Toddling Twins Family Farm – Home of the Happiest Hens in Osage County …at least that is what our hens tells us!!
We, here at Toddling Twins Family Farm, are dedicated to feeding our neighbors high quality foods fresh from the farm. Currently we sell eggs and honey. No meat birds this year due to the statewide ban on chicken sales. Eggs are allowed, just not the birds. We are planning our first expansion for later this year.
What started as a desire to serve others has now become our life’s passion.
My husband, Tim, and I (Abigail) are the owners and operators of our farm. We are both first generation farmers, even though there have been farmers in our families in past generations we did not grow up in farming families. Tim is a 100% service- disabled veteran and I left the world of healthcare as an advanced practice provider so that we could serve our neighbors in a different way. Tim served our great nation while serving in the Air Force and now he serves his nation by feeding it. He is a member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, and we are proud to soon begin displaying Homegrown by Heroes on our products.
Our farm is dedicated to our 2 1/2 year old twins – hence the name Toddling Twins Family Farm. We are dedicated to sustainable methods for our farm. We work closely with Oklahoma State University Agriculture Extension for education, training, soil testing and other aspects of farm management. Our farm is registered with the USDA and is officially listed as an operating farm in Osage county, Oklahoma. We are dedicated to sustainable farming methods and using as few inputs (herbicides, pesticides, over-tilling…) as possible. We are currently working with the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) to plan our expansion. We are looking at different ways to control rain water runoff, prevent soil erosion and irrigation of crops all while impacting the land in the most beneficial and sustainable manner.
Who can say “Girl Power!?” Interestingly enough, our farm is a female dominant farm. Me, the lead farmer and my girls…Hens and Bees. I refer to my hens and bees as my girls. We currently have 25 laying hens and expect our chicks from this year to begin laying in the next month! Bringing us up to 50 laying hens. Anyone want some eggs?? We would have more chicks, but there is currently a statewide ban on buying/selling chickens in Oklahoma due to a very contagious avian flu. Last year we had birds for meat sale, but due to the ban on chicken sales we currently do not have chickens we are raising for meat. And, we have one rooster, because, why not? Our hens have a very nice coop with solar power for keeping them warm in winter and cool in the summer, but, believe it or not you will almost always find them outdoors in their pasture, regardless of the weather. They love to take mud/dirt baths and peck at the bugs in the grass. We have hens of various breeds and our eggs are just about every possible egg color. It is such a joy to open one of our egg cartons and see the wide assortment of colors.
Our bees our busy ladies. Our queens are constantly laying eggs to keep the colonies growing and the worker bees … well, they work … gathering pollen for the larva and gathering nectar to make honey. The drones (male bees) hang around for the summer and when fall/winter comes around they are thrown out of the hives and the hives become 100% female for the winter. To say that we have a bunch of hard-working women on this farm is an understatement.
We welcome visitors to our farm. At this time, we do ask for persons to call ahead and make an appointment, simply because we may not be there or I might be in my bee suit working with the bees and that just is not a good time for visitors. We also have a biosecurity protocol we follow and that is to keep our visitors and our livestock safe.
Currently, we sell our eggs and honey “on farm” and at the Farm Hippie indoor Farmers Market in Collinsville, OK. We also sell some skin care products at the Farm Hippie. If you can’t find our shelf, just ask the staff, they will point it out for you.
One of our expansion plans is to have an “On Farm Store” where our neighbors and customers can come and purchase eggs, honey and our line of personal care products. We are also getting ready to break ground for a “We Grow It – U Pick It” strawberry, blackberry, blueberry and elderberry patch. We can’t wait to break ground and expand our line of crops and the ways we can feed our neighbors.
Thank you for supporting small agriculture business and eating local.
IT ISN’T LOCAL IF YOU CAN’T VISIT THE FARM, MEET THE FARMER AND SEE WHERE YOUR FOOD IS COMING FROM!