GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM
I realize that a lot of the activity information found in this letter will be over before you recive this but thought that maybe you would be interested in seeing what is happening down on the farm. Dick
Hello from at least a damper Garfield Farm! We are still 3 - 4 inches behind in rain which is not good but at least we have been getting some. So the weather is bouncing around from cool to warm, overcast to sunny and we just keep plugging away.
First - we need help for preparing for the Rare Breeds Show - tomorrow (Sat) and the rest of the week we will be cleaning out barns and stalls, setting up pens, doing groundswork, etc. Come Sunday the 22 we need our corps of volunteers to help give tours of the inn, man animal displays, help with parking, reception, etc. and just some friendly faces to circulate meet and greet.
Second- for your info - Preserve Campton (they have a website) is holding a fundraiser at the Silverado Restaurant on Rt.64 west of Wasco, IL on Monday night May 16, $10 a person barbeque. They asked if I would share this information about the fundraiser.
Here is the release on some of the Rare Breeds that are coming and more are signing up. Let me know if you are looking for any particular types. It looks like it will be another great show! And after all where are you going to go to get your goat's milk soap or Shetland sheep wool for spinning?
So as the sun slowly sets behind the green hills of Campton, that's all from Down at the Farm - thanking you now for your friendship - Jerry Johnson
RARE BREEDS LIVESTOCK & POULTRY SHOW MAY 22
The 19th Annual Rare Breeds Livestock Show and Sale will be held on May 22 from 11 am 4 pm at Garfield Farm Museum just west of Geneva, IL.
This year's show is dedicated in memory of Ken Hoffman, breeder of Dutch Belt dairy cattle. Hoffman single handedly helped save this breed from disappearing, inspiring others to discover the value of its genetics. A lifelong farmer in Earlville, IL, the community of rare breeders will sorely miss his
dedication and enthusiasm.
The once great diversity of livestock and poultry that protected civilizations from the vagaries of time and change continues to decline in number throughout the world. At a time when science has discovered how genetics work, there is a concurrent great extinction of genetic varieties that took
hundreds of years of breeding to produce.
Names like Salmon Faverolle, Friesian, Royal Palm, Cheviot, or Berkshire all evoke images of the exotic and foreign for many people today. However for a once agrarian public, these livestock names all meant special traits and characteristics necessary meet different conditions of environment,
disease, yield, economics, nutrition, politics, and cultural practices.
From plowing the fields to defending the realm, the Friesian horse could handle heavy work or heavy knights in armor. This black charger of old was developed in Friesland, Netherlands but with mechanization, by World War I, nearly became extinct. First brought to North America in the
17th century, crossbreeding lead to its disappearance. Not until 1974, was the Friesen reintroduced to America. Lojan LaRowe and Clark Barshinger of Fryslan Farm in Lake Zurich, IL plan to exhibit a mare and foal. The foal, Strider, will be available for sale.
The Salmon Faverolle will not be found in water. This is a chicken that originated in France, and is a duel purpose chicken being both a good layer and a large size bird. Their characteristics include beard, a muff, 5 toes and feathered shanks. The Faverolles were used as a utility breed known for their excellent table qualities and superior egg laying during winter months. The French have a dish for which the Faverolle was used exclusively. It is called "Petite Poussin" or "Small Breast." Chris Nass will also have a collection of Royal Palm, Bourbon Red, Blue Slate and Black Spanish
turkeys all descendants of the wild turkey first domesticated by Central American natives over 2000 years ago. The Nass family raises Shetland sheep and will bring a young ram lamb.
Although many of the show's animals are very rare, others have healthier population numbers but it would not take much for them to become scarcer.
Marvin Thill's Forest Clun sheep from Stockton, IL fall into this category. As disconnected as most of the public is from animal husbandry, it would not occur to most people that mothering abilities are a critical trait in a breed. One can have a very high yielding breed but if the breed does not
easily give birth to vigorous young and readily care for its off spring, high yield may not be an advantage. Clun Forest sheep are valued for long living ewes that continue to lamb and are attentive mothers. Furthermore, these traits pass on well when the rams are used for cross breeding.
Bob McCann's boys from Woodstock, IL, Lewis and Clark, a team of Milking Shorthorn oxen can be contrasted to the museum's Milking Devon ox team of Duke and Doc. They all will be put through their paces as these cattle were trained to pull and haul in response to voice commands of "gee, haw, back, come up and whoa". Ideal animals for small farm operations, logging, and Third World farming, oxen are easier to maintain than horses which require more than just pasture or hay. Oxen are particularly popular in New England for 4-H projects and obstacle course competition.
Robert D.Smith of Nebo, IL plans to bring his Herefords but these aren't the familiar brown and white faced cattle. These are a breed of hog with the same coloration. He also plans to bring Tennessee Fainting goats, a breed that has a genetic condition that when startled, they become motionless
because of muscle tetany.
No show would be complete without Huey, a stunning white Shire, the largest breed of horses. This gentle giant is owned by Jane Hoffman of Naperville, IL whose friend, Caroline Lewis, plans to bring a more pocket sized creature the rare Dutch cavies guinea pigs. This is a more reasonable
alternative for the pleas of any youngsters to bring an animal home from the show that might better fit a city setting.
Tony Ends of Scotch Hill Farm in Brodhead, WI is willing to lecture on Farm Apprenticeships in Sustainable Agriculture and will also offer goat milk soap for sale from the farm's flock of Oberhasli goats. Tony is involved with CRAFT, the Collaborative Regional Alliance for FarmerTraining.
One of the oldest breeds of sheep, the Tunis, will be presented by L.V.Cutworth of Homer Glen, IL. The Tunis descended from the ancient fat tailed sheep mentioned in the Bible. It originated in Tunisia and was brought to the US around 1800. Thomas Jefferson was a promoter of the breed.
The breed produces a good deal of milk which can be used in the making of specialty cheeses. Cutworth will also bring guinea fowl and Salmon Faverolles.
Although not rare and not a breed but a cross between two different animals, the working mule has been a major contributor in America's history. A cross between a horse and an ass or donkey, the mule is a strong, dependable animal that also has enough sense to not over work or take extreme
risks.Bruce Simms of Wheaton drives his mules for parties, parades and special events and plans to have at least three on exhibit. Although not rare, the tradition of working mules has declined with mechanization but enthusiasts drive, ride, garden and even small scale farm with these steadfast
These and other breeds will bring the total of over 40 types of animals. This is the only show in Illinois that features rare livestock and poultry. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the breeds, introduce young people to a wide range of domestic animals, and spend a day in the
Inglenook Pantry will offer food and refreshments. Tours of the 1846 tavern will be given and Loren Marcel will shear the museum's sheep.
There is a $6 donation for adults and $2 for children under 13 years of age that will benefit Garfield Farm Museum and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The ALBC is a national organization that provides a network for rare breed owners and provides technical assistance.
Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. For information call 630 584-8485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This 370 acre former 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn is being restored as an 1840s working farm museum by donors and volunteers of 2700 households from over 37 states.
Contact Jerome Johnson (630) 584-8485 pager (630) 538-8485
YOU CAN VISIT ON LINE THE GARFIELD FARM AND INN MUSEUM AT: www.GarfieldFarm.org
GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD)
NEW CHILD-FRIENDLY TOURS
Saturdays @ noon
Bring your young ones for a child-friendly tour of the Garfield Home with Hancock, our resident groundhog. Hancock will lead families through the home, with special attention on finding items in each room. No reservations necessary! Tours gauged for children ages 4-10.
Sunday, May 29
Attend a special version of our Behind the Scenes tour as we tour the property of Lawnfield. Visit outbuildings, examine historic photos, and get a feel for what life was like on James Garfield's farm. $15/person.. Call the Site for reservations and tour times. *This tour does not cover rooms seen on the regular house tour. Guests are encouraged to tour the house at another time for a more involved history and look at the house.
Monday, May 30
Open 10-5 for tours
Starting May 1 - hours are Monday - Saturday 10-5, Sundays 12-5
YOU CAN VISIT THE GARFIELD HOME (LAWNFIELD) ON LINE AT: WWW.WRHS.ORG/LAWNFIELD
ENGLISH GARFIELDS NEWSLETTER
The will this month is for John Garfield snr, dated 1729. I believe this is the will of the John Garfield who drew up plans for the concave ceiling at Hidcote House, which was owned by Gilbert Coventry, who later become Earl of Coventry.
These were drawn up in 1707.
It is possible that this is the John Garfield mentioned as son in last months will (born c1697, aged 32?)
That John has a brother Henry who could be the kinsman mentioned in this will.
In the name of God Amen. I John Garfield the Elder of Preston on Stower in the County of Glouc, carpenter, being somewhat indisposed but ------ of sound mind and disposing memory and understanding do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following first I commend my soul to the hands of Almighty God my most glorious ---- trusting to be saved thru thee alone and ---- death and passion of Jesus Christ my most blessed redeemer and my body I commit to the earth whereof it was first formed to be decentlie buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named and as to the temporall estate wherewith God Almighty out of his abundant mercy hath bestow upon me I dispose thus as followeth imprimis (latin for first)
I give and bequeath to my grandson John the son of my son John Garfield the sum of one hundred pounds of lawfull money of this Kingdom to be paid to him by my executor hereinafter named within six months next after he shall attain the age of one and twenty years.
Item I give to my kinsman Henry Garfield the sum of seven pounds of like lawfull money to be paid him also by my executor hereinafter named within six months after my death or demise.
All those of my goods chattels bonds bills --------------- for money ---- my personal estate whatsoever or whosoever I give and bequeath my son John Garfield and make constitute and appoint him sole executor of this my last will and testament ----------- void all other wills by me heretofore made in witness whereof I the said John Garfield the Elder have hereunto sett my hand and seal this nineteenth day of March Anno Dno 1728--------------------------- John Garfield
Signed sealed published and dated 22 Oct 1729 by the said: John Garfield the Elder
Probate signed the Testator as and for his last will and testament: Tho. Mansell Snr
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