Sharing our small farm stories and skills along our farming, gardening and homesteading journey. Visit the farm for an informative and sometimes irreverent tour through our garden, livestock pastures, chicken coop and greenhouse as we live - pasture to plate. Farming topics free range around pastured heritage pigs, broiler chickens and pastured eggs, heritage breed turkeys, an heirloom vegetable CSA and garden, high tunnel / hoop house / green houses, organic and traditional gardening, farm infrastructure, tractors, sustainable energy, permaculture, food preservation and even fence mending.

Farming stories and skills from our small farm, gardening and homesteading journey -

pasture to plate.

The fine legslative geniuses in MD keep the bees safe - http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/35978-maryland-to-become-first-state-to-ban-bee-killing-pesticides-for-consumer-use

Soon your bacon will be genetically engineered - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-breed-pigs-resistant-to-a-devastating-infection-using-crispr/

And we review the piece of movie garbage known as Batman vs Superman

Direct download: CoopCast_162.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

Want to get people fired up and yelling for no reason - mention raw milk...  which we did here and this episode dissects the fun that follows.

But before we got to that conversation we talked about spring planting plans and the beehives!

Direct download: CoopCast_161.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

This episode is mostly listener questions that we answer about our hoop house, construction methods, and gardening inside the hoop house.  We also touch on garden planning and winter beekeeping.

Hoop house hoop bender - http://www.lostcreek.net/

Hoophouse book - http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Harvest-Handbook-Deep-Organic-Greenhouses/dp/1603580816/

 

Direct download: CoopCast_160.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

This entire episode is dedicated to the 2016 Farm Meeting where we discuss the vegetable gardens, seeds, chickens, pigs, ducks and all things farm related.  After deciding we were going to cut back on the farm in 2016 this meeting helped us put it all into perspective in terms of what we are and are not going to be doing.

CHeck us out on social media to join in the conversation - facebook.com/chickenthistlefarm, @chickenthistle on Twitter...Or - follow Farmer Andy @farmerandyman on Twitter and Instagram!

Direct download: CoopCast_159.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

From the farm this week we share a few updates (but it's a slow season for a slower year).  We also discuss our seed order, country of origin labeling of meats (WHO), beekeeping and review Star Wars

Links that matter include : 

We ordered from Burpee Seed - no special link or promocode...  but if you DO order from them - tell them you heard about them on our show - we put our name in the link to maybe get some attention from their web people!!! (at this time looks like new visits get 20% off!)

http://www.burpee.com/?cid=coopcast

Forbes (Teeve Torbs) link about the change in country of origin labeling of imported meats

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nancyhuehnergarth/2015/12/21/quashing-consumers-right-to-know-congress-repeals-country-of-origin-labeling-for-beef-and-pork/

Local Harvest:

http://localharvest.org

Kelli's StichFix signup link - do it - she appreciates it!

https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4959509

Direct download: CoopCast_158.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT

This episode is the last broadcast for 2015.  So Merry Christmas everyone!

We talk a bit about update around the farm and how it's a bit strange to not have so much "farm" to worry about.  We also answer some Facebook listener questions about the trees we planted, the fields, the berry patch and other things left unsaid around the farm.

Then we conclude with a mention of a few of our favorite things - things for the farm, things in our personal life and favorite wines and spirits.

Farmer Kelli's list includes offering this signup referral to any and all listeners who want to try out her new favorite service - https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4959509

Direct download: CoopCast_157.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

After the Thanksgiving turkey wore off we decided to get back to the farming podcast...  and we talk about the most recent pork cuts we picked up.  We then talk about some of the food we made for Thanksgiving and deer season and Farmer Andy shares the Thanksgiving morning story of his big buck!

We wrap up the episode with Farm U on E. coli O157:H7, what it is, where it comes from and Dr. Farmer Kelli shares a resource (cdc.gov) to learn more about infectious diseases and foodborne diseases.

Direct download: CoopCast_156.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT

This episode we talk about the taking of the pigs to the processor, some updates from around the farm and about deer season... and the highly anticipated tomato round up from the vegetable garden.

Direct download: CoopCast_155.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 9:24pm EDT

After posting that we were taking a pig to the processor and hurting some folks feelings...  we decided we didn't really care.  Toughen up folks.  So we make fun of them.

Then we talk about the deer season to date and update people on the honey harvest from our first year of bees.

In general - it's a bunch of farm updates.

Direct download: CoopCast_154.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

We return with pig, chicken, bee and vegetable garden updates.  We then talk a bit about a discovery about the stiffness of your arrow and the placement of a broadhead shot (yeah - giggle if you want) as it pertains to archery / bowhunting.  And the nwe conclude with some listener emails and a discussion about a sugar free diet.

Direct download: CoopCast_153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT