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Hey everyone! I’m trying a new thing: a live Zoom chat for subscribers to my newsletter. I’m still writing just a bit about the farm life, so if you try it out and it’s not quite the right fit, please unsubscribe with no offense taken by me! My first live chat (let’s talk cheese, goats,…

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A quick post to let you all know that with changes at our farm, in our personal lives (still happily married, but now caregiving for three 80-pushing-90 year old parents), and my switch to writing fiction (yes, you heard it here) I am unlikely to be doing many new blog posts on farmy-cheesy topics. But…

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Wild Dairy Fermentation

Excerpt from my article for Fermentation Magazine, access the full article here. Long before packets of freeze-dried cultures for milk existed, there were dairy ferments. Cheese, yogurt, and kefir are probably second only to beer in the pantheon of fermented foods. However, in the modern world, 100 percent wild fermentation in dairy products is rare.…

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Training a Rat Terrier to Hunt: A novice’s approach that worked

If you have a rodent problem you’ve probably tried every trap made – and then some (Google it, and you’ll find some interesting homemade contraptions) and then watched as after a few mortalities, the rats quickly learned to avoid or even disable the traps. (After finding one trap we had set literally covered up by…

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DIY – Goat Decks

How to Build Sectional Raised, Slatted Flooring for Goats  Hands down, raised, slatted flooring for goat housing wins the prize for ease of maintenance, cost over time, and, best of all, goats love it! I call this type of flooring “goat decks”. Goat decks allow the manure to fall through the slats (mostly) and urine…

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Luau Style Pit Goat Roast

As some of you know, I’m on a mission to elevate the goat in many ways, including as a culinary staple and delight. With that in mind, I’ve wanted to try roasting a goat in a luau style pit for some time. As with many things, I’ve found if you commit to it publicly or…

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I’m the author of a half dozen books on dairy, cheese, and animal care topics. My posts here are meant to augment the content of my books. I hope you enjoy! Please search the archives for more.

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