Winter

Winter

Today marks the last of our fresh bird processing for a couple of months. Like busy ants, we managed to stash enough pastured chickens to, according to “plan,” take a break. We will be starting new broilers soon, but won’t have overlapping groups....
A Boy’s Life

A Boy’s Life

Jim is two. He lives to do what his siblings do, from eating what they eat, to saying whatever they say (sometimes they regret that!), to… Helping with the biochar retort… **** **** **** **** *** Playing with the cow… *** *** *** *** *** and baby...

Sunday night is gear-up night. We’ve found that picking up chickens at night makes the job a lot easier. Chickens (and other fowl) don’t move at night. That makes them easy prey for nocturnal hunters, including chicken farmers. The guys go out after dark,...

Last week I had to make a choice.  I needed some veggies and had the choice of a small local retailer, Willow Mercantile, or Meijer’s.  I had to go to Meijer’s anyway for other things Willow doesn’t have, and I did have several children along.  But...
Winter

Winter

Winter on the farm: A rare sunny day brought us outside and made for some great photos.  The barn and clearspan with the pigs in the snow make a classic picture.  The clearspan currently houses about 1400 chickens in three different groups.  The barn houses the goats,...