Beacon Ranch is a true working ranch. We raise a variety of animals and grow a multitude of fruits and vegetables. Revenue from the sale of farm produced goods helps us bring hands-on educational experiences to local schools and allows us to sponsor FREE community events that bring families, friends, and strangers together around outdoor activities.
Standard Bronze Turkey
A heritage breed of turkey that has been a large part of American food history. They somewhat resemble the wild turkey and are quite beautiful as the sun reflects off their iridescent black feathers. Dating back to the 1800’s, these birds offer good temperaments, survivability, breeding success, and tasty meat. All visitors love to hear the tom gobble and watch him strut his stuff.
A large pure white breed of Goose that was raised on the farm last spring(’12). This group is very vocal and will let you know if they spot anything moving around that they are not familiar with. They are good foragers and can often be spotted browsing for tender young plants near the rest of the herd (goats and donkey.) Supposedly, they will weed the garden while leaving certain vegetable plants alone. We will find out this coming spring.
Pekin and cross breeds
Ducks have been an interesting addition to the ranch. They love to play in water like nothing I have ever seen. The phrase, “…like a duck to water,” definitely has merit. We originally had a trio of Khaki Cambells that laid eggs better than our chickens. The ones we have now will hopefully lay this spring. Similar to the geese, they are supposed to help manage weeds and bugs in the garden. We shall see.
The farm started out with three curious goats and a donkey. They were creatively named for their primary color; Blackie, Whitie, and Brownie. Now that the goats are having their second batch of kids, we are up to 12 goats and will hopefully be adding another pair ( “momma” is expecting soon.)