Yesterday I made our first plantings of peas in the garden, which was a bit optimistic. Every year I swear that I’m not going to plant too early, and every year I do so anyway. Only time will tell, I s’pose. It’s been a busy few weeks on the farmstead that only a steady, coldContinue reading “Muck, Fire, and Daylight Savings: A Spring Update from Fox Holler Farmstead”
Hey y’all. Ben here, with some conflicting feelings about the time of year. On the one hand, it seems like this season of growing, building, and learning has really gone by quick. On the other hand, or maybe on the same hand… I’m not sure which… this summer has been glacial in the consistent farmsteadContinue reading “Project Recap: 2021”
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”
Hey y’all. I am fully aware that for lots of folks, 2020 was not a great year, from toilet paper shortages to overstuffed morgues, fascism on the rise to certain economic ruin for the working class. I can’t begin to reflect on our own year here on the farmstead without first acknowledging the considerable painContinue reading “2020 in review”
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”
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”
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?”
This kid started off weak. She’s getting a little extra milk up on the stanchion every day to help her catch up with the others.
Some of the new whippersnappers keeping us busy.
Howdy y’all. My name’s Ben, and I move cartloads of buckets of stuff around for something like a living. I prefer to shrug off the notion that I am somehow a farmer, (not trending in this economy) though the end result of my work often yields food. Mostly what I do has much more toContinue reading “…on hauling water, fringe sustainability practices, and the act of trending”