Image of goose tracks in snow

BRRR! The heat of summer and mild days of autumn feel especially far behind us lately. The snow and frigid temperatures have shifted farm care from a leisurely, meandering activity to an all business affair. While the animals don’t seem bothered by the weather, the human helpers are having to bundle up to stay warm while taking care of usual farm chores and contending with winter challenges like freezing water buckets and shovelling access to the chicken coop and sheep barn.

If you can get past the cold, winter comes with it’s own special set of perks.

The farm is beautiful in all seasons. There’s something especially striking about the red paint of the barn against a backdrop of snow, and the lasting low temperatures allowed farm matriarch and resident artist, Elisabeth, to hang the ice rings along the edge of Tory Fort Lane.

After a busy summer and fall of doing — integrating a new sheep, raising baby chicks, cleaning debris from the paddock and replacing gates and lengths of fencing — the winter chill is forcing us indoors and allowing us time to plan for the spring ahead. Will we add to the flock? Raise another round of chicks? How can we engage more people at the farm? What projects will we tackle next? This could be our most exciting year on the farm yet, and we’re looking forward to keeping you up to date on all of the exciting happenings and changes to come!

Interested in helping out at Donker Farm or general volunteering? See our Volunteering section!