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Farmstead Feed: Jill shares the latest from the Farmstead Desk

Fall pigs: why now is the time to get your hog!

Fall pigs: why now is the time to get your hog!

Way back when, long ago, in the mists of time, the folks who homesteaded the land had hogs.  Fat hogs.  Hardy hogs.  Hogs that didn't need a lot of pampering and could live off the land.  Even in the fall, going into winter, there were no...

Learn to take your hog from field to freezer -Harvest time!

Learn to take your hog from field to freezer -Harvest time!

Learn to take your hog from field to freezer -Harvest time! We are busy making plans for the two hog harvest classes, possibly three, we have on the schedule so far this year. October 20-22: Come help us harvest Shady Grove Farm's hogs in Michigan's beautiful Upper...

Integrity Matters: know or learn to be your farmer

Integrity Matters: know or learn to be your farmer

"Trust is the combination of intelligence and integrity." "Husbandry, which is not replaceable by science, nevertheless uses science, and corrects it too. It is the more comprehensive discipline. To reduce husbandry to science, in practice, is to transform...

Pasture (Grass) plus Chickens: goodness to share

Pasture (Grass) plus Chickens: goodness to share

  Last night was a idyllic summer evening: warm, just a little humid from the day and the threatening clouds, rosy colored sky.  The chickens on the pasture (real, actual grass) were resting, waiting for their dinner.  These chickens are content.  They have room...

Bone broth healthy breakfast: broth and egg in a cup

Bone broth healthy breakfast: broth and egg in a cup

Everyone keeps talking about "bone broth!"  So, we've been asked "What is bone broth?" Bone broth is the product of animal bones simmered in water for a length of time.  The simmering over time pulls the nutrients out of the bones and cartilage.  Once strained, the...

“Is chicken butchering fun?” Find out from this Northern Michigan poultry processor

“Is chicken butchering fun?” Find out from this Northern Michigan poultry processor

"Do you like butchering chickens?"  We get asked this question fairly often through the summer.   The answer, in a nutshell, is "NO." So, why do we do it?  I made a quick video recently asking the kids that question: https://youtu.be/uss_i0eRYwU The simple answer is...

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