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We came up with the name, "Stoney Creek Heritage Farm", because of the creek that literally runs through our front yard. Although it has a different name on maps, we thought that Stoney Creek was more appropriate. Heritage comes from our desire to live a more simple lifestyle, "like they did in the good old days". Most of the critters that live out here have their beginnings from the start of the 20th century or earlier. And finally, in Oklahoma, the county appraiser says, "if you have livestock, at least 10 acres, and a tractor, it's a farm." Who am I to argue with the tax-man? So there is how the name "Stoney Creek Heritage Farm" came to be, established and trademarked 2009.
The creek that runs through our place is a rock bottom, clear, slow running stream fed by several natural springs as well as ground water sheds. It supports a very diverse ecosystem. Aquatic life includes, crayfish, mussels, snails, several minnow species and in the deeper pools we have even seen small perch and bullhead catfish from pond over-flows up stream. Mammals that use the creek include deer, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, armadillo, and the occasional beaver, just to name a few. Amphibians and reptiles are numerous, as well as the birds that call this place home.
As an outdoorsman and student of environmental sciences, ecology, biology and wildlife management, this is a paradise! Then when coupled with seeing our young son explore and discover nature, it's priceless.
For fun with your kids, go on a hike in the nearest wilderness park and see how many animals they can identify. Make a game of it and also have them classify each as a mammal, bird, amphibian, fish, crustacean, or bird. Take a sample cup with you and collect some water. Prepare a slide and put it under microscope to see what other animals they can find!
My wife and I have always enjoyed the outdoors, nature, and animals. We had the opportunity to buy a
small acreage in rural Oklahoma, so my wife sold her home in Missouri and Stoney Creek Heritage Farm
was established in 2009.
We are homesteaders and doing our best to become self-sustaining. With the rising cost of propane, we
have been heating our home 100% with wood heat the last few years, our water comes from a well, and
although we do not produce our own electricity, it is in the future plans. We are doing our best to leave a
small ecological/carbon footprint on our little piece of the world.
Although we haven’t been able to abandon the grocery store completely, due to raising prices, produce,
and big ag practices, and labeling laws (or the lack of), we try to raise most of our food items. Growing
gardens, canning and preserving the harvest leaves our pantry fairly full, eggs are always for breakfast,
and we raise (or hunt) and process all of our own meat products.
Our poultry are not in factory cages, but allowed to access to large open air runs and, in some cases,
allowed to free range. The animals we have as breeders are on open pasture forage with supplemental prairie hay in the lean months. The ones that are raised for consumption are treated very humanely during their lives. Any slaughtering is quick and humane.
The feed we use is manufactured by Big V Feeds, right here in Oklahoma . We buy a variety of feed and blend
them to what we feel gives the best nutritional diet for multi-species flocks. Our farm is certified in the
NPIP and Avian Influenza (AI) free program administered by the Oklahoma Dept of Agriculture, tested annually for NPIP and semi-annually for AI.
Barter, trade, and agorism are awesome, but the feed store, gas stations, mortgage company, and IRS
have yet to accept payment by form of chicken, eggs or a goat, so we do sell live poultry, rabbits and
goats off the farm. Never be afraid to ask if we are willing to barter though, you might just be surprised!