Just Grazing

A Farmer’s New Year’s Resolutions

--Stop opening mouth while cleaning horses' and goats' feet. (Flying pieces of hoof, dirt and manure are common.) --Don't believe any weather forecast other than the Farmers' Almanac. (In fact, you're better off assuming that if rain is in the forecast, it won't rain but if sunshine is in the forecast it will rain.) --Don't ...Read more

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Something fishy at Costco

We were on our monthly Costco expedition, and while comparing the price of salmon and steelhead, we discovered something fishy. The salmon ($7.99 per pound) had been labeled and priced as ground beef ($3.59 per pound). That explained why we noticed two people buying an awful lot of salmon. But we opted to do the ...Read more

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Contemplating the gizzard

The gizzard. Now there's an essential turkey body part. Each bird has one. In a turkey, it's a muscle about the size of a baseball. Everything they eat, including small stones, goes into the gizzard, which is a bird's version of the Ninja Blender. The grit and stone remain in the gizzard and help grind ...Read more

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Does anyone speak dog? Not me, apparently

Something definitely is wrong with me. For as long as I can remember, I have known that people who have actual conversations with their dogs are really only talking to themselves, because dogs can't comprehend more than a word or two, and preferably not strung together. Besides, I've always raised an eyebrow (in my mind) ...Read more

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Dammit, “Little Dove,” Why Wouldn’t You Listen?

Bad things can happen to good animals. We promised ourselves we wouldn't get into writing obituaries for every animal that dies on the farm. With nearly 100 living here today, your patience--not to mention interest--would soon be spent. But this week's loss bears some note, not just because we got a little close to her, ...Read more

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These birds have beaten the odds

[caption id="attachment_339" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Newborn keets huddle around "Little Dove."[/caption] There is good news, and there is bad news. The good news: we have a second batch of baby guinea fowl. The bad news: we have a second batch of baby guinea fowl, and the really bad news is there is a third hatch pending. ...Read more

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Guinea Fowl: The Rodney Dangerfields of Poultry

"They are a good warning system--very loud when someone enters their space," we were told. "They eat lots of insects and pests, especially ticks," we read. "They are difficult to keep on a farm if allowed to run free," we heard. "They look really weird and they are loud," others said. There was more. Forget ...Read more

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When your dog hurts, you hurt, too

Dogs are like family, only better. When your lame jokes bore the family, a dog hangs on your every word. Talk sweet and they'll drop their favorite bone to lick and nuzzle you. Invite them to go for a walk or ride and you would think they had won the Canine Power Ball. And when ...Read more

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Baby Turkeys Go Zorbing on The Farm

By most local accounts, the little storm we had this week at the farm was a microburst. At least that's what our neighbors said it was, and what the heck, they know more about the weather than all the weather forecasters and NASA rolled into one. So this microburst hit while we were a few ...Read more

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Ode To A Cat: We Never Promised You A Pose Garden

As a barn cat, "Bandit" is about as miscast as Paula Deen running a sushi bar. When he came to the farm as a feral cat, we imagined that he had been living in the wild and catching field mice the way "Shoeless" Joe Jackson caught shots to left field.  We were certain we heard ...Read more

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Our honeybees forage on a variety of crops planted on the farm, as well as native species of trees, plants and weeds.

We have many visitors to the farm each year. No visit is complete without some goat petting. When it's blueberry-picking season, the goats love culled berries.

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