Pet Food

As we’ve worked to build relationships with people who appreciate organic/pasture-raised/local/family-based/etc food for themselves, we’ve also gradually found that many of these same folks want to source quality food for their pets.  It is no secret that pet food has long been the dumping ground for all manner of questionable ingredients, so we understand their desire to find food that comes from trustworthy sources.  It isn’t surprising that in a country of overfed yet chronically undernourished people we’d find that many pets are also suffering from analogous debilitating conditions. I’m glad to… Read More

Maturing Fences

Every year I chip away at fencing on the farm.  And every year, my technique refines a bit.  I’ve watched as minor differences contribute to a fence’s longevity or lack thereof.  Most of my changes have been toward simplification.  Fence construction manuals are all written by people selling fencing supplies.  Caveat emptor. I started with 6 wire electric fences, with an alternating hot-ground configuration.  I learned that with our mostly wet climate, the alternating wire arrangement loses too much spark when high moisture vegetation gets between the two polarities.  Now all our… Read More

Stretching the Bungee

We probably have a dozen bungee gates on the farm.  None of them are permanently installed.  We attach a hook handle on each end, so we can install them across any gateway on the farm (well, almost all of them).  We’ve standardized our gateways and our lanes to 20 feet wide.  We keep a pile of bungee gates in the toolbox of the ATV, so it is easy to close off a gate or lane as needed.  We appreciate that they can be coiled up and stored in compact bundles, and that… Read More

Leaping Larva!

Yesterday evening I went down to the laying hens to help Harry bring up the eggs he gathered.  As I was putting the cases of eggs into the truck, I heard this sharp snap, snap, snap behind me.  I turned to find a group of hens in a feeding frenzy on a patch of bare ground.  On closer inspection, I saw that they were eating tiny white larvae.  And the larvae weren’t just scrunching or wriggling along the ground like normal maggots, grubs, or caterpillars; these things were launching themselves two feet… Read More