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Chemical Agriculture’s Chaotic End?

There is a current supply shortage for fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Many when hearing this will say “well good, we don’t need any more glyphosate and the like.” The dark reality is we do need it. Most American food production is conventional industrial agriculture and with it, genetically modified seeds. Our ever increasing yields are […]

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Providing Authentic Food

For those of us with a passion for providing authentic food, how do we accomplish this in an age of ever-growing government rules, regulations, and restrictions? By going rogue. Now, rogue does not mean illegal, or illicit although many conjure this image when they hear the term. So, let’s define it. To go rogue: to […]

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Federal Food Facades

January 1st, 2022 marked the final compliance date for a labeling law passed back in 2016 as it pertains to bioengineered foods. What are bioengineered foods? Simply Genetically Modified Foods. Since the emergence of chemically manufactured fertilizers, a battle has waged over what cultivation practice was best, organic methods or yearly inputs of chemical fertilizers, […]

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Troubleshooting Our Off Tasting Goats Milk

People often ask, “What does goats’ milk taste like?” Short answer: depends on the day. Many things can alter or affect the flavor of the milk. From the breed of the goat to what the goat eats, to their surroundings. Good goats’ milk doesn’t really have a flavor, except sweet. Helga’s milk didn’t start out […]

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Training a Goat for Milking

2021 was our first exposure to dairy animals. Not just the goats, but every aspect of dairy. We brought in proven does. Now many would assume that means proven milkers; and it can, but alas, we could not find that level of proven doe within our budget. What I was able to find was a […]

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Choosing a Dairy Animal

Just like the considerations taken when choosing livestock; similar ones should be made when deciding what type of dairy animal to choose. to get a feel for them; let me walk you through my decision-making process. What dairy products do we want? In this house we LOVE dairy. To drink, yogurt, cheese, butter, creme for […]

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Scorched Earth: The Theft of Generational Land Ownership

The Biden administration is suggesting certain changes to the tax code that will end the concept of generational land ownership and be the final killing blow to the already struggling family farm. The three main changes are the removal of the “step up” basis, dropping the tax exempt amount from 11.8 million down to one […]

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Scorched Earth: An Attack on Animal Agriculture

There is an all out war on animal agriculture and our ability to provide wholesome affordable animal proteins to our families and communities. Patrick Brown, the CEO of Impossible Foods, a company that makes genetically engineered plant based meat has said “I want to put the animal agriculture industry out of business. It’s that simple.” […]

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Scorched Earth: The Destruction of The Food System

There has been a torrent of proposed ideas and policy changes, that if implemented, would not only incinerate family farms, they would destroy our food system and bring about the greatest famine this country has ever seen. This is an introduction to this series, Scorched Earth, where we will take an up close and personal […]

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Animal Husbandry: An Investment

When adding livestock of any kind, there are some major concepts to consider and implement. I look at our livestock as a long term investment. As such, I have a few strategies I use to ensure a return on my investment of blood, sweat, tears, and money. The first is the why. Be sure the […]