New Pups at the Farm!

Have you met our new puppies (now nine months old) at Heartland Farm.  They are litter mates (now neutered) from our neighbor’s farm: a mix of Brittany spaniel and Australian Blue Heeler:   Lennie (male) and Lily (female – with the white streak on her nose).

They  look so innocent here – but they really are still puppies: = rascals!


March 28, 2012 at 3:47 am Leave a comment

Another Fiber program: Knitting group from Russell, KS

 Some members of the Thursday Knitting Club from Russell, KS who came for a fiber program to learn about Knooking!

While the group decided they still preferred the traditional method of knitting over the Knook (knitting with a crochet hook) they still enjoyed the rest of their time at the Farm – especially with the alpacas!  Here Goldylocks is trying to get into one of the ladies’ pockets!

Is Goldylocks whispering in Diane’s ear, or is she trying to get the earrings?

The two youngest alpacas, both born in 2011:   Sr. Terry reaching out to Harry Potter, and Diane petting Hermione.

The  ladies of the Thursday Knitting Club with Sr. Terry in the Silo.

Everyone enjoyed the day!

Another of the fiber works at Heartland Farm is Sr. Mary Ellen spinning alpaca fleece.  The Russell group found watching her fascinating.

March 28, 2012 at 3:43 am Leave a comment

FiberSpace Program Series

This is one of he first FiberSpace programs offered:  loom weaving. Here Sr. Jane is helping one of the participants to set up the loom.

Participants watching Sr. Jane instruct on the use of the loom.

Participants working on the looms.

Close to finishing!

Janet and Catherine wearing their newly completed woven scarves!

Kim modeling her woven scarf!

The second FiberSpace program: Sr. Jane is helping Hazel with weaving while Sr. Joan instructs Carolyn on bobbin lace making.

Hazel with the woven runner she made!

Carolyn with the two bobbin lace book-marks she made!

Sr. Terry working with Scott and Penny on crocheting and knitting.

All of these fiber programs have been fun to offer and take during the winter months.


March 28, 2012 at 3:14 am Leave a comment

Winter Labyrinth Walk

Our February program was a Winter Labyrinth Walk.  Sr. Marilyn gave a short program on walking the Labyrinth, and then the participants went out for a prayerful walk into the center of the labyrinth mowed into our pasture, time for reflection in the center, and then the walk out.  Everyone then came back to the Straw Bale Art Studio, for a cup of warm cocoa, and to share ideas and reactions to the program.

Sr. Marilyn is explaining about the labyrinth to the group of interested persons in the first picture.

Walking the path of the labyrinth.

Spending time in the center of the labyrinth.

Sharing in the Straw Bale Art Studio.


March 28, 2012 at 2:51 am Leave a comment

Boy Scouts from St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Wichita, Winter Camp at Heartland Farm

We enjoyed having some of the boy scouts and their leaders visit and camp at Heartland Farm the week-end of Feb. 17-19th.  They made their camp site here, and visited Fort Larned  and the Santa Fe Trail museums during their Winter Camp Out.  Attached are pictures.

"Tent City"


The trailer with all that could possibly be needed!

Early Saturday morning - breakfast time!

Preparing the breakfast


Another view of "Tent City"



Sister Jane explaining the FiberSpace 2 program to them in the Art Studio

Some of the scouts, touring the art studio


Boy Scout Leaders with Sr. Terry during the tour.

February 20, 2012 at 5:07 am 1 comment

Programs at Heartland Farm

In January we had a program entitled FiberSpace, on weaving.  these three women wove their own shawls – and then modeled them for us!

Above, Janet and Catherine from the Wichita area model their woven shawls.

Below, Kim from Great Bend is wearing her woven shawl with joy!

February 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

A New Year! 2012!

As you can see, WordPress added the first insert to my blog since Feb. 2011.  I have very much catching up to do!   I will probably do most of it by pictures.  Hope you enjoy these pictures from Heartland Farm Events during 2011!

Campers in June with alpacas

The first week of June, 2011 was exciting, with 9 boys and girls coming every week day for day camp. they quickly took to the alpacas..and the alpacas to them!


oldy locks enjoying a hug!

She even let one youngster take a nap on her softly-fleeced shoulder!

A fun activity during camp: swimming in the pond, and harvesting the pond grass growing there:  Here is a Grass Monster!

There are also goldfish in the pond – and here one got caught!   But the fish was quickly set free after the photograph!

The grey alpaca with the white face was born in May, 2011, and named “Heri” which, in Swahili means happy.  When the children came for camp and we told them his name was Heri, they quickly said:  “Harry Potter” and that has been his name since then!  The brown alpaca behind him is Dinah, his mother, and behind her, is Trissie, his grandmother!

In September, a female alpaca baby was born.  With Harry Potter being just four months old, it seemed logical to name her Hermione!

     Hand spun alpaca yarn was dyed with jello, in the solar oven,(see jars) and then hung on the line to dry by Sr. Jane and Lila, her friend from Austin.

January 20, 2012 at 12:31 am Leave a comment

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