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Petting Farm Information for Mountain Valley View Farm

Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 11:08 AM
posted by Karen Hood

 

Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc. is Spokane’s premiere petting farm. With over 100 species on our 30 acre family farm, we offer a unique opportunity for families, school groups, day cares, and children of all ages to have fun in a relaxed and friendly environment. Petting zoos are an affordable, family-friendly way to spend a beautiful summer afternoon together. It is not only fun, but can be educational too, as children can learn about the different animals and see how they are cared for and utilized on our farm. We also provide cold drinks, healthy treats, and even picnic lunches for a fully-catered outing that will delight everyone.

Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc. is home to dozens of wonderful animals, including a large variety of birds that include many different breeds of chicken, goose, duck, turkey, as well as more exotic species like emus, guineas, pheasants, and peacocks; adorable fainting and Nubian goats; beautiful Icelandic horses; four types of sheep; yaks; and much more. Our farm is home to some rare and endangered breeds, and there is much to see and learn.

In addition to seeing and petting all our animals, you have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience in what it’s like to live on a farm. Feed the ducks, learn how to milk a dairy goat, collect eggs from our hens, watch our Icelandic sheepdogs herd the yaks—the opportunities are endless, guaranteeing a memorable adventure that is both fun and enriching for the entire family.

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Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.
Your Source for Northwest Farm Fresh Foods Shipped Worldwide

Farm Location:
4301 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, Washington 99016-8732 USA
Phone (509) 928-1800 | Fax (509) 922-9949
Email: sales@mountainvalleyviewfarm.com

Spokane Public Market Location:
24 W. 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99210
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs – Sat

Website: www.mountainvalleyviewfarm.com
Online Store: www.mountainvalleyviewfarmstore.com
Blog with us at www.mountainvalleyviewfarmblog.com

Mountain Valley View Farm Hours:

Monday – Saturday
8:00 a.m. – Noon; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Closed Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Other farm hours by advance appointment only.
Please call (509) 928-1800 to schedule an appointment.

Getaway Studio Dining Room
& Bed and Breakfast
Phone (509) 928-1800

Directions to Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.

From I-90 East or West

Take the Sullivan Exit (291B) – South for about 3 miles
Turn left on Saltese (east), and continue for .5 mile
Turn right on South Chapman Road (south), and proceed .9 mile
The farm will be on the left-hand side of the road – 4301 South Chapman Road

 

 

Petting Farm Now Open At Mountain Valley View Farm

Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 10:05 AM
posted by Karen Hood

Baby goat at Mountain Valley View Farm petting farm

As of May 15th, Spokane Valley has a petting farm just east of Sullivan Road and South from Saltese Road at Mountain Valley View Farm in Greenacres, Washington.

Petting zoos are an affordable, family-friendly way to spend an afternoon together in the fresh air and beauty of the Inland Northwest. It is not only fun, but can be educational too, as children can learn about the different animals and see how they are cared for and utilized on our farm.

Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc. is home to over 100 species of wonderful animals, including a large variety of birds that include more than 60 kinds of chicken and many fancy and exotic breeds, 15 types of goose, 23 breeds of duck, and 14 types of turkey as well as guineas, peacocks, pheasants, quail, and emus; adorable fainting and miniature silky goats, Nigerian pygmy goats, Nubian dairy goats; alpacas and llamas; beautiful Icelandic horses; 5 types of sheep; and much more. Our farm is also home to some rescue animals as well as a number of endangered breeds, and there is much to see and learn. This is a great experience for children ages 2 to 102!

We do ask that you respect the animals by treating them with care–please, no chasing or shouting. If you want to feed the animals, be cautious and pay attention: some of them will mistake your fingers for carrots or other food and may bite or peck. Please remember that we consider all of our animals to be part of the family. They are treated with love and are used to being around people, and will only bite if they feel threatened or think you are feeding them.

Come and see all of Mountain Valley View Farm’s baby animals! It’s Spring, the time of year for sweet, adorable babies that will warm your heart and entertain you with playful antics. See baby chicks from many of our exotic birds, sheep with baby lambs, goats with kids, Icelandic horses and miniature fainting goats with their cuddly babies. Visit our poultry farm and pick up some farm fresh eggs for sale right off the farm! Call Mountain Valley View Farm today for an appointment! 509-928-1800

Admission prices:
Under 2- Free
Kids 2-10 – $6.00
Kids 11-18 – $8.00
Adults – $10.00
Seniors – $8.00

Veterans and Active Military – Free – Thank you for your service!

Bags of feed are available for $1.00 so you can feed the animals!

We also have cold drinks and ice cream treats for sale to enjoy during your visit. You can even order lunch boxes and enjoy them at the picnic tables while you watch the farm animals play. Please notify us 24 hours in advance if you would like a boxed lunch.

To get to the Spokane petting farm from I-90 and Sullivan Road, go south to where 28th Avenue and Sullivan road would be. Turn left (east) on Saltese Road (there is no 28th there) and go two miles to South Chapman Road in Greenacres, Washington. Turn right (south) on Chapman Road and continue ¾ mile to 4301 South Chapman Road on your left. A large white mail box out front and a Mountain Valley View Farm sign marks the entry. Pass under the pole arch and enter the farm. Please call for an appointment before you come, so we know when to expect you.. 509-928-1800. Open 7 days per week 8am to 5pm with advance appointment. Bring the children to enjoy some old fashioned fun right here in Spokane! It is always relaxing to get back to nature and enjoy some memories on a family farm!

Karen Jean Matsko Hood

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Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.
Your Source for Northwest Farm Fresh Foods Shipped Worldwide
4301 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, Washington 99016-8732 USA
Phone (509) 928-1800 | Fax (509) 922-9949
Email: sales@mountainvalleyviewfarm.com

Website: www.mountainvalleyviewfarm.com
Online Store: www.mountainvalleyviewfarmstore.com
Blog with us at www.mountainvalleyviewfarmblog.com

Mountain Valley View Farm Hours:

Monday – Saturday
8:00 a.m. – Noon; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Closed Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Other farm hours by advance appointment only.
Please call (509) 928-1800 to schedule an appointment.

Getaway Studio Dining Room
& Bed and Breakfast
Phone (509) 928-1800

Directions to Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.

From I-90 East or West


Take the Sullivan Exit (291B) in Spokane Valley – South for about 3 miles
Turn left on Saltese (east), and continue straight for .5 mile
Turn right on South Chapman Road (south), and proceed .9 mile
The farm will be on the left-hand side of the road – 4301 South Chapman Road, Greenacres, WA 99016

Mountain Valley View Farm Featured on Prominent Horse Enthusiast Site

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 11:10 AM
posted by Karen Hood

Exciting news! Mountain Valley View Farm is now featured on BestofHorses.com, the best online search engine for horse enthusiasts. It is a real honor to be listed among the other great websites in the Best of Horses directory. You can view our page here.

Mountain Valley View Farm is proud to be a small, family owned and operated farm dedicated to raising beautiful Icelandic horses and growing fresh, organic produce that we sell at local farmers’ markets. We also have a small herd of Nubian dairy goats and Babydoll Southdown sheep that provide us with rich, creamy milk from which we craft a line of delicious artisan cheeses and handmade soaps that nourish and rejuvenate the skin.

Our Getaway Studio features a beautiful Bed & Breakfast where you can relax in a peaceful country setting, as well as the Dining Room that is open year-round for catering, hosting small dinner parties, and cooking classes taught by Karen Jean Matsko Hood, author of the popular Cookbook Delights series.

In our fully-licensed commercial kitchen, we use time-honored family recipes to make small batches of scrumptious artisan baked goods, candies, jams, jellies, fruit butters, and syrups from high quality local and organic ingredients that have a fresh, unbeatable taste. We also craft lovely gift items, including cookie and soup mixes packaged attractively in jars, sachets of lavender and potpourri, and our signature potpourri strings that add a decorative touch to any room.

As you can tell, there is always something new and exciting happening at Mountain Valley View Farm! Of course, we also have a great selection of organic produce and fresh eggs from the free-range chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys that live right here on our farm. We love serving the Spokane area with fresh, local food and handmade products that hearken back to a simpler and more friendly era. You can purchase any of our items directly at the farm, located at

4301 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, WA 99016

Or visit us year-round at the Spokane Public Market, and seasonally at other area farmers’ markets.

Spokane Public Market
32 W. 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99210
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed – Fri

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Petting Farm at Mountain Valley View Farm!

Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 04:06 PM
posted by Karen Hood

Mountain Valley View Farm is pleased to introduce our petting zoo!

Petting zoos are an affordable, family-friendly way to spend a beautiful summer afternoon together. It is not only fun, but can be educational too, as children can learn about the different animals and see how they are cared for and utilized on our farm.

Mountain Valley View Farm is home to dozens of wonderful animals, including a large variety of birds that include 3 kinds of chicken, 11 types of goose, 7 breeds of duck, and 7 types of turkey;  adorable fainting and Nubian goats; beautiful Icelandic horses; three types of sheep; and more. Our farm is home to some exotic and endangered breeds, and there is much to see and learn.

We do ask that you respect the animals by treating them with care–please, no chasing or shouting. If you want to feed the animals, be cautious and pay attention: some of them will mistake your fingers for carrots or other food and may bite or peck. Please remember that we consider all of our animals to be part of the family. They are treated with love and are used to being around people, and will only bite if they feel threatened or think you are feeding them.

Mountain Valley View Farm is a small, family owned and operated farm located in beautiful Spokane Valley. In addition to our petting zoo, we grow a wide variety of delicious, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. We also sell fresh, organic chicken, duck, and goose eggs as well as creamy, nutritious goat milk and cheese. You can call us for more information at about the petting zoo or any of our farm fresh products at 509-928-1800. Our address is:

4301 S. Chapman Rd
Greenacres, WA 99016

Prices

 
Under 2- Free
Kids 2-10 years old- $6.00
Kids 11-18 years old0 $8.00
Adults- $10.00
Seniors- $8.00

 

Admission is always free for active military and veterans. Thank you for your service! Admission is free for firefighters and police, too!

 

Hours

Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Closed Noon – 1:00 p.m. Daily
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

See you soon!

Bits and Bit Selection

Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 12:11 PM
posted by Karen Hood
Ken McNabb

Ken McNabb

There are many different bits out there and each has its advantages and disadvantages in certain situations and applications. There are two main types of equipment available when you are looking at headgear for your horse. The first is a bit, which works off pressure in your horse’s mouth. The second is a hackamore, which works mainly off pressure on the nose. There are three main sub-categories within each of these types.
The first type of bit is called a snaffle. The term snaffle can be applied to any bit where the headstall and rein connect to the same ring. There are many different types of snaffle mouthpieces. The snaffle does not give you any leverage. A snaffle is generally a mild bit. Just be aware that you never should cross your reins under the horse’s neck and ride so the left rein is in your right hand and the right rein in your left hand. This can cause a “nutcracker” effect in the horse’s mouth. The snaffle is a teaching bit, and I like my horses to be trained to do any maneuver, even advanced ones, in a snaffle.
The second type of bit is called a shank, curb, or leverage bit. This type of bit is defined as the headstall and rein connecting to different rings on the bridle. There are thousands of different combinations of mouthpieces and shanks that can make up a leverage bit. You can determine how much leverage a bit has by making two measurements. One is from the top of the mouthpiece to the top of the purchase (the area between the top of the mouthpiece and where the headstall connects to the bit), and the other is from the bottom of the mouthpiece to the bottom of the shank. Then divide the shank measurement by the purchase measurement. For example, if your bit has a 2 1/2″ purchase and a 5″ shank, your leverage ratio is 2:1. This means that for every one pound of pressure you apply on the reins, your horse will feel 2 pounds of pressure.
The third type of bit is the signal or spade bit. These bits are designed to communicate with very little rein movement or pressure. When you pick up on the reins of a signal bit, the spade shaped part of the bit will contact the roof of the horse’s mouth and move on the tongue, sending a signal that the horse has been trained to understand. Spade bits have a bad reputation, which is not completely deserved in my opinion. While it is true that a spade bit in rough hands can be very severe and heavy, traditionally spade bits were connected to the bit by chains for weight, and these chains were supposed to be tied by only one strand of your horse’s tail hair. If the hair broke you were being too heavy handed. These bits were designed for precise communication.
Then you have hackamores, or bitless bridles. The first type of hackamore is called a bozelle. It works mostly off pressure on the lower jawbone, with a little pressure on the nose as well. It is a basic hackamore, and is almost like riding in a more aggressive rope halter. It is like a snaffle bit in that it is direct pull, and does not give you any leverage.
The second type of hackamore is the mechanical hackamore. I am going to say right off that I really don’t like these, and they are quite possibly my least favorite piece of equipment out there. I have seen horses develop some bad habits as a result of mechanical hackamores. If the hackamore sits too low, it will pinch the soft cartilage of the horse’s nose and cut off their air supply every time the rider picks up the reins. This will cause the horse to panic and throw his head up in the air to get a breath. When he does throw his head, the hackamore moves temporarily off his nose, rewarding him with a breath. Then the rider will get frustrated at the head throwing, pick up the reins, and cut off the horse’s air again. Also, I have seen many horses learn to reach sideways and grab the shanks of the mechanical hackamore in their teeth, making it so the rider has no effective use of that rein. The mechanical hackamore is similar to a shank bit in that it gives you leverage. It applies pressure to the nose, curb, and poll. If you do use a mechanical hackamore, make certain that it is adjusted properly and sits above the soft cartilage of the nose so you don’t cut off your horse’s air.
The third type of hackamore is called a sidepull hackamore. This is a little like riding in a more aggressive flat nylon halter. Like all the hackamores, it is important that you adjust this properly so it does not cut off your horse’s wind. Most side pull hackamores have a stiff rope nose band, and I have found that sometimes it will rub on the bridge of my horse’s nose. If you have that problem, you can wrap it in vet wrap to make it softer.
I believe there is no such thing as a hard mouthed horse. There are only hard headed horses. Hard headed horses learn to ignore pressure on the bridle because people have continually increased the amount of pressure they are applying without rewarding the horse for the desired response.
I often get asked when to move to a leverage bit from a snaffle. I don’t use a leverage bit until I can get my horse to do everything I want in a snaffle. I do not use a leverage bit for training purposes, or because I can’t get my horse to do something in a snaffle. The reason I might switch my trained horses to a leverage bit is that it is better designed for one handed riding. Remember that if you do switch to a leverage bit, you will need to be very aware of how much pressure you are putting on the reins and lighten your hands drastically from using a snaffle. When you use a leverage bit, the horse not only feels pressure in his mouth, but also on the curb strap and poll.
Enjoy your horses and until next time, may God bless the trails you ride.
For more information on Ken McNabb’s programs call us at 307-645-3149 or go to www.kenmcnabb.com