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Christmas Trees and Worms – A Love Story

Several months ago, I (apparently) filled out a form sent to me by the Arbor Day Foundation.  The Foundation said that, in exchange for filling out their form and sending it back expeditiously, it would send me a tree. I … Continue reading

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Minding My Own Beeswax

Going into the winter, I had two thriving beehives.  One was a nucleus colony (or nuc… pronounced “nuke”) purchased from a local beekeeper and the other was a package from somewhere not-local. The difference between the two is that a nuc … Continue reading

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Makin’ Bacon

Our breeding sow, Bubble, is now seven months old.  This means she is officially old enough to become pregnant.  Since this is the first pig porkin’ rodeo for any of us, hogs and humans included, we are (as ever) learning … Continue reading

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The Mad Rooster Culler

We have some beautiful roosters. Our main man, Tough Guy, is a Black Copper Marans and he, quite literally, rules the roost.  The hens belong to him and he is strut and swagger from crown to talon.  He’s a truly … Continue reading

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Removing That Which is Disagreeable

Although it is, by now, abundantly clear that spring will never, ever arrive in the Northeast of these frost-laden United States, we’ve decided to prune the apple tree anyway. When we moved onto the farm, we planted five heirloom varietal … Continue reading

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The Occasional Farmer

Over the past week or so, I’ve spent more time down at our Brooklyn restaurant than in the past six months combined. We’ve had some really wonderful staffing changes, and I’ve been there to manage the transitions.  Being submerged back … Continue reading

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I’d Like to Tap That

Back at the end of September, I wrote about our time spent marking the sugar maples on our property.  It was a stroke of genius on our part, since it is REALLY difficult to determine tree types when they are … Continue reading

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And All of a Sudden, Maggie is Gone

One of the dogs woke me up Thursday morning by pressing his giant, wet nose in my face and my very next thought was of Maggie.  It was early, maybe 5:30, almost the exact time that, just one day before, … Continue reading

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Pigs Are Not Carpenters

As we enter our Treat the Pig for Worms and Prep Their Shed for Piglets phase of things, we started by injecting each pig with a syringeful of Ivermectin.  This was a somewhat dire step, taken out of necessity and … Continue reading

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Pig Worms

Our breeding sow, Bubble, has successfully been bred. We were hoping she would get knocked up in February (although we think it may have happened at the end of January) because a pigs’ gestation is almost exactly three months, three … Continue reading

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