Part of what it means to live on a farm has to do with your neighbors.Our neighbors homes are actually several miles separated from our home and rather than feeling distant it seems to actually bind us closer.Our rural neighbors provide us a rich resource from which we learn,share in trials, share in triumphs, at times share in contentions, and always share in humor. When we first bought our farm…
Carlo Petrini started the slow food movement in response to the opening of a McDonalds in Piazza Spagna in Rome in 1986.Italians have historically viewed eating as an experience to be savored with friends and family.A fast food restaurant opening in the heart of Rome’s historic center was not something to be taken lightly.Rather than protest Carlo Petrini chose to show that there is a better way. Mr.Petrini has tried…
Slow Food Movement and Grass Fed Beef
The slow food movement supports many programs around the world.They have started seed banks to preserve native varieties.They support the preservation and promotion of local and traditional food product and preparation know-how.This is the kind of knowledge that has traditionally been passed down through the generations. The slow food movement organizes celebrations of local cuisine within the region of production. They have been instrumental in promoting and organizing small-scale abatoirs.The largest…
slow processing
The family farm can survive and even thrive if they look at the fishing communities in New England and Maritime Canada and learn from their experiences. Fishing was a way of life for hundred’s of years for many families living on the east coast of the US and Canada.These families are not very different from families that have kept the tradition of the family farm as an important part of
The temperatures dipped low last night and this morning we were greeted with frost.The predawn was crystal clear with a sky dotted with lingering stars and a sliver of moon still showing on the western horizon.Warm and comfy in the nook where we drink our morning coffee my mind was on the heifers that are calving. We dressed early and with the eastern sky only beginning to show a faint…
Grassfed calves
Chili is one of the long favored cold weather classics on our family farm.It is one of those great fix-in-the-morning meals that allow you to come home to the welcoming aroma of chili ready for the table.It is a special delight when working outside on the farm on a cold day.
Chili Recipe:
2 pounds ground grassfed sirloin
1 cup thinly sliced onion
3 tablespoons flavorless oil such as grape…
grass fed beef chili recipe
Grady rides our range most mornings especially when any of our calves are due to calve.This chore often falls to him mostly because he really enjoys it and partly because he is so good at detecting problems almost before they happen. Grady is one of those gifted people who has a sixth sense about animals.Often he has amazed us with how quietly and gently he can get most animals to…
Grady's Red Tail Hawk

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