Episode from the podcastChicken Thistle Farm CoopCast

067 Worm Worshiping Hippies, vegetable gardening and soil blocks, farm transparency vs the farmers privacy

Released Wednesday, 24th April 2013
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This weeks farming updates show that things are quickly picking up speed as spring marches on.  We started last week offering our pastured broilers up for sale and had them all accounted for in 2 days.  We also have been fixing some of our permanent fencing that winter was not kind to.  As part of the fencing work we opened a spring pasture for the pigs and will be moving them for farrowing in another week or so.  Updates include a quick stop in the vegetable garden section of the farm where we have been busy making soil blocks and starting seeds in the greenhouse.  Up next is actually getting peas planted in the garden!The CoopCast Community this week is a rapid fire segment...  Where we discuss how "nice" it was that some of the Boston police brought a homeowner with children some milk...We respond to a listener that asked about the new names the pork and beef producers are putting on meat.#farmerandy riffs on customers who ask the question "is there soy in your feed".Brent from CT is happy we aren't "worm worshipping hippies" and so are we.And Jon pointed out that  taping farm cruelty is now a crime here in NY.Our final segment is a Rumination on balancing transparency with privacy.  Where do you draw the line when you farm is also your home?  It's a more difficult question than you might think.