Welcome to Field & Forest Acres

In August 2009, we purchased our thirty-seven-acres of field and forest that had been in a local family for nearly one hundred years used primarily for grazing cattle. The forest contains several varieties of trees such as maple, oak and ash and several small ponds providing a home for many birds and animals. We spent the first two years developing the open land, planting baby Christmas trees and experimenting with the vegetable field. Along the way, we also acquired some mini rex rabbits and a variety of poultry and began breeding our livestock.

In 2012 we finally built our house and settled ourselves on the homestead.

In 2013, we registered our business name and became a Managed Forest. We added goats to the mix and in 2014 we became breeders of registered Nigerian Dwarf goats (very small scale). In 2015, we got married on a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend against a backdrop of fall foliage and surrounded by friends and family and the farm animals! 

Every summer we plant a rather large field of mixed vegetables, some crops doing better than others in different years depending on the weather conditions.

We now have an Alpine goat, a variety of chickens, guinea fowl, Muscovy ducks, mini-rex rabbits, Nigerian Dwarf goats, and our Australian Cattle dogs, Mysti & Willow. When available, we sell eggs, guinea keets, rabbits, goats, hand-made goat milk soap, vegetables in season and firewood. Please visit our 'For Sale' page to see what is currently available.

Thank you for visiting our site.

Karen & John Desjardins

 

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Bunnies, chicks, ducklings, kids; Karen looks after all the baby animals.
A Library Technician by day, working in the school system,
Karen loves reading stories to the students, and they love when she
brings baby animals in to visit for a day. Karen's work in the
education sector, makes her a natural in the Managed Forest business
where she documents the flora and fauna found at Field & Forest Acres.
When she decides to slow down in retirement, Karen plans on writing her
children's stories based on the antics of her farm animals.
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An Automotive Technician by trade, John likes being a farmer on the
weekend, with a whole different set of tools and equipment.
Chainsaw, wood chipper, log splitter, riding mower, tractor and all
the implements. When not working on various projects, John often
enjoys walks with our girl Mysti (and now Willow, too). Though, he
enjoys figuring out solutions to things like "we need another goat
enclosure", John looks forward to the day he can relax after
everything is done.