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.

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 EDT

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 EDT

Updates around the farm include:

  • We were featured on Libsyn's Rockin New Podcasts! - http://imake.libsyn.com/rockin-new-libsyn-podcasts-chicken-thistle-farm-coopcast
  • The growing season is officially over with a hard freeze last week,
  • We finished turkeys by processing the last of the Midget White Turkeys,
  • We got our municipal water bill from over the drought months (WOW),
  • Winter preparations are ongoing including cleaning out the chicken coop and starting to put the vegetable garden to bed,
  • Farm stand review for the year.

This week we are having 2 related farmers choice segments about commitment:

  • From the farmers side, what levels of commitment are required to your livestock, land and customers?  We talk about this in relation to a listener email about his journey into becoming a farmer.
  • From the consumer side, what and why are you committed to a farm or farmer? And how do your actions speak louder than your words when it comes to demonstrating that commitment?

(This episode was recorded on the eve of our 13th wedding anniversary, hence the commitment theme!)

Direct download: CoopCast042.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:27am EDT

This weeks farm updates:

  • Special announcement is we are going to be a featured podcast on Libsyn's http://imake.libsyn.com/ blog of up-and-comers on October 15th!
  • Pork pickup - happy customers and farmers - yummy pork too!
  • Hermione and Katniss are getting along just smashingly
  • Turkey vs Fox story (a win for the good guys)
  • We eat good - soup - add greens - yum!

In the CoopCast Community:

  • Business info posting on Facebook - http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars%2Fwebinar_recordings.php&SM=webinars%2Fsub-menu.html#management
  • Gift from listener - http://www.potterybymehg.com/
  • A "postivie" review, maybe, says she can't go to sleep without our voices - hmmmmm!? 
  • And National Lard Rendering Month, maybe?

In the News:

  • Pig farmer eaten by his pigs
  • Farm out of business http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Fond-memories-of-Soul-Food-Farm-3923428.php
Direct download: CoopCast041.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:47am EDT

Even though it's early Autumn we have still been busy farming this week!

Updates from around the farm this week include:

  • Taking the last of the pastured pigs to processor and deciding who was going to stay with us!
  • We touch again on the difficulty of sending respected animals to the processor,
  • Getting ready for pork pickup with customers as the meat comes back from the processor,
  • Dealing with turkeys - everywhere.

We take a muddy stroll through the veggie patch:

  • CSA is done but still harvesting,
  • Late planting reviews and opinions: zucchini, beans, lettuce, bok choy,
  • Dried bean update,
  • Greenhouse plantings update.

In the CoopCast community:

  • Jennifer asked about feeding candy to cows,
  • Constance wanted an update on the poison ivy drops (Oral Ivy),
  • Chad was wondering what we do to winterize farm (waterer, shelter bedding) right now: coop, winter paddock for pigs
Direct download: CoopCast040.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 8:37am EDT

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