At Howell Living History Farm, the January 26 Ice Harvest program is a unique living history event that reflects how Americans in 1890-1910 used ice to preserve their food when electric refrigerators were not available.
On Monday, January 7, Howell Farm staff measured one inch of ice on Belle Mountain Pond. However, four inches are necessary to harvest and to allow anyone to walk on the ice. With more freezing temperatures and despite the warm days, Howell Farm manager Gary Houghton is hoping to harvest ice without resorting to buying commercial ice as farmers 100 years ago had done during mild winters.
Also at Howell Farm during the winter months, maintenance projects progress as Jonathan and Don continue work on a new chicken yard fence.
Pictured below, Howell Farm sheep and horses graze together in one of last year's hay fields.