Gophers Be Gone! (Or, How We Shut Out The Enemy)

There's this thing that I have not mastered by any means. It's called patience. It's the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. Hmm, well that'll get me nowhere out here in deer and gopher land. So I choose not to have it right now ...
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I’ll Have The Bacon With A Side Of Eggs

Last time I wrote about pork I had to figure out where to start on a huge amount that came in all at once. I dove in and made sausages and more sausages and even more sausages! But now I turn my attention to the sides. I have 6, 10-14 lb (somewhat) squared-off blocks of fatty meat on my hands ...
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Got A Big Ol’ Pig? Think, Sausages!

This recipe came at the right time for me since we had to harvest 3 large hogs at the same time. Whew! Three freezers full and I'm going nuts trying to figure out what to do with the mounds and mounds of ground pork. My youngest son begged for Italian-style sausages and so out came the Kitchenaid w/attachments and the ...
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The Condiment Series: A Nod To Mustard

After finally finding a recipe that was worthwhile, I decided to make this wonderful condiment that we all use for so many different dishes. This is what you do: Grow the mustard, harvest the seed, make the condiment. Simple. Pioneer Woman has a fantastic recipe for both brown and yellow that she so kindly offered up. I doubled both recipes ...
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And Just A Few Weeks Later…

In a perfect world these last few weeks would have been different. Three nights in Puerto Rico would not have been met with rainy weather or the gate to the Arecibo Observatory closing right before we arrived. Here on the farm, rotating the pigs into different paddocks, separating sows from piglets and castrating the male piglets wouldn't have sounded like ...
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Let’s Talk Turkey

Turkeys are easy and profitable. They forage all day long as they roam around playing follow the leader. Even if you have to keep them in a turkey tractor or run, notice when one starts to walk the others follow. It's the fowl version of a pack animal. They'll eat nothing but bugs, grass and other vegetation if you have ...
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Life, The Homestead And Everything

“Having solved all the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe except for his own, three times over, [Marvin] was severely stuck for something to do...” ― Douglas Adams. Life, the Universe and Everything Whose journey is this anyway? I sit here on my golf cart to take a look around, I ...
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Runnin’ On Swine Time

It's all about timing. The male and female will mate until she decides it's over. About a week. Then you separate them and start counting: three months, three weeks, three days. She'll start preparing the nest and then have her little piglets almost to the day! And don't worry about making too much a fuss over it; mama knows just ...
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Market Garden Update: Down And Out And Up Again

It is a sad year in that I had to forgo the farmers market. For so long before moving to our small farm, I dreamt of being a farmers market vendor. And then I was given the opportunity to try it out. The following year I did an entire spring, summer and fall market. I was hooked. I got to ...
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Eyes On The Prize: Jack And Tammy

It seems I must confess: I didn't think I'd love any other farm animals as much as I love my chickens. But I was wrong. So wrong. Even up to the day we brought home our breeding hogs, I had doubts about the whole thing. You see, we recently purchased a boar and a sow (both heritage breeds) from a ...
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