Pictures are of: the kids standing in front of berry bushes, one of the most beautiful handmade homes I have seen (did I mention that the family on that farm made that home themselves!), Bessie the cow, Ashleigh with the Apaloosa horses, the chicken coop, the garden that sustains this family completely and their solar panels(FYI, the power company paid this family $4 last month, because they get all of their electricity from the solar panels and small scale hyrdo power), the kids with Lily the dog, a wonderful pear tree, and an alpaca from the second farm we visited. We really enjoyed the open space and the kids thrived in the farm environment...this just seals my wanting for a farm of our own one day. The first farm we visited was "Sunswept Farm Conservancy" and we learned about being truly sustainable through alternative energy systems, no-till permaculture techniques, and biochar production. They have many many acres and have dedicated about 63 of their acres to forest conservancy. The trees that they have in their forest behind them are 2nd or 3rd generation trees and they hope to keep that land conserved for thousands of years to come. The home in the picture is of one that they built themselves and was truly one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen, I believe it is listed with "Handmade in America" if you want to check it out. The second farm we quickly visited was Venezia Dream Farm and it was a purely Alpaca farm where they raised alpaca for their fiber. They also sell their alpacas to other alpaca lovers. We hoped to have lunch at one of the farms that makes brick oven fired pizzas and baked goods, but we ended up eating pizza at a downtown brewery(it was great pizza by the way). Hopefully there will be no car trouble tomorrow and we can have that pizza at that farm as well as visit a couple of other farms. Enjoy the outdoors while you can.