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When Your Fancy Free Range Chicken Comes from the Same Place as Walmart’s Chicken

I was intrigued to read this morning a new article from ProPublica on the chicken industry. The piece covers two somewhat divergent topics. One topic relates to the sourcing of chicken, the other relates to bacterial contamination rates in certain …

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Grass Fed Beef

Rachel’s Thoughts on Herding Cattle

Rachel recorded this video about how she herds the cattle when she needs to gather them from a large field. As with most other skilled activities, it can look easy and natural, but that’s only the case after one has …

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Grass Fed Beef

Always Amazed By Cows

I found two stories this week that corroborate my observations about the power of cattle to improve diversity in the landscape. I don’t claim that cattle will always be the solution to any problem, but I do believe that when …

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Behind the Scenes

Installing Fence Posts on the Farm

Our high tensile fences in the pastures are strung on wooden fence posts, each sunk four feet deep. Over the years we’ve slowly added permanent fences throughout the farm. We’re inching our way to the finish line, this year adding …

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Pasture Farming

The Phone Call We Dread

“You aren’t asleep, are you?” It was 10:15 Sunday night and my neighbor Mike was calling. I knew it wouldn’t be good news. “Your cows are up next to my barn. A big group of them.” And there goes a …

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Grass Fed Beef

Soil Needs Animals

I need to become a better communicator about soil. It is a topic that few people outside of farming give much thought to. With its biological and chemical complexity, it is challenging to condense the ideas down to an easily-grasped …

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Pasture Raised TurkeysRecipes

Turkey Leftovers and a Turkey Cacciatore Recipe

When my mom and I made the Thanksgiving turkey roast video, I found I had a lot of extra outtakes after editing, and one of those included a discussion of leftovers. So I figured this weekend would be a good …

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Behind the Scenes

Customizing the Tractor Loader: Video

Transcript Hey, this is Dave from Wrong Direction Farm. Today I wanted to take you behind the scenes. I’m doing some repairs on the tractor. So it’s not some of the more pleasant things that we do on the farm …

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Food StoragePasture Raised Turkeys

Defrosting a Pasture Raised Turkey

After I wrote last week’s blog post answering the question of how long a raw turkey can be kept in the fridge, I realized I should have started with a more fundamental topic: how should we defrost a frozen pasture …

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Dave collecting soil samples on our pastures with the grass fed beef herd in the background.
Pasture Farming

Soil Testing At Wrong Direction Farm: Video

This week we walked the pastures with a soil probe and a bucket, collecting core samples. On our farm all the soils are similarly composed of clay and silt, but there are variations between the fields. Soil sampling will allow …

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