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Archive for January, 2015

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Our book, The Grassfed Homestead, has been accepted by our number one favorite publisher, Chelsea Green!  Now we just have to get it all written.  Look for it some time in the second half of 2016!

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Sunday, January 25:

I don’t think we’ve seen the sun more than a dozen days this winter.  That’s about par for this area, which receives about as much sunshine yearly as Seattle, WA.  Even so, the grass grows and fuels the whole farm via rotationally grazed dairy and beef cows, a small flock of sheep, a pair of breeding pigs and their offspring, and our pastured poultry.  Not that we’re not all looking forward to spring!

We forgot to run up to the monastery and shut the chickens’ coupe the other night, and in the morning there was a headless hen on the wire mesh floor.  So that evening we went up after dark with a .22.  Mr. ‘Possum was just thinking about fresh eggs and chicken heads when we showed up and spoiled his party.  Everybody has to eat; just not in our hen house.

 

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Sharing our grass-based family farm systems with other interested people is always a pleasure for us.  Saturday, January 10, a dozen people braved below-zero temperatures to attend our full-day sustainable  homesteading/ rotational grazing seminar sponsored by the Shepherd’s Bridge in Deersfield, Ohio, where we spent six hours sharing farming experiences and some delicious home-cooked foods.  Attendees included people of all levels of information, from no farming experience at all, to a couple of dairy farmers and a professional greenhouse grower; but low-input integrated farming is becoming important to a wide public, making our workshop days some of the most interesting we spend.  We look forward to the OEFFA conference in February, when we will present on grass-based homesteading, focusing on rotational grazing and the family dairy cow, and to the summer, when we will host several on-farm seminars and farm tours.  See out 2015 schedule for more information on our summer courses.

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