Category Archives: Food

Tree-line and fence-line mowing

One of the challenges of fences and trees are that they are difficult to mow around; this reason, more than anything else it seems, determines the pattern of the rural countryside. People either have essentially unmanaged woodlots scattered among vast … Continue reading

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Beets

Another crop we’ve struggled with are plants in the Beet family, which includes Swiss Chard. It’s funny because when we lived in the city we had no problem growing beets in our little backyard garden. In fact, Chard was probably … Continue reading

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Attack of the Killer Cucurbits!

We’ve struggled to grow plants in the Cucumber family: squash, pumpkins, melons, zucchini, etc. I think mainly because cucurbits are extremely “hungry” for nitrogen–even more than Corn. And since we do not use synthetic nitrogen sources (because I think it … Continue reading

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The peril of chasing diminishing advantage

Many small-scale farmers get caught up in comparing the relative “efficiencies” of various methods of production and various crops and livestock. I’ve read, for example, that Jersey cattle are more efficient at converting a given unit of forage into a … Continue reading

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A Room With a View?

Well, just to demonstrate the sort of nonsense that seems to constantly happen on a farm, I noticed this one a couple days ago. Yes, that is a spider that decided to crawl into the milk line of our milking … Continue reading

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Roasting Old Hens

When I was a kid watching old cartoons (Disney and Warner Brothers from the 1940s-1960s) on Saturday morning I always thought depictions of roasting chickens strange, mostly because they didn’t look anything like the roast chickens I saw in real … Continue reading

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Appropriate Irrigation

We receive about 40 inches of rain per year in Southern Indiana, and it is spread out fairly evenly. Every month of the year we get about 3 inches except March, April, and May when we get 4-5 inches. But these … Continue reading

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