Animal Organs for Nose-To-Tail Eating
Eating nose to tail. You've heard it before. It's balancing the ratios of muscle meat and bones, fat and connective tissues. Basically it's the Methionine to Glycine balance that matters. These are both important amino acids found in foods. Methionine is especially abundant in eggs, dairy, meat, poultry, and fish. Glycine is especially abundant in skin, bones and connective tissue. For example, many tend to eat boneless chicken breast without the skin, bones or cartilage. Ma
Reflections from the Farm & Lessons Learned
After a little time away from the farm, I am back with a better focus and goals for the upcoming seasons. In small business it's a fine balance of accurately predicting the future and being prepared. An agricultural business is all of that plus the unpredictability of weather, animals and risk assessment of all of those things. It's being creative, pivoting, buckling down to get jobs done and often wearing many hats. Not for everyone, and always an adventure! This year I have
The Long History of the CSA
CSA stands for "community supported agriculture" and it comes in many different forms. Many people are familiar with vegetable CSAs, where members pay for their "share" in the spring, when veggie farmers need money for seeds, soil, etc. but before their cash crops come in. When the harvest comes in, farmers make good on their promises and members receive their veggies. Meat CSA shares can be a little different, because meat isn't quite so seasonal. Our buffalo are raised for
Let Them Swarm!
Honey bee swarms are one of nature's many amazing events. Some beekeepers try to prevent this important part of their reproduction from happening. Check out Feral Forest Folk to learn more about swarms, some common questions answered and how you can help honey bees grow and thrive!
Sourdough Discard Crackers
Baking fresh sourdough bread is a staple in our home. In order to keep the starter going you have to discard half of it and then feed it again. Throwing away that extra discard it never something I like doing so there are many recipes you can use it for. One of my favorites is crackers! This Recipe is easy, healthy and a tasty snack! The kiddos love it too! ENJOY!
Seed Starting Tips, Part 2
Germination! When I was teaching elementary school students about seed starting, we always said, "a seed is a lunchbox for a plant." Seeds contain the essential energy to get a plant jump started - after that, it's up to you to keep it alive and thriving. That is why most seeds will germinate on nothing but a wet paper towel, but they won't live very long. Most garden plants are pretty simple to start from seed, but read on for a few tips and tricks to get the most out of you
Inclined Bed Therapy
This is one of my favorite biohacking techniques of them all! So what the heck is it? Simple, just raise the head of your bed up above the foot, anywhere from 6-8 inches works best. You're really aiming for a 5 degree angle. The point is to raise your head so you're sleeping on an upward incline. Keep in mind this is NOT an adjustable bed where the bottom remains horizontal and just your head is propped up. In this case the entire bed is raised. It's especially easy if you
Seed Starting Tips, Part 1
If you are a gardener, chances are you are avidly awaiting the beginning of seed starting season. Though it is early for most home gardeners to start seeds (greenhouses are already in full swing!), the time will be soon. Though the debate about which seed starting method works best has been going on forever, and will never be resolved, so I'll just give you a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each style, and you can decide for yourself. Biodegradable pots - These pots, us
Book Club - Homesteading
There are so many great books out there on gardening and starting a homestead but The Rooted Life by Justin Rhodes is by far my favorite. Whether you have an apartment or hundreds of acres. You will learn to grow your own food and raise chickens for eggs and meat! The photos are beautiful and he is funny and very honest. Justin has been a long time Youtube homestead sensation. He has so much great information and learned a lot from his mentor Joel Salatin. He started his smal
Fermenting Chicken Feed
Most of us know the benefits of eating and drinking fermented foods and beverages. It also does the same for your chickens! Chickens who eat fermented feed are known to have better egg quality. They’ll lay heavier eggs with thicker shells. Fermented feed also better protects chickens from unhealthy bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli. Since ill chickens can lead to unhealthy eggs, this protects both you and your flock. Fermenting is also affordable. Fermenting chicken feed c