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.

Our Post-Christmas, pre New Year 52nd, one year celebration episode.

This week's updates include:

  • Christmas on the farm - yum
  • Let it snow, we say, with over 2 feet and counting...
  • Preparing for the snow - round bales to the rescue
  • Dealing with the fence lines in snow
  • Placement of winter paddock fencing - room for improvement
  • Chickens and snow

In the Coopcast Community:

  • Listener Bill shares his bad experience with CSA's and trying again
  • One of our first listener Jeph talks about getting to eat an egg from Nugget!
  • Frank want's to know about any automation on the farm
Direct download: CoopCast052.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

Updates this week include:

  • #elfonafarm - visit our Facebook Page to follow the adventures of one of Santa's Helpers on a farm.
  • Weather - is this December?
  • Haven't moved pigs to want area yet - fencing ready to go
  • Rats in barn
  • And a listener update from Adam about those VT college oxen

This week in the news we share some thoughts about the horrific tragedy in CT and try to provide some facts about the gun control debate

  • Guns - banning guns and they types of firearms
  • Gun control in New York State
  • Guns on a farm

This episodes Farm U talks about feed storage

  • Why rodents are bad
  • Best practices for small farm feed storage
  • What to do if a rodent gets into your feed
Direct download: CoopCast051.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 10:02am EST

Updates from around the farm:

  • Chickens - they love the round bales in their area for winter
  • Lower egg production - no heat lamp
  • Pigs- not in winter paddock yet- no real snowfall
  • Cat in a hoop house
  • Snow fence is up- why do we hate doing that so much?

In the CoopCast Community

  • Gaertagang Farm- Bogs boots
  • Maple View Farm- Overalls
  • Nicole- favorite podcasts and online tools
  • Homemade gift idea- seeds or help starting a garden

This week's Farmers Choice is a discussion on different egg layer breeds

  • What we like and don't about: Barred Rock, Speckled Sussex, Buff Rock, California, Golden Comet, Rhode Island Red, and Tetra Tint
Direct download: CoopCast050.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 8:25am EST

In this episode we share several of our favorite things from our farm.  From pasture to plate we talk about big and small farming items that we like and that make farming easier for us to manage things.

This episode is a departure from the typical farm updates and other discussions and we hope you enjoy it!

Direct download: CoopCast049.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 9:46am EST

This "longer than usual" CoopCast includes...

Updates from around the farm:

  • Heritage Turkey for Thanksgiving - yum!!!!
  • Losing a chicken and a farmers "instincts"
  • Prepping for winter by moving chicken fencing (poultry netting) and pig fencing

A trip to the cold Veggie Patch to discuss some HOT tomato choices:

  • Review of our top 2012 tomato varieties
  • A brief lesson on determinate and indeterminate tomato plants as well as heirloom and hybrid.

In the CoopCast Community

  • Josie asked about worming pigs?
  • Lots of people have been asking "when is sign up for X, Y or Z"?
Direct download: CoopCast048.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:39am EST

This coopcast is a bit of Thanksgiving fun with the theme of "plate" (from pasture to plate) running through the segments.  So pull up a chair, have a seat on the farm and join us for a Thanksgiving discussion!

Farm updates:

  • Customer looking for pastured turkeys the week before Thanksgiving,
  • Pig fencing takes a hit from deer, 
  • General farm updates

CoopCast Community:

  • We just talk more about food... and answer a question from Josh about our breakfasts.

Farmers Choice:

  • We discuss food... In particular how we have noticed that eating good food from the store never seems to taste very good.  Can healthy food taste good?
Direct download: CoopCast047.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 8:01pm EST

Updates this week on the farm include:

  • Winter prep continues - fencing for winter paddock and the trouble with fencing in the fall,
  • Tomatoes out of greenhouse after a really hard freeze,
  • Moved pig feeder out of the mud

In the CoopCast Community

  • Prop 37 - didn't pass - is it all about business!
  • Mackaenzie shares a tip to make your Facebook faned pages visible
  • Question on our recipes,
  • Robert asked about our recommendations on poultry netting.

Farm U

Was inspired by a question from Stuart:

  • What are the differences in processing chickens and turkeys?
Direct download: CoopCast046.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

Farming Updates in what seems like a farming soap opera:

  • We were away from our farm when hurricane Sandy came through
  • Being prepared for disasters
  • Lessons from this event

In the CoopCast Community 

  • Response to a blog post about the cost of raising pigs 
  • GMO discussion feedback 
    • Ernest shared a link to a documentary on GMOs
  • Melanie shared her dream product - Andy's Boar in a Bottle

In this weeks Farmers Choice : People always talk about wanting to "eat healthy" but what does that really mean?  How do you really measure healthy?

  • Eating healthy and the definition
  • Nutrient dense food and the difference
Direct download: CoopCast045.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 8:06am EST

Just a few Farmining Updates this week:

  • Garlic planting and our technique,
  • A root cellar full of goodies,
  • Our youngest gilt is in heat - Ollie traits!


In the news we discuss Proposition 37 and GMO's:

  • Opinions on Prop 37 and GMOs in general
  • Labeling requirement?
  • What is a GMO?
  • For or against GMOs?
  • Natural selection and pesticide use
Direct download: CoopCast044.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Updates from around the farmstead:

  • #farmerandy shares his Big Buck story of dispair,
  • We put the veggie patch to bed with compost and the rototiller,
  • Pigs moved to a new section of pasture,
  • Pig pasture maintenance and seeding on the old pasture,
  • From the pasture to the plate we talk about canning chicken in the pressure cooker,
  • Final sales of year and the risk to cash flow

In the CoopCast community:

  • We talk about cooking a heritage turkey (http://www.localharvest.org/features/heritage-turkey-recipes.jsp),
  • A listener who didn't know he could raise his chickens on pasture,
  • Some general listener feedback items from Facebook, iTunes and Stitcher.

In the news:

  • We talk about a non-functioning pair of oxen in Vermont and what should happen with them:
    • http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/10/21/163257176/despite-protest-college-plans-to-slaughter-serve-farms-beloved-oxen
Direct download: CoopCast043.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:52am EST