Harvest Hosts is a unique RV membership program. Through this program, members are granted access to 5163+ host locations across North America for overnight accommodations with no camping fees. In exchange for the overnight stay, members typically make a small purchase to support that business. Locations include establishments such as farms, wineries, breweries, museums, restaurants, attractions, and more. Bent Limb Farm is a newer Host but has rave reviews. Continue on to learn all about the farm, the animals, the business today, and its joining of the Harvest Hosts program.
Nestled between rolling hills of Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania, lies Bent Limb Farm. In order to reach this secluded paradise, RVers need to navigate down a few residential roads before reaching the farm’s driveway. Upon arrival, visitors will see a large banner sign and promptly be greeted by three well-behaved dogs on their front lawn. Veering off to the right fork of their driveway will take visitors down to the barn and closer to the animals. Owner Pam always assists Harvest Hosts members with getting parked and situated.
Pam began farming in 2010 and currently raises alpacas, chickens, ducks, rabbits, pigs, and goats on her farm. Some visitors will be lucky enough to visit when there are baby animals, such as goats or piglets. They typically have a few new litters each year. All of the animals at the farm serve a purpose, which Pam describes in full detail:
“Each animal brings several assets to the table. The alpacas provide fiber, manure and keep the fields trimmed. Our fainting goats eat their way through the brush and poison ivy, plus provide great entertainment. There’s nothing like the joy of a newborn goat running and jumping, just because they can.
The pigs follow the goats to clean up roots of the pest plants and till the fields. Pork is available at the farm since we work with a USDA butcher for all of our processing. […] The chickens follow the animals scratching and spreading manure as they search for bugs and larva. […]
Angora rabbits provide the same benefits as the alpaca — fiber and manure but on a smaller scale. In the winter the chickens live in the same area of the barn as the bunnies aerating the bedding as they scratch through it looking for food. This helps keep odors and vermin down in the barn when it is closed for the winter.”
At Bent Limb farm, they not only believe in raising their animals humanely, but also try to reduce as much waste as possible. All of their farm animals are interconnected.
The Business Today
Bent Limb Farm currently produces alpaca fiber products ranging from yarn spun to finished products. They sell hats, scarves, rugs, small alpaca figurines, and more. They shear their alpacas one per year in the spring.
The pigs, goats, ducks, lambs, and chickens on the farm are all raised for their meat. Pam has attended conferences held by Dr. Temple Grandin, a renowned scientist and professor who specializes in designing livestock handling facilities. From the initial transport to the act of slaughtering, Dr. Grandin believes that animal welfare should be the top priority. Pam tries to implement as many of those beliefs as possible on her farm. All of the animals are free-roaming through pastures and are never fed GMOs.
The farm store sells bacon, whole chicken and cuts, eggs, sausages, cuts of lamb and goat, and even finished products like soups. Pam also sells goods produced by other local manufacturers, such as organic soaps and crafts. Harvest Hosts members should allow ample time to explore their store as there is something here for everyone.
Joining Harvest Hosts
Bent Limb Farm joined the Harvest Hosts family back in November of 2020. Since then, she has had several members visit from all over, all of which have had a wonderful time exploring the farm and purchasing products. Pam enjoys teaching visitors about the farm and the animals, and can answer any questions about products or livestock that you may have. Bent Limb farm is pet-friendly and offers two reservable spaces for RVs under forty-four feet in length. The hours listed on their Harvest Hosts page indicate what time the store is open to the public, but Bent Limb Farm is also able to accommodate reservations outside of that window. Pam prefers to be contacted via text for reservations and any additional questions.
While Bent Limb Farm may be new to Harvest Hosts, they are not new to hospitality. Pam enjoys teaching visitors about farming and raising livestock with love. It’s no wonder that the meats they produce are some of the best-tasting. Interested in trying their products but can’t make it to Pennsylvania? They have an online store through their website where shoppers can find almost all of the same products located in-store.
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