Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bolga Baskets

Our Bolga Baskets are hand-woven in the historical town of Bolgatanga, Ghana in West Africa. The Weavers of the Bolga Baskets are mostly farm families from the historic town of Bolgatanga. To supplement their unpredictable crop income, the families have been weaving and selling these handcrafted works of art for generations.

These sturdy, all natural baskets are made from elephant grass with goat hide handles. They are strong and flexible and can easily be re-shaped by getting them wet with water and re-working them with your hands.

The "Bolga" baskets are for sale in the farm's Granary. It's our way of Wisconsin farmer's supporting African farmer's! They have been purchased for wedding gifts, Mother's Day gift, display guest towels in, to store yarn in...your imangination is your only limitation.

Oh yes..."Nine Lives" isn't included. :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

You're Invited!

Our God is an AWESOME God and it is no more evident than on a farm!

Home Church invites you to their Sunday, August 16th, 10:00 AM service at Mulberry Lane Farm. This will be their 3rd annual service, pot-luck and family day at the farm.

Come and enjoy high energy worship and sharing of the word with Pastor Bruce Daily.

Bring a dish to share and join us afterward for a pot-luck meal followed by a tour of the farm including milking a cow, pony ride and hayride!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

ROCKY it is!

And the winning name suggestion is....drum roll please....ROCKY!

Suggested by MLF's very own tour guide, Farmer Wendy. We had many, many suggestions from Snickers, PayDay, Bam-Bam, JuJuBe, Carney, Bandy, Brandy, Andy and more, but none jumped out and grabbed us like Rocky did.

Farmer Wendy said she got her inspiration from the old-time favorite "rock candy." Appropriate being that Rocky's mom is named Candy.

Thanks Farmer Wendy for your creativity.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hinnie or Mule?!?

Our miniature horse Candy gave birth to the cutest little guy early this morning, August 5th. And yes, he's a mini-mule. The mule is a hybrid. The offspring of genetically different parents. In our case the cross of a miniature horse and a miniature donkey, producing a miniature mule.

Many people believe that mules are stronger and more intelligent than horses or donkeys. The combination of the horses agility and the donkeys strength makes the mule highly sought after for hard labor jobs.

His daddy is Barney our miniature donkey. Did you know that you can tell a purebred donkey by the cross on it's back? (The strip of dark hair that runs down his spine and across his shoulders forming a cross.) Many believe that Jesus blessed the donkey with the cross because it was a donkey that carried the Virgin Mary into Bethlehem.

Did you also know that a donkey's ears are fully grown at birth?

So if a mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, what is a hinnie you ask? A hinnie is the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey. Opie is a our miniature hinnie. You can see how short he is compared to the horse behind him.

One of the simplest ways to tell the difference between the hinnie and the mule is to look at their face. They tend to take on the facial appearance of the father. So the hinnie's facial features are more of a horse where the mule's facial feature is more of a donkey.