Rank #1: 0158 Vegetable seed order, country of origin of meat and 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
Kelli's StichFix signup link - do it - she appreciates it!
Jan 07 2016
Rank #2: 0145 Early chickens, planting the garden and other updates
May 28 2015
Rank #3: 002 Annual "Farm Meeting", injured chicken, and antibiotic resistance
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
Rank #4: 0153 Farm updates, sugar addiction and bowhunting tips
Sep 23 2015
Rank #5: 0154 Processing a pig and people's feelings, bow season, bees and honey
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
Rank #6: 003 Lessons learned on the farm and being prepared on the farm
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
Rank #7: 0157 Farm updates, listener questions and a few of our favorite things
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
Rank #8: 0156 Pork cuts, a deer season story and a Farm U on E. coli O157:H7
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
Rank #9: 034 Greenhouse gardening and soil fertility, growing livestock feed on your farm, preventing Botulism when canning vegetables
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:
Pressure and temp
Aug 20 2012
Rank #10: 0102 Farm animals in the cold, winter greenhouse garden, farm meeting
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
Feb 26 2014
Rank #11: 0122 Fall plantings in the greenhouse, cheese making, business ideas
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
Rank #12: 0133 The loss of a beloved sow and honest farming on the web
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
Rank #13: 004 Winter hoophouse, Ordering seeds (heirloom and hybrids) and About Eggs
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
Rank #14: 0137 Favorite garden seeds, tractor implements and swine AI
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
Rank #15: 095 Thanksgiving turkeys, farming with social media, raw milk
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
Rank #16: 078 A slow return to normal on the farm, chicken processing setup and a farming nugget
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
Rank #17: 0146 Gardening, pig, chicken and beekeeping updates from the farm
It's a lot of updates - but we have a log of farming activites to update you about!
Jun 03 2015
Rank #18: 0120 Happy pigs on pasture, canning and freezing garden fresh food, Farm U : Containment
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
Rank #19: 0116 Chicken Processing Preps, Processing Review, Cornish Cross Chickens (again)
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
Rank #20: 068 Vegetable Gardening begins, a top secret farming project, how to find GMO's in your food
May 02 2013