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Pasture Raised Poultry

Back to the Brooder

This week we began the spring cycle of chickens, with the first batch of newly hatched chicks going into our brooder. We normally time our hatch dates to start earlier in the month, but this year it made more sense …

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Grass Fed Beef

How the Other Half Farms

I was in Arizona for a few days this week, and I’m sure it surprises no one that my sightseeing was more focused on agriculture than on landscapes. Wherever I travel, my head is always on a swivel, looking to …

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Pasture Raised Poultry

New Chicken Product Poll

We are developing some new chicken products to offer this summer once the pasture season gets underway. We need feedback from our customers to know how to prioritize our work on the sorts of items people would like. We’d really …

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Recipes

Recipe: Grass Fed Beef Stew with Fried Parsnip Chips and Gremolata

There’s often an expectation that beef stew is a cold-weather meal, but I’ve noticed that our customers tend to order stew cubes consistently year-round. And that seems right to me. I think there are times when our bodies just know …

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Farm Life

Is the Farm Grass Fed Certified?

Someone recently asked me if our beef was certified as grass fed by the American Grassfed Association. The question itself was straightforward but it caused me to do some thinking about certifications, trying to understand what kind of value they …

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Pasture Farming

When the Snow Gets Deep

We’re certainly no strangers to snowstorms in March, so this week’s big snow wasn’t entirely out of place. We have a system in place on the farm that can handle the usual range of storms we get, although I’m sure …

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Ordering From WDF

Good News for Butter

We wanted to let everyone know that we’ve been making some changes for the better with our butter. We’re still having the butter churned by the ever-capable folks at Kriemhild Dairy, but we’re sourcing the cream from Tom McGrath at …

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Farm Life

Family Farming: There’s Got to Be More to It

During the recent Superbowl, in some midwestern regions agricultural interest groups aired commercials with titles like “We are the 96%.” The goal was to promote more understanding among the public that the majority of farms in America are family farms. …

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Behind the Scenes

Another Shipping Container Building for the Farm

We’re at it again with another shipping container project for the farm. A truck delivered two containers this week. One of them is pretty old and banged up, so that is destined to be used for more prosaic storage needs. …

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Food Policy

Livestock Farm Fires

A couple of headlines about fires at livestock facilities have caught my attention recently. It occurs to me that farming out on pasture adds yet another level of security to our food supply. Unlike the prevailing wisdom of the industry, …

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