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Clean Food

We returned home from the BioNutrient Food Association’s Soil and Nutrition Conference spinning with ideas and very optimistic. As if to egg us on, Laura clicked on a NYT op ed by Jacques Leslie entitled Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Clean Planet. Quoting Dr. Rattan Lal, it read “Putting carbon back in the […]

Paw Patrol winning Hearts

Yes, famous dogs and cats is our naming scheme this year and Paw Patrol was suggested by our niece while at Auntie Camp this summer.  (Of course we thought she was saying “Papa Troll” and kept asking if there was a dog involved). Anyway,  the group of 10 piglets we bought from Hogwash Farm this […]

Summer Grazing

There are few things more delightful as a livestock farmer than the sweet sounds (which are often very quiet) of animals enjoying new pasture.  Even though it happens every few days on our farm, it still warms my heart every time.   We captured in pictures and video of some of those moments from Sunday morning’s […]

Hot and Fueled by Greens

This week was hot, so hot that we’d find the sows starting their day in their mud baths.  I must say, there were moments I was a bit jealous and it was clear they were thinking, “Didn’t we just have snow in the past 2 weeks?”.                   […]

In Praise of Tamworths

We had some snowy arrivals this week. It seems both goats & pigs were waiting until the wintery snow came back to bring their little ones into the world.  Perhaps they are winter lovers, perhaps calming the world was help, perhaps that barometric pressure change…or just luck.  But the birthing has begun, with more to […]

Goodbyes, Pregnancies, Worms and more

A few photos from the Farm this week:   We said goodbye to three goats, with gratitude for their service on the farm.     Confirmed that both sows are indeed pregnant!  Piglets due end of April & mid-May!                     Treated the Hens to some red wigglers […]

Ode to January

Oh, January how I love thee.  A brand new year and the demands of the growing season seem so far away!  So many possibilities for house projects, cooking experiments, rest, relaxation..oh and of course that backlog of important personal, administrative, and planning projects that have been pushed aside for more urgent demands.  Oh, how I […]

Praise the Lard…

And the pasture-raised pigs that provide it! We have been celebrating lard lately, after making some fresh batches and coming into the season of more time for cooking and baking.  And the bounty of sweet potatoes has one farmer craving a deep fryer so we could make sweet potato fries in our lard. With the prompt […]

Goodbyes are Rarely Easy

Goodbyes are rarely easy in life and on the farm is no different.  Unexpected ones are usually the worst. This week the farm had one of those, as one of our sows somehow developed a gastric ulcer and died on Sunday.       Jemima Puddle Duck, of Beatrix Potter fame, was a lovely Tamworth […]

A Line in the Sod

While Jemima Puddle Duck has been busy rearing Snø, Snell and Isobar, Ramona Quimby and Amelia Bedilia, our other two sows, have been renovating the northeast pasture. Prior to the nor’easter we expanded them through the inner perimeter fence that is usually our crop insurance from their incredible snout-plows. We told them of our intent […]