Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dragon’s Breath

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Pete – Our Pet Dragon This little beasty has been working hard to melt off the ice in Admin where we were setting up forms for our final concrete pour of the year. With the added work load caused by … Continue reading

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Insulating Sand

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Sand Pile Bedding Down for Winter I built our driveway so that the milk truck can get high enough up the mountain on our farm that the whey all gravity feeds down from the tanks to the troughs for the … Continue reading

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Gory Melon – Seed Saving

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Gory Melon No, that isn’t a zombie watermelon or a Halloween practical joke. This watermelon got forgotten and started to ferment. Will hacked it open and it’s guts spilled out. This was a particularly good watermelon year for us. Will … Continue reading

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Sow Hut v0.7.2

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Portable Sow Hut A bunch of people have asked about the sow huts we use which have appeared in the background of various photos here on my blog. Most recently the questions have been about the type shown here.[1, 2, … Continue reading

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Spent Barley

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Boiled Spent Barley We sometimes get the left over spent barley from making beer at a local brew pub. The smell is lovely, like barley soup – something I love. The consistency is more like oat meal, perhaps a bit … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2011

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The Jeffries Merry Christmas to one and all! Outdoors: 29°F/20°F Mostly Sunny Tiny Cottage: 64°F/60°F Daily Spark: Always do whatever’s next. -George Carlin

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Cottage at Five Years

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Tiny Cottage at Five Years November 6th, 2006 we began building our tiny cottage and in two months our family closed it in. The cottage is a high mass building with about 100,000 lbs of masonry and well insulated small … Continue reading

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Passing on the Cookie Tradition

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The following article appeared in the Burlington Freepress today in their Savore section. Move over Pepperidge Farm – My son Will has the hot new Christmas cookie recipe to kill for. I am a die hard Milano fan but I’ll … Continue reading

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Boar Meat Redux

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Finisher vs Old Boar Ground The ground meat on the left is from finishers, six month old pigs. The ground meat on the right is from an eight year old boar, Archimedes.[1, 2] Neither were castrated. The big boar was … Continue reading

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10,000th Comment!

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We have a Winner! Les Gills wins the prize for the 10,000th comment on my blog on the Farm page asking about how to capture and move pigs on pasture. Check out the question and my answer. Congratulations, Les! The … Continue reading

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