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October 20, 2019

Every year, we have a LOT of baby mammals on the farm. One of the things I learned long after I had two sons who developed serious medical issues in the 1980 and 90's is that, way back in 1971, a doctor named Frederick Klenner, who was practicing in Reidsville, North Carolina, published a paper that included mention of his series of 300 CONSECUTIVE uncomplicated births.

His secret to easy births: he instructed all his pregnan...

October 10, 2019

Helios Farms is breaking new ground with the help of our energized farm-share-owner community. As a community, we have hundreds of feet on the ground daily driving the revolution. First, let's take a closer look at Helios Farms' dictionary...

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revolution[ rev-uh-loo-shuhn ]
1. a sudden, complete or marked change in something: "the present revolution in Oregon's food system driven by Helios Farms farm share owners."
2. a pro...

July 10, 2019

I added a deliveries page to our website in the hopes that our farm share owners will check here to see the latest delivery information. I will update the info here as our deliveries roll each week and this will be a consistent page to check for your delivery status.

July 5, 2019

No! Not Buttercup!
 

Ever since we came to this land six and a half years ago, we have occasionally had dairy cows bloat and die spontaneously. We lost a favorite cow, Nora, who was born here on the farm, a couple weeks ago. A few days later, I found Anna bloated and was able to right her and correct the problem. Then, last Monday, we found Buttercup dead in the morning.

We are intentionally attached to our dairy cows. We work a...

March 16, 2019

A Little Snow

My last blog entry, on Feb 5th, mentioned that it looked like winter had finally arrived and, in addition to low-milk production, a little snow was expected which might cause additional delays in our delivery. At that time, neither I nor any weather service predicted how much of an understatement that was. On Feb 24th, without warning, the farm and surrounding forests was buried, overnight, in a 2-ft layer of wet,...

February 5, 2019

Winter Finally Arrived

It has been a very mild winter so far. We have had plenty of rain for our canyon, to fill all the springs here that hydrate the farm for the rest of the year, but very little sub-freezing weather.

In the next week or so, it looks like we will have a little snow. I don't like sending our delivery truck out into risky road conditions, so we will delay if necessary to ensure the safest trip for your milk and...

February 4, 2019

February Milk Production VS March Milk Production

During February, milk production may be an issue. Then in March, we have a run of 14 or 15 cows that are going to calve and the Douglas County clover burst usually happens in March and April. So February will only be the calm before the storm as far as milk production goes. From mid-March forward, deliveries should be very reliable.

As they say in road construction "expect delays...

December 25, 2018

Whatever Christmas means to you, it sure is a festive time of year! For me, it’s full of memories of love, generosity, comfort, and joy. Wherever I happen to be each Christmas, those are the overwhelming feelings I experience. No wonder this Holiday has taken root in modern cultures all over the world. More recently, I’ve personally connected all of that to the celebration of Jesus, who He is and what He’s done for us! 

Now if...

December 12, 2018

Now is a great time to buy Hamburger Shares from Helios Farms to provide your family with high quality convenient meals with the healthiest ground beef available. It is $750 total for a share of the beef cows, harvested, ground, packaged, and in your freezer. Think of the burgers...

110 lbs of hamburger can make a lot of burgers for the upcoming year, but it may be too much for your freezer space all at once, and $750 may be to...

December 11, 2018

My name is John Steigleder. My wife, Elizabeth, and I moved into the farmhouse at the beginning of November. I thought I would write you to introduce us and to let you know what we hope to accomplish by being here at Helios Farms.

We have been a part of Theo and Kira’s farm ever since we became full farm share owners ourselves about 4 years ago. Elizabeth and I share a passion for good, wholesome food (in fact, that’s one of t...

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