Lazy A Farm is a family-owned farm in Harmony, R.I. The 26-acre property is run by Andy and Dawn Dunn and their children, Seth, Allie and Koehl. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News photos)
Chickens: The Gateway Drug to Farming
It started with a few chickens that Andy and Dawn Dunn got from a friend when they were married. Soon, the couple and their family were raising goats, pigs, sheep, turkeys, ducks and geese. 'We didn't start knowing how to do all of this; we just jumped in,' Dawn says.
Allie, who is in eighth grade, and her siblings get up at 5:30 a.m. to do their farm chores before heading to school.
Dawn picks greens on a November day. Lazy A Farm received a grant to build a large greenhouse, which has allowed the the farm to extend its growing season into late fall.
Preserving the Harvest
Dawn picks kale to make pesto, some of which is frozen so the family can enjoy a burst of green even in the winter. The Dunns try to eat seasonally, preserving what they can from summer and fall harvests.
Greens that are Also Greeen
All vegetables at Lazy A Farm are grown without pesticides or herbicides.
If a Tree Falls in the Woods
Nothing goes to waste at Lazy A Farm. Andy saws fallen trees and branches for firewood. He leaves some logs and stumps behind as habitat for grouse and other wildlife on the property.
Allie does some of the heavy lifting. Healthy living and fitness are at the center of the family's life, and the Dunns are all athletic, with the kids competing in triathlons. Dawn commutes by bike 14 miles to her job in Providence.
This Old Truck
Andy's 1953 Ford tractor is still in working order.
Andy takes a break next to the wood pile.
A spare freezer is devoted just to meat. Lazy A Farm works with a meat packing plant in Westerly, R.I., to process its animals. All the protein they eat is raised on the farm.
A Dog's Life
The Dunn's lab Cayenne smiles for the camera.
Lance, Cayenne's cohort, races around the wood pile.
Obeying the Signs
Every morning, Andy takes Cayenne and Lance for a walk in the woods.
No Clucking Around
Lazy A Farm keeps 50 laying chickens, which supply eggs for the family with enough left over to sell. The kids deliver the eggs by bike to neighbors and keep the proceeds from the sales.
Koehl collects eggs.
Honk If You Like Geese
This season, Lazy A Farm had six geese, 50 meat chickens, 50 laying hens, 15 turkeys, eight goats, three sheep, 18 ducks and three pigs.
A doeling peers out from the pen.
Hay, It's What's for Dinner
Feeding time in the goat pen.
Andy milks the goats twice a day. The family uses the milk to make cheese and soap.
A Way with Curds
Dawn uses fresh goat's milk to make cheese. At one point, the farm kept so many goats that she was up until 1 a.m. making cheese with all the gallons of milk. They've since scaled back their herd.
Turning Milk into Cheese
The milk comes to temperature during the cheesemaking process.
Allie and Dawn clean the greens harvested that afternoon.
What the Sticker Says is True
Almost all the food the Dunns eat is produced on their farm.
A Path in the Woods
The family manages the woodland trails that cut through the forested portion of the property.