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.

A very Happy 4th of July to all our listeners (or Canada Day), folks listening in the UK...  sorry :)

Around the farm:

  • Not normal weather for sure.
    • Very hot but the gardens are surviving
    • Rabbits under hoop the hoop
  • Chickens on pasture get processed in 2 weeks
  • Chicks and turkeys in the brooders are doing well

Pigs - a very special weaning story

  • What we did that was wrong in terms of setup, planning and moving large animals
  • What we did that was right and that we would do again when weaning piglets
  • What we did that was desperate and stupid
  • What we would never do again because being smarter would let us avoid that

CoopCast Community:

  • An iTunes review where a listener is going to make some simple changes for healthier chicks and pigs
  • Stewart Homestead likes Andy's humor (and thinks this should be a comedy podcast, ok, not really, Andy added that) but they ARE going to try Cornish chickens and their own pigs
  • Plants between the rocks said this podcast is a "Skillful blending of planning implementing and evaluating", and we decided they are listening to another podcast and accidentally commented on us!
  • MikeE on Facebook posed a question about a rooster when his neighbors are not fans.
  • A plea to remind us of topics we said we would talk about but have forgotten about!
Direct download: CoopCast027.mp3
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