On Talking to the Animals

I love food choice. That’s cliché, but true. I love that the food options available to me and my fellow Americans are virtually limitless. If you want to be vegan, you can be vegan. If you want to go gluten free, go gluten free! If you want to exist solely on foraged dandelions and the… Read more »

Sweet Soyaki Beef + Orange-Ginger Rice

I usually try not to share recipes that depend on a certain brandname ingredient. I think it’s kind of silly. As far as I’m concerned, the best food has always and will always be brand-less — well-raised, tender and flavorful meat; fresh fruits and vegetables; potent spices. That said, I’m an American in the year… Read more »

Midweek Miscellany: Pitchforks, Mycotoxins and Fighting Hunger

They don’t make pitchforks like they used to. – – – We sold 3,000 pounds of sows this morning. It sounds like a lot, but sows are heavy; it was only eight pigs. This is the second wave of sales; we shipped four others a couple of weeks ago. We’ll ship several more soon. By… Read more »

6 Resolutions for Growing a Small Farm

I’m a little reluctant to call these resolutions. I’m not drawn to the idea of resolutions; public declarations of an intention to do this thing or not do that one. I’ve come to see life and its relative success or failure as a moving target. That said, I’m a sucker for goals and intentions. I… Read more »

State of the Farm : 2015 Farmprint Course

Every year about this time I begin to take stock of how our farm is functioning. Some years it’s inspiring, other years it’s frustrating, most years it’s a little bit of both. Regardless, it’s become a sort of cornerstone of how we do things and something I’ve come to look forward to and appreciate. The… Read more »

Monday Miscellany: Christmas Stores & Old Dogs

We spent Sunday in Frankenmuth, Michigan. “Little Bavaria” is known for being home to famous chicken dinners and the largest Christmas store in the world. It’s one of those small town tourist experiences that is little known outside of its own state, but something of a legend within. I remember going to Frankenmuth as a… Read more »

Name that Ewe

A few years ago we bought a dog to work livestock. This year we bought livestock for the dog. The irony here is not lost on me. As The Pig Dog has grown, it’s become clear that we got very lucky: he’s the perfect dog for us. Though I tend to be of the mind… Read more »

Midweek Miscellany: Seed Catalogs & Confinement

Whenever the Dixondale Onion catalog[1] arrives I know other seed catalogs are never far behind. Last year, thinking I knew what kind of crazy this summer would bring, I didn’t order much; I didn’t plan for much of a garden at all and mostly planted from the stock of seeds I always seem to have… Read more »

Midweek Miscellany: He Waits

“Muddy” does not do justice the actual conditions in Michigan this year. Sloppy, soupy and a downright mess are more like it. Which means The Pig Dog has been spending a lot of time waiting; sometimes patiently, other times not-so-patiently, but almost always waiting. His long fur picks up mud like a paintbrush and then… Read more »

Monday Miscellany: All The Colors of the Rainbow

Over the weekend we had a sow farrow during the day. This doesn’t happen often so I took the opportunity to “live Facebook” the births as they were happening. You can read those updates and see the pictures here, here and here. (In that order.)

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    On Talking to the Animals

    I love food choice. That’s cliché, but true. I love that the food options available to me and my fellow Americans are virtually limitless. If you want to be vegan, you can be vegan. If you want to go gluten free, go gluten free! If you want to exist solely on foraged dandelions and the… Read more »

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    Sweet Soyaki Beef + Orange-Ginger Rice

    I usually try not to share recipes that depend on a certain brandname ingredient. I think it’s kind of silly. As far as I’m concerned, the best food has always and will always be brand-less — well-raised, tender and flavorful meat; fresh fruits and vegetables; potent spices. That said, I’m an American in the year… Read more »

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    Midweek Miscellany: Pitchforks, Mycotoxins and Fighting Hunger

    They don’t make pitchforks like they used to. – – – We sold 3,000 pounds of sows this morning. It sounds like a lot, but sows are heavy; it was only eight pigs. This is the second wave of sales; we shipped four others a couple of weeks ago. We’ll ship several more soon. By… Read more »

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    Posted on March 10, 2015 by
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    6 Resolutions for Growing a Small Farm

    I’m a little reluctant to call these resolutions. I’m not drawn to the idea of resolutions; public declarations of an intention to do this thing or not do that one. I’ve come to see life and its relative success or failure as a moving target. That said, I’m a sucker for goals and intentions. I… Read more »

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    State of the Farm : 2015 Farmprint Course

    Every year about this time I begin to take stock of how our farm is functioning. Some years it’s inspiring, other years it’s frustrating, most years it’s a little bit of both. Regardless, it’s become a sort of cornerstone of how we do things and something I’ve come to look forward to and appreciate. The… Read more »

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    Monday Miscellany: Christmas Stores & Old Dogs

    We spent Sunday in Frankenmuth, Michigan. “Little Bavaria” is known for being home to famous chicken dinners and the largest Christmas store in the world. It’s one of those small town tourist experiences that is little known outside of its own state, but something of a legend within. I remember going to Frankenmuth as a… Read more »

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    Name that Ewe

    A few years ago we bought a dog to work livestock. This year we bought livestock for the dog. The irony here is not lost on me. As The Pig Dog has grown, it’s become clear that we got very lucky: he’s the perfect dog for us. Though I tend to be of the mind… Read more »

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    Posted on December 20, 2014 by
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    Midweek Miscellany: Seed Catalogs & Confinement

    Whenever the Dixondale Onion catalog[1] arrives I know other seed catalogs are never far behind. Last year, thinking I knew what kind of crazy this summer would bring, I didn’t order much; I didn’t plan for much of a garden at all and mostly planted from the stock of seeds I always seem to have… Read more »

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    Midweek Miscellany: He Waits

    “Muddy” does not do justice the actual conditions in Michigan this year. Sloppy, soupy and a downright mess are more like it. Which means The Pig Dog has been spending a lot of time waiting; sometimes patiently, other times not-so-patiently, but almost always waiting. His long fur picks up mud like a paintbrush and then… Read more »

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    Posted on October 15, 2014 by