Eating grass-fed guilt-free?

I know, I know.Grass-fed beef or lamb, pastured pork and free-range chicken are expensive. I get it. In addition to raising grass-fed beef, I purchase the eggs, and chicken and half-a pig. I think of them as investments, not just because of the cost, but because they are really down-payments on my future, and yours.Hear from an expert: Dave Johnson, prez of GrassWorks, 9-9:30 AM CT, Deep Roots Radio, streamed live, http://www.wpcaradio.org.Hope you tune in.Sylvia Burgos Toftness...more

Cows stuck in a corner

Cows are herding animals, social creatures. They travel in bunches to grass, water, grass, water, shade, grass, grass. You get the idea. In fact, they become very stressed when forced away from the group. It's this instinct that makes them easy, and difficult, to manage. Easy because when you get the lead cow to start moving, the others invariably follow. Things become a challenge, however,  when you want to separate one or more from the group. ...more

We've Goat Company

We've Goat Company About half of the boer goat does have had their kids. Father Abraham did his job almost too well; multiples abound. Only Pig had a single, and one big, old mama named Opel had quads! Yes, that is four babies. Holy cow. Or should I say "holy goat"?...more
As soon as I saw "Goats" in the title, I thought "No kidding?"  And as it turned out, your post ...more

Meat-n-Greet

Anne KimballLife on the Funny FarmIf you follow along here, you'll have seen some pictures I posted on Wednesday.And you probably made an involuntary noise that sounded something likeawwwww or ohmygoshhowCUTE or fbrdywubitzbecause, come on now......more

Self-Milking Cows and Other Curiosities of the Modern Dairy Farm

Smart cow?  Photo by Withywindle Nature, 2012...more

Online Gaming Is Lucrative For Organized Gold Farming Rings

So-called “gold farmers” play massive multiplayer online games, not for fun, but to accumulate virtual currency, or “gold,” which can then be sold to other players, despite the fact that most game operators explicitly ban the exchange of in-game currency for cash. Gold farming is so lucrative, people in China and other developing nations can support themselves by working full-time operating gold farming rings....more

'Organic' Is a Dirty Word

A few months back, I was talking with Kirk about -- what else? -- organic farming. “They need a new word for it,” he said. “A new word? What? Why?” “'Organic’ is just...I don’t know...not good. They need a new word.” I was incredulous. Good lord, what could possibly be wrong with organic? I can’t think of anything more harmless or healthy. But once I put my self-righteous indignation aside, I gained valuable insight....more
HA!  I was just going to post the same thing.  I'm in the southeast and around here ...more

Will Allen: Growing Power and the Good Food Revolution

In 1993, Will Allen bought the last remaining farm in the city of Milwaukee. It was located in a food desert halfway between two freeways on a very busy street. He bought the farm for selfish reasons.  He was looking for a place to sell the produce he was growing on his 100-acre farm in Oak Creek, WI, outside of Milwaukee. After a couple years, Allen started to work with a youth group on the farm, and eventually his friends talked him into starting a nonprofit....more
Snowy Pines Ridge Farm ~ He really is inspiring, isn't he? Did you see his interview this week ...more

My Living Room Is A Nursery

We have been very busy here at the farm, for the last month or so. Since I can't remember the last post I made, and I am admittedly too lazy to look it up, I will recap here. We started out with with three pigs (two gilts and a boar) that were in pig (such a funny term for being pregnant!), due to farrow any day. We had six goats, all does, only two of which were in milk. A few heritage turkeys, eight ducks, and a small (25-30) flock of chickens. We have expanded. And not in our waistlines either. ...more