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Pasture Farming

How We Brace Fences for Stability

Think about what happens when we’re stretching tight wire fence across the farm. You can probably imagine that the wires create a tremendous pulling force on the fence posts at each end of the line. Here’s video I shot a …

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Pasture Raised Turkeys

Turkeys Arrive on the Farm

This week we started our first batch of turkeys for the season. We’ll raise two more batches later during the summer. They’re a lot of fun at this newly-hatched stage, just fuzzy bundles of kinetic energy. Enjoy!

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Grass Fed BeefPasture Farming

Beginning of the Grazing Season

This week the grazing season officially began. In early May the grass comes exploding out of the ground. We’ll be racing against it for the next few weeks, rotating the cattle through large swaths of the farm before we settle …

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Farm Business

New eCommerce Website For WDF

This week we migrated the farm’s online sales to a new eCommerce platform. This has felt like a never-ending project, so it was a relief to have the opportunity to switch things over. Planning started last spring, and it seems …

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Pasture Raised Poultry

Reflections on Avian Influenza

Several people have asked about the ongoing 2022 outbreak of Avian Influenza, so this is something I want to discuss, both as it affects the larger agricultural system and as it affects us here on our tiny little corner of …

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Pasture Raised TurkeysRecipes

Recipe: Turkey Cottage Pie with Mushrooms, Parsnips, and a Celery Root-Goat Cheese Crust

This week Katy turned toward country-style cooking, and made a meat pie with our organic, pasture raised ground turkey. I think the addition of goat cheese was an inspired choice. Enjoy!

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Pasture Raised Poultry

Chicks to the Brooder

This week marks the beginning of chicken season, with new chicks hatching and going into the brooder. I created this video to explain the basics of our brooder setup and to discuss how we get the chicks off to a …

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Pasture Farming

Welcoming a New Livestock Guardian Dog to the Farm

On Monday we were pleased to bring another Maremma livestock guardian dog to work on the farm. It is fascinating to consider the centuries of careful breeding by shepherds in the mountains of Italy culminating in such a dog. Maremmas …

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Recipes

Recipe: Turkey Tender Parmesan with Lemon Caper Sauce

This time we’re riffing on chicken parmesan, but using our turkey breast tenders (sometimes called turkey tenderloins). Many chicken breast recipes can be reworked without much adaptation to substitute turkey tenders, and it helps in meal planning to know that …

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Food PolicyPasture Raised Poultry

Whole Chickens and the Acorn Squash Problem

Whole chicken started it all. The first product we sold from our farm was a whole chicken. A few months later we added half pigs, and the next fall we had half beef options. It was simple. We didn’t need …

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