free range hens in winter in nh

Why is Raising Chickens Like Swimming in the Ocean?

When we decided we were farmers, something changed in my brain, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. The first step was when we took control of a fraction of our food. Eggs. Suddenly there was one less item on the shopping list. I felt lighter, happier, just thinking of these eggs as they started appearing in our coop. Something we didn’t have to depend on others for. A drop in the bucket, maybe. But it felt like so much more.  Continue reading “Why is Raising Chickens Like Swimming in the Ocean?”

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firewood stacked in a round holzhaufen

Wait… are people stealing our ideas on Instagram?

As you may have noticed, we’ve been more actively posting photos and videos to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  We find this to be fun and it helps us to connect to other people who are as obsessed with chickens and good food as we are.  But lately it seems like when we post something, within a few days someone else posts something very similiar.  Are we really that influential?

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shoveling snow efficiently with the divide and conquer technique

Shovel your driveway with less effort using our efficient strategy

Plows. Booooo! They make you dependent on someone else’s schedule, they cost a lot of money to hire, and they often leave your driveway with a hard layer of packed snow instead of an actually cleared path. Now you need sand and salt. The cycle never ends! There’s got to be a better way!  Continue reading “Shovel your driveway with less effort using our efficient strategy”

black australorp hen in snow

The Truth About Chickens Wearing Sweaters

During our first winter with chickens, I regularly took readings outside on the coldest days. One morning it was -27° F! Concerned for our hens, I trotted through the icy air to their unheated, uninsulated coop and took a reading inside. -20° F!  I was scared for our hens’ safety.

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our organic red potatoes

Local foods are the key to sticking to Obama administration’s new dietary guidelines

Today the Obama administration released new guidelines for Americans to eat by. Generally speaking, the guidelines aren’t that groundbreaking: Eat fruits and vegetables, don’t eat too much meat, cut the junk foods and sugar. Sounds easy, but applying these rules can be hard! Nobody wants to eat broccoli all day, and sometimes a hamburger is… well, important! How do we make a shift in our lifestyle that is not only comfortable, but actually enjoyable? Continue reading “Local foods are the key to sticking to Obama administration’s new dietary guidelines”

rolling out healthy meatballs with kale rutabaga beets and oats

Yes Virginia, meatballs can be healthy #recipe

Meatballs might be the perfect food.  The satisfaction and nutrition of meat  in a vessel that enables infinite possibilities.  But it seems that most meatball recipes out there, no matter what the application (pasta sauce, swedish sauce, soups, etc.), the non-meat ingredients are usually minimal and simple, like breadcrumbs or onions.  This is an opportunity missed if you ask us!  Continue reading “Yes Virginia, meatballs can be healthy #recipe”