Hoofed and hot


Cooper, his front feet planted squarely in the water trough, ignored my curses as he chewed his cud and swished his tail. The recent heat wave has...

The pond is still, and the saw is silent – just as it would have been in the 1800s when the pond was too low to power the mill. Brian, our guide...

Allergic to farming


Hair fell in piles as I pushed the clippers through Stash’s matted hair. Stash, one of my working oxen, was long overdue for a haircut.Scottish...

Model T tour a homecoming of sorts


We surged down the gravel lane from the farm, wind rushing over my cap, in an automobile that had neither a gas pedal nor gear shift. I could feel...

Violence in all eating


As we unrolled an 800-pound round bale of hay, a dead fawn fell to the floor of the feed bunker. The fawn was all in one piece and must have been...

Going out to eat


With June upon us and thanks to lots of rain and snow, grass is exploding out of the ground. This abundance means it’s time for the “cow taxi” to...

Hands-on learning experience


They clipped cattle, fed piglets, shoveled manure, weaned calves and hunted for eggs. They also figured out how to make a living wage doing what...

Mistake proves fatal for little pig


I held her close. Her heartbeat was strong but fast. Her rasping breath was sucking air in then pushing it out as she fought for life. She was...

Farm visitors


They came from Australia, Hawaii, South Korea and even Nashua to visit our cows and pigs. We’ve even had visitors come from Vietnam. They are all...

Turning cow waste into plant food


The caller spoke with a slight twang, perhaps a Southern accent?“How much would a truckload of composted cow manure cost? I need it for my lawn...

Not fit for stores, but fit for cow


The cows charged down the hill, lining up along the gate in anticipation as the white delivery truck pulled into the barnyard. The chickens joined...

A baby is born on the farm


The calf tumbled over, head flopping as he attempted to get his legs under control. Blasting wind and horizontal rain was not going to stop this...

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