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.

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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