Environment

Inedible Agriculture

Most people don’t give too much thought to the agriculture that isn’t food. If they do, it’s often with a condescending view of what is and is not food in their opinion. Truly inedible agriculture is overlooked, and yet bigger than most of us think. You’re headed to see someone special and pick up flowers […]

Beneficial Birds to Encourage Near the Farm

Mountain bluebirds often exclude western or eastern varieties from their territory where it overlaps Birds can help a homestead with pest control. Watch small livestock, pets and poultry with some types of owls and hawks. Working with wildlife often is a good choice. Wild birds are often seen as carriers of disease (sparrows, blackbirds) and […]

Technology in Food Production Has Reasons for Existing

So often when the discussion of food production and farming comes up it seems a bad thing to discuss technology. We wouldn’t think of doing without electronic banking, cellular phones or ATMs. Going into the bank? How inefficient! We have cars and appliances that notify us when maintenance is needed. We have technology surrounding us […]

The Toxic is in the Dose

Headlines scream fear food. Toxic acrylamide in our food causes cancer! We’re bombarded with the latest thing to be afraid about from pesticides to additives, many things due to customer demand. More fiber without more calories – yes please. Everyone needs more fiber. Cellulose provides fiber – so processing fiber to an edible product using […]

If Food Waste Is Decreased Is It a Bad Thing?

I often see criticism of agriculture in that the amount of food that goes to feed livestock could feed people. I see criticism for using food waste to feed livestock. And if it’s “wrong” I wonder what the solution is? Most of the feed we use for livestock is something humans can’t eat. Forages, for […]

Leaving The Nest – Nature’s Song

Too often I hear people criticize agriculture for being ‘against wildlife’. Many in agriculture encourage wildlife, in fact, and don’t put a price on every aspect of operations. We’ve shared before about the cardinals, and about the windbreaks to do what we can but the last month or so we’ve gotten used to our resident […]

Leaving The Nest – Nature’s Song

Too often I hear people criticize agriculture for being ‘against wildlife’. Many in agriculture encourage wildlife, in fact, and don’t put a price on every aspect of operations. We’ve shared before about the cardinals, and about the windbreaks to do what we can but the last month or so we’ve gotten used to our resident […]

10 Hats We Wear Every (Earth) Day

Like many in agriculture, Earth Day isn’t just one per year. It’s every day. In the process of day to day life we wear many hats. That can make for a busy day, and sometimes rushed weeks. Sometimes we don’t seem to get much done, but the reality is there’s so much to do it’s […]

Why Heritage/Heirloom?

It’s not an unusual question when talking to fellow ag folks. It’s something often misunderstood by potential customers. It’s not even in the knowledge of those railing against “factory farms” and condemning all production. Why heritage breeds? The modern large white breasted turkey can produce meat much more efficiently, more consistently, than a Bourbon Red […]