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Sowing the seeds of our Future Farmers

Blog: Marshfield Farmers' Market   -   Wednesday June 25, 2014   -   By Lorrie

Sowing the Seeds of our Future Farmers Eat local, buy local is the proverbial phrase these days, and one well worth supporting.   However I believe that being a locavore reaches farther into the hidden gems of our lives.    ...

Understanding Sheep

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Tuesday June 18, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Of all the barnyard critters, sheep seem to be the most easily misunderstood.  Yes, folks will say that goats are liable to eat tin cans (though Linden hasn’t managed this yet…but we haven’t given him a chance either) or that chickens will run...

Animal Welfare Approved

Blog: Hog and Dogs Ranch / Produce   -   Friday October 05, 2012   -   By Brien and Debbie

Yesterday Lance Gegner came to visit our farm, We showed him around he took pictures yes he asked first, We didn't care if your not doing anything wrong you shouldn't care if someone takes pictures! He looked at everything our pens our pasture, our feed items....

Monthly Shopping trip to the feed co-op

Blog: Four Country Gals   -   Friday March 02, 2012   -   By Shari

Wisest decision we've made this year is to join our local IFA co-op. We buy enough feed and supplies there to qualify for the annual dividend paid to co-op members at the end of the year. We always comparative shop with Premier1 (on line), Cal Ranch (another...

An Unlikely Pair

Blog: HoneyBear Ranch   -   Friday January 13, 2012   -   By Phil and Sandy

I've always been told that cows and horses can't be friends.  I'm here to tell you that just isn't true! We were given a Paint filly at the tender age of 4 months. We named her Maggie Mae. Her mother died during the horrible heat and...

Ready for a bath?

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Sunday December 25, 2011   -   By Mary

The ducks and geese just don't know what to do with ice. They want a bath and try to dive into their frozen pond, but for whatever reason these days, the water is as hard as ice.  We dump out the ice and pour in water, and they enjoy it a lot.  But...

Truck got stuck in the snow today

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Saturday December 24, 2011   -   By Mary

Truck the rooster got stuck in a snowdrift while out on an adventure today. He wanted to get to the other side, walked right in until he was stuck up to his belly. We went to rescue him, but before we could some persistent flapping got him free and he managed...

Say hi to Truck

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Sunday December 11, 2011   -   By Mary

We let our birds wander freely on our farm, but most of them decide to stay at home in the pen. Truck likes the pen a lot, but also likes his daily walks. When you visit our farm, you'll be greeted by Truck the rooster. If you're a dog, kitty, coyote or a...

Dracula's blood thirsty days are done

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Friday December 09, 2011   -   By Mary

Count Dracula the calf has decided halloween is over.  He and Pink Nose the Calf are now very good friends with Butterball the Alpaca, who has helped him work through his numerous "issues" apparently.  Butterball himself used to...

Butterball the alpaca no longer a turkey

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Tuesday December 06, 2011   -   By Mary

Butterball is our newest alpaca friend here at the farm. He was a turkey, though, and had a lot of fight in him. We try to make fighters into lovers here at the farm, and the same way that you would help a human child with too much fight is the same way you...

Pumpkins are thoughtful and whistful foods

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Monday November 21, 2011   -   By Mary

We are still going through halloween pumpkins, and the birds and goats share them well.  The birds like the seeds and goop best, and the goats like the rinds best.  Nobody likes the stems.  When we were working our ox, Macaucau, he was sorely...

Cosmovore vs Local Foods

Blog: Wild Winds Sheep Company   -   Sunday November 20, 2011   -   By Catherine & Martin

Cosmovore vs. local foods, by Catherine Wissner   From the November 15, 2011, Drovers article Enter the Cosmovores ;* “Mr. Kenny adds a new word to our food vocabulary as he answers — negatively — the question: Is...

Wanda the chicken feeling better, cages and cruelt...

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Friday November 18, 2011   -   By Mary

After a week of recovery, Wanda is fully recovered.  Her leg, broken mysteriously, has healed straight and she is putting her full weight on it again.  The most difficult part of her adventure?  Being restrained for a week in cage (she is...

USDA Hare Tactics - Protest Scheduled for May 25 i...

Blog: IICFA   -   Monday May 23, 2011   -   By GrannySue

This came from Doreen H. - who lives in MO and has been fighting against NAIS with us for more than 7 years now. The saga in Missouri continues...  If you are headed down that way or happen to live in Missouri - this would be a good protest to attend....

Animal Farm Abuse in the News...Check it out ...ve...

Blog: Alternative Community Farmer/WPB.FL   -   Thursday April 14, 2011   -   By Tony

I was reading the NYT of today and I was shocked to read an article about the abuse of animals at the farms...here is an excerpt, I qoute the NYT: "States Look to Ban Efforts to Reveal Farm Abuse By A. G. SULZBERGER Published:...

Bamboo as a hay crop

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Thursday March 31, 2011   -   By Mary

Bamboo is a grass and where the farmer has enough water to irrigate other hay crops (such as rye or alfalfa), they ought to consider this hay instead.   D. G. Sturkie, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and Soils, V.L. Brown, Superintendent,...

Sunflowers as animal feed

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Monday March 21, 2011   -   By Mary

Sunflowers make excellent animal feed, requiring no irrigation and providing both grain and forage.   According to Dairy Specialist Alvaro Garcia of the South Dakota State University Extension ( http://pubstorage.sdstate.edu/AgBio_Publica...

Testing Time

Blog: MM Livestock Co   -   Monday February 07, 2011   -   By Megan

It's that time of year again. The state vet will be out in a few days to Bangs test the herd and Tric thest the bulls that are for sale, all the cattle that are breeders must be bangs tested annually. The testing is to make sure that they are free from...

Tagging and banding lambs

Blog: MM Livestock Co   -   Wednesday January 19, 2011   -   By Megan

Today after morning chores were done it was time to tag and band the lambs. They get a Scrapie tag in one ear and a Farm Tag in the other. Our flocks are certified scrapie free so keeping accurate records is important. The scrapie tag has the US I.D # on it as...

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