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Homegrown Fair Submission: Blue Slate Turkeys

We just started raising turkeys this year. We chose Blue Slates because they are on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's Watch List. We started with three which all ended up being hens. We were hoping to breed them next year so we could have more turkeys, but it wasn't looking like that was going to happen. Then we ran into a friend who just so happened to have a tom that she wasn't too fond of. We traded one of our hens for her tom, so now we have a breeding pair plus one extra hen…


Added by Rachel Hoff on November 10, 2011 at 11:23am — No Comments

Does Raising and Slaughtering Your Own Animals Make You Violent?

To me it almost seems like a dumb question because we do raise our own meat animals and we're not violent at all. In fact it makes us value life more. We always make sure an animal goes as quickly and painlessly as possible and then we thank it for the life it gave us to sustain our own and honor it when we eat it.


But I've recently been seeing the violence argument a lot. One woman, at a community workshop, standing next to my husband, who does most of our slaughtering, made…


Added by Rachel Hoff on August 14, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

A call to new and aspiring farmers

I started a post on this in the Aspiring Farmers Group but thought I'd bring it out here so more people can see it.

I'm writing a post for my blog about this new movement of young farmers and I wanted to get like minded people's reasons for their desire to be farmers.

Where does your desire come from?

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

What would your raise/grow?

Did you grow up around…


Added by Rachel Hoff on March 15, 2010 at 10:37am — 6 Comments

Crop Mobbing

I found this article from the New York Times and found it really interesting. Thought I'd share it with everyone.

Crop Mobbing.

Added by Rachel Hoff on March 9, 2010 at 6:12pm — 2 Comments

Taking Stock of our Harvest in 2010

After reading an article in Mother Earth News I've been inspired to keep a spreadsheet on the costs and savings from having a vegetable garden this year. I have a scale that I will weigh my harvest with and then will check out local prices for organic produce to compare. I've already started my spreadsheet with costs so far.

So for set up this season, including hiring the… Continue

Added by Rachel Hoff on January 3, 2010 at 2:10am — 1 Comment



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