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.

As the year draws to a close, we share some thoughts about life that has transpired since our last episode on March 31st...

Farming has been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.  We have shared some of our highest highs and lowest lows as a result of our farming endeavours.

We hope we have cultivated some ideas and new farmers and look forward to the unknowns a New Year offers!


Direct download: CoopCast_163.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

The fine legslative geniuses in MD keep the bees safe -

Soon your bacon will be genetically engineered -

And we review the piece of movie garbage known as Batman vs Superman

Direct download: CoopCast_162.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

Want to get people fired up and yelling for no reason - mention raw milk...  which we did here and this episode dissects the fun that follows.

But before we got to that conversation we talked about spring planting plans and the beehives!

Direct download: CoopCast_161.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

This episode is mostly listener questions that we answer about our hoop house, construction methods, and gardening inside the hoop house.  We also touch on garden planning and winter beekeeping.

Hoop house hoop bender -

Hoophouse book -


Direct download: CoopCast_160.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

This entire episode is dedicated to the 2016 Farm Meeting where we discuss the vegetable gardens, seeds, chickens, pigs, ducks and all things farm related.  After deciding we were going to cut back on the farm in 2016 this meeting helped us put it all into perspective in terms of what we are and are not going to be doing.

CHeck us out on social media to join in the conversation -, @chickenthistle on Twitter...Or - follow Farmer Andy @farmerandyman on Twitter and Instagram!

Direct download: CoopCast_159.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

From the farm this week we share a few updates (but it's a slow season for a slower year).  We also discuss our seed order, country of origin labeling of meats (WHO), beekeeping and review Star Wars

Links that matter include : 

We ordered from Burpee Seed - no special link or promocode...  but if you DO order from them - tell them you heard about them on our show - we put our name in the link to maybe get some attention from their web people!!! (at this time looks like new visits get 20% off!)

Forbes (Teeve Torbs) link about the change in country of origin labeling of imported meats

Local Harvest:

Kelli's StichFix signup link - do it - she appreciates it!

Direct download: CoopCast_158.mp3
Category:farming podcast -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT