News from Weatherbury
The Mill at Weatherbury Farm is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, insuring that we adhere to safe food handling practices.
All products are USDA certified organic .This means we use absolutely no GMO’s, no herbicides, no pesticides, no fungicides or synthetic fertilizers. Our grain is nourished with compost, manure and green manure cover crops.
Wheat bread flour, wheat pastry flour, rye flour, spelt flour, buckwheat flour, cornmeal, polenta, black turtle beans and rolled oats are available. Detailed information about all of Weatherbury Farm's grain products is on the grain products page.
At Weatherbury Farm we do everything from putting the seed in the soil to putting the flour in the bag. Like many fine wines we consider our flour an “estate flour” imbued with the flavor of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our customers can know exactly where the grain for their flour was grown and where it was milled.
Details about grain pick ups and pricing are on our grains page.
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As we are farming twice as much acreage as we did several years ago -- however, we still want folks to have the opportunity to experience life on the farm. We've made a few changes to our farm stay format for 2016, including B&B farm stays with light chores and group stay opportunities.
In 2016, Weatherbury Farm will offer three types of farm stay opportunitieson select Friday and Saturday nights in June, July & August:
1. B&B Farm Staywith continental breakfast. Light morning chores** will be offered on Saturday and/or Sunday morning. Enjoy life on the farm and/or explore the countryside. ** Subject to farmers' schedule
2. Farm Stay Experience with a hearty farm fresh breakfast followed each day by in-depth morning chores. Weatherbury's educational farm experience stay is appropriate for adults and children (usually 8 & older) who want to learn more about farming and agriculture. The emphasis will be on the organic and sustainable production methods used at Weatherbury Farm.
3. Group farm stays -- rent all three suites for a family & friends get-together. Continental breakfast. Lightmorning chores** will be offered on one or both mornings. Enjoy life on the farm and/or explore the countryside.
Dates other than those listed on the calendar are available. Please inquire. ** Subject to farmers' schedule
Farm stay visitors are invited to participate in our Weatherbury Farm Kids Program.
At this time, we do not accept credit cards. Reservation deposit and final payment are by cash or check.
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|Weatherbury Farm Receives PCO Sustainability Award|
|Weatherbury Farm was honored to be one of two farms
state-wide to receive the PCO Sustainability Award at the PCO annual
meeting on February 2, 2012. The awards presentation program reads:
"Father and son, Nigel and Dale, along with Nigel's mother and Dale's wife Marcy, work together as a family to operate Weatherbury Farm in Avella, southwestern Pennsylvania. The farm produces certified organic grains and flours including soft and hard wheat, oats, spelt, open-pollinated corn, as well as emmer and einkorn, ancient heritage grains. In addition to raising grains and flours, Weatherbury Farm produces grassfed beef and lamb, and host farm vacations with a special attention to organic agriculture, green tourism and energy efficiency. The Tudor family's goal is to heal the lands they farm which have been stripped of nutrients with the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides applied before their ownership. Toward that goal, they strive to be a totally integrated farm, composting their animal manure to fertilize their fields. Weatherbury Farm is an extremely well managed farm, with exceptional records and excellent representatives of organic farmers!"
Something new is always happening at Weatherbury Farm!
Over 1400 children are now Weatherbury Farm Kids! Our Weatherbury Farm Kids Program is a great way for your children, grandchildren, nieces and/or nephews to learn about life on the farm. The Weatherbury Farm Kids Program is open to families who visit during a farm experience weekend.
Many families never leave the farm, but opportunities for bicycling & hiking, fishing, horseback riding and golf abound in the area. A number of museums are conveniently located to the farm. Covered bridges, farm markets, factory tours, shopping, sporting events, a winery, and zoo offer other nearby places to visit during an escape to the tranquility of Weatherbury Farm. Check out the area activities for more details.
Some great aerial views of Weatherbury Farm are now on-line, thanks to Kevin Sell, a Weatherbury Farm Jam participant. Kevin brought these photos which he shot in October 2009 to our May 2010 jam. It's these unexpected niceties that make being a farm vacation host a delight.
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So we though we would include some thank-you notes received from children this past summer:
"I love the farm The farm is the best place ever." Age 5
"Dear Farmer Dale, I had so much fun on the farm and I'm glad that you do this for children." Age 8
"Dear Farmer Dale, Thank you for letting me do the chores in the morning. Also thank you for giving me my certificate at breakfast. I hope I can come back." Age 9
"Dear Tudor Family, Thanks for a wonderful farm vacation! I enjoyed it a lot? I had fun taking care of the animals. Thanks again!" Age 9
"Thanks, Tudor Family, for an Amazing farm vacation! I had a blast! I am sure you will see me again at the farm soon!" Age 13
"Dear Farmer Dale, Marcy & Nigel, We had a wonderful time this weekend learning about the operation of your cattle farm and your daily morning chores. Thanks so much!" Age 14 & 15
One mother of a toddler told us that we should charge more for toddlers (!) as the sensory and experiential stimuli are invaluable.
You might also enjoy reading 3 1/2 year old Vania's journal of her visit to the farm (in PDF format).
Hope to see you on the farm soon!
1061 Sugar Run Road
Avella, Pennsylvania 15312
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