Butchering Muscovy Ducks

Muscovy Ducks can be a valuable part of the homestead in terms of their light impact, heavy yields of meat, and natural proclivity to survive, thrive and naturally brood. One drawback is how difficult they can be to process. Having raised them for eight or so years now, I have some tricks to share. IContinue reading “Butchering Muscovy Ducks”

Basic Roast Duck

I’ve noticed that some of our eaters have felt intimidated by preparing whole ducks. In this, the first in a series of posts on raising, and eating, muscovy ducks, I offer a few tips on simple preparations for your whole bird. Howdy y’all. A have a few caveats before we begin… namely that we useContinue reading “Basic Roast Duck”

Trees and Shrubs for the Chicken Forest Garden

You can take the fowl out of the jungle… Howdy y’all. I might be writing this in part to feel better about the rather large chunk of change we’re investing in trees this year, but also to hopefully provide some food for thought in regards how you can begin designing a multi-layered forest garden forContinue reading “Trees and Shrubs for the Chicken Forest Garden”

Why we’ve stuck with kunekune pigs

Some folks view kunekune pigs as impractical for meat production. Here’s why we think they make sense in a sustainable, local, decentralized food system. I began my pastured pig journey with Esmerelda, a 300 pound Yorkshire/Hereford gilt. We purchased her from a local pastured pork farmer who was downsizing and still saw the value sheContinue reading “Why we’ve stuck with kunekune pigs”

Fattening and the Burden of Abundance

Howdy y’all. As the limbs of osage hang low under the weight of great lime-green hedgeballs (monkey brains we used to call ’em) and pears advance to the apex of sweetness, I am doing all I can to fill our larder for the winter. Except for right now, because I’m too burnt out from canning,Continue reading “Fattening and the Burden of Abundance”

A Crescendo of Photosynthetic Activity

Well folks, here I am, googling when turkeys are old enough to get rained on, in my underwear, ‘cuz all my appropriate pants are wet. It seemed like about time to offer y’all an update on happenings here at the holler, and so here goes… I’m about dead exhausted from the amount of work neededContinue reading “A Crescendo of Photosynthetic Activity”

Can we please evaluate our food resilience now?

Y’all, I hate to be the first person you hear this from, but it might be time to ask some questions about the resilience of our food systems. And here is where I’d like to offer a couple of distinct measurements we as a culture might want to explore. At this time I have littleContinue reading “Can we please evaluate our food resilience now?”