Breaking All The Rules

Later this summer Alanna and I will be heading out to Arizona to celebrate her grandparents’ wedding anniversary. Deer season isn’t open out there in early August, so I’ll have to hope I luck into a bear or mountain lion tag. Carnivores and omnivores usually aren’t eaten, but if I’ve learned anything over the past...

In the Fall

It looks like we're going to get a good apple crop this year. There are numerous wild apple trees spread around my farm, and last autumn was abysmal. One single tree yielded well, while all the others grew zero or just a few small fruits. I've read that wild apples often exhibit a biennial heavy...

5.5 : 1

So obviously I got the analysis I wanted even if the sought after ratio isn't *quite* what I hoped for. The ratio of 5.5:1 omega 6:3 is not superb, but it is significantly closer to the "grass-fed" meat than most pork. The literature I've read for pork generally shows 6:3 ratios ranging from 10:1 to...

New Babies

Since moving to the farm I’ve had cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks. But until two days ago only the first of these had ever been born on here. I plan on farrowing my own pigs, but not until next year; so far I’ve purchased piglets that are weaned and a couple months old....

Argh.

Two months ago I wrote a post about our pigs' feeding protocol and the possibility that it would result in a healthier balance of fats than that found in the average hog. While I settled on marketing my meat as "Cairncrest Farm Pork", I am interested enough in the topic that I sprang for a fat analysis...

Grazing Animals

The two primary species of animals moved from their winter quarters to fresh green fields a few weeks ago. When they're on pasture the cattle move to fresh grass every day. I'm still waiting for a number of calves to drop. They should come in the next two to three weeks. It's marvelous to watch...

The Early Garden

The garden is at a particularly frustrating stage; lots of veggies have been started, but aside from asparagus and a few kale and sage plants that miraculously over wintered, there is not yet much to show for all of the work. It's been dry enough that even with watering there has been some less than...

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