Farming

On Generational Farming

People farm for many reasons. For the pride in producing food. For the lifestyle connected to the land. To make a living. To provide for a family. To build a legacy. I’ve contemplated every single one of them over the years, perhaps none more than […]

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The Myth of Cheap Garden Hauls + Heirloom Favorites

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I’ll just grow my own, it’s cheaper!” I would have at least one large piggy bank full of nickels. I’ve heard it about fruits and vegetables, pigs, cows, sheep… basically, if it comes […]

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State of the Farm: What Doesn’t Kill You

About three-quarters of the way through last year I considered, and even briefly decided to quit farming. That’s not a sentence I ever imagined would act as the hook of one of these addresses, but it’s the only sentence I can fathom using right now. […]

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On Sows, Bellybutton High

One nice thing about the summers we’ve been having lately, is that while wet, they are also cool. Temperatures in the seventies and eighties are the norm, and, aside from a day here and there, we’ve not really even had too much of that stifling […]

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On Talking to the Animals

I love food choice. That’s cliché, but true. I love that the food options available to me and my fellow Americans are virtually limitless. If you want to be vegan, you can be vegan. If you want to go gluten free, go gluten free! If […]

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6 Resolutions for Growing a Small Farm

I’m a little reluctant to call these resolutions. I’m not drawn to the idea of resolutions; public declarations of an intention to do this thing or not do that one. I’ve come to see life and its relative success or failure as a moving target. […]

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State of the Farm : 2015 Farmprint Course

Every year about this time I begin to take stock of how our farm is functioning. Some years it’s inspiring, other years it’s frustrating, most years it’s a little bit of both. Regardless, it’s become a sort of cornerstone of how we do things and […]

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Winter Wear Must Haves: Small Farm Style

This weekend, as if by clockwork, winter arrived in Michigan. We’d already had a little bit of snow accumulation and plenty of cold days, but up to this point the weather has waffled. Cold for a few days here, warm for one there. This is […]

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Raising Pigs: Why We Use Pastures And Pens

Recently pastured meats have become quite popular. It’s not just pork either, “grass-fed” which is a different but similar label for beef and lamb products, as well as pastured and even “vegetarian” versions of poultry have been hitting shelves in increasing numbers. Due to the […]

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Sometimes It Sucks

I don’t often blog about the difficult and messy parts of farming here. I allude to them, I tell you they exist, but I don’t really share them. There’s never been a conscious decision on my part to void those bits from the record, it’s […]

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