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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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Seasoning a certified organic, pasture raised turkey from Wrong Direction Farm
Food StoragePasture Raised Turkeys

How Long Can I Keep Raw Pasture Raised Turkey In My Refrigerator?

If you are like me, you want to defrost your Thanksgiving turkey with plenty of time to ensure that when you start the cooking on Thursday, everything will be ready to go. But a question I’ve heard repeatedly is: how …

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Certified organic, pasture raised turkey we roasted with Dave's mom.
Pasture Raised Turkeys

Roasting a Turkey With My Mom

My mom has been roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving almost every year, starting that tradition about the time I was born. And many years she cooks an extra turkey or two for other occasions. I thought, with her decades of …

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Certified organic pasture raised Chicken thighs from Wrong Direction Farm cooking in braising dish with cider and leeks
Recipes

Recipe: Hard Cider and Leek-Braised Pastured Chicken Thighs

Chef Katy Sparks crafted a cozy meal of chicken thighs using garden herbs, leeks, and a bottle of dry cider. This takes simple, local ingredients and arranges them into a fine meal. I love that this recipe is so approachable …

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Recipes

Recipe: Chili Mole with Grass Fed Ground Beef

Chef Katy Sparks does it again with another seasonally on-point recipe. This time she used Wrong Direction Farm grass fed ground beef to make a wonderful beef chili mole. Ground beef slow cooked with chocolate, poblano chilis, and ground pumpkin …

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Pasture Raised Turkeys

Wrong Direction Farm Turkeys Featured in Small Farms Quarterly

I wanted to pass along an article I wrote for Cornell’s Small Farms Quarterly about Wrong Direction Farm’s pasture raised turkeys. My plan is to develop a short series on various aspects of pasture raised turkeys in the upcoming editions. …

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Grass Fed Beef

Keep Your Nose Clean

When I wrote the blog post about how our cattle use their noses as a grass guidance system, there was one detail I overlooked: cow nose maintenance. Even if you’ve got a precision instrument, there’s always some maintenance required. Here …

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Grass Fed BeefSilvopasture

Video: Clearing Fencelines in the Woods

About twice every year I need to clear fallen trees and branches off the fencelines that run through the woods. I captured some video while I worked on that today. I took a little time showing how we run fences through the woods without using fence posts. And I discuss how these fences allow us to balance the need to contain cattle while also letting deer and other wild animals pass through our farm.

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Grass Fed Beef

What Are the Cattle Eating in the Pasture Today?

Since Rachel was away, I took over the pasture moves for the cattle. Every day we move them to fresh grass. And of course, when we talk about grass and grass fed, we’re always talking about a broader category of …

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Grass Fed Beef

Video: Thoughts on Pasture After a Nor’easter

I reflect briefly on managing grazing on very wet ground after a protracted period of stormy weather. Pasture management really is about understanding what we require of our land, and understanding what our land requires of us. Moving our herd …

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