Over the winter, we managed to secure a contract with an up-and-coming company in Massachusetts to raise pastured chickens for them. This company ended up pre-ordering a significant amount of chickens per month from us, which necessitated the building of six new coops. Here I outline how to scale up a poultry operation.
Learn how Sugar River Farm's winter pig herd turned out, along with a low stress method of pig moving and spring preparations for upcoming chickens and ducks.
Kristen and Dan overwinter their first herd of pigs in Newport, N.H. Learn how we care for them, including fencing, feeding and shelters.
Kristen describes returning from her summer internship at Polyface Farm and explains what she's been up to since.
The last week at Polyface. We spent a lot of time processing turkeys for Thanksgiving, moving pigs to their fall corrals gathering firewood and tending to fall crops.
This Blueberry-Infused Homemade Bread recipe has a unique taste and color that will find a tasty use for any large blueberry harvest.
Check out this delicious, refreshing treat that comes in handy when there are too many blueberries to know what to do with.
The first killing frosts of the season change the garden-scape.
No wonder hatching chicks and producing eggs is such a big business - take a look at the numbers since 1926.
While summer's still lingering, tasks of fall have begun.
A root cellar slowly is dug by hand, with the goal of increasing our homestead's food preservation and storage capacity through the winter.
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
Here is a list of recipes for the juicer that are tasty and packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Here is a great recipe that provides everything you need to start your day, including a little caffeinated kick.
Chicken processing, capturing wild bees, gathering broilers, moving turkeys and making hay!
A big week of pig processing, morning chores with Joel Salatin and cattle sorting!
A stack of cast-iron pans and a chainsaw helmet sum up why these homesteaders do what they do.
The beauty and refreshment of our swimming hole are a swell compliment to work and sun of our homestead.
Here is a recipe that produces savory soup that warms the soul any time of year.
The greenhouse takes shape with the help of family.
The flavor and shelf life of the milk you sell directly to consumers are directly impacted by how the milk is produced and handled on your farm. Here are my best practices for handling and producing the highest-quality, most delicious milk on the farm.
This recipe will give you a go-to sweet treat before the fruit in season overruns your kitchen.
Building a greenhouse out of an old carport destined for the dump.
A few changes in a simple artisan bread recipe improves texture, longevity, and protein content.
This recipe gives cooks another use for a common pizza dough recipe.
Chives and mint come to a duel for territory in the herb garden, while the spring sap-sucker marks time.
Plants abound for Mother's Day, and lupine flowers and spring Brussels sprouts are among the best gifts for mom.
The arrival of our first chickens and pigs to the farm, and prepping to head off to my summer internship at Polyface Farm
The unique call of the winter wren arrives at Coosauke to mark the arrival of Spring.
This recipe will show how one extra step can add extra flavor and texture to your homemade poolish bread loaf.
We have a visit from a moose this spring.
These tips will provide troubleshooting for anyone trying natural-leaven bread.
As the first of the spring rains arrive, our river begins to flood.
Instructions for a quick, easy and affordable method of building portable shelters for your pastured pigs
Our first trip to the New England Meat Conference and some of the lessons we learned.
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
This recipe will have naan on your table in no time to accompany your Indian dishes, and it will provide a quick and easy snack in a pinch.
Cultivating and drying herbs for use as medicine throughout the seasons.
This recipe is a great introduction to all the joys and possibilities the world of home made pizza represents.
This recipe provides delicious bread with minimal time commitment and plenty of room to explore the wonders of homemade bread.
Jonathan Sadowski shares what motivates him to be a bread baker. He then provides a preview of what to expect from his future posts.
As winter approaches, we switch out our wood cookstove for the winter woodstove
The benefits of limited lighting and no electricity.
Necessity leads to ingenuity in the creation of root cellar storage.
Even when the chicks have left the nest, they never really leave.
Communicating via letters mirrors the pace of a handmade life.
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
Working in the potato bed produces the next blog article.
Get creative in the kitchen by baking with your harvest. These sweet recipes will change the way you think about baking with fruits and vegetables.
These sweet, wholesome scones come together in a flash and make use of August’s abundance of wild blackberries.
As mama hens, is there ever really a time when we don’t worry about our little chicks?
As a beginner homesteader, designer Larissa Reznek has learned some hard lessons fast. Here are the top three pieces of guidance she wishes she had before she started out.
We quarry a granite rock to create a front stoop.
What to do when the hot, humid days of summer create constant bickering in your children and in the flock.