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On Being an Apprentice: 3 Months In

In Apprenticing & Partnering, MY ARTICLES, My Farming Experiences by James10 Comments

Three months into my apprenticeship at Shady Grove Ranch I’m finally going to publish something, I shouldn’t say “write something” because I’ve been pecking away at this post for… three months. Aside from chipping away at this post I’ve mainly been “drinking from a fire hose” as Matt, my mentor, and head farmer at Shady Grove Ranch told me one …

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Thoughts of a Wannabe Farmer – Three Years Later

In About Me by James2 Comments

1,095 days, or three years ago, I began exploring the idea of becoming a farmer. This is the annual update of where that exploration has taken me in the past year, and what I plan to do going into the next year of the journey. 2015 was a great year personally and in the realm of my journey into farming. …

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Management-intensive Grazing – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Management, Pasture & Livestock, Stockman Grass Farmer by James1 Comment

Anyone who is in the grazing game has likely come across the term “Management Intensive Grazing.” The term was coined by Jim Gerrish who spent nearly thirty years working at the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center along with operating his own farm and ranch. What he learned over his multi-decade research he has incorporated into his book. As …

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The New Livestock Farmer – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Pasture & Livestock, Reference by James2 Comments

What is a “new” livestock farmer? Farmers have been farming livestock for thousands of years. What has changed to deem the word “new” valid when describing livestock farmers? The change comes in the form of mixing the old with the new. More specifically mixing many of the traditional ways to raise livestock (no grain for herbivores, no antibiotics, no vaccines, …

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My Friend is a Hypnotist

In Inspirations, MY ARTICLES by James0 Comments

This website is not merely about farming, but equally and maybe more it’s about turning dreams into reality. Gabriel Dye, a very close friend of mine did just that this past Sunday. My dream is farming, Gabriel’s dream is to become a professional hypnotist – not a medical hypnotist, but in the vein of a motivational speaker. I touched on …

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Steak – A Book Review

In BEEF, Book Reviews, Nutrition by James2 Comments

What exactly makes a memorable tasting steak so memorable? What are the components from cow to plate that set the stage for such an experience? In Mark Schatzker’s book Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef  the author travels to six different countries, and raises his own cow in order to unlock the secret to what makes …

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The Miracle Morning – A Book Review

In Book Reviews by James3 Comments

How do you start your day? What is your morning routine? Did you know that how you start each day strongly affects the rest of your day, and each day affects the following day, and the pattern builds to the culmination of your entire life? I know initially the idea of how you start each day playing a major influence …

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The Kong Project: Day One

In MY ARTICLES, My Farming Experiences, The Kong Project by James3 Comments

Last Sunday, a group of 15 people ventured out to Hansol Farm in Namyangju, South Korea to embark on a year-long journey. The journey’s name was coined Seed to Sauce: The Kong Project. Kong is the Korean pronunciation for soy bean. The project includes taking soy beans, growing the beans into seedlings, planting the seedlings, maintaining the plants, harvesting the …

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The Dorito Effect – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Nutrition by James1 Comment

What do you know about flavor? How much do you value flavor? Why do we eat the food we eat? Hint: it has to do with flavor. Most people associate flavor with the word “taste.” “This tastes good. This doesn’t taste good.” “Food that is good for me tastes bad. Food that is bad for me tastes good.” For most, …

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Pasture Perfect – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Nutrition by James0 Comments

How can you benefit from choosing meat, eggs, and dairy products from 100% grass-fed animals? Jo Robinson’s Pasture Perfect answers this. Essentially there are four primary benefits that come with pastured produced products: they’re great for – your health, the animals, the farmers, and the planet. It’s a four-dimensional win-win. Pasture farming is the type of farming I’m interested in …

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17 Mistakes to Avoid with Electric Fencing

In Tools by James0 Comments

With 30 years of experience building hundreds of miles of smooth-wire electric fence, I’ve seen just about every fencing mistake possible. And I continue to see folks make many of the same common mistakes. I still make mistakes myself, because I’m constantly challenging myself to make fencing easier, faster, stronger, and safer.  Read the full On Pasture article Here

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Eating On The Wild Side – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Nutrition by James0 Comments

After reading Jo Robinson’s Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health I feel a sense of vindication. When I was young I was labeled a “picky eater.” Primarily, because like a lot of kids I didn’t like to eat vegetables. It turns out my “picky” eating habits were not due to me being an overly selective …

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Nourishing Broth – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Nutrition by James0 Comments

It’s official: Bone broth is the new coffee. Not really, but bone broth has recently reemerged into popular culture and people are taking notice. I saw an article recently about a man in New York who was selling cups of bone broth like coffee stands sell coffee – and he was doing quite well. More and more restaurants are offering …

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Economics in One Lesson – A Book Review

In Book Reviews by James0 Comments

What do you know about economics? Did you take a course in college? If you’re like me and the majority of people who did not major in economics chances are you know very little about the subject – in stated terms that is. And even if you did study economics in college chances are you were taught from the Keynesian …

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The Law of Success in 16 Lessons – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Management by James5 Comments

Where did the personal success genre originate? Who set the stage for Tony Robbins, Steven Covey, Dale Carnegie, and the countless other authors and speakers that have helped people to better themselves and realize their dreams? The man is Napolean Hill. Born in 1883 in a small town in Virginia, Hill began his journey as the father of the personal …

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Money: Master the Game – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Management by James3 Comments

Are you familiar with the terms: index funds, mutual funds, annuities, portfolio allocation, fiduciary, and living trust? I wasn’t, until I read Money: Master The Game -7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, the first book Tony Robbins has written in nearly two decades – and the first Tony Robbins book I’ve ever read. I’ve always known Tony as the giant  infomercial guy but …

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Thoughts of A Wannabe Farmer – Two Years Later

In About Me by James9 Comments

It’s now been a full two years since I started this website and began the journey of exploring the possibility of becoming a farmer. Last year around this time I was preparing to head to Australia for a five-week stay on a farm to learn about holistic planned grazing with one of Australia’s top consultants. That trip turned out to …

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WWOOF – Get Experience Farming around the World

In Apprenticing & Partnering by James0 Comments

WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms. I got my first farming experience through WWOOF Korea and I’m very grateful the program exists, otherwise it would have been very difficult to get started the way I did. WWOOF is as the title suggests world wide. Typically a WWOOF farm host will take a wannabe farmer or anyone interesting …

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Holy Cows & Hog Heaven – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Joel Salatin by James4 Comments

Is having the option to eat clean nutrient dense food important to you? If you answered, yes, then a series of questions will follow that premise. If you answered no, then uh, I guess you can stop reading this now, unless you’re curious as to why it should matter. In Holy Cows & Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to …

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The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, BUSINESS PLANNING, Land & Money, Management, Uncategorized by James2 Comments

What are the essential questions all business owners must have answers to in order to be successful? According to business legend Peter Drucker there are five of them. In The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization Peter Drucker reveals his thoughts on what these questions are, and how to address them, with additional commentary by …

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Pastured Pig to Plate

In Livestock & Pasture, PORK by James0 Comments

Cooking Up a Story has a three-part series highlighting food writer and blogger Kathleen Bauer’s experience of finding a pastured pig through a friend, meeting the pig, butchering the pig, then sharing the bounty with friends. Pastured pigs is one of the enterprises I hope to have when I farm so I found interest in this series. The series does a …

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Eager Farmer Interview

In Apprenticing & Partnering by James3 Comments

If you are a wannabe farmer like me and you want to start farming you’re going to need two primary things: a teacher and a place to learn. Eager Farmer provides access to both of these in an unparalleled way at the moment. I contacted Sheri Salatin of the acclaimed Polyface Farms and founder of Eager Farmer and asked if she would …

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Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat and Pork – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, BUTCHERY, Livestock & Pasture, PORK, POULTRY, Reference by James0 Comments

Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering by Adam Danforth is the second of Adam’s two books that I have read – the first one covered beef (Read Here). This book as the title suggests covers multiple animals and like the Beef book is quite comprehensive and loaded with brilliant photos. This book …

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Access to Grazing: Leased Land Ideas and Issues

In Land & Money, LEASING LAND by James0 Comments

Our Land is a documentary created by The Greenhorns, a grassroots, non-profit organization of young farmers and collaborators.  The documentary is part of their mission to recruit, promote and support a new generation of young farmers.  It shares the stories and voices of young farmers who are getting started in the business.On Pasture readers might be most interested in part 4, Access to Grazing …

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Writing a Pasture Lease Contract

In Land & Money, LEASING LAND by James0 Comments

No matter how well you know your landowner, never begin a farm lease without a signature on paper! Even if everything seems to be going great now, so many unforeseen issues can arise over the multiple years you’ll be bound by the contract. My 8-section lease contract is outlined below. Depending on your unique situation, your contract may be more …

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Farm Feasibility Analysis

In BUYING LAND, Land & Money, LEASING LAND by James2 Comments

This is a two part series. The links to both articles are posted below.  Everyone knows that things aren’t always what they seem. Maybe you’ve found what seems like the perfect pasture to lease or buy, or maybe you’ve looked at one that’s less than ideal. Especially in agriculture, there are a lot of “invisible” factors that will make the …

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Farm Anatomy – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Reference by James4 Comments

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life by Julia Rothman is an informative and fun book that takes the reader through various aspects of farming. The title is fitting as the book gives a great overview of a lot of the different moving and non-moving parts of the farming life. The highlight of the book for me …

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Sweet Swine Success

In Livestock & Pasture, PORK by James0 Comments

As farmers and direct marketers, the Nottermans of Snug Valley Farm have expanded their existing pork production and marketing by 900% in the last three years. They are now marketing pasture-raised heritage pork to customers and restaurants from Hardwick to Burlington, VT. Their expectation is that within the next two years, they will increase their pork production by an additional …

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How to Get Your Chickens to Make the Best Use of Pasture

In Livestock & Pasture, POULTRY by James0 Comments

Labor cost and feed-conversion efficiencies;  these are the two things that determine the profitability of a pastured meat-bird operation.  The less you have to work with the birds, the lower your labor costs.  But how do you improve the rate that they turn feed into meat?  That’s the question that the producers at Pasture Perfect Poultry decided to answer with some on …