It’s hard to believe – but it has been four years since that fall day in 2010 when we began to clear the land to start our little farm.

The Farm - mid summer 2014
The Farm – mid summer 2014

To celebrate the anniversary – we thought we would stop and take a look back at the last four years in pictures – from the moment the brush was first cleared, right up to this past week’s harvest.

Although some of the early photos are a little grainy, (posting pictures for a website wasn’t much of thought back then 🙂 ) – they all help to tell the story of OWG.

Here are 40 photos from the last four years of building the farm…

Happy Gardening –
Jim and Mary
Old World Garden Farms

For week by week pictures and stories from the entire farm building process – you can also check out our Sunday Farm Updates tab. (see: Sunday Farm Updates)

 2010 – Clearing The Land

The entrance as it looked in the fall of 2010- overgorown ans no drivway
The entrance as it looked in the fall of 2010 – an overgrown mess of thickets, bushes and small trees..
2010 - Fall The land cleared off after mowing
Fall 2010 – The land finally cleared off after mowing

2011 – The First Coop – Garden, and Construction Of The Barn

February 2011 The first chicken coop takes shape in our driveway
February 2011. The first chicken coop made from 2 x 4 scrap lumber and reclaimed pallets takes shape in our driveway.  With no electricity at the farm – everything had to be built at the house first.
May 2011 - The first coop is up at the farm - and our first flock of "girls" are checking out their new home
May 2011 – The first coop is up at the farm – and our first flock of “girls” are checking out their new home
Spring 2011 - The very first garden
Late Spring 2011 – The very first garden.  We piled up rows of soil and created our first raised rows.
Early summer 2011 - the farms first pergola  is built in the driveway  and then hauled  to the farm.
Early summer 2011 – the farms first pergola is built in the driveway and then hauled to the farm.
Early Fall 2011 - The pergola up at the farm, and the first of the landscaping plants are installed
Early Fall 2011 – The pergola up at the farm, and the first of the landscaping plants are installed
The land cleared off for the barn
August 2011 – The dirt is scraped off and marked for the barn.
pole beams 1
August 2011 – Setting poles for the new “old” barn. The coop looks so lonely behind a mass of dirt
2nd week of August 2011. Taking a break from our pole setting - we tear down Dad's barn with the help of Family and Friends.  It should be noted this went much smoother and easier on the muscles with the added help of extra hands taking it apart!
2nd week of August 2011. Taking a break from our pole setting – we tear down Dad’s barn with the help of family and friends
Working as we had materials from the old barns - the walls begin to take shape
Working as we had materials from the old barns – the walls begin to take shape of the OWG barn
Early December 2011 - With a lot of work - the roof framing was finally complete!
Early December 2011 – With a lot of work – the roof framing was finally complete!

2012 – The Barn is Completed and The Garden Expands…

January 2012 - The roof is installed. We were so lucky to have a mild winter that year - it was the only way the barn was finished!
January 2012 – The roof is installed. We were so lucky to have a mild winter that year – it was the only way the barn was finished!
Spring 2011 - cutting in the driveway
Spring 2011 – The driveway slowly starts to take shape.
May 2012 - We add our compost bins made from pallets, a second set of growing rows to the garden and the front fence is installed.
May 2012 – We add our compost bins made from pallets, a second set of growing rows to the garden and the front fence is installed.
Spring 2012 - The barn pergola project begins
Spring 2012 – The barn pergola project begins
Summer 2012 - using reclaimed brick to build the barn pergola patio
Summer 2012 – using reclaimed brick to build the barn pergola patio
Summer 2012 - Installing the drain tile and back barn landscaping
Summer 2012 – Installing the drain tile and back barn landscaping
Back Barn Area - June 21st.
Back Barn Area – June 21st.
The grapes arrive for planting - the small vineyard is started!
2012 – The grapes arrive for planting – the small vineyard is started!
Late summer - 2012 In anticipation of our first barn party - we built the barn table from left over barn wood
Late summer – 2012 In anticipation of our first barn party – we built the barn table from left over barn wood
The outdoor kitchen is added with reclaimed barn lumber and roofing as the frame
The outdoor kitchen is added with reclaimed barn lumber and roofing as the frame
August 2012 - Our first Barn Party is held at the farm with family and friends
August 2012 – Our first Barn Party is held at the farm with family and friends
A single days harvest from the 2012 garden
A single days harvest from the 2012 garden
Why we garden!  Home made pasta sauce from the 2012 garden
Home made pasta sauce from the 2012 garden

2013 – Adding Honeybees and a New Coop…

January 2013 - Winter snow blankets the farm
January 2013 – Winter snow blankets the farm
Spring 2013 - The honey bees arrived at the farm at the end of April -
Spring 2013 – The honey bees arrived at the farm and we add raising our own bees to the mix
The new coop is built to expand our chicken flock and provide top security from mink, coyote and raccoon
The new coop is built to expand our chicken flock and provide top security from mink, coyote and raccoon
The vineyard posts are added for the growing vines
The vineyard posts are added for the growing vines
May 2013- The completed coop
May 2013- The completed coop
June 2013 - our first garden tour is given to the
June 2013 – our first garden tour is given to the Union County Master Gardeners
2013 - The farm gets it old'tractor
2013 – The farm gets an old Ford Tractor
Kristyn Hartman from WBNS 10TV visits the farm for a story
Kristyn Hartman from WBNS 10TV visits the farm for a story
The 1st grade class of St Brendans visited the farm this past week to learn all about chickens, honeybees and gardening
Our first class visit to the farm – A group of 1st graders came to learn all about chickens, honeybees and gardening

2014..The Dream Continues….

April 2014 - Raising our heirloom tomatoes, peppers and more from seed.
April 2014 – Raising our heirloom tomatoes, peppers and more from seed.
2014 - we add our driveway sings
2014 – We add our driveway flower posts and signs
Tomatoes ripening on our back porch
Our Heirloom tomato growing expands…
The fire-pit project begins
The fire-pit project begins
The finished project
The finished project
The Farm , Fall 2014
The Farm , Fall 2014

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