Guts

As promised last Tuesday, I'm going to continue with the pig theme for a few long posts. I hope you'll stick it out as I could use your help at the end of my next piece, and you will better understand the issue after reading this one and the upcoming installment. I wanted to get...

The Perfect Tool

Spring has finally arrived on the farm, at least if a diminishing snowpack and above freezing daytime temperatures count. I have a proud tradition of planting too early, and my records indicate that in my most delusional year - 2012 - a few weeks in the 70s convinced me to direct seed kale in the...

Oats

In Tuesday's post I mentioned trading some squash and beets for a bag of oats. I claimed  I got the better end of the deal. From a calorie for calorie perspective there is no doubt I got a lot more than I gave. From a labor to access the food calories stored therein, not so much. Oat...

Barter

Back in early January when I posted the rules I thought point #3, barter, would only be of minor importance. I expected to swap a little bit of stuff here or there, but not much. I even considered not allowing it in order to be even stricter in the application of the homegrown aspect of the challenge....

Loophole: Hay

After the last few weeks I'm ready for spring. I'm going to sing a little incantation over this photo from balmier times and hope for a warm March. This shows what our hay looks like when it's all put up. This is pretty coarse first-cut hay - really only adequate feed for mature cattle because...

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