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2015 Winter Lamb Harvest Pickup

Hi everyone! We will be picking up the lamb orders from the butcher on Wednesday morning. Yesterday, Cally and I went and saw the meat hanging in the coolers...and it looks wonderful. I have no doubt we'll have some tasty lamb chops for the holidays. For those of you who ordered lamb from our 2015 winter lamb harvest, the pickup times are: Wednesday, December 16th from 12pm to 7pm Thursday, December 17th from 12pm to 7pm Our address is: Studio Hill, LLCPullman Farm957 Trumbull Hill RoadShaftsbury, VT 05262 Click here for our location on Google Maps. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a home delivery instead, please give us a call at 802-379-9070. Thanks!Jesse

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50 Sheep Added to Our Hayfield Restoration Program

For a few years now, Cally and I have been tossing around the idea of bringing sheep here to the farm to compliment the work that the poultry is doing in our pasture (soil) rehabilitation program. The advantages were clear: sheep are smaller than cows (and therefore less of a danger to wee Angus); sheep can be contained by our mobile fencing; sheep are ruminants (and we're a grass/hay farm); sheep "mow" the grass to the perfect height for the chickens; sheep manure is incredibly rich; sheep are so darn cute. But, because we're incredibly careful people—and despite thoughtful encouragement from elders we trust—we hadn't braved the plunge into shepherd-hood. Then, a few weeks ago, there was a knock on our door. To make...

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How We Raised Pastured Pork in 2014

Last year, as one of our early pastured meat experiments, we raised four Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs from Hidden Nest Farm in Argyle, New York. As we strive to provide any animal we bring onto this farm with a full, safe, and interesting life, we circled a 1.5 acre hillside—complete with an old horse stall, trees, grass, and a stream—with a one-foot high electrified fence. (We also chose the spot we did because we hoped that the pigs would do some work of clearing away the underbrush that make access to the aging trees impossible.) We were HIGHLY skeptical about the ability of a one-foot high fence to contain four fully-grown pigs. But, because we read the tip in Living with Pigs...

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Hayfield Restoration With Chickens: The Exciting Results Can Be Seen From Space!

It is March 18th here in Vermont, and while all the bitter dispositions of Vermonters are slowly warming, the temperature outside is decidedly not. It is an 18° Windsday today—the wind is cutting straight through wool, beards, and bone. It turned out to be fortunate, however, that the weather is so bitter, because had it been pleasant—and had I been outside—I would not have discovered the subject of today's blog post: Chickens in SPACE!!!

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Hayfield Restoration with Chickens: Year One

I don't have much more to add to my previous post on this subject. The real "proof-in-the-pudding" will arrive in the spring with the new grass. If the lush green stripes return, viola! We've done something real—though, in a small way. If not, we'll go back to the drawing board. I do want to share, however, some more photos I came across while digging through the shots from this summer. They'll give you a good indication of the incredible improvement we saw in the part of the hayfield that had the benefit of the chickens' attention. In Exhibit A, you can a cross-section of the field. The lush, thick, darker-green grass near the top of the photo had 50 chickens...

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