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.

Updates from around the farm:

  • We got some of our pigs to processor and share our feelings on that.
  • Turkey processing of the first batch
  • Frost Warning!

In the Coopcast Community

  • Vivianne shares her experiences raising cornish cross and shares that on her blog.
  • Adalyn Farms shared with us as well and has Kelli wanting a dwarf goat.
  • Paul asked some specific business questions about  a farm corporation, LLC, insurance etc and we discuss why we don't answer those questions very well.
  • John was afraid we were deleting his Facebook post and had some questions about a sleepy rooster and some bad advice he was given.

This weeks Farm U (part 2 of Chicken Processing)

  • Poultry Processing
  • Our set up: what we have and our line set up
  • Some general comments about our HACCP procedures
Direct download: CoopCast039.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

This weeks farm updates include:
  • A discussion about pork cut sheets and pig preparations
  • Turkey processing starting next weekend
  • Egg layers- who's laying? Dealing with  older chickens and refreshing our flock
  • Last week of CSA
  • Greenhouse - looking good

In the Veggie Patch:

  • Our potato results!
  • Do it yourself- note pesticide levels in store bought potatoes

Farm U: Chicken Processing

This is the first part in a series of Farm U's talking about chicken processing.
  • Equipment and set up, what do you need as the basics to start processing chickens
  • What to buy vs not buy in a basic setup
Direct download: CoopCast038.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

We try out a new intro on this weeks show based on a listener iTunes review...


Farming Updates this week include:
  • Pigs on new pasture was an easy move,
  • Making a swale for their wallow,
  • New hog feeder feeder in use,
  • Update on O2's limp,
  • Selecting a gilt to keep - what is good conformation?
  • Pork cut sheet designed,
  • Turkey processing dates picked,
  • Turkey ordering form sent out,
  • CSA is ending in 2 weeks.
In the Veggie Patch:
  • We talk tomatoes and blight.  What is it, how do you identify it and what can you do about it?
In Farm U:
  • We discuss what we are doing to manage pasture spaces after moving pigs off of them.
Direct download: CoopCast037.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:49am EDT

This Labor Day week we have a shorter version full of fun filled farming listener feedback!

In the CoopCast Community:
  • A comment from a listener Susan P about her struggling small farm and challenges with regulations,
  • Lucinda asked many questions about chickens,
  • Laurie askes about food saftey and honey.
Then on the In the News Segement:
  • We discuss a recent scientific study about BPA
Direct download: CoopCast036.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 9:51pm EDT

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