Bob is near and dear to our hearts at 47 Daisies as he is the original farm friend. In our world, all
raccoons are “Bobs.”
Bob is a raccoon. Bob lives in a very large white pine tree just behind the high tunnel on the edge of the
forest in South Dakota (the field, not the state). He lives in a hole in the trunk at the very top of the tree. This story is about
Bob’s farm adventures.
Bob, being a raccoon, is very adventurous and a bit mischievous. He began
frequenting our bird feeders in the front yard in the fall of 2013 and still comes to visit them periodically,
but his favorite thing is the compost pile. Bob is an avid compost pile raider. The compost pile at 47
Daisies is loaded with goodies for bob. All of the past prime produce goes to the compost pile and
becomes a heavenly treat for many of our farm friends, but especially for Bob.
One fine summer evening, Bob climbed down from his tree and headed across South Dakota towards
the compost pile for his dinner. It had been a rainy summer and the fields were wet, especially around
the frog pond (where muskrat lives). Bob was not one to pay much attention to his surroundings and
not being afraid of getting wet, he decided to take a shortcut straight through a mud puddle near the
compost pile. Low and behold the mud was deep and Bob got stuck. All of his little paws were suctioned
into the mud and he couldn’t budge. He tried and tried to pull them out of the mud but to no avail, he
was very very stuck. Bob was a smart raccoon, but he was in a pickle and needed help. He started
calling out for help but most of the other farm friends were far away at the other end of the farm
bedding down for the night. As the minutes ticked by, Bob began to feel hopeless...until he heard a faint
whirring sound. In the gathering dusk, he could just make out 10 little shapes flying towards him. Just
then 10 of his hummingbird friends materialized above him grabbed hold of the fur on his back and
pulled Bob straight up out of the mud puddle. Bob thanked them heartily and continued on his way to
compost pile, grabbed a snack and headed back to the safety of his tree.
Next story………The story of Gomer (our resident skunk)
You may have noticed Harmony’s recent post on Facebook revealing the felted animals that a very talented local artist (Kristen Oberhauser Bishop) is making for us. These little felted animals are beautiful and amazingly crafted!! But there is a story behind each of them.
We believe very strongly that farming should not be separate from the natural world, but should be able to blend with the surrounding landscape and that includes minimal interruptions to our animal friends.
We started observing animals utilizing the farm in different ways and these animals turned into bedtime stories for the kids. Each night I would sit in their bedroom and tell them about the elaborate adventures of each of our 47 Daisies Farm Friends. Each of them have homes on the farm and each of them are now so intertwined with 47 Daisies land ethic that we wanted to share them with you.
There is a long list of friends and throughout the next few months we will share their stories with you. Here is the list of friends whose stories will be debuted shortly………stay tuned for the first story!!
Marigold (great blue heron)
Millie (baby deer)
Poky (porcupine) and now poky’s baby
Jimmy (garter snake)
Hopper (snowshoe hare)
Copper (snowshoe hare)
Peanut butter and jelly (crow)
I hope you will read them all and share our friend’s stories with your loved ones and children!!
47 Daisies became a reality in 2009 in north central Louisiana. We always wanted the farm to be more than just a farm. While it is definitely noble to simply grow food, that wasn’t enough for us. We wanted the community to embrace their food, the way it is grown and the natural world in which the farm fits. Upon the start of 47 Daisies, we immediately started embracing and nurturing community through farming. Hosting school groups, doing talks at local churches, schools and garden clubs, events at the farm and tours quickly became a mainstay.
In 2013, 47 Daisies relocated to Maine and we transitioned not just the farm, but also the community building, that we had been doing in Louisiana. It took us many years here in Maine to build the infrastructure needed to support the farm and the community building we wanted to do. In 2016 we started the exciting transition from a “for profit” farm to a “non-profit” farm with an emphasis on using farming as a tool to nurture and build community. Our mission of this new age of 47 Daisies non-profit organization is . . .
“To nurture community through sustainable cultivation of the highest quality food, preservation of the farm’s land base and celebration of a vibrant future for farming, nature and the interconnections of human needs and whole ecosystems.”
Deciding on this transition was an easy decision for us. We have always had the philosophy that we farm to make people’s lives better. How can we do that in the best possible way? Become a non-profit and get to work!
We are so excited about the programs we are rolling out this spring. The first will be our “Food Access Program.” This program is designed to make organically grown food accessible to all Maine families. Local organic or certified naturally grown food is often pricey, and rightfully so. This type of food is expensive to produce and farmers deserve a fair wage. That being said, this often transitions into this type of food only being accessible to families that have expendable income. We strongly believe that all Maine families should have access to high quality, nutritious, local products. Starting April 1, through the on-farm Community Store, we will slash prices by 50 percent for all families using EBT/SNAP benefits.
In addition to this signature program we are rolling out, we are in the midst of planning an exciting series of events and programs for all which will begin in March (take a look at the "Community" page for a complete list of events).
What does this change for our continued and loyal customers who have supported us since our relocation to Maine? Not a thing. We still have the same amazing produce and still attend our farmers markets, run our CSA program and the on-farm Community Store with pride!
We can’t do this without you. We welcome all folks who believe in good food, who believe that regardless of our differences that we all deserve to eat right and live well. Get involved by becoming a friend of 47 Daisies. You can volunteer, donate money, come to our events, buy our vegetables and so much more!!!! We hope to see you soon.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )