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Natural food

At the recent Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference we attended Karen Lubbers’ keynote address.  Karen’s farm is Lubber’s Farm in Coopersville, MI.  One of the things she talked about is the value and integrity of “real” food.  A few...

It’s a sunny day outside, the clearspan is glowing, the chickens are stretching, the pigs, goats, sheep and cow are basking.  I looked at a couple of pictures of chickens on pasture this summer with longing.  The clearspan still grows a mighty fine chicken in...

On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve we received the best presents a pig can give: piglets!  Two of the blond Mangalitsa sows had litters.  They have proven to be good mothers.  They are in loose stalls with deep straw bedding.  The room is insulated and stays...
Let it snow…

Let it snow…

The kids, as in generations previous, are cheering for the snow.  They’ve got a few sleds out.  They’re checking the ski reports since they invested in season passes this year.  They complain about how hard chores are now.  All is normal and well. The...

On Soup and Stock

“Properly prepared, meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate.  Acidic wine or vinegar added during cooking helps to draw minerals, particularly...

Local

“Buy Local” is a popular mantra these days.  With economic concerns what they are, it’s more than just a nifty idea.  It has the potential to change our local economies.  Here’s a good visual and some solid numbers to help explain it better:...

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