Hi! We're Melissa and Sean Bramble, and Hermit Thrush Hill is our small
homestead. Our goal is to approach self-sustainability while maintaining
breeding groups of as many appropriate heritage breeds of livestock as
possible. Through natural, chemical-free methods, such as pasture raising,
we intend to offer our animals a happy, healthy, and productive life.
We started Hermit Thrush Hill because we believe that the industrial
agricultural practices in our country are environmentally unsustainable,
disrespectful of the animals we rely on for our nourishment, and detrimental
to the genetic diversity of agricultural plants and animals, which directly
impacts human health.
We are happy to offer some of our animals, plants, and seed for sale, as
well as other products we produce. Please feel free to explore our site to
learn more about our homestead and heritage breeds in general.
Hermit Thrush Hill, 332 Yellowville Road, Fonda, NY 12068
518-853-1032 . . . . . . firstname.lastname@example.org
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Years come in all shapes and sizes...
Some can tear at our souls, while others remind us why there is no other place in this
world we want to be. Last year was hard. And it can be so easy to lose sight of the path as
we walk through our routines. But sooner or later a shaft of light pierces through the
canopy and snaps our focus back to where we are--why we're here.
This year was akin to stumbling into a lush, open glade after fighting our way through an
immense, dense thicket. Not only have we started to focus our efforts into a more
effective form, but they have really begun to reward us on a daily basis.
Lambing season was the most notable (since we brought on our new draft boys), and has
been brightening our days every time we walk out to the barnyard. Twenty-four healthy
lambs born over the course of three and a half weeks, some easily some required
assistance, now running and jumping and playing in the pasture. Adult ewes thriving,
pasture that we can actually walk through, hay storage filling steadily. These are things
never fail to warm our hearts and bring gleeful grins to our faces.
Cooperative work with good friends that we know we can rely on. Honey bees laboring
away through every ray of sunshine. A new team of Morgan horses in training to become
our future local transportation. A pregnant cow dried off and at a healthy weight coming
up on calving in August.
As we cursed Mother Nature last year for all of the rain, we thank Her for what She has
given us this year. We should all treat Her better so She can treat us better in years to
Dicentra was a very special lamb for us this season; our first
to be born with significant spotting! Plus she's tan!
Lambing season 2012 brought 23 Soay lambs and 1 Shetland lamb to Hermit Thrush
Hill! The gender split ended up at 12 Soay ewes, 1 Shetland ewe, and 11 Soay rams.
We had a solid number of twinnings at 5 with a perfect 50/50 gender split. Our
average weight was 4.77#, singles averaged 5.29#, and twins averaged 4.1#