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 around the farm and gardens:

  • How to keep cool weather crops happy when it's always over 90F,
  • Keeping broilers cool in the pasture with box fans,
  • Predators and pastured poultry,
  • Still weaning the pigs,
  • Thinking about moving the turkeys out sooner.

This weeks DOUBLE FEATURE Farmers Choice:

  • Conventional farming isn't all bad so don't treat it that way,
  • The difference between researching and just confirming your opinion.
Direct download: CoopCast026.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

This week’s updates around the farm and gardens:

  • First batch of broiler chickens moved out to pasture,
  • Pig updates,
  • Turkey updates,
  • The new garden shed,
  • Summer heat in spring and its impact on the gardens and the CSA.

This weeks Rumination:

  • Stress of the "uncontrolled" world of farming,
  • How to manage the unexpected and being overwhelmed.

This week on Farm U:

  • Moving broilers to the pasture,
  • Getting the chicks comfortable in their new environment,
  • Tips and tricks to making the move to pasture easier and less stressful on the chickens.
Direct download: CoopCast025.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22am EDT

This week’s updates around the farm and gardens:

  • CSA started and the veggies look great,
  • More unexpected hot weather,
  • Chicken-scaping the front pasture,
  • Preparing to move the Cornish Cross (Cornish X) out to pasture this year,
  • Weaning piglets,
  • Enjoying strawberries pasture to plate.

In the Coopcast Community:

  • A listener with guinea keets,
  • Zach processed his first birds and Chad offers a tip on ice for processing,
  • Someone listened to us and bought a geothermal system!
  • Eddie is looking for tips on getting started.

This week on Farm U:

Direct download: CoopCast024.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

This week’s updates around the farm and gardens:

  • Piglets getting porked up;
  • getting names and getting weaned,
  • New layer chickens now in coop with the rest of the flock,
  • Cornish X chicks in the brooder had some pecking issues,
  • Managing hurt chickens and turkeys,
  • New brooder for turkeys,
  • Veggies planted, seeds planted, mulching has begun - the gardens are in,
  • CSA starting this week!

In the News:

This week on Farm U:

  • Building a chicken brooder,
  • What makes a good brooder,
  • Differences between broiler chicken / egg laying chicken and turkey brooder design,
  • Some tips for managing your brooder to make life easier for you.
Direct download: CoopCast023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15am EDT