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Saturday
Dec292012

052 Christmas on the farm, farming in the northern winters, choosing a CSA

Our Post-Christmas, pre New Year 52nd, one year celebration episode.

This week’s updates include:

  • Christmas on the farm - yum
  • Let it snow, we say, with over 2 feet and counting…
  • Preparing for the snow - round bales to the rescue
  • Dealing with the fence lines in snow
  • Placement of winter paddock fencing - room for improvement
  • Chickens and snow

In the Coopcast Community:

  • Listener Bill shares his bad experience with CSA’s and trying again
  • One of our first listener Jeph talks about getting to eat an egg from Nugget!
  • Frank want’s to know about any automation on the farm

Tuesday
Nov062012

045 Farm prepping for a hurricane, a GMO documentary, eating nutrient dense foods

Farming Updates in what seems like a farming soap opera:

  • We were away from our farm when hurricane Sandy came through
  • Being prepared for disasters
  • Lessons from this event

In the CoopCast Community 

  • Response to a blog post about the cost of raising pigs 
  • GMO discussion feedback 
    • Ernest shared a link to a documentary on GMOs
  • Melanie shared her dream product - Andy’s Boar in a Bottle

In this weeks Farmers Choice : People always talk about wanting to “eat healthy” but what does that really mean?  How do you really measure healthy?

  • Eating healthy and the definition
  • Nutrient dense food and the difference

Monday
Oct292012

044 Planting Fall garlic and Proposition 37 and GMO's

Just a few Farmining Updates this week:

  • Garlic planting and our technique,
  • A root cellar full of goodies,
  • Our youngest gilt is in heat - Ollie traits!


In the news we discuss Proposition 37 and GMO’s:

  • Opinions on Prop 37 and GMOs in general
  • Labeling requirement?
  • What is a GMO?
  • For or against GMOs?
  • Natural selection and pesticide use

(As always - the full feed and list of other episodes is here.)

Tuesday
Oct232012

043 Putting the vegetable garden to bed, late season farming, how to cook a heritage turkey

Updates from around the farmstead:

  • #farmerandy shares his Big Buck story of dispair,
  • We put the veggie patch to bed with compost and the rototiller,
  • Pigs moved to a new section of pasture,
  • Pig pasture maintenance and seeding on the old pasture,
  • From the pasture to the plate we talk about canning chicken in the pressure cooker,
  • Final sales of year and the risk to cash flow

In the CoopCast community:

  • We talk about cooking a heritage turkey (http://www.localharvest.org/features/heritage-turkey-recipes.jsp),
  • A listener who didn’t know he could raise his chickens on pasture,
  • Some general listener feedback items from Facebook, iTunes and Stitcher.

In the news:

  • We talk about a non-functioning pair of oxen in Vermont and what should happen with them:
    • http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/10/21/163257176/despite-protest-college-plans-to-slaughter-serve-farms-beloved-oxen

Foolow the links on the left to the full podcast feed!

Tuesday
Oct162012

042 Fall farming updates from livestock to vegetable gardens and a discussion about farmer and consumer commitment

Updates around the farm include:

  • We were featured on Libsyn’s Rockin New Podcasts! - http://imake.libsyn.com/rockin-new-libsyn-podcasts-chicken-thistle-farm-coopcast
  • The growing season is officially over with a hard freeze last week,
  • We finished turkeys by processing the last of the Midget White Turkeys,
  • We got our municipal water bill from over the drought months (WOW),
  • Winter preparations are ongoing including cleaning out the chicken coop and starting to put the vegetable garden to bed,
  • Farm stand review for the year.

This week we are having 2 related farmers choice segments about commitment:

  • From the farmers side, what levels of commitment are required to your livestock, land and customers?  We talk about this in relation to a listener email about his journey into becoming a farmer.
  • From the consumer side, what and why are you committed to a farm or farmer? And how do your actions speak louder than your words when it comes to demonstrating that commitment?

(This episode was recorded on the eve of our 13th wedding anniversary, hence the commitment theme!)

(all episodes and the rss feed are over on our podcast page)