Follow-up: Frost Free Chicken Waterer

In January I wrote about our attempt at winter-proofing our chicken water.  I wanted to follow up after giving it a real-world test to report that it exceeded my expectations.  On mornings when the temperature dropped below -10 F we had to thaw the drinking nipples with a rag dipped in a bucket of warm water, but in mild winter weather like this week when the overnight temps are in the high single digits or low teens, it doesn’t need any help.  When we had the warm spell in February and early… Read More

New Higher Prices!

Consider this the corollary to my recent article on independent farming, operating outside the vast commodity and investment driven markets.  In order to be better farmers and to better serve you, we’ve decided to raise our prices.  Permit me to do some farmsplaining. I’ve just finished all the paperwork for the 2017 taxes, and this year we continued our unbroken losing streak by spending a lot more money than we made.  Since we started the farm in 2011, we’ve spent $389,000 more than we’ve received.  I include both capital and expense spending… Read More

The Other Food Additive

We get a lot of questions about what is in the food we provide.  “Is it antibiotic free?”  “What about hormones?”  “Do you add preservatives?”  These are all good questions that people should be asking. There is another question that nobody has ever asked me, but I think people are missing  the most insidious and overlooked additive in the natural/organic/artisanal food market.  Someone should ask me: “Do your products contain any venture capital dollars?” I’ve had a front row seat over the recent years observing our pasture/grass fed industry, and it is… Read More