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Sharing our small farm stories and skills along our farming, gardening and homesteading journey.Visit the farm for an informative and sometimes irreverent tour through our garden, livestock pastures, chicken coop, beehive and greenhouse as we live - pasture to plate. Farming topics free range around pastured heritage pigs, broiler chickens and pastured eggs, heritage breed turkeys, an heirloom vegetable CSA and garden, high tunnel / hoop house / green houses, organic and traditional gardening, farm infrastructure, tractors, sustainable energy, being self sufficient, permaculture, food preservation, bees, beekeeping and even fence mending.

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Sharing our small farm stories and skills along our farming, gardening and homesteading journey.Visit the farm for an informative and sometimes irreverent tour through our garden, livestock pastures, chicken coop, beehive and greenhouse as we live - pasture to plate. Farming topics free range around pastured heritage pigs, broiler chickens and pastured eggs, heritage breed turkeys, an heirloom vegetable CSA and garden, high tunnel / hoop house / green houses, organic and traditional gardening, farm infrastructure, tractors, sustainable energy, being self sufficient, permaculture, food preservation, bees, beekeeping and even fence mending.

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824 Ratings
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Second time listening to the series

By MinimalPi - Dec 31 2019
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I love Coop Cast! I binge listened to it this spring as we started our first season of homesteading. Andy and Kelli are such a great team, adding so much beyond just information. I’ve laughed a ton and have even cried listening to their journey. I have listened to many homesteading type podcasts since this one and had to come back to listen again. Informative and entertaining- you’ll be glad you subscribed!

Fabulous

By psychopixy - Jul 16 2017
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If you like to think, dream, laugh, or cry...this is for you.

iTunes Ratings

824 Ratings
Average Ratings
754
47
6
7
10

Second time listening to the series

By MinimalPi - Dec 31 2019
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I love Coop Cast! I binge listened to it this spring as we started our first season of homesteading. Andy and Kelli are such a great team, adding so much beyond just information. I’ve laughed a ton and have even cried listening to their journey. I have listened to many homesteading type podcasts since this one and had to come back to listen again. Informative and entertaining- you’ll be glad you subscribed!

Fabulous

By psychopixy - Jul 16 2017
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If you like to think, dream, laugh, or cry...this is for you.
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Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast

Latest release on Dec 31, 2016

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Rank #1: 0158 Vegetable seed order, country of origin of meat and Star Wars

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From the farm this week we share a few updates (but it's a slow season for a slower year).  We also discuss our seed order, country of origin labeling of meats (WHO), beekeeping and review Star Wars
Links that matter include : 
We ordered from Burpee Seed - no special link or promocode...  but if you DO order from them - tell them you heard about them on our show - we put our name in the link to maybe get some attention from their web people!!! (at this time looks like new visits get 20% off!)

Forbes (Teeve Torbs) link about the change in country of origin labeling of imported meats

Local Harvest:

Kelli's StichFix signup link - do it - she appreciates it!

Jan 07 2016

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Rank #2: 0145 Early chickens, planting the garden and other updates

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I this episode we talk about where we have been the last 2 weeks and why we haven't coopcasted.  We share the story of the chickens arriving early this year and their bad attitudes.  We talk about the moved pig, planting the vegetable garden and what's going on in the greenhouse (like fresh strawberries).

May 28 2015

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Rank #3: 002 Annual "Farm Meeting", injured chicken, and antibiotic resistance

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On this coopcast:

Discuss the latest happening on the 'frigid' farm,
'Weazy' the chicken,
A rehashing of the annual Farm Meeting. 

And in this episodes Farm U segment:

How to check a chickens health, 
Discussion about antibiotic resistance

Jan 06 2012

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Rank #4: 0153 Farm updates, sugar addiction and bowhunting tips

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We return with pig, chicken, bee and vegetable garden updates.  We then talk a bit about a discovery about the stiffness of your arrow and the placement of a broadhead shot (yeah - giggle if you want) as it pertains to archery / bowhunting.  And the nwe conclude with some listener emails and a discussion about a sugar free diet.

Sep 23 2015

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Rank #5: 0154 Processing a pig and people's feelings, bow season, bees and honey

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After posting that we were taking a pig to the processor and hurting some folks feelings...  we decided we didn't really care.  Toughen up folks.  So we make fun of them.
Then we talk about the deer season to date and update people on the honey harvest from our first year of bees.
In general - it's a bunch of farm updates.

Nov 05 2015

41mins

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Rank #6: 003 Lessons learned on the farm and being prepared on the farm

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On this coopcast:

A followup on “Wheezy” the chicken; 
An excited boar and lessons learned; 
Being prepared on the farm. 

And in this episodes Farm U segment:

What products do we keep handy on the farm; 
Best ways to be prepared on the farm for the unexpected.

Jan 13 2012

41mins

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Rank #7: 0157 Farm updates, listener questions and a few of our favorite things

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This episode is the last broadcast for 2015.  So Merry Christmas everyone!
We talk a bit about update around the farm and how it's a bit strange to not have so much "farm" to worry about.  We also answer some Facebook listener questions about the trees we planted, the fields, the berry patch and other things left unsaid around the farm.
Then we conclude with a mention of a few of our favorite things - things for the farm, things in our personal life and favorite wines and spirits.
Farmer Kelli's list includes offering this signup referral to any and all listeners who want to try out her new favorite service -

Dec 18 2015

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Rank #8: 0156 Pork cuts, a deer season story and a Farm U on E. coli O157:H7

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After the Thanksgiving turkey wore off we decided to get back to the farming podcast...  and we talk about the most recent pork cuts we picked up.  We then talk about some of the food we made for Thanksgiving and deer season and Farmer Andy shares the Thanksgiving morning story of his big buck!
We wrap up the episode with Farm U on E. coli O157:H7, what it is, where it comes from and Dr. Farmer Kelli shares a resource (cdc.gov) to learn more about infectious diseases and foodborne diseases.

Dec 04 2015

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Rank #9: 034 Greenhouse gardening and soil fertility, growing livestock feed on your farm, preventing Botulism when canning vegetables

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A update light week on the farm with:

No poultry pens to move,
Normal weather for a change on the farm,
Turkeys and layers doing well,
Pigs have their first weigh in.

In the Veggie Patch we talk:

Greenhouse soil fertility and design,
Low tunnel greenhouses you can build,
End of garden season discounts.

In the Coopcast Community:

On a listeners suggestion Andy is trying Oral Ivy.
Sheree asked about growing grain for chickens and supplementing them with veggies/greens from the garden.
Brice suggested we invest in some livestock guardian dogs.

In this weeks Farm U we learn about the science behind preventing Botulism when canning vegetables.The bacteria lives in all soils and we talk about terms relating to it and defeating it when canning:

Spores
Anaerobe
Soil
Pressure and temp
pH

Aug 20 2012

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Rank #10: 0102 Farm animals in the cold, winter greenhouse garden, farm meeting

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This weeks updates include a folloup about the eveil seeds that Johnny is selling and why we will continue to buy from Johnny Seeds.  For your reference, here's the list of seeds they get from 
We discuss how the endless cold this winter has impacted the pigs and chickens and how we deal with cooped up critters on a free range farm.  Kelli gives an update on the Ag assessment while Andy complains...In the Veggie Patch we pretned that it's gardening season and talk about artichokes, managing mice and voles in the greenhouse, and how we heat (or dont) and water the greenhouse.Farmers choice is the conclusion to the 2014 farm meeting.  The agenda items include our plans for:Egg layers
Pigs
Broilers
Turkeys

Feb 26 2014

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Rank #11: 0122 Fall plantings in the greenhouse, cheese making, business ideas

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This week our farm updates are simple as the season is slowing down to just the basics.  We talk about the plantings in the gardens in the greenhouse since frost is now in our area.  We are hoping to extend the season and keep harvesting vegetables and herbs for several more months.  There's also updates about pigs in pasture as well.
In the Ruminations discussion this week we talk about businesses and how so many let opportunity slip through their fingers.  We share the details of a cheese making class we took at a local winery and the missed opportunities that were everywhere.  There's lessons to be learned in bad expereinces and this one was rife with them.  Although - making your own cheese is cool!
We also talk about a business that asked us for input and HOPED we might mention them - .  It's a cool concept on .  It's a much better approach to a business than the first one (they asked us clearly for feedback and hoped we would mention them).  There are still some lessons to be learned here as well.
The final business we talk about is Adams Holsters - the makers of the  you have ever seen -  - and one of the best gifts we have ever received from a coopcast listener!

Sep 17 2014

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Rank #12: 0133 The loss of a beloved sow and honest farming on the web

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There's one bad word - so for the kids ears this is marked "EXPLICIT"
This weeks episode was a tough one as we talked about the loss of one of our first pigs ever - our favorite sow Hermione.  We talk about the stuff that led up to her passing and then how we managed things after she was gone.  That includes how our one lone pig Snow White is doing this winter.
Then we have some Ruminations about the farms online that don't share the lows of farming and only seem to like to share the positives.  We talk a bit about the following article -

Jan 28 2015

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Rank #13: 004 Winter hoophouse, Ordering seeds (heirloom and hybrids) and About Eggs

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On this coopcast:

Winter weather has arrived with a big windstorm,
Managing a winter hoophouse, 
Ordering seeds (where, what and how). 

And in this episodes Farm U segment:

Eggsactly what does egg labeling mean; 
Brown eggs vs white eggs; 
What would you buy or how should you label if you sell eggs.

Jan 21 2012

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Rank #14: 0137 Favorite garden seeds, tractor implements and swine AI

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In this episode we discuss the crazy weather around the world and give our hopefull update on the AI situation with our gilt.
In the Coopcast Community we discuss a new tractor and what implemnts we reccomend for that tractor.  Frontend loader, tiller and rotarty mower come to the top of the list...  but that's not it.
In the Veggie Patch we circle back around to the Rowboat of Goodness from our listeners and list off some of the explicit varites we have selected.

Mar 04 2015

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Rank #15: 095 Thanksgiving turkeys, farming with social media, raw milk

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This weeks updates talke a bit about the winter weather and the snow we had here on the farm and the impact on thep igs.  We move them to the winter paddock - finally!  We talk about Tahnksgiving turkeys and why we love ours so much.  One farmer is getting tired of deer season so we give an update there and close with some thoughts on our pork sales.
This weeks Farmers Choice segment is sponsored by FarmTek.com.  Check out the segment for a coupon code to save $25 off orders over $75!!!
We also talk about farming and farmers use of social media. There's a lot to using social media correctly and we just scratch the surface and share some examples of how it has and has not worked for our farm and others.
Then we put our feet up and head to some Close Encounters with Free Ranging Farmers on the Front Porch to discuss - raw milk.  Mind you - these are our opinoons about raw milk...  because so many of you have asked. Take them or leave them will all the discussion out there on this hot topic.

Dec 05 2013

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Rank #16: 078 A slow return to normal on the farm, chicken processing setup and a farming nugget

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This week the rain has stopped and the farmers are much happier in their daily chores.  We also are finished with our pastured broilers this year and introduce a visual element in this episode for you to follow along in our discussion of chicken processing. ().  We then talk about the day in general, the size of the chickens this year and the financials of pastured poultry.  We then have a quick update on the pigs and the vegetable garden and CSA.
We then have a Rumination continuing on with last weeks whine-cast and talk about the things we have done that made the swampy weather just slightly more managable. Things like our drainage ditch, hut placement, round bales, checking during rain and how we need to improve our soil!
A new segment called the Chicken Thistle Nugget
This segment is a chance to share something small, a nugget of wisdom, if you will.  And this week Kelli talks a bit about a farm blog post she found to be very interesting...

Jul 18 2013

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Rank #17: 0146 Gardening, pig, chicken and beekeeping updates from the farm

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This episode sorta wanders all over in terms of updates.  Farmer Andy started a new way of eating and by cutting sugar out of his diet he's found a whole new way to live life.  We discuss some of our favorite wines (from boxes) and other cocktails...  then we move into the farm updates.  We talk about the chickens (broilers and layers), a exciting night with a critter in the coop, the pig getting ready to farrow, the greenhouse, beekeeping and more.
It's a lot of updates - but we have a log of farming activites to update you about!

Jun 03 2015

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Rank #18: 0120 Happy pigs on pasture, canning and freezing garden fresh food, Farm U : Containment

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This weeks updates start with the pigs scheduled for butcher, their pasture and their rapid weight gains after worming.  We moved the chicken netting fencing for the layers and have been busy in the vegetable gardens and kitchen.  Farmer Kelli has been canning and freezing all sorts of fresh veggies as well as baked, roasted, blanched and parboiled treats!
The vegetable garden is producing and we are expecting be offer an end of summer share full of goodness - including a pasture raised chicken.
The Farm U is part of a series we are starting called How We Do It - where we take things that have had lots of questions from listeners and do our best to show with pictures and explanations how we do things around the farm.
This weeks episode is all about "Containment" - our fencing setup and why we made the decisions we did.
To follow along with the images we are discussing - visit our flicker page and the album 
Good ole Flickr link - 
We are off for 2 weeks over Labor Day - so enjoy your celebrations and be safe.

Aug 20 2014

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Rank #19: 0116 Chicken Processing Preps, Processing Review, Cornish Cross Chickens (again)

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This episode discusses the setup and work that goes into chicken processng BEFORE the actual chicken processing event.  There's a lot more than just catching and plucking involved on a well run chicken processing event and we thought it might be worth while sharing those stories and preps as well.
We then share a bit of a retrospective on the actual events of the chicken rocessing day and how we run the event.
Finally we have a Farmers Choice segment that answers so many of the continual questions and misinformation out there about the Cornish Cross chickens we raise.

Jul 16 2014

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Rank #20: 068 Vegetable Gardening begins, a top secret farming project, how to find GMO's in your food

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Things around the farm have been getting busy as the vegetable gardening season is off to is start.  Finally we have the peas planted - sugar snap and snow so far.  We have also been picking from the asparagus patch and enjoying some fresh spring vegetables. We talk about a trip to the Amish greenhouse and Amish WalMart.  At the same time we have been fighting rats in the barn with increasing urgency as we are just a few weeks away from chicks and poults brooding in the barn.Then in the CoopCast Community we tease a little bit about the fact we are building something that we hope will really help out on the farm...  to see what it is check out our Facebook page.  We talk about some "quiet criticism" our last CoopCast received and rant a little.  We also answer Luke's question about owning vs buying pigs for meat production.Finally we conclude with a Farm U all about GMO's and the testing of food for the presence of genetically modified organisms.  This segment is not opinion or discussion based noise about GMO's rather a factual "from the lab" discussion of how Dr. Farmer Kelli is actually testing foods for GMO corn and soy.

May 02 2013

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