Monthly Archives: November 2009

Butchering Capacity

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Rebar Rising on Misty MorningWill is working on putting up pink foam in the inspector’s office area for our on-farm slaughterhouse and butcher shop. Along the east wall you can see rebar rising as I tie it to the steel … Continue reading

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Pink Piggy Palace

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Foam Insulation Inside FormsOur old farm house, to the right in the photo above, is pink. It was cheap siding as Lloyd, the previous owner, had explained. Our tiny cottage was pink too for a while from the outer insulation … Continue reading

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Butcher Shop CSA Pre-Buys

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Update: CSA Pre-Buy Quarter Pig and Half Pig’s are sold out. See the CSA Pre-Buy page for current details. Check out our Kickstarting the Butcher Shop project for more opportunities to support our project and get great pastured pork shipped … Continue reading

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Funding the Butcher Shop

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South Field Pigs and Sheep Grazing As I mentioned in my Sunday post we are building a USDA/State inspected on-farm slaughterhouse and butcher shop – our Big Project. We need approximately $150,000 $210,000 to build and outfit the butcher shop … Continue reading

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Planting Garlic

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Hope Planting GarlicNow is the season to plant garlic. At the store they had a lot of garlic which had sprouted so I bought it up. Hope broke it apart for me and poked it in the planters out front … Continue reading

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Butcher Shop at Sugar Mtn

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See updates… Pigs who will live their entire lives at our farm. “…Oh, and just one more thing… We’re building a butcher shop.” Yes, that is what I said a few days ago. Our top secret big project for the … Continue reading

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Winter Hay Here

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Hay Bale GrabberThat tractor has what is known as a hay bale grabber on the front lift arms. It is very handy for loading, unloading and stacking the round bales of hay we get each winter. John, the farmer we … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Seeds Drying

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Pumpkin Seeds Drying on NewsprintWe did not do well with pumpkins this year. The first planting rotted in the soil. Same as the corn. Pot starts were no better, quickly rotting their vines when transplanted from pots to soil. The … Continue reading

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Whalers in Vermont

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Walers in Vermont MountainsI’ve mentioned whales a number of times before on our family’s land locked farm blog. There is no sea to see for a long ways from here despite our high vantage point. But there are walers, sans-whales, … Continue reading

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Out with the Old

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Ben Chipping ConcreteOur Big Project rests on two old foundations which make up the hay shed we tore down this summer. For structural reasons I do not want the two slabs to actually be connected so the new slab gloms … Continue reading

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