Cluckin' "A" Critter Farm, LLC
Cluckin' "A" Critter Farm, LLC
The year 2017 has been a monumental year for the Cluckin' "A" Critter Farm in that we have added new and exciting items to the store AGAIN!!! Vick has really increased the inventory of healing stones and cyrstals, plus an expanded line of Oracle cards. We continue to offer all the authentically made Native American ceremonial items and are expanding our inventory of those items too. We have large and small turtle rattles, drums, whirling drum rattles, deer toe rattles, skin rattles and Cowrie shell rattles. We still offer local jewelry, pottery, jams, soy candles and soaps, along with our beeswax candles made from the wax of our honey bees. We offer our honey, processed free range broiler chickens and maple syrup from a little further north of here. Our store will continue to be open Fridays and Saturdays throughout the spring and summer months.
We will again offer picnic tables with umbrellas for those coming with their family eat their picnic lunch here, see the animals and shop in the store. We will have all of our items available and much more from local artisans too.
We built a new tool shed / work shop onto the front of the barn last year. This past year, in the fall, we completed a building for Vicki to use for meditation and healing work. She has her table in there and air conditioning for the summer months. It has been heated throughout the winter with a cute little gas stove so she could use the building throughout the winter. She finally has a place to hang her pictures, college degrees and nusing license.
Last summer we added two more bays to the existing tractor shed, which was used for storage of the back hoe attachment which sat out in the weather the year before. We also now have a place for the post hole auger to be housed inside. In the fall, we removed the pellet stove from our fireplace and had a gas log system installed. Now we don't have to store the four tons of wood pellets that we used to keep in the tractor shed, so now we can park the car inside for winter.
Our friend Jiri from New Jersey, brought us a bunch of double hung windows last fall which we removed from the frames and installed single six panel windows on hinges in the openings all around the chicken coop in the big barn. We also took a storm door we had for years and installed it where the screen door was that had to be covered every fall with plastic. Now we can choose to open windows throughout winter if we have a nice warm day and immediately close them up when it gets cold again since we don't have windows and doors covered with plastic.
The spinning wheel repairs continues to flourish and expand in orders for parts and rebuilds. Last year we were featured in an edition of Country Folks magazine which told the story of how Vick and I met, got together and started the farm. It ended with the featuring of what we do and the spinning wheel repairs as a wheelwright was high on the list of work we do here on the farm. I'm sure that with this article and the many members of the Schoharie Golden Fleece Guild spreading the word to all their friends who need help or repairs, I know I'll be even busier this year.
We now enjoy making Native American ceremonial drums by request. I have a very serious and restrictive guidline related to making ceremonial drums. I only make them when a request comes from a person wanting to own a special drum. When people make multiple drums to stockpile them as inventory for marketing them without someone awaiting them. I believe that is a disgrace to the spirit of the drum and the animal that provided it's skin to make music for people and for the spirit world. I enjoy making an instrument that has a spirit and just as a caretaker strives to place a child in a loving home, I desire to place a drum in the hands of a person who will care for it and make beautiful music together....