Students and faculty built this 56’ by 56’ timber frame from white pine we harvested from campus and chiseled into joinery. After the fall 02 and spring 03 semesters chiseled over 1,300 mortises and tenons during their semesters, Mountain School graduates returned to campus in August 2003 for a one-week, old-fashioned barn raising. The Mountain School made a 50-minute documentary video about this event. The loft of this barn holds most of our hay, which students feed down to our first-floor cows through trap doors. The barn also houses pigs and turkeys.
We re-covered the sheep barn in fall 2003 with pine siding to match the larger cow barn next to it. There is ample hay storage in this barn, and by March enough of the hay has been devoured that we can devote plenty of extra space for a playpen for the thirty or so baby lambs. Like the cows next door, the sheep have an outdoor yard they can use on warmer winter and spring days.
After we finished the cow barn, we decided to use our new knowledge of timber frames to build another one. We needed a structure to house our ram during the months when he needed to be isolated from the ewes. Science teacher Pat Barnes and the students of fall '04 and spring '05 completed this building start to finish. Since we have decided to rent a ram from a neighboring farm during the fall breeding season, we now use this timber frame for the storage of farm tools.
Former assistant farmer Marc McKee and students from several late-nineties semesters built this barn to house hay in the loft and haying equipment below. We now use the loft to store equipment, since the loft of the new cow barn provides sufficient room for hay. This barn is located on the edge of our pastures, and it’s nice to have a dry place to keep our haying equipment right near where it will be used.