Wed, 17 December 2014
Our final episode of 2014 is dedicated to our listeners and fans around the globe this holiday season. It's our huge thank you for making us the #1 farming podcast on the planet!
We talk about emails, tweets, Face book comments and posts as well as personal interactions and phone calls we haven't gotten to but have most deffinately read! Thanks to everyone in the community for listening and be a part of the CoopCast in 2014.
For those of you who know how to use search engines we do talk about moving electic netting and moving pasture pens. :)
Merry Christmas from Chicken Thistle Farm!
Wed, 10 December 2014
This episode brings us back from a few weeks off and updates about the events we had around here on the farm that kept us from coopcasting last week.
We talk a little bit about farming and health care in proximity to the farm (given the recent events). We also discuss our sick pig and the course of treatment we underwent to get her back to being a healthy girl again!
In the Farmers Choice segment we share a few simple gift ideas for the holidays that might make your shopping easier!
Wed, 19 November 2014
We are calling this the "We eat good episode" since we are talking about simple, fast and delicious farm recipes including:
Pressure cooker chicken
Frozen veggies in chili
Pre-made frozen cookie rounds
Easy ways to help you can / freeze more food.
In the Veggie Patch we climb on board the Rowboat of Goodness and discuss a few winter squash varieties and some of our favorite non-lettuce greens in the garden.
Wed, 12 November 2014
This weeks updates are around the pick up of the smoked pork (and we have customers coming as we are recording). Farmer Andy shares a bit of a bow season update and we talk a little about the status of the hoop house.
We close with a review of the local fruit CSA we were enrolled in and all the goodness and a little of the stuff they could have improved.
Wed, 5 November 2014
This weeks updates include a hunting season short session. We talk about bo season so far and the only arrow this season to miss its mark thus far. We also talk about the pork that's back from the butcher and the impact of the seasonal reduction in eggs.
In Farmer Kelli's Choice, we take a trip down memory lane. Visit our Facebookpage (login not needed) and scroll back through the pictures to our first post in 2010... we walk through 2010 and 2011 remembering several of the highlights in photos!
Wed, 22 October 2014
This week's update is really an episode discussion around the end of the pork season for us - the moving of the pigs to the USDA processor. We talk through what we did to get the pigs comfortable wit hthe trailer, how we use sorting borads to move the pigs on pasture into the trailer, our holding pen strategy, fencing and dropoff.
It's really a retelling of the stories and some of hte skills we used to get this little piggie to market!
Wed, 15 October 2014
In this episode the Updates include Farmer Andy's pants free romp becasue of the warm weather, Hermione moving back to pasture with the piglets and preparations for taking the pigs for processing.
Then in the Veggie Patch we discuss an overview of our tomato varieties for 2014- what will stay on the rowboat of goodness and what gets tossed overboard!
Wed, 8 October 2014
This week's updates include our prep work in getting ready to move the pigs to the processor this year. We also put the vegetable garden to bed for the season and talk about the process and some of the suprise veggiesthis year. And of course, we have to talk about hunting season.
In the Coopcast Community we respond to questions about black fly farming (maggots!), starting a CSA and the callenges involved and how some of our listeners have used our content at some very emotional and powerful moments in their lives. It's insane to hear people listeing to us with a spouse on their death bed, recovering from cancer or training to defuse a bomb.
Wed, 24 September 2014
This week the CoopCast becomes a HoopCast! We spend the episode looking at photos of our greenhouse / hoophouse / high tunnel and talk through the design and the how nad the why. We both share our thoughts and opinions on the evolution of our enclosed vegetable garden area and what we like about gardening inside a controlled structure.
If you are following along all the images can be found on our Flickr page in the album How We Do It : Hoophouse
Also an indepth discussion when we built it is on our farm blog as well.
Wed, 17 September 2014
This week our farm updates are simple as the season is slowing down to just the basics. We talk about the plantings in the gardens in the greenhouse since frost is now in our area. We are hoping to extend the season and keep harvesting vegetables and herbs for several more months. There's also updates about pigs in pasture as well.
In the Ruminations discussion this week we talk about businesses and how so many let opportunity slip through their fingers. We share the details of a cheese making class we took at a local winery and the missed opportunities that were everywhere. There's lessons to be learned in bad expereinces and this one was rife with them. Although - making your own cheese is cool!
We also talk about a business that asked us for input and HOPED we might mention them - FlexTrailers. It's a cool concept on modular trailers. It's a much better approach to a business than the first one (they asked us clearly for feedback and hoped we would mention them). There are still some lessons to be learned here as well.
The final business we talk about is Adams Holsters - the makers of the BEST leather holsters you have ever seen - Adams Holsters - and one of the best gifts we have ever received from a coopcast listener!