The Animals are Allies at Inspiration Farm (294)

"My worms are my hardest working critters…along with all my other critters." Brian Kerkvliet shows the mobile chicken house area where chickens scratch, eat bugs and plant seeds, spread the compost pile, and fertilize the soil. As they clear one region, they're moved to … [Read more...]

Farmer George — Growing Animals Like Grandpa Did, part 1 (286)

"Our animals live in the pasture - birds, pigs and cows. Everybody gets to roam free in fresh air and sunlight…not only are they getting the food at its best, but they're also leaving behind the waste products that rejuvenate that grass and keep the system going." Farmer … [Read more...]

Yak, Buffalo, Alpaca – Oh My!

Last night I cooked braised Yak shanks… so tender and mild, perfectly sauced in the stock I made last week from Buffalo bones. This morning Robin served homemade garlic-ginger-basil sausages made from Alpaca ground paleo style (with heart and liver added to the muscle … [Read more...]

Meet Farmer George and His Pastured Animals

Skagit River Ranch nestles beside a sweeping bend in the Skagit River in northwest Washington. Salmon stir the waters while on land verdant pastures are dotted with grazing cattle, pigs, sheep, turkeys and chickens. These pastured animals are lovingly cared for, roaming out … [Read more...]

Inspiration Farm – Cultivating Nourishing Food and Creativity (226)

"Changing times calls for changing lifestyles." says Brian Kerkvliet. "So [we've] put more energy into the land… The more you get your fingers in the soil, the more endorphins rush through your head. You get excited by all of that." Using permaculture and biodynamic … [Read more...]

The Straight Poop on Sustainable Farming (211)

Innovative farmer Joel Salatin says sustainable agriculture requires both perennials (like native grasses) and herbivores (like cattle) to build soil. Mimicking patterns from nature, this maverick Virginia farmer rotates cattle followed by chickens into short-term pasture … [Read more...]

Four Acres and Independence — A Self-Sufficient Farmstead (168)

Take a tour, accompanied by curious sheep and geese, of Mark Cooper's self-sufficient small farm. Over several years, he transformed a rundown house and hillsides of berry brambles into pasture and gardens where he produces and preserves most of his family's food. Visit the … [Read more...]

Innovation Bears Fruit for Family Farm (162)

Tour the century-old organic Chaffin Family Orchards where even the animals are "farm hands." Visit chickens in their egg-mobile, scratching for bugs and pooping fertilizer in the heirloom stone-fruit orchards. Goats chomp off low branches from the olive trees, so no fuel or … [Read more...]