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Calf Week, Partnerships, and Rethinking Small Farming

This was calf week on the farm. On Saturday our neighbor Mike brought twenty-four newly weaned calves across to our side of the fenceline. And then on Friday, Josh, another cattle farmer in the area, brought six more calves and …

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Pasture Farming

Looking for Silver Linings to Drought

This year’s drought has laid additional stresses on the farm. Everything is harder without water. The well for our house has been completely dry for two months. The pasture plants didn’t produce anywhere close to normal growth, so our grazing …

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Food Policy

What is Healthy Anyway?

I enjoy leafing through discolored and spotted old magazines, studying the advertisements. There’s something special about old ads, because ads are only effective during a narrow temporal context. They don’t age well. Cultural signifiers change. Time tempers the urgency of …

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Pasture Farming

Potions for Pastures

Foliar sprays. Biochar. Compost tea. Kelp. Apple cider vinegar. Good luck amulets. Chances are, if you’ve spent any time at any organic farming event, you’ve been hounded by hucksters, all eager to impress upon you the transformative power of the …

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Pasture Farming

How We Use Chickens as No-Till Seed Planters

This year we’ve been running an on-farm research project, and I’m excited to share results. Just to set expectations: no, this isn’t the kind of research with clipboards, double blind controls, and all the rigor necessary for peer review. This …

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Pasture raised turkey breast recipe shown sliced on a platter.
Pasture Raised TurkeysRecipes

Kimchi Brined Turkey Breast with Kimchi and Herb Sauce

Turkey, particularly the white meat, seems always to do well when brined in the juice from naturally fermented vegetables. I stumbled into this idea with my Fried Turkey Wings recipe. At first, I thought I had discovered something new. But …

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Pasture Farming

Turning the Farming Clock

Six months ago I was enthusiastically reporting the beginning of our poultry season. And now we’re at the end of the poultry season. Turn, turn, turn. This Thursday, well before daylight, Rachel and I loaded the year’s final batch of …

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Grass fed cattle walking by an ATV parked in a pasture at Wrong Direction Farm
Farm Life

How We Set Up an ATV for Rotational Grazing

This spring we bought a secondhand ATV to replace our old, beat-to-death machine. We’ve found that a four wheeler, properly set up, makes a tremendous difference in our efficiency for all sorts of daily tasks related to rotational grazing for …

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Behind the ScenesGrass Fed Beef

Building a Fenceline Feeder for Mud Season

It’s a pleasure to check another job off the list, particularly one that’s been in the works for a few years. This week I finished construction on a mud-season feeding area for our cattle. From late April through November our …

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Organic turkeys on pasture at Wrong Direction Farm at sunset.
Pasture Raised Turkeys

Thanksgiving Turkeys Are Here

We’re glad to let you know that our Certified Organic, pasture raised turkeys are ready for this Thanksgiving. We’ll be offering them through the weekend before Thanksgiving. We raised plenty of extra turkeys this year so I don’t expect to …

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