The farmingfriends website was set up at the end of 2006 and started as a diary of daily life on the farm but has grown into an online magazine and forum community packed with information, resources and products relating to farming, keeping livestock, food and nature. If you are a farmer, smallholder, animal enthusiast, parent, child or anyone interested in animals and the farming lifestyle, then the Farming Friends website and forum is for you.

My name is Sara and I live on a farm in the North of England.

It is a working farm with 250 acres of arable and grassland. The farmers grow arable crops and keep a herd of 90 mixed breed beef cattle. In the last five years, poultry have been reintroduced to the farm, initially, inorder to supply the family with their own eggs. This interest in poultry quickly developed further and guinea fowl were introduced to the farm and are now successfully reared for their eggs, along with quail and khaki campbell ducks. In mid 2007, Saddleback pigs were re-introduced to the farm and the two Saddlebacks sows have now produced three litters of piglets which have been sold for breeding and fattening. Other animals found on the farm include the five farm cats and the pet guinea pig.

So welcome to Farming Friends where you can jump aboard the blogging tractor and plough your way through this farmblog to harvest information about farming and meet the animals in the farm blog yard to make new farming friends.

Take a virtual tour of the farm here.

I hope you enjoyed your tour of the farm – come and visit again soon.

Here are the comments that were left on this page before the major loss of website data occurred in early January 09.

1. hi I was wondering after reading your very educational website about the ‘fold yard’. Where does the name come from. I have asked but sadly to no avail. Please help love jan
Comment by jan — February 20, 2007 @ 5:25 pm
2. Hi Jan,
This is a great question. The term fold yard means an enclosure for sheep or cattle. The word folding means penning animals on a small area of land. Thus when animals where housed in the farmyard, this area became known as the fold yard.
Hope this helps.
Sara @ Farming Friends.
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — February 21, 2007 @ 2:53 pm
3. Fabulous blog!
I am definitely bookmarking you so I can take a better look around.
Thanks for visiting me.
Comment by tbirdonawire — April 6, 2007 @ 11:54 am
4. Hi T.Bird,
Thanks very much for your comments. I hope you enjoy my blog and visit again soon.
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — April 6, 2007 @ 12:09 pm
5. Hi Sara,
Great site. Pity I didn’t find it before we sold our little small holding in Dumfriesshire. It would have come in very useful.
Comment by Rosie — April 12, 2007 @ 7:45 pm
6. Hi Rosie,
Thanks for the comment – I’m glad you like my site. Did you have any animals on your small holding?
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — April 13, 2007 @ 8:30 am
7. hello from jayne with the cream leg bar chicks and the yoghurt! as far as I know all fowl can eat it I mix the yoghurt up with their chick crumbs or layers mash till it binds. sometimes I adda bit of chopped up spring onion or gratered apple (but it has to be very small so it doesnt get stuck in their crop) I also found that mashed up hard boiled egg mixed with chick crumbs encouraged the chicks to eat in the early stages of life I think they smell a familar smell of egg and are drawn to the food which they then eat egg or not! Love your website by the way and if you do know anyone who wants two cream legbar cocks please let me know jayne xx
Comment by jayne — May 3, 2007 @ 7:25 am
8. Hi Jayne,
Thanks for getting back to me about the yogurt and providing me with lots of useful feeding tips. When (and if!) my guinea fowl keets hatch out I will try your suggestions. I will let you know about the legbars if I hear of anyone.
I am glad you like my site. Thanks again for the comments.
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — May 3, 2007 @ 7:36 am
9. I LOVE YOUR SITE! When I come to the UK someday, I’ll let you know!
Comment by BoggyWoggy — May 8, 2007 @ 10:16 pm
10. Hi BoggyWoggy,
I am so pleased you like my site. Let us know when you plan to visit and a tour of the Farming Friend’s farm can be arranged!
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — May 8, 2007 @ 10:31 pm
11. Hi Sara ur guinea fowl look lovely as do the leghorns . The pic of the leg horn on the branch is great. Its amazing how chickens fly just enough to get where they are not supposed to be! My little ex battery is like a barrel but the hanging baskets are a thing of the past. As are her flight feathers now! As for fleas I use Diatom earth called Agils mitex I get it from ebay from a lady called foxyfieldfowl. Its for red mite an basically everything else. Lice parasites some people put in the feed 2, my mate uses it on her goats.
Comment by jayne — May 9, 2007 @ 6:52 am
12. Hi Jayne,
Thanks for the useful information. I will check out ebay. I’m glad your ex-battery hen is doing fine and that you have enjoyed looking at the pictures of my hens.
Thanks again.
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — May 9, 2007 @ 7:49 am
13. Great site. Please can we have some more words in the glossary for sheep. ‘gimmers’ ‘wethers’ ’shearlings’, ‘fat lambs’ etc. and farmers’ (as opposed to vet’s) names for diseases, eg. ‘cripple’.
Comment by Ali — May 22, 2007 @ 10:19 pm
14. Hi Ali,
Thank you for the compliment. I am glad you like my site. The glossary still needs some work and I will certainly develop the sheep section. Thanks for dropping by and giving me new ideas.
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — May 23, 2007 @ 5:39 am
15. Hello Sara. when I first went in to the Video of the cow calving, i seemed to stumble on a video of Elephants fighting in the water I have not been able to find the site since, could you direct me to it so that I can show it to my oldest great Grandson
Wow! what a great web-site
Morning to you
Comment by John Stott — June 20, 2007 @ 8:28 am
16. Hi John,
Thank you for the compliment. I have found you the video clip and emailed you the link. Enjoy watching!
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — June 20, 2007 @ 12:33 pm
17. What a wonderful blog/web site~your farm sounds just like ours. You have a wealth of information, and I look forward to finding my way around!
Comment by Andi of Longmeadow Farm — June 23, 2007 @ 11:25 pm
18. Hi Andi,
I am so pleased that you have visited and like my site. i enjoyed visiting yours too.
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — June 24, 2007 @ 7:03 am
19. Hi Sara
I enjoyed the slide show – great photos. I wondered if the word ‘Ings’ means anything?
Comment by TopVeg — July 6, 2007 @ 4:09 pm
20. Hi TopVeg,
I am so glad that you liked the slide show. The word Ings means low lying land that is close to or below sea level. It is also the name given to the area on the banks of a river.
Thanks for asking this question.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — July 6, 2007 @ 8:50 pm
21. Congratulations Sara
I see you have been nominated by the Great Big Veg Challenge for a “Bloggers for Positive Global Change” award.
Well deserved!
Comment by Mike — July 16, 2007 @ 1:24 pm
22. Hi Mike,
Thanks very much. What a surprise and an honour. it’s nice to know that people think that I can help to make a difference.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — July 16, 2007 @ 5:03 pm
23. Hi Sara, I know you’ve visited my blog, Bean-Sprouts and left comments often before. I wondered if you’d be interested in a link exchange? I’ve added you to my “Self Sufficiency” links section (perhaps that’s not quite right but it seemed better than just “gardening” or anything else). If you’d like to link back that would be lovely, but of course it’s up to you.
Comment by Mel Rimmer — July 22, 2007 @ 7:27 pm
24. Hi Mel,
I’m glad that you have visited and it would be great to link to you. Thank you so much for the link.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — July 22, 2007 @ 7:44 pm
25. Looks to me that you may have watched too many episodes of the GoodLife 😉
It will be good catching up next month, I know Charlotte is certainly looking forward to meeting some animals, as she hasn’t seen any with us being city folk and like.
The Browns
Comment by Derek — July 26, 2007 @ 1:43 am
26. Hi Derek,
Yes I aspire to be Barbara from The GoodLife, although Steve reckons I’m more like Margot!!
Looking forward to seeing you all in August. Charlotte will get to see some cows, pigs, a hen called Hatty, a guinea pig, guinea fowl, guinea fowl keets and cats. Not bad going for a city girl.
Best Wishes
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — July 26, 2007 @ 5:54 am
27. I enjoyed looking through your pictures, it reminded when i was young and living in sussex, i now live in devon so it could be worse.
Comment by gordon — August 8, 2007 @ 1:29 pm
28. Hi Gordon,
Thanks for taking the time to comment. I am so pleased that you like the pictures and it reminds you of days gone by. Did you live on a farm or smallholding?
Hope you visit again soon.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — August 9, 2007 @ 8:13 am
29. Hi Sara,I was looking this morning through all your animal photos.The chickens, pigs,cattle, and cats, plus the pheasents too.Glad you liked the Secret Garden post and image.The painting fits the prose I think.I will add you to my Fav list because you have an enormous website with a lot of content.
If I ever get a small holding i can get your advice on the animal care.Do you have a diary page somewhere?Im glad you seem to be successfull on your farm.I am originally from Gloucestershire which is still quite rural in parts.I am in Yorkshire now (Wakefield) but studying an RHS advanced certificate.Back home there were agricultural colleges but not here 🙁
Thanks for dropping by.I guess you must have a log of who visited your website 🙂
Comment by David (snappy) — August 20, 2007 @ 8:25 am
30. Hi David,
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave this comment. Thank you for adding me to your fav list. I hope I can be of help.
Our farm is in Yorkshire near York.
I bet your course is very interesting.
I have a diary extracts category which I post about daily life.
Thanks again for visiting.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — August 20, 2007 @ 10:31 am
31. I love your site, and the slideshow is great – I’m about to look into slide.com, as the results are so much nicer than Photobucket!
Comment by Dragonstar — November 10, 2007 @ 9:37 am
32. Hi Dragonstar, Thank you so much for the compliment. I enjoy creating the slideshows and think they look effective. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — November 10, 2007 @ 9:46 am
33. hi, kina new at this so bear with me!i need some help! i’ve got 2 oldish free-range hens in our garden but they’ve pretty much gone out of lay so we don’t have any eggs. we want to get some new girls and i’d love to retire some ex-batteries but we’re not sure how to get the hens to settle in. we’ve got a big hen-house (fitts about 6 hens) and loads of land but the current girls, Penny and Matilda, are rather big headed and are likly to fight with any new’ns.we’d also like to have some fresh free-range (for want of a better phrase) girls so we can get some good eggs. would it be wise to get 2 free-range girls and 2 x-batteries at the same time? answere if u can ta lol, jenn(+Matt and Penn) 😉
Comment by Jenn — March 10, 2008 @ 2:50 pm
34. Nice blog site on farm. I appreciate what you are doing.
I work part time at an organic farm in Alabama, USA.
It is good to learn from others “in the field”
My site is not the farm site, it is still in the working stages. We are too busy outside to get it together inside right now.
Comment by donna — March 23, 2008 @ 2:03 am
35. Hi Sarah! Haven’t come across you in awhile~ but wanted to check in. I hope the farm is well.
Comment by Andi of Longmeadow Farm — September 7, 2008 @ 9:35 pm
36. Hi! i love your website! me and my mother are planning to purchase chickens next spring! her idea is to build a henhouse out ogf our old shed, and build a run around it. Any thoughts???
Comment by emily — October 8, 2008 @ 5:01 am
37. Hi Emily,
Sorry it’s taken a while to get back to you. Life is very busy on the farm. I think that building a henhouse out of your old shed is a great idea, especially with a run around it.
A good book that may give you some ideas is Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock
Have you thought about what hens you will have?
Keep me posted and thanks for visiting farmingfriends.I’m glad that you like my website. I have recently set up a free forum with a section on hens and chickens that may be of interest. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=7
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — October 30, 2008 @ 6:33 pm
38. Hi
I have eight guineas that I hatched under a Maran hen this year in May/June.
I am unable to keep them anymore and was wondering if you knew anywhere that would take them.
I really would like to avoid them going for somebodys dinner!
Grateful for any suggestions. I think they are two males and six females but am not 100% sure.
I am in North Yorkshire.
Comment by Julia Sinclair — November 25, 2008 @ 8:06 pm
39. Hi Julia,
Thanks for leaving your comment on farmingfriends. Where abouts in North Yorkshire are you and how much are you selling the guinea fowl for? What colour are the guinea fowl?
Let me know and I will see if anyone is interested on my website. If you are not too far away from me then I may be interested.
I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — November 26, 2008 @ 8:17 am

Farming Friends is always pleased to hear from you.