English Major!

The constant struggle when writing about the farm is specificity. In other words, how is it possible to write about a particular pasture, or a particular cow, or a particular summer day? About noon yesterday I walked into the woods. It was very hot. My dog Oban was with me, and I was fixing the waterline. In college I was …

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Tick Hunt! 2017

In the woods around our farm there are bobcats, coyotes, fishers, and even the occasional bear. (Sorry, no mountain lions.) These are the sorts of beasts that I imagine most people think of when envisioning themselves in a struggle with nature, red in tooth and claw. But you don’t need an advanced degree in statistics to comprehend the vanishingly small …

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Recipe: Ramps with Bacon

Ramps are only in season briefly, and this year they’ve arrived all at once. I expect them to be around for at least another couple weeks, but I can’t claim to understand exactly what determines how long they persist, so it’s best to enjoy them while they’re around. This is doubly true on my farm, where the cover of deciduous …

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How Do You Eat Raw Meat?

The short answer is “don’t,” the longer answer is “very carefully.” Cooking meat has become a cultural norm for a variety of reasons. Cooked meat tastes good, and it is more nutritious, or at least has more available calories. Cooking makes tough cuts tender. But these days the single biggest reason most people cook food is safety. Heat can kill …

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Late Winter Surprise

I fail constantly as a farmer. We got sheep a bit over a year ago. Last June when the lambs came Garth read about a supposedly common practice among shepherds. Rather than fully castrate their lambs some people apparently just band the scrotum so the testicles can’t properly descend. With too much body heat all sperm are supposed to be …

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Cold Exposure

About six weeks ago Alanna and I watched a short documentary about Wim Hof. While it’s clear that Wim is considerably more open to scientific scrutiny than most people who claim to have developed new ways to confer tremendous health benefits, I have not been able to find much evidence for his claims about the efficacy of hyperventilation to promote …

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A Magical Food System

Here’s a fun thought experiment: imagine you had a machine in your home that could synthesize a few cheap, easily available ingredients into any food item you might want. You could have an app on your phone from which you could select a full menu, and this machine would perfectly execute each dish to your particular specifications. It could synthesize …

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