improvement and recovery this summer from the damage of the floods in 2013.  Three years have passed, and we are just now being able to see this kind of recovery, but it has been fascinating to see the way Mother Nature heals. Many of the seeds we planted with the […]

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5 Natural Products to use in the Barn

By Sara Stewart Martinelli This post was originally posted on the blog of the Boulder County Horse Association Many of us are searching for ways to increase the use of natural products in our lives. Sometimes we forget that some of the simplest and most basic household products offer a wide range of uses in […]

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Three of my Favorite Wild Flowers

(Published in Wellness Times, June 21, 2012) http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/wellness-news-top-3-healing-flowers Sweet Violets – Viola odorada Little sweet violets are the perfect harbinger of spring, with their quiet, humble purple faces cheerfully appearing amidst their heart shaped leaves.   Native to Europe, violets are now found throughout the world and are known as sweet violets, English violets, wood violets, […]

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Horses in the Stable

Ten Things to Look for in a Boarding Facility

by Sara Stewart Martinelli Searching for a good boarding facility for your horse can be overwhelming. Not only do prices usually range on a wide scale, but so do the amenities, services, and quality of the facilities. Before you even begin your search, determine what you need in the way of care and amenities. Make […]

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Groundhog

Imbolc 2016

February 2 is known as Imbolc, or Candlemas. It’s the date that’s the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, and agricultural communities and cultures have long recognized it as a time to honor and celebrate.  In modern culture, we have named it ‘Groundhog Day’, and look to the modern, technologically sound and scientific […]

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Farm Fresh Broccoli Quiche

Broccoli Quiche Ingredients: 2 deep dish pie crusts, either frozen or freshly made 8 farm fresh eggs 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup whole milk 4 cups broccoli florets ½ onion, diced fine 1 tsp salt ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper   Preheat oven to 350° Spread about […]

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Southwest Butternut Dip

Here’s another great recipe using our favorite squash, the Butternut.  This flavorful recipe offers a delicious, rich dip with all the healthy benefits of the butternut squash, and none of the fat of traditional creamy dips.  It’s a great choice for a fall gathering. Southwest Butternut Dip Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 medium tomatoes, […]

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Butternut Ginger Soup

With over 3000 lbs of butternut squash this season, we have been working to perfect our recipe for butternut squash soup.   This is the result!   Ingredients: 2 Butternut squash 1 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil 1 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp salt, pinch of cinnamon mixed together. 1 medium yellow onion – diced finely […]

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Cricket and Tip Healing Well

This fall has been a bit challenging for the Equines at Three Leaf Farm.  Everyone’s favorite character, Tip, our young Arabian gelding, was diagnosed with juvenile osteo-arthritis and had to have two hocks fused surgically.   And Cricket, one of our famous minis, had to have an eye removed after months of unsuccessfully trying to heal […]

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Tomato Jam

Harvest Tomato Jam

This delicious tomato jam was served at our Tomato Explosion Farm Dinner.  You can use it for delicious goodies, both sweet and savory.  It tastes like harvest in a jar! 3 lbs tomatoes (peeled or not peeled). I used cherry tomatoes 1.25 lbs sugar 1 tsp chili flakes 1/8 cup orange juice 1/8 cup lemon juice ¼ […]

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Fall Update 2015

Fall Update 2015 It’s been two years since the big floods of 2013, and we’re finally seeing the land bounce back and start to dry out. With help from the United Plant Savers and their generous grant, we made a great start this season in adding some medicinal plants to the landscape and beginning to […]

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Breeding Blog – August 2015

Well, after many many tries, we have been unsuccessful at getting Blue with foal this year.   We are disappointed, of course, but have heard from many sources that it’s been a terrible year for reproduction in horses, and goats.  Our goat, Chibe, also didn’t succeed, after six weeks with her boyfriend.  This is the first […]

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The Medicine Trail 2

Well the rains have finally stopped and the river is beginning to recede back to its normal flow.  Another flood scare here at the farm has led us to redraw the medicine trail so that the bulk of our replanting efforts will be out of the range of average flooding. In the meantime, as we […]

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The Medicine Trail 1

We are so pleased to announce that we have received a grant from The United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to the preservation and cultivation of at-risk and endangered wild medicinal plant species of the United States and Canada.  UpS has granted us funds to help us rebuild our educational Medicine Trail that was severely […]

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Corn Tamale Pie

This is one of my favorite recipes- my kids love it, I love it, and it’s super easy!  You can do all kinds of variations with it as well. Ingredients: 3/4 cup cornmeal 3/4 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup oil 1 can chopped green […]

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Ginger Cucumber Salad

Ginger Cucumber Salad

2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin 1/2 small red onion, sliced very thin 1/3 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup apple juice 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger   Mix the vinegar, sugar, apple juice and ginger in a bowl. Add the cucumbers and red onion, mix well. Place […]

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Blue's Prenatal Herb Blend

Equine Prenatal Herbal Blend

Raspberry Leaf (Rubus ssp) – Raspberry leaf has been used during pregnancy for centuries and is known as one of nature’s strongest allies to nourish and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic region, and especially of the uterus.  It’s high in Vitamins C, E, A, and B, and is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, […]

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Blue’s Breeding Blog #2

Blue had her “checkup” today.  The vet needs to check to make sure that she is healthy and that she has no infection or problem with her uterus.  What I learned :  horses are big inside!  The vet had to reach all the way into poor Blue (who was gently sedated for this intrusive procedure). […]

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Blue’s Breeding Blog #1

After lots and lots of contemplation, we’ve decided to breed our beautiful Paint mare, Blue.  This blog will chronicle the journey. The decision to breed did not come easy.  Ask any one what they think, and you’ll get a different opinion every time, often with a great deal of passionate conviction.  People have strong thoughts […]

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Natural Hoof Oil

3 cups Olive Oil 1/4 cup rosemary 1/4 cup rosehips 1/4 cup nettles 1/4 cup calendula 1/4 cup comfrey 1/4 cup bladderack 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup lanolin (optional) 1 Tablespoon Tea Tree Oil 1 Tablespoon Lavender Oil 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E Oil * In a double boiler, heat the olive oil and dried […]

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5 Great Herbs for Horses

by Sara Stewart Martinelli I know a lot of people, (and I must admit, I do it too!) who spend a lot of money on supplements for their horses. There are supplements for digestion, joint health, hormonal balance, and just about any other health issue you can think of. But why do modern, domestic horses […]

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Chicken Treats

Pumpkin Chicken Treats

I saw this recipe on one of my favorite web blogs, Fresh Eggs Daily.  I modified it a little bit and thought I’d add a few more herbs into to it give it that special herbal ‘boost’.  It was easy to make and the girls seem to love it! 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 […]

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Natural Dishwashing Cubes

Natural Dishwashing Cubes

1 cup borax 1 cup washing soda 1/3 cup Epsom salt Lemon Juice Mix all powders together in a large stainless steel bowl In a smaller bowl, take one cup of the blended powders and add 4 Tablespoons of the lemon juice. When you add the lemon juice, the mixture will foam when it hits […]

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healing sweet violets

Three of my Favorite Healing Wild Flowers

This is an article that was published in the Wellness Times, June 2012. Sweet Violets – Viola odorada Little sweet violets are the perfect harbinger of spring, with their quiet, humble purple faces cheerfully appearing amidst their heart shaped leaves.   Native to Europe, violets are now found throughout the world and are known as sweet […]

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Honey Ginger Syrup

Fresh Ginger Honey Syrup

I recently saw a recipe for a ginger syrup, and thought I’d give it a go.  Like always, I had to change things up a bit to suit my own tastes  and purposes, so this is my recipe for Ginger Syrup.  This syrup is great for mixing with soda water, starting a sauce, or putting […]

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Flooding at the Farm

We were lucky at Three Leaf Farm that the flood waters did not reach the house, barn, goat cottage, or chicken coop.  All our buildings were spared any flooding, but unfortunately, the waters did cover almost all of our property other than that.  The waters literally came within inches of the buildings. Our back acres […]

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Apricot Cherry Jam 2

Apricot Cherry Jam

5 cups pureed apricots (buy about 3 lbs. fully ripe apricots) 1 cup pureed cherries {buy about 2- 2 1/2 cups fruit} 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. EVER-FRESH Fruit Protector 4-1/2 cups sugar, measured into a bowl {you’ll need to divide it somewhat later on} 1 box SURE-JELL For Less or No Sugar […]

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Chicken Salve

Hen Pecking Chicken Salve

Our chickens have been pecking each other’s backs, and creating ugly bald spots. Here’s an ointment I made to help soothe the ouchiness as well as getting the other’s to “lay off”. 1/2 Cup Almond oil 1/8  cup beeswax 30 drops tea tree Essential oil 20 drops lavender essential oil 10 drops camphor essential oil […]

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Photos: Raw Cooking Workshop

We had a wonderful Raw cooking workshop this weekend with Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant Executive Chef Rachel Best.  Twelve participants arrived at the farm at 10 am to learn about the raw diet and the essential ingredients and equipment used in raw cooking, followed by hands on instruction in our farm kitchen.  The group worked together […]

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Sleepy Fairy

Sleepy Time Night Balm

I created this recipe for my son, who has a hard time falling asleep.  It incorporates both herbal healing and aromatherapy to soothe the mind and support a good night’s sleep. This recipe is written for dried herbs, but fresh herbs could certainly be substituted.  Just raise the amount of herbs to 1/4 cup if […]

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Sleepy Tea

Sleepy Tea

Probably the tea that is most requested – 1 part chamomile 1 part lemon balm 1/2 part oatstraw 1/2 part spearmint 1/4 part skullcap 1/4 part passionflower Mix all herbs together in a bowl.  you want the herbs to all be around the same size for uniform infusing. Use 1 heaping tablespoon per 8 oz […]

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Flower Facial Scrub

Herbal Facial Exfoliation Blend

1 tbsp rolled oats 1 tbsp raw almonds 1 tbsp lavender flowers 1 tbsp rose petals 1 tbsp chamomile 1 tsp French green clay 5 drops lavender oil Grind oats, almonds, and flowers into fine powder using a clean coffee grinder.  Sift through a mesh screen. Add clay and essential oil.  Mix well. Place in […]

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Salt Scrub

Relaxation Body Polish

1 lb  Pacific Sea Salt – fine grain 1 cup pure Sweet Almond Oil 1/4 cup Jojoba oil 1 tsp Vitamin E oil 1/8 cup ground chamomile (measure then grind) 1/ 8 cup rose petals, ground (measure, then grind) 1/ 8 cup lavender, ground (measure, then grind) 1/8 cup lemon balm, (measure than grind) 10 drops pure lavender essential […]

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Bath Tea

Bath Tea Recipes

To make bath teas – Blend all the herbs is an large bowl.  Using a sock, or a stocking, fill about 1/2  cup of the herbal blend  and place into a hot bath.  Do not put the herbs directly into the water, as they will cause a mess!  You can also use a large tea […]

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Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn with Chile Lime Butter

To make the butter: 1 stick butter 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp mild chili powder Large pinch of paprika Large pinch of cumin 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro Salt and pepper Juice of 1/2 lime 1 tablespoon olive oil Ears of corn, husks removed Salt and pepper Blend the butter ingredients together and cover with […]

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Pickled Garlic

Medicinal Pickled Garlic

With the recent outbreak of West Nile Virus in Colorado, I wanted to find some good recipes using garlic.  I’ve found that eating a lot of garlic really helps cut down on the amount of bites I get, and garlic is also a great remedy for colds and flu.  It’s one of nature strongest antibiotics. […]

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Herbal Medicine Making Workshop – August 24

Hosted by Certified Herbalist, Sara Stewart Martinelli, participants will first be led around the farm acreage on an herb walk, identifying both wild and cultivated medicinal herbs.   After harvesting the fresh plants, participants will then go into the kitchen to learn how to properly dry herbs, or use them fresh in tinctures, salves and infusions.  […]

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Working Equitation Fun Day at the Farm

Our first Working Equitation Fun Day at the farm was a great success!  The weather was wonderful, all the horses behaved, and the humans were pretty good too!   You can see some of the photos of the fun day by visiting http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=995101457f0e4a98&sid=2CaOHDJw3ZMKk We’re planning to host another Fun Day soon, so stay posted for the dates!

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Compost Tea

Compost Tea

 Directions For Making Your Own Compost Tea   Setting up a home tea brewer is easy. Here are the directions: Gather these supplies •a five gallon bucket •compost •an old pillowcase •string to tie the pillowcase •a few tablespoons of molasses (find organic molasses here) •an aquarium pump (find pumps here) •a length of air […]

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Gorgonzola Beets

Roasted Beets with Gorgonzola Dill

4-8 beets, about 1 1/4 pound 2 shallots, chopped 1 teaspoon sugar Salt 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 3 oz fresh gorgonzola Directions: Place unpeeled beets in a baking pan just large enough to hold them.  Pour water into the pan to the […]

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This is a family favorite – super simple flavors, but delicious.  It highlights the flavors of the peppers, and is incredibly low calorie and healthy. 10 red peppers 1 onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 cans chicken broth 1 tsp garlic chili sauce, like Siracha 1 tsp salt 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil Roast […]

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Garlic Herbal Horse Treats

1 cup dry oatmeal 1 cup flour 1 cup shredded carrots 1 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 tsp vegetable oil 1/4 cup molasses Directions: Mix ingredients in a bowl Form little balls and place on a greased cookie sheet Bake at 350 for 15 minutes […]

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Laundry Soap

Herbal Laundry Liquid

1 1/2 qt water 20 organic soap nuts 40 – 50 drops essential oils (choice of lavender, tea tree, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, sweet orange, ylang ylang.) 1. Pour hot water over soap nuts 2. Steep for 30 minutes to 1 hr. 3. Strain, and reserve liquid 4. Cool completely, add essential oil Use […]

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Lily and Blue with Equine Bug Bite Spray

Equine Bug Bite Spray

Equine Bug Bite Spray I created this recipe for Blue the Horse but like always, we test all my potions on ourselves (the humans) before we give them to the animals.  We found this spray to be so effective that we kept a bottle for ourselves.  It really helps with the stinging and itching, and also helps to take down the […]

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Equine Bug Bite Spray

Bug Bite Spray

Bug Bite Spray I created this recipe for Blue the Horse but like always, we test all my potions on ourselves (the humans) before we give them to the animals.  We found this spray to be so effective that we kept a bottle for ourselves.  It really helps with the stinging and itching, and also helps to take down the swelling […]

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Iced Cucumber Soup

Iced Cucumber Lemon Soup

Ingredients: 5 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks 1/2 cup fresh mint*, chopped 1/4 cup green onions or chives, chopped 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest 1 tsp sugar 2 cups crushed ice Salt and pepper, to taste Directions: • Combine the cucumbers, mint, scallions, lemon juice, zest and […]

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Pickling Workshop

Join Zucca Executive Chef William Kelley at Three Leaf Farm for a Picking Workshop!  Learn to pickle lots of yummy treats, using a variety of different techniques and ingredients. Call Zucca directly for reservations, 303-666-6499.  More information HERE

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Our First Farm Dinner

We are excited to announce that we’re hosting our first Farm Dinner on Friday, June 21 at 6pm.  Availability is limited, so reserve now. Our dinner will feature the vegetarian delights of Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Rachel Best.  Rachel will use fresh produce from our own farm, as well as other locally sourced ingredients, […]

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Summer Schedule Announced!

We’ve schedule a series of Farm Dinners for the first time at Three Leaf Farm.  Now that we’re in our third year of production, it’s time to invite people out the farm to see what we’re doing! Check out the list of great dinners we’ve planned, each being hosted by one of our talented Executive […]

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Kitties at the Farm

With the spring, came the mice, and what a great excuse to get a couple kittens!  Meet Cleopatra and Xena, our new barn cats!  As of now, they are living a life of luxury upstairs in the barn offices.  

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Springtime Baby Goats

Spring is in the air here at Three Leaf Farm and we’ve welcomed five new babies to our goat herd! What an amazing miracle to witness these precious creatures exploring the world for the first time.  

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Our New Barn

Our new barn is almost complete!  We’re just finishing up the inside, and a few finishing touches, but the horses have moved in and are loving their new stalls.  They still get turned out every day to the pasture, but at night they are safe and secure in the barn.  We’re hoping to be finished […]

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Welcome Sweet Pea and Sugar!

Our most recent additions to the farm, Sugar and Sweet Pear are both pure-bred Nubian Dairy Goats, both bred and expecting in March!  We are looking forward to some adorable kids, and the delicious, rich milk of the ladies will also be used for custom made cheese at the restaurants, as well as all-natural soaps […]

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Eternal Hoofprints

We had the concrete poured today, and Finn graced us with his lovely, (and huge) hoofprints in the doorway.  Since I decided to build this barn because of Finn, I thought it was appropriate that he had a permanent mark on the building! Thanks to Susan Jeremy for her outstanding handling skills – her recent […]

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Welcome to the world, baby turtles!

The turtles hatched this week, working their way out of the a small hole through the dirt from their egg nest to the surface.  Farmer Chase had to help a few of them turn the right way toward the river, but they all seemed to make it just fine!  We don’t know how many were […]

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Working on the Greenhouse

The beautiful spring Colorado weather has given us a chance to really start some construction!  Grampy Bill has finally torn off the front face of the building that we’re going to convert into a greenhouse.  We’ve been stalking the local Re-Source for second hand windows, vents, and other supplies – and hopefully within the next […]

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It’s Summer Solstice, and this week we were gifted with our very first egg from our incredibly spoiled chickens. We bought 50 Rhode Island Reds back in February, in the hopes that we’d get a steady supply of natural, healthy fresh eggs. This first egg will be used as an offering for the crops today. […]

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