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Adopt an Animal!

Looking for a unique gift?

An Animal Sponsorship package is a great gift for the animal lover in your life!

Sponsoring an animal is a unique way to acknowledge special people on special occasions!  We will mail your sponsorship package directly to the recipient or you can pick it up at the farm.

With any animal sponsorship of $25 or more, you or the person you designate, will receive a personalized sponsorship certificate, an animal fun fact sheet, and the satisfaction of supporting the critters at Cook’s Country Connection!

Adoption Levels and Benefits

$25 $50 $100 $250
Personalized Adoption Certificate
Animal Fact Sheet
4×6 Photo of sponsored animal
Two farm Day Passes
Farm T-shirt
Season Pass and special access to behind the scenes farm happenings

All sponsorship money goes for food, treats and toys for the critters!

*Alpaca & Llamas

*Birds

  • Chickens
  • Turkeys
  • Peacocks
  • Guinea Fowl

*Bunnies

*Cows

*Horse Family

  • Donkeys
  • Ponies

*Goats

*Pigs

*Sheep

*Our More Unusual Friends:

  • Zuko the Yak
  • Gideon the Parrot
  • Screech the Tortoise

Lulu Una

On Feb 26th 2015, we had our second baby to be born on the farm since the 1940’s!

It was a balmy -27 F

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Lulu spent her first few days in a paper towel box in the kitchen wearing a pair of preemi baby jammies.

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It’s important for babies to get their mothers first milk…immediately.  It is also important to not be attacked by the mother while trying to obtain the first milk.  It only took a few attempts for me to realized I needed back up.  Another phone call I am sure my sister never thought she’d get!

Freedom is not a big fan of being milked.  I am not a big fan of milking sheep.  I hope we have no repeat performances of that debacle.

Peafowl

Johann and AnnaHere we go again…..  how did we end up with peafowl?

As usual, it started with a phone call…..”Hey Lois….”   (I swear I clearly said…”no more animals…”)

Johann and Anna moved to the farm September 2015.  A few of our fall guests got a sneak peak at the birds before our season ended.  For those folks, I have to say, the birds look SOOOOO much better!!  And if you haven’t met them yet, you are in for a treat!  Talk about beautiful creatures.  (And they sound funny too!)

For more info on peafowl follow this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peafowl

 

 

 

Welcome to the farm!

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2020……

I think it is safe to say that 2020 has not gone according to plan for any of us.  Rather than our planned May 1st opening we have been delayed until May 22nd with a few adaptations and restrictions.

Even though the  MN “stay at home” order has been lifted, we need your help to keep our little farm and our community safe:  If you are sick, please stay home!  If you have been around someone who is sick, stay home!  If you are afraid of getting sick, please stay home!!

Getting that off my chest, here are some of the changes you will see when you get here:

We are limiting access to the big red barn.  We ask that no more than ten people at a time be in the barn and we have closed the inside play area for the time being.

We are asking people to keep a llamas worth of space between your groups (if I hear “social distancing” one more time, I may barf)

The outdoor playground is open but we ask that you use it at your own risk.  (One report says that sunlight kills the virus, the next report says “no”, so you figure it out lol)

We will be requiring hand washing before seeing the animals AND after visiting the animals, and probably a few times in between!!

I had considered adding the link to the whole CDC website, but frankly, if you haven’t heard all the reports by now, you must have been under a rock since February and its likely that you won’t have gotten this little update either.

All that being said…..see you at the farm!

~Lois

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Here are a few things you will want to know as you plan your visit.

1) As of this moment we are NOT yet consistently accepting credit cards.  However; we do have an ATM!!! (How cool is that?!?!?)

2) NO PETS! – that being said, service animals specifically trained to assist persons with disabilities are totally welcome.

3) NO SMOKING in unauthorized areas – fire scares us…for obvious reasons!

4)  Children are required to have an adult, but adults are NOT required to have children!

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A bit about how all of this happened……

The farm has been in our family for 118 years!  My name is Lois and I am the Great Granddaughter of Albert and Augusta Peterson, the original homesteaders.  My little sister Laura lives next door on a piece of the original property as well.  Together we are nearly unstoppable!

For years, my dream has been to find a way to make a living, sharing the farm, and my goofy animals. But we all know how life works, and somehow I always ended up somewhere else, doing something else.

June 17, 2013, I experienced what insurance people (and the therapist) referred to as “a life-altering catastrophic event.” A fire destroyed life as I knew it.

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It took a some time to get myself pulled together and create a plan.  And plan and plan and plan we did!  We officially opened to the public August 28, 2014.  So here we are baby sister, best friend and one amazing community in tow, “post disaster”, taking on “The Next  Great Adventure”.

Now, if you want to keep up with our daily shenanigans, our Facebook page is the place to go.  If you want the “meat and potatoes” of the place stay here.  If there is something you can’t find in either location, give me a call!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help society reconnect with each other, animals and the land itself.

Vision Statement

Our greater vision is for every person to have something of nature to connect with – be it animal, plant or even the stars.  I want to save our country and our world.  I want every person to do better.  Consume less, discard less, purchase more wisely, grow something.

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I have come to realize that we are always going to be somewhat under construction.   Turns out, I really like to build stuff – I’m not any good at it yet, but I like it! 🙂

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 Now, let’s unplug and GO OUTSIDE!!

Below this magic line are all the blog posts we’ve written, in chronological order. They are also filed above, under the appropriate tab. Thanks!

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More trouble with chickens….

This farming stuff is tricky business.

I like having my chickens free to do as they choose during the day.  They eat bugs and seeds and they look kinda cute bopping around the farm.

The problem with chickens being loose, is that a few of them have it in their heads to lay their eggs outside of their nest boxes.  This makes every other day a bit like Easter.  We have enlisted the help of local kids to stalk the chickens like little ninjas to find the day’s haul.

Once the nest is located it is best to put a “dummy egg” or two in the nest .  Chickens are dumb, but they aren’t that dumb.  If they go to lay a second egg in a nest and find the first egg gone, they will move on and find another spot to lay….this results in more  ninja neighbor kids stalking chickens…  You can see the problem.  For crying out loud, I have a zoo to build….I can’t keep hunting down dang eggs every day.

Most of the summer we have had a chicken with a cozy nest spot in the corner of the old root cellar nestled in my lilies.

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Lately though the dummy eggs were coming up missing…what the heck?  Is there a fox stealing the eggs?  Some other predator?

Sissy and her trail cam to the rescue!  Within minutes we had our perpetrator.

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That fuzzy little butt looks awfully familiar….GUSGUS!!!!!

Remember what happened to the chicken caught eating eggs….

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The trouble with chickens…..

For months now we have had a Rhode Island Red chicken eating eggs.  UNACCEPTABLE!  I have chickens so I can eat the eggs.

I promptly Googled how to stop chickens from eating eggs.  One recommendation was to fill an empty egg with mustard.  I did it and it worked….for a while.

Another was to place a golf ball in the nest box. Tried that, too.

We even tried using the trail cam and critter cam to catch the guilty party.

Nada. Nuthin’. Bupkiss. Goose egg (haha).

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This method will work for longer than “a while”.  Done negotiating with chickens.

Turkeys

How on earth did we end up with turkeys??  I am discovering “that these things just happen.”

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I don’t know anything about turkeys.  I have never had turkeys.  I like turkey on the grill.  I  like roasted turkeys.  I have never in my life met a turkey.

Turns out turkeys are pretty cool.  I really like the noises they make.  Henry makes this  weird sound that is really more vibration than noise.  And “the girls” chatter and coo.

They certainly add to the farm.  And as a matter of fact, we might just try to hatch some baby turkeys.  Why not?

A warm welcome and howdy-do to “Henry and the girls”.

 

 

Ruby and George Kune

Ruby and George are our baby Kunekune pigs.  (Pronounced, ” Cooney Cooney.) Never heard of Kunekunes before?  Neither had we! Their name translates to “fat and round” in the Maori Language, and they make good pets.

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I am not much of a television watcher.  That being said however; I love love love “The Incredible Dr. Pol” on Nat Geo Wild.  On an episode this winter, a woman brought her Kunekune to Dr. Pol.  It was love at first sight! Fuzzy pigs…what’s not to love??

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Pixie

Pixie is the farm show off .  She will was born June 2013 and moved to the farm the spring of 2014.

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Her favorite trick is to go down the slide on her playground for treats.

Pixie is a pygmy goat and her partner in crime, Pepper, is catching on fast.

They are real talkers (especially at feeding time) and they are really fun to play with.