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  • Our Farm Animals

    Our Farm Animals

    Last post was about the design of our farm store. While we gather resources to complete the building, I’d like to introduce the animals at Pensmore Farms.

    Our animals are free to roam the estate’s 500 acres. We believe allowing our animals to graze results in a healthier product.  Allowing the animals to roam over large spaces also helps us ready the land for our produce; the cattle and sheep eat the grass down while the hogs till it. They all participate in contributing to the fertilization.

    We currently care for Saler cattle, St. Croix sheep, and Ossabaw hogs. We no longer sell eggs or poultry, but will consider doing so again in the future. We will update the website once we offer these again and hope to see you by at the farm store then. We still have our bee hives, but are not selling the honey at this time.

    We also hope to purchase goats in the future. While I’m partial to the long ears on the Nubian, we are considering Kiko and others. I’d love to hear what breed you prefer and why.

    While you are here, check out some of the photos of our furry friends by clicking on the Saler cow below. The next few blogs will provide a dive into each of these breeds and explain why we chose them.

  • The winner is...

    We have chosed Design C for the farm store. We are very excited to get started. The weeks ahead will be busy for us while we dig the footers, pour concrete, and order shelving for our store. Our main concern is our chosen location: we are close to a creek, which means we may be in the floodplain. Our fingers and toes are crossed hoping we aren't too close to the creek we enjoy so much.

  • Farm Store

    The seed for a farm store/gate house started with the idea to build a shed by the entry gate for farm tools. Then we thought it would be nice to have a small space for a guard to check IDs, if the estate is ever donated to a school or other organization. Then we scratched our heads and thought some more. The tool shed has since transformed into a farm store concept. We've been doing a lot of thinking.

    Inside, you will be able to purchase farm fresh produce, meats, eggs, dairy, perhaps even some sheep's wool or yarn. We care a lot for our farm, and only feed our animals non-GMO feed, although honestly, we try to limit feed as much as possible in order for our animals to rely on a more natural diet of grass, bugs, and brush. 

    Here are our farm-store-slash-gate-house-slash-tool-shed concepts. Which design do you like the best?

    Plan A

    Plan B

    Plan C

  • Precast

    Many people have asked me about the tin look of the outside of Pensmore. They try to be nice in their efforts to enjoy its aesthetic, but are relieved when I tell them that the silver sheen coating is not our final veneer. As lovely as aluminum cans are to drink sodas and such out of, we are covering our silver coating of polyurea with precast cladding. 

    I myself am partial to real limestone, but limestone is soft and erodes over time. I must always be mindful to choose materials that will last beyond my lifetime. I need to think in centuries.

    Our precast cladding gains strength from steel fibers and coatings to keep water from penetrating the panels, which would weather the panels and require replacements sooner.

    For our veneer panels, we have two textures: ROCKFACE and SMOOTH. Each panel is approximately 16" x 32". Below the water table will have rockface, above will have smooth. 

    For the smooth panels, we chose between these colors:

    This color won. It's called Autumn Leaves. We chose to use a half dose of dye to lighten it up a bit.

    For Rockface, we chose the same Autumn Leaves dye we are using for our smooth panels, but are seeking more variation in the color. We consulted with Butterfield Color for ideas. 

    Butterfield Color specializes in stamped, stained, and finished concrete. We thought using their color release agents would help add some color variation to the panel to acheive what we were looking for. Here are our samples. Which do you like best? I am having trouble picking my very favorite, so your input is much appreciated. Shoot me an email at susan@pensmore.com and let me know.

    Option 1

    Option 2

    Option 3

    Option 4

    Option 5: Just dye, no surface treatment