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Hitchhikers and Stowaways

“Uh, did you know you’ve got someone in the back of your truck?” I do have a history with hitchhikers, so stowaways probably shouldn’t surprise anyone as the next logical progression. But I never meant to become a trafficker. Much …

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Grass Fed BeefRecipes

Recipe: Braised Grass Fed Beef Short Ribs with a Horseradish Gremolata

We’re starting off a recipe series for this year all specially developed by our friend Katy Sparks using Wrong Direction Farm meats. And this weekend, as we’re digging out from a major snowstorm, it feels right to start with a …

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Farm Life

Frustrated by Machines, Encouraged by People

Whirr. Whurrrrr. Whhh. I could tell the tractor wasn’t going to start, and I knew that my day would now be spent with ratchets and sockets and multimeters. A simple run out back to feed the cattle wouldn’t be simple. …

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Grass Fed BeefPasture Farming

Bedding Bales: Preparing for a Snow Storm

With a forecasted big snow coming over the weekend, it was time to set out bedding for the cattle to give them a comfortable place to get through the weather. This video shows the way I select bales for bedding, …

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Food Policy

Herbicide Without End

I appreciated Bart Elmore’s recent writeup in The Conversation about the prevalence of herbicides in our food supply. The article covers the two big headliner herbicides Dicamba and Glyphosate, as well as a resurgence of other herbicides that had been …

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Grass Fed Beef

Bringing the Grass to the Cows

Today we’re feeding the cattle bales of summer grass. I thought it might be interesting to show the process of feeding, and to look at the protective bale rings we use to prevent the cattle from trampling their valuable feed …

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Grass Fed Beef

When the Grass Isn’t Growing, What Do Grass Fed Cattle Eat?

We often emphasize the importance of “grass fed and grass finished” as a standard for feeding our beef cattle. Grass fed cattle are eating the kind of food that suits them best, and this is a very different diet compared …

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Behind the ScenesFood Policy

Empty Shelves and Farm Economics

My mom sent me pictures of the meat cases at her nearby grocery store. Many shelves were sparsely filled, while others were completely bare. We seem to be facing wave after wave of disruptions in our commodity markets, and there’s …

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Behind the ScenesPasture Farming

Plans Built on Grass

Everything I plan is stacked on layers of utterly unpredictable events and utterly uncontrollable forces. And yet I find that the more planning I do, the better prepared I am for the year. Winter is time for farm planning. This …

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Behind the Scenes

Farm Goals for 2022

Enjoying the quiescence of our winter schedule, Rachel and I have been using this time to make plans for Wrong Direction Farm for the new year. Whenever I do my listmaking, I invariably fill the sheet with all sorts of unachievable …

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