Tag Archives: sustainability

Growing fodder for the homestead

Feed cost is the biggest ongoing expense for a farmer. So any time he/she can reduce feed costs, even by a little, he/she will do so, if he/she is smart. I’ve been researching ways to cut our feed costs, and … Continue reading

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The Road to Raw Milk, or, Gertie’s Gettin’ Knocked Up

There are two ways to get a cow pregnant. 1) Identify when the cow is in “standing heat” — when she’ll stand and let a bull breed her — and then put her in a chute, and pay a professional … Continue reading

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Ruminating: bovine pregnancy, goat hernias, and fall gardens

Fall’s cool whispers are winding their way through the Ozark hills. They remind us that summer is not forever and redemption is like rain. The Midwest Dust Bowl of 2012 is beginning to subside, and the newly moistened soil beckons … Continue reading

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A New Post

I know it’s high time for a new post. Life’s vicissitudes have kept me from it. Also, sometimes I just feel rather uninspired. And I keep waiting for Kate to put up a post (I know many of you do … Continue reading

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Ticks

And now for something a little different… Ticks are a problem. I hate them, you hate them, we all hate them. They’re gross, painful, and annoying. But they’re also dangerous. In the country, and even in some suburban areas, ticks … Continue reading

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The Pasture

When we first arrived at this farm, we began dreaming of restoring the pasture to its former glory. Since it had not been used in many years, it had become completely overgrown with trees, and the fencing was in shambles. … Continue reading

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A New Addition

We have some very exciting news about a new addition to the Ozark House! ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. . . . . Kate and I are excited to introduce you to OZARK! After much deliberation and soul-searching, I (Nathan) decided that it was … Continue reading

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Death and Dignity

For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: … Continue reading

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The Problem With Lassaiz-Faire

Entrepreneurialism and innovation in the free market can be great things. They have the potential to increase productivity, manage limited resources, improve standards of living, and perform incredible feats of industry. The concept of free markets is really a perspective … Continue reading

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What The Farm Has Taught

Certain elemental truths of the universe manifest themselves in their purest forms at the farm. I suspect this has something to do with the nature of the farm and its place at the root of all civilization. Maybe not, though. … Continue reading

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