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Dec 31, 2016 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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As the year draws to a close, we share some thoughts about life that has transpired since our last episode on March 31st... Farming has been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.  We have shared some of our highest highs and lowest lows as a result of our farming endeavours. We hope we have cultivated some ideas and new farmers and look forward to the unknowns a New Year offers! CHEERS!
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Mar 31, 2016 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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The fine legslative geniuses in MD keep the bees safe - http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/35978-maryland-to-become-first-state-to-ban-bee-killing-pesticides-for-consumer-use Soon your bacon will be genetically engineered - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-breed-pigs-resistant-to-a-devastating-infection-using-crispr/ And we review the piece of movie garbage known as Batman vs Superman
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Mar 17, 2016 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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Want to get people fired up and yelling for no reason - mention raw milk...  which we did here and this episode dissects the fun that follows. But before we got to that conversation we talked about spring planting plans and the beehives!
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Feb 18, 2016 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode is mostly listener questions that we answer about our hoop house, construction methods, and gardening inside the hoop house.  We also touch on garden planning and winter beekeeping. Hoop house hoop bender - http://www.lostcreek.net/ Hoophouse book - http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Harvest-Handbook-Deep-Organic-Greenhouses/dp/1603580816/  
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Jan 21, 2016 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This entire episode is dedicated to the 2016 Farm Meeting where we discuss the vegetable gardens, seeds, chickens, pigs, ducks and all things farm related.  After deciding we were going to cut back on the farm in 2016 this meeting helped us put it all into perspective in terms of what we are and are not going to be doing. CHeck us out on social media to join in the conversation - facebook.com/chickenthistlefarm, @chickenthistle on Twitter...Or - follow Farmer Andy @farmerandyman on Twitter and...
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Jan 7, 2016 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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From the farm this week we share a few updates (but it's a slow season for a slower year).  We also discuss our seed order, country of origin labeling of meats (WHO), beekeeping and review Star Wars Links that matter include :  We ordered from Burpee Seed - no special link or promocode...  but if you DO order from them - tell them you heard about them on our show - we put our name in the link to maybe get some attention from their web people!!! (at this time looks like new visits get 20%...
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Dec 18, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode is the last broadcast for 2015.  So Merry Christmas everyone! We talk a bit about update around the farm and how it's a bit strange to not have so much "farm" to worry about.  We also answer some Facebook listener questions about the trees we planted, the fields, the berry patch and other things left unsaid around the farm. Then we conclude with a mention of a few of our favorite things - things for the farm, things in our personal life and favorite wines and spirits....
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Dec 4, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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After the Thanksgiving turkey wore off we decided to get back to the farming podcast...  and we talk about the most recent pork cuts we picked up.  We then talk about some of the food we made for Thanksgiving and deer season and Farmer Andy shares the Thanksgiving morning story of his big buck! We wrap up the episode with Farm U on E. coli O157:H7, what it is, where it comes from and Dr. Farmer Kelli shares a resource (cdc.gov) to learn more about infectious diseases and foodborne diseases.
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Nov 20, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode we talk about the taking of the pigs to the processor, some updates from around the farm and about deer season... and the highly anticipated tomato round up from the vegetable garden.
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Nov 5, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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After posting that we were taking a pig to the processor and hurting some folks feelings...  we decided we didn't really care.  Toughen up folks.  So we make fun of them. Then we talk about the deer season to date and update people on the honey harvest from our first year of bees. In general - it's a bunch of farm updates.
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Sep 23, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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We return with pig, chicken, bee and vegetable garden updates.  We then talk a bit about a discovery about the stiffness of your arrow and the placement of a broadhead shot (yeah - giggle if you want) as it pertains to archery / bowhunting.  And the nwe conclude with some listener emails and a discussion about a sugar free diet.
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Sep 2, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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In this episode we just shae some udpates and clarification about the fate and future of the farm.  We also talk a bit about some of the veggies we discovered still thriving in the gardens.
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Aug 19, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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In this episode we return to the coopcast to discuss the future of our farm and all the different enterprises we have in play.  
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Jul 28, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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In the first ever solo recorded Coopcast Farmer Andy shares the events of the last month that have put our farm and future plans on hold.  This is a candid and honest monologue about where we are and what decisions we have ahead about the farm.
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Jun 24, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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Since we are in the busy time of year it's just another update show around the farm! We talk about the process and the reasons why we castrate our piglets.  We also share the history of why we are so sure to do the castrations when we do them.  Then we talk about the pastured chickens, the egg layers and the vegetable gardens.  We wrap up with the latest beekeeping / bee swarm update.
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Jun 18, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks episode is a short "SPROUTCAST" where we just tell the story of pig farrowing and the outcome of pigs on the farm this year.  It's recorded in the truck - but even lor fidelity is better than nofidelity, right?
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Jun 10, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This week we walk arounf the farm and update you on all the things going on. We captured a wild honeybee swarm and talk about what the process was and how we managed things.  We discuss the Cornish Cross chickens that are not being liek regualr chickens of past years. Then we talk a bit about the pig we are expecting to farrow any day now.  Then we finish up in the vegetable garden discussing some of what's been going on there! Busy time of year and a lot going on.
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Jun 3, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode sorta wanders all over in terms of updates.  Farmer Andy started a new way of eating and by cutting sugar out of his diet he's found a whole new way to live life.  We discuss some of our favorite wines (from boxes) and other cocktails...  then we move into the farm updates.  We talk about the chickens (broilers and layers), a exciting night with a critter in the coop, the pig getting ready to farrow, the greenhouse, beekeeping and more. It's a lot of updates - but we have a log...
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May 28, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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I this episode we talk about where we have been the last 2 weeks and why we haven't coopcasted.  We share the story of the chickens arriving early this year and their bad attitudes.  We talk about the moved pig, planting the vegetable garden and what's going on in the greenhouse (like fresh strawberries).
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May 7, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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After getting our new beehive we have checked in on their progress and the hive is growing quickly.  We update everyone on the status and happening in the hive.  We then talk about the trees we have been planting as well as the early spring gardening efforts.  The potatoes are in, the peas and asparagus is up and the greenhouse is full.  Tune in to hear all the latest updates!
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Apr 29, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This is the first low qulaity audo episode we have produced as we were driving in the truck to pickup our beehive and still wanted to produce an episode.  So we talk a little about bees, the seedlings for the vegetable garden and the animals. It's 15 minutes of free content recorded ina truck - it's gotta be great!
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Apr 22, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks episode tells the story of the Great Hedgerow Fire of 2015...  but it wasn't that great.   We then just field a bunch of listener questions from a Periscope session! Questions range from pig updates to tractors to beekeeping... Ohh - and you can leave us a voicemail now too for the podcast! :)
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Apr 8, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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We start by setting the record straight after last weeks April Fools episode.  After we clean up the misinformation we move on to talking about seed starting, soil blocks, plans for the vegetable garden and greenhouse and seeding the pasture behind the chickens.  We also talk a bit about a chronic infection that may be plaguing our swine herd. Then we move to the Front Porch to discuss the "real" farm meeting for 2015 and what changes and plans we have in store for the farm.  This...
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Apr 1, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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Recorded on April 1st 2015 - this episod of the CHicken Thistle Farm Coopcast focuses on some lofty farm plans for 2015 that have all come together today.  Check out the episode all the way to the end to get all the details about the vegetable CSA and pig operations (and so much more) @ Chicken Thistle Farm.
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Mar 25, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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Back from vacation in Florida, Farmer And puts his pants back on and sits down to talk with Farmer Kelli about the long list of springtime tasks ahead.  We refer to our community and how great almost all our listeners are...  and how cool it is to watch them smack down the weeds that crop up! Still waiting for the snow to melt we talk a little about beekeeping and a local supplier we came up with for our frames, gear and starter hive (Nuc). In the Community we share our thoughts on a small...
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Mar 11, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This week spring appears to have made an appearance and the snows are slowly receeding!  Still things are slow on the farm and in the vegetable gardens so we talk a little about the tough decisions of a small business when it comes to firing a customer.  We also celebrated the fact that our AI was successful and our gilt is with pigs! Then in the community we talk about the farms newset adventure - raising bees.  Beekeeping was somethign we had thought about but the kind gift from a listener...
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Mar 4, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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In this episode we discuss the crazy weather around the world and give our hopefull update on the AI situation with our gilt. In the Coopcast Community we discuss a new tractor and what implemnts we reccomend for that tractor.  Frontend loader, tiller and rotarty mower come to the top of the list...  but that's not it. In the Veggie Patch we circle back around to the Rowboat of Goodness from our listeners and list off some of the explicit varites we have selected.
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Feb 18, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks episode shares our issues with a trio of cottontail rabbits that have been terrorizing our landscape and what we did to solve the issue.  We also complain about the snow and the cold on the farm.... because...  it feels good to complain.  We quickly throw in a mention of wood shavings and the chicken coop as well. Then in the Veggie Patch we talk about some of the notable varieties of seeds that we purchased this year and where we got them from. Finally in a the prototype hunting...
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Feb 12, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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The updates this week are short as the cold weather has mostly kept the farming inside.  It's also hard to do much with over 3 feet (that's a meter for our international listeners) of snow on the ground.  We do take some time ot tell the story of Farmer Andy and his boxed wine tho! In this episodes Farm U we talk about the hard and factual science behind vaccines and the debate about vaccination.  We look at the mechanisms of the immune system and the research behind the methodology....
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Feb 4, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates include our struggles with a new gilt and artificial insemination this winter.  We also talk about the other challenges of the deep snow and our chickens. We then look forward to warmer days in the Veggie Patch segment where we talk about the process we go through ordering seeds for the vegetable garden.  Who we have ordered seeds from before and what we look for in a seed company.
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Jan 28, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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** There's one bad word - so for the kids ears this is marked "EXPLICIT" ** This weeks episode was a tough one as we talked about the loss of one of our first pigs ever - our favorite sow Hermione.  We talk about the stuff that led up to her passing and then how we managed things after she was gone.  That includes how our one lone pig Snow White is doing this winter. Then we have some Ruminations about the farms online that don't share the lows of farming and only seem to like to...
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Jan 15, 2015 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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In this episode we review the happenings on the farm (and gardens) over the last few weeks. We talk about the chickens finally starting to lay eggs again (and the impact of extending their days with lights). We talk about some of the food we ate and made of the holidays and we discuss the missed opportunity with artificial insemination and our pigs.  Andy complains about the cold weather and then warms up while telling a hunting store from last deer season.
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Dec 18, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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Our final episode of 2014 is dedicated to our listeners and fans around the globe this holiday season.  It's our huge thank you for making us the #1 farming podcast on the planet! We talk about emails, tweets, Face book comments and posts as well as personal interactions and phone calls we haven't gotten to but have most deffinately read!  Thanks to everyone in the community for listening and be a part of the CoopCast in 2014. For those of you who know how to use search engines we do talk...
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Dec 11, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode brings us back from a few weeks off and updates about the events we had around here on the farm that kept us from coopcasting last week. We talk a little bit about farming and health care in proximity to the farm (given the recent events).  We also discuss our sick pig and the course of treatment we underwent to get her back to being a healthy girl again! In the Farmers Choice segment we share a few simple gift ideas for the holidays that might make your shopping easier!
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Nov 20, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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We are calling this the "We eat good episode" since we are talking about simple, fast and delicious farm recipes including: Pressure cooker chicken Frozen veggies in chili Pre-made frozen cookie rounds Easy ways to help you can / freeze more food. In the Veggie Patch we climb on board the Rowboat of Goodness and discuss a few winter squash varieties and some of our favorite non-lettuce greens in the garden.
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Nov 13, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates are around the pick up of the smoked pork (and we have customers coming as we are recording).  Farmer Andy shares a bit of a bow season update and we talk a little about the status of the hoop house. We close with a review of the local fruit CSA we were enrolled in and all the goodness and a little of the stuff they could have improved.
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Nov 5, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates include a hunting season short session.  We talk about bo season so far and the only arrow this season to miss its mark thus far.  We also talk about the pork that's back from the butcher and the impact of the seasonal reduction in eggs. In Farmer Kelli's Choice, we take a trip down memory lane.  Visit our Facebookpage (login not needed) and scroll back through the pictures to our first post in 2010...  we walk through 2010 and 2011 remembering several of the highlights...
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Oct 22, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This week's update is really an episode discussion around the end of the pork season for us - the moving of the pigs to the USDA processor.  We talk through what we did to get the pigs comfortable wit hthe trailer, how we use sorting borads to move the pigs on pasture into the trailer, our holding pen strategy, fencing and dropoff. It's really a retelling of the stories and some of hte skills we used to get this little piggie to market! 
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Oct 16, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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In this episode the Updates include Farmer Andy's pants free romp becasue of the warm weather, Hermione moving back to pasture with the piglets and preparations for taking the pigs for processing. Then in the Veggie Patch we discuss an overview of our tomato varieties for 2014- what will stay on the rowboat of goodness and what gets tossed overboard! Varieties discussed: Juliet BHN624 cherry Sungold cherry Piriform Valencia Pink Beauty Cherokee Green New Girl Brandywine Cherokee Purple Defiant...
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Oct 8, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This week's updates include our prep work in getting ready to move the pigs to the processor this year. We also put the vegetable garden to bed for the season and talk about the process and some of the suprise veggiesthis year. And of course, we have to talk about hunting season. In the Coopcast Community we respond to questions about black fly farming (maggots!), starting a CSA and the callenges involved and how some of our listeners have used our content at some very emotional and powerful...
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Sep 25, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This week the CoopCast becomes a HoopCast! We spend the episode looking at photos of our greenhouse / hoophouse / high tunnel and talk through the design and the how nad the why.  We both share our thoughts and opinions on the evolution of our enclosed vegetable garden area and what we like about gardening inside a controlled structure. If you are following along all the images can be found on our Flickr page in the album How We Do It : Hoophouse Also an indepth discussion when we built it...
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Sep 17, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This week our farm updates are simple as the season is slowing down to just the basics.  We talk about the plantings in the gardens in the greenhouse since frost is now in our area.  We are hoping to extend the season and keep harvesting vegetables and herbs for several more months.  There's also updates about pigs in pasture as well. In the Ruminations discussion this week we talk about businesses and how so many let opportunity slip through their fingers.  We share the details of a cheese...
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Sep 10, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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Back from a break we talk aboutthe pigs in the pasture and how well they are growing, the late blight that got the tomatoes, the success we had with straw based potatoes and a whole lot more. We also go over the 500th iTunes review and answer some listener feedback on topics ranging from keeping stock tanks fresh to predators to game cameras.
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Aug 20, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates start with the pigs scheduled for butcher, their pasture and their rapid weight gains after worming.  We moved the chicken netting fencing for the layers and have been busy in the vegetable gardens and kitchen.  Farmer Kelli has been canning and freezing all sorts of fresh veggies as well as baked, roasted, blanched and parboiled treats! The vegetable garden is producing and we are expecting be offer an end of summer share full of goodness - including a pasture raised...
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Aug 13, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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After taking a week off for a trip to Empire Farm Days, we return with an update from the farm show.  We also share the story of a sick pig on the farm who contracted weaning swine meningitis and what we did to get Mr Green Beans back to health. We tour the Veggie Patch to talk about all the harvested and put up foods Kelli has been making / freezing / canning as she's enjoying a greate vegetable garden season this year.  The homestead is certainly going to be prepared for the polar vortex...
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Jul 30, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode won't go down as one of the most exciting or passionate - but we do talk about the status of things mid-summer around the farm.  We continue to prep the pasture for the piglet weaning, the layers are laying and the vegetable garden and green house is producing LOTS of fresh produce this time of year. In the We Eat Good segment Farmer Kelli talks about some of her favorite recipes for the fresh veggies that are piled on the counters this time of year.  They are all paper printed...
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Jul 23, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks farming updatesinclude our experience this week processing chickens on anotehr farm as helpers.  We also moved the pigs to fresh pasture and are getting ready for weaning.  Finally the vegetable garden and the greenhouse are producing all sorts of fresh veggies...  so Farmer Kelli takes us through what they are and what she has been doing with them. In the Coopcast Community segment we catch up on the listener backlog of emails, posts, tweets and all sorts of other forms of...
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Jul 16, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode discusses the setup and work that goes into chicken processng BEFORE the actual chicken processing event.  There's a lot more than just catching and plucking involved on a well run chicken processing event and we thought it might be worth while sharing those stories and preps as well. We then share a bit of a retrospective on the actual events of the chicken rocessing day and how we run the event. Finally we have a Farmers Choice segment that answers so many of the continual...
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Jul 9, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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After a week of on farm vacation and frozen fresh fruit libations enjoyed on the deck, we are back with a bunch of updates around the pastured chickens, a recent hoophouse project and the vegetable gardens.  We also talk about the pigs and some general happenigns around the farm. In the Veggie Patch we talk a lot about the success of the peas, the success we have had training and pruning the tomato plants this year and an update on our mulching. This week on Close Encounters with Free Ranging...
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Jun 25, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates are pretty simple.  We talk about piglets and names, the chickens in the pasture and some a la carte CSA shares. Then we jump into the Farmers Choice that Kelli sprung on Andy - "are you a part-time farmer". What does that phrase mean, if anything. What decisions are impacted when you are "part-time" or not deriving all your income off the farm.  There's a bit of debate and some good conversations around this topic.  
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Jun 18, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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The updates this week start with the farming weather - and the fact it's been unusually "normal".  We have moved the chickens to pasture on a solid growth of clover andthey are loving it.  The pigs are gowing well and weaning is a few weeks away. In the vegetable garden the peas and eveything else is growing and healthy.  Even the weeds are under control with the mulching effort we have undertaken this year. In the CoopCast Community we wanted to take a bit to thank all the...
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Jun 4, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates include the latest on the 7 surviving piglets and the status of their name selection.  We talk about the pastured broilers in the brooder and how they are doing as well. We also check in on the laying hens and the egg eating issues. In the Veggie Patch we talk about the status of the garden and fencing.  We talk about a great find at a local garden center to help with the soil quality and quantity in the green house and we also talk about this years potato patch plans.
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May 29, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This week we are just doing a bunch of updates (since there's a lot to share).  We talk about how the piglets are doing well even after the traumatic events covered in episode 0110.  Then we tell a story of how great and helpful the United States Postal Service was when they seemed to have lost our box of broiler chickens. But have no fear, we found them and we share how they are doing in the brooder. In the Veggie Patch we talk about the progress and planting of the vegetable garden now that...
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May 21, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode is a frank and honest retelling of the harrowing farrowing experiences of 2014 on our small farm.  From the highs of hand delivering piglets to the lows of losing a breeding sow, this is as honest of a farming story as you may ever hear.
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May 7, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates are all over the place after skipping 2 weeks of episodes!  We talk about moving the pigs to their farrowing paddock, moving the egg laying chickens to fresh pasture and how the weather this spring has changed things a bit. We talk about the vegetable gardens and the progress of potting up plants in the greenhouse as well as some of the first plants of the season being planted in the garden itself.  Not having a full season CSA this year has made both the farmers a lot...
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Apr 16, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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With a bit of warm spring weather we have been able to get to some overdue chores.  The joy of the springtime Coop clean out is completed and the compost is on the garden.  We have more hydrant troubles and talk a bit about the YNN TV crew that was here to learn about how we produce eggs. In this weeks "We eat good" segment, we talk about the joys of cooking an Easter Ham...  kinda.  Rather how to simply prepare a ham and the unloved ham steak. Out of the kitchen and back on the...
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Apr 9, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates are finally more than just worrying about the weather.  We got a springtime break and took to the outdoors!  The asparagus patch got a cleanout of last years fronds. The chicken coop got a bit of a cleaning too. There was fence mending and happy pigs as well. Then in the Veggie Patch we discuss the seeds we have started for this years vegetable garden and why we liked them.  We also talk a bit about some challenges with a soil block recipe change this year - a bit...
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Apr 2, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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As Spring comes to the farm (with another snow storm too) we took a walk around the propery at the end of March to try and come to grips with what this late Spring means to our garden plans.  We discuss the winters impact on our plans and the things we typically got done that are not on the to-do list. We also talk vegatable gardens - specifically what we have been doing with regards to seed starting and preparing the greenhouse.  Speaking of the greenhouse, we talk about the issues the cold...
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Mar 26, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates include more cold weather and some updates about the animals around the farm. The pigs and chickens are doing well but all of us are done with this cold weather. We also talk a bit about the business of farming and what we still need to do on that said with regards to customer emails and notifications. In the Coopcast Community we have a breif tutorial on searching old coopcast episodes so you can find things you might have missed or are interested in. Brent had a question...
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Mar 12, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This episode was recorded live during the Vulcan Blizzard event! THe updates of course revlove around the blizzard and how we prepared for it. We also talk about the coldest day ever recorded in March and the frozen pipe it casued.  Farmer Kelli talks about these events and her CSA decision.In the CoopCast Community we talk about some iTunes reviews, listener emails and some general questions we received.
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Mar 6, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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As the bitter cold continues to make #farmerandy rage, we discuss the weather... We also talk about a "major award", a new Tractor Supply store and living life on a frozen farm. Actually we detail a day in the life of the farm in the middle of winter around here.  It's not overly exciting but it's honest. Then this week we have a Farmers Choice segment talking about what we are eating and why this time of year.  We discuss the balance of food we have put up vs what we buy from the...
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Feb 26, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates include a folloup about the eveil seeds that Johnny is selling and why we will continue to buy from Johnny Seeds.  For your reference, here's the list of seeds they get from Seminis as of Feb. 2014 We discuss how the endless cold this winter has impacted the pigs and chickens and how we deal with cooped up critters on a free range farm.  Kelli gives an update on the Ag assessment while Andy complains...In the Veggie Patch we pretned that it's gardening season and talk...
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Feb 13, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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The updates are a little thin this week as we watch temps falling and the snow piling up.  Mostly we talk about keeping warm and the successful insemination of our pigs. In the community we pick up on the Monsanto conversation last week and some new comments about companies like Johnny Seed and Territorial and the internet myth that they buy their seeds from Monsanto.  We also talk about our process for selecting seeds and why we pick the seeds we do....
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Feb 5, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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With 100 episodes behind us we thought it was appropriate to look back at the thoughts and opinions of our farming podcast (farmcast)? and spend most of the episode focusing on the reason why we do what we do - it's all for the listeners! We talk a bit about some listener favorite topics and some recent ones like Monsanto's decision to use some conventional crossbreeding techniques. While this isn't a giant 100th episode extravaganza, it's a fun look at the whys behind why we do what we do and...
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Jan 22, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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The Updates around the Farm this week focus on the big event of artificial insemination and the unexpected surprise we had with the "scheduled" standing heat. We also share our thoughts on FreshBooks as an accounting tool for farming (short version - run away).  We discuss out first free range Cornish birg from last years day ranging experiment and share the experience thus far with the tax related agricultural assessment. In the Veggie Patch it's seed ordering time.  We continue...
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Jan 15, 2014 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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We are back at the coopcast in 2014.  We enjoyed our break but are glad to be back.  While we were gone we had the coldest weather we have ever had while farming as the polar vortex descended on NY. We also had our annual farm meeting and other fun events.  Tune into this farm fresh coopcast for the latest news from the homestead! In the Veggie Patch (which is frozen over) we are going to talk a bit about some seed starting tips and techniques as people are looking towards spring already....
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Dec 18, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This is the last CoopCast of the year!  We expect to be back with another episode January 8th, 2014.  So on with the farming updates and the bitter cold and endless snow here on the farm. We talk a little about how the pigs and chickens are doing in this brutal cold. If you haven't checked it out - visit our Facebook page and see the story of the #elfonafarm... https://www.facebook.com/chickenthistlefarm To celebrate the holidays we have a community segment where we talk about: The recent...
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Dec 12, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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The Farming Updates this week are few and far between.  We do celebrate the fact we got our 1st Easter egg just in time for Christmas.  We talk about Belle standing or not and the challenges of a new gilt in heat as well as Kelli's plans for the farm undergoing an agricultural assessment.  We also discuss some simple online accounting packages for managing our farm - from Quickbooks (bad) to Freshbooks (great).In the Farmers Choice segment brought to you by FarmTek (check out the segment...
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Dec 5, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates talke a bit about the winter weather and the snow we had here on the farm and the impact on thep igs.  We move them to the winter paddock - finally!  We talk about Tahnksgiving turkeys and why we love ours so much.  One farmer is getting tired of deer season so we give an update there and close with some thoughts on our pork sales. This weeks Farmers Choice segment is sponsored by FarmTek.com.  Check out the segment for a coupon code to save $25 off orders over $75!!! We...
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Nov 27, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks's CoopCast is a batch of updates and a bit of community.  We talk about getting ready to move the pigs to their winter area and the fencing preparations that gointo that move. We give an update on deer hunting and pork sales (whihc are unrelated). We also are looking forward already to spring farrowing...  and figuring out when our new gilt is in standing heat has been a challenge. In the community we just answer a bunch of questiosn for our Facebook page!
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Nov 14, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This is a coopcast unlike any other... it's our first foray into an immersive multimedia experience.  We play the video "" from 1961 produced by US Steel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcqxI7a6wSM).  It's really cool to look back over 50 years to how pigs were produced and how we stack up today. So join us as we walk the fields with a true swine specialist! From there we free range over to some more contemporary farming topics like "how do I get started" and "I know...
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Nov 6, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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In the CoopCast Updates we talk about the big smoked pork pickup and the fact the second batch of pigs did not have the USDA inspectors reject their livers. On a nice night out on the town at a super fancy resturant the farmers ordered a dish called "pork two ways" where they were served pork loin medailons and laquered pork belly.  While the meal was delicious somethign very interesting happened... Farmer Andy confirmed that he is deffinately sensitive to the "mythical"...
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Oct 23, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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The updates this week include our last major on farm pork pickup by our customers. It's always nice to see customers and experience the coolness of local foods through their eyes. We share some of the challenges in delivering pork to customers as well. This week was also the consolidation of laying birds and the culling of the old flock. In Questions, Conversations & Ruminations we talk openly and honestly about pigs and worms. We learned the hard way that we need to be more proactive in...
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Oct 17, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks farm and garden updates include the farmer anniversary and dinner.  We talk about getting batch 2 of pigs to the processor and getting the fresh cuts back and to customers from the first batch. We have a new freezer to house the butcher cuts we will be selling from the farm starting in November (stay tuned for pricing and information). Finally we put the veggie patch to bed as we closed up the vegetable garden brining almost all of our gardening season to a close. In the CoopCast...
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Oct 10, 2013 Chicken Thistle Farm Homestead : Farming, Gardening and Homesteading - Pasture to Plate.
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This weeks updates are a bunch of "end of the farming season" things...  Turkey processing is complete! It always goes very slow but we had all of them sold.  We were very suprised by how small these heritage birds were this year.  We also took our first batch of pigs to the processor and have the second bacth scheduled for next week.  In taking the pigs we have chosen our new gilt as well! This weeks Veggie patch segment is sponsored by farmtek.com - listen to the coopcast for...