Wed, 5 March 2014
As the bitter cold continues to make #farmerandy rage, we discuss the weather... We also talk about a "major award", a new Tractor Supply store and living life on a frozen farm.
Actually we detail a day in the life of the farm in the middle of winter around here. It's not overly exciting but it's honest.
Then this week we have a Farmers Choice segment talking about what we are eating and why this time of year. We discuss the balance of food we have put up vs what we buy from the store and what is still left in the root cellar.
Then #farmerandy regails the episode with tales of calorie counting using Lose It on his iPhone and how crazy the notion of barcoded food strikes him.
Wed, 26 February 2014
This weeks updates include a folloup about the eveil seeds <sic> that Johnny is selling and why we will continue to buy from Johnny Seeds. For your reference, here's the list of seeds they get from Seminis as of Feb. 2014
We discuss how the endless cold this winter has impacted the pigs and chickens and how we deal with cooped up critters on a free range farm. Kelli gives an update on the Ag assessment while Andy complains...
Wed, 12 February 2014
The updates are a little thin this week as we watch temps falling and the snow piling up. Mostly we talk about keeping warm and the successful insemination of our pigs.
In the community we pick up on the Monsanto conversation last week and some new comments about companies like Johnny Seed and Territorial and the internet myth that they buy their seeds from Monsanto. We also talk about our process for selecting seeds and why we pick the seeds we do. (http://www.nwedible.com/2012/12/a-brief-history-of-monsanto-and-seed-houses-who-got-screwed.html)
Wed, 5 February 2014
With 100 episodes behind us we thought it was appropriate to look back at the thoughts and opinions of our farming podcast (farmcast)? and spend most of the episode focusing on the reason why we do what we do - it's all for the listeners!
We talk a bit about some listener favorite topics and some recent ones like Monsanto's decision to use some conventional crossbreeding techniques.
While this isn't a giant 100th episode extravaganza, it's a fun look at the whys behind why we do what we do and why we live pasture to plate.
Wed, 22 January 2014
The Updates around the Farm this week focus on the big event of artificial insemination and the unexpected surprise we had with the "scheduled" standing heat. We also share our thoughts on FreshBooks as an accounting tool for farming (short version - run away). We discuss out first free range Cornish birg from last years day ranging experiment and share the experience thus far with the tax related agricultural assessment.
In the Veggie Patch it's seed ordering time. We continue the discussion from Facebook with those veggies we can't live without. The best of the best on the Rowboat of Goodness (better than the silly Ark of Taste)
In our Farmers Choice segment this week the Annual farm meeting part 1 - CSA plans and how we are not doing a CSA like in the past... this year will be different!
Wed, 15 January 2014
We are back at the coopcast in 2014. We enjoyed our break but are glad to be back. While we were gone we had the coldest weather we have ever had while farming as the polar vortex descended on NY. We also had our annual farm meeting and other fun events. Tune into this farm fresh coopcast for the latest news from the homestead!
In the Veggie Patch (which is frozen over) we are going to talk a bit about some seed starting tips and techniques as people are looking towards spring already.
Farm Fresh Recipes in our food segment include two new dishes we made over Christmas and thought were delicious:
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad - http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/kale-and-brussels-sprout-salad
Mario Batali's Arista alla Porchetta - http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Arista-alla-Porchetta-Mario-Batali
Wed, 18 December 2013
This is the last CoopCast of the year! We expect to be back with another episode January 8th, 2014. So on with the farming updates and the bitter cold and endless snow here on the farm. We talk a little about how the pigs and chickens are doing in this brutal cold. If you haven't checked it out - visit our Facebook page and see the story of the #elfonafarm... https://www.facebook.com/chickenthistlefarm
To celebrate the holidays we have a community segment where we talk about:
In our last segment we discuss all the people and businesses who make what we do possiable.
A special thanks to Pine Creek Feeds, Joe's Meat Market, Welp Hatchery and of course Farmtek (if you listen to the episode you will get a coupon code good for $25 off $75 or more!)... and of course we thank our customers!
Finally - it's that time of the year to nomiate your favorite podcasts - so please take moment to give us your vode on Sticher Radio here - http://stitcher.promotw.com/
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thu, 12 December 2013
The Farming Updates this week are few and far between. We do celebrate the fact we got our 1st Easter egg just in time for Christmas. We talk about Belle standing or not and the challenges of a new gilt in heat as well as Kelli's plans for the farm undergoing an agricultural assessment. We also discuss some simple online accounting packages for managing our farm - from Quickbooks (bad) to Freshbooks (great).
Wed, 4 December 2013
This weeks updates talke a bit about the winter weather and the snow we had here on the farm and the impact on thep igs. We move them to the winter paddock - finally! We talk about Tahnksgiving turkeys and why we love ours so much. One farmer is getting tired of deer season so we give an update there and close with some thoughts on our pork sales.
This weeks Farmers Choice segment is sponsored by FarmTek.com. Check out the segment for a coupon code to save $25 off orders over $75!!!
We also talk about farming and farmers use of social media. There's a lot to using social media correctly and we just scratch the surface and share some examples of how it has and has not worked for our farm and others.
Then we put our feet up and head to some Close Encounters with Free Ranging Farmers on the Front Porch to discuss - raw milk. Mind you - these are our opinoons about raw milk... because so many of you have asked. Take them or leave them will all the discussion out there on this hot topic.
Wed, 27 November 2013
This weeks's CoopCast is a batch of updates and a bit of community. We talk about getting ready to move the pigs to their winter area and the fencing preparations that gointo that move. We give an update on deer hunting and pork sales (whihc are unrelated). We also are looking forward already to spring farrowing... and figuring out when our new gilt is in standing heat has been a challenge.
In the community we just answer a bunch of questiosn for our Facebook page!