October 21, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! As I write this, hurricane Matthew is bearing down on us, our thoughts and prayers go out to all in the path of this storm. Instead of my own news, I want to share several links that I think are good and thought provoking, see below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anHwoWLULBM For the thinkers out there click reply and tell me what you think is the most important points or take away from this article? I am looking for gut feelings or thoughts on what this article means to us, next letter I will let you know if someone out there is thinking like me?? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/04/opinion/health-secrets-of-the-amish.html?_r=1
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October 21, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! From Ben the pork guy: Thank you to everyone who has been buying pork, and supporting the sustainable pork enterprise at FCF. I am continuing to start groups of 15 pigs every 2 months. We have 3 groups going right now. We buy piglets at 8 weeks old from our breeder near Madison, FL. The breed is Gloucestershire Old Spots. We are happy with our breeder because he starts the pigs off well. He moves the pigs regularly in outdoor paddocks that are part wooded, and part pasture that is planted in edibles. Also he does not wean the piglets until 5 or 6 weeks so that they get a good start from their mama's milk. More updates to come... We have plenty of Bacon and Pork Chops right now so please consider buying some. -Ben
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October 1, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Ben, our pork manager, is doing an incredible job with the pigs. He is relentless and consistent in moving the pigs often and I am sure they are getting more food off the land because of that and because the land itself is improving over time. The bottom line is that Full Circle Farm pork is better than ever and we are well stocked in it right now. Also, half and whole pig ordering options are available in the next month. If interested email Ben at bfisk@westmont.edu.
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August 27, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Do you eat your liver? It is healthy, loaded with nutrients and many good things for life! I was going to write this already when a customer asked this week how to make it more palatable. Alicia is becoming quite good at making liver more edible, here, so I wanted to share a few tips. First of all anything tastes a bit better with bacon so cook it with bacon or at least bacon grease.
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
The 10 inches of rain we got here will really cheer things up after a fairly dry summer. I guess you could say we got completely caught up in lack of rainfall in just a few days. Change is a constant thing in life and so in the interest of being completely transparent we need to say that we now feed a little soaked barley to our milking goats. This is a slight change but a change never the less. Other than that we do not feed grain to our ruminant animals here. In our defense I will say that goats are hard to do here in our humid, hot, parasite rich environment and VERY few people do goats here without chemical wormer.
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Puppies for sale. Lily has several guard dog puppies for sale if interested email her at thisisdennis@windstream.net Great Pyrenees, Border collie and Anatolian mix puppies for sale. They are 8 weeks old and eating dog food and drinking water. Their mother is the mix and their father is pure Pyr, So they are mostly Great Pyr. 4 males and 1 female. They are currently around goats, sheep and sometimes chickens. The puppies' mom is on site and their dad is one of our neighbors' dogs, who also farms. We also have the puppies' grandma and full brother and sister on site. All wonderful dogs, exceptionally smart and very sensitive. $250 each.
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! New products - from Chicken feed for your backyard flock to spicy raw mustard plus sour cream and buttermilk! More products to come soon from a new Amish supplier: unsweetened bologna, beef jerky and more. Stay tuned!
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Please help if you can, his fight is for all of us. http://nourishingliberty.com/government-harassment-threatens-cripple-michael-schmidt/ I have a question. Is there a market out there for certified organic 100% grass fed milk? There are several farmers we know who are searching for a new milk market. The deal is this: The processor is not paying enough per gallon right now and some are not even breaking even, so they are losing money fast. They enjoy farming and believe in practicing sustainability more so than the conventional dairyman. Some are learning fast and changing all the time because they want to get more for their milk.
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! This is from Angie Minno of Foxgrape Farm outside of Gainesville: Looking for some interesting traditional recipes to try with grassfed beef that make the most of the everyday cuts?
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June 4, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Oh boy is it fun on the farm in the summer! It seems as though we run as fast as we can and then do our best to keep up. We are extremely grateful for good, young folks who want to come out and learn farming and after several years of this we have begun to establish some guidelines, making it work better for all involved. Most farmers love what they do and want to be close to the land and animals but lack in the area of management, preferring to work alone. I will admit, I have fallen into this category myself but it seems like my calling has expanded beyond myself so whether I like it or not I am managing a team. For me this is becoming more and more enjoyable although the growing family plus a working team is sometimes a daunting task.
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May 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Here is some interesting feedback, from a very qualified person, on our topic of estrogen in cows milk, I am sending this verbatim with his permission and please, especially note his comments at the end.
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May 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello Fellow SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Here is an interesting question that has come up way too often in the last 3 years that I will address and hopefully put to rest, at least for a while: Hi Dennis and Alicia, Could you please let me know how many and how often your cows are pregnant? What percentage is the milk of pregnant cows in the bulk of your milk? Would you consider selling "milk for boys?" I am concerned about my sons drinking milk that is high in estrogen from pregnant cows. Do you know of any research on this? I found and read several articles in peer reviewed journals and a few magazines, but nothing I found was recently published or especially definitive, each only calling for more research. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts on this.
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