February 27, 2017
While autumn’s beauty is food for our souls, autumn’s harvest provides food for our tables. Along with the many hours and days of canning and freezing our garden produce, harvest time also means apple cider making for our family. We have been making apple cider, or sweet cider as it is commonly called, for six years. Beginning slowly, the demand for our juice has resulted in a production of over six hundred gallons this year.
February 21, 2017
Views of any and all modern farming stir questions for me. The most common wonder for me has been ‘how come we haven’t come up with a something to replace plastic?’ It’s used for cold frames, hotbeds, greenhouses, silage and haylage bagging and it is used for mulch. That’s why when I read of this new Swedish innovation in specialized paper mulching I got the itch to scratch and learn more. What follows is what we know. We’d like to know more. LRM
February 22, 2017
Our friend, Mark Schwarzburg came by the office with an old wooden box he inherited from his great great great grandfather, Henry Schwarzburg. In it is a lovely, very old working wooden model of the stationary baler Henry helped to invent. Also were found, on old oil-skin paper, beautiful original engineer’s drawings for patent registry; and a brochure for the actual resulting manufactured implement.
February 23, 2017
The horse’s head is large, with eyes set wide apart at the sides of his head; he seldom sees an object with both eyes at the same time and generally sees a different picture with each eye. In the wild, this double vision was a big advantage, making it difficult for a predator to sneak up on him. He can focus both eyes to the front to watch something, but it takes more effort. Only when making a concentrated effort to look straight ahead does the horse have depth perception as we know it.
February 24, 2017
We shared this video a while back, and now it has been released on Netflix. Check it out! — “A Small Good Thing” explores how the American Dream has reached its end and how for most of us, greater material wealth and upward mobility are no longer possible. To find out what is taking its place, this feature documentary follows six people in one community who have recast their lives so they can live with a sense of meaning.
Circle of Poison
Once a pesticide is banned in the United States for its dangerous health and environmental effects, companies are still permitted to manufacture it for export only. This policy sends a message to the world that American lives are more valuable, yet ironically these toxic pesticides circulate the globe and come back to the US as residues on imported food in the circle of poison.
Narrated by Elizabeth Kucinich and featuring interviews with President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Professor Noam Chomsky, Senator Patrick Leahy, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the film exposes the shocking practice of corporate profit in the banned pesticide trade. It takes viewers across the globe, to India, Mexico, Argentina, Bhutan, and the United States, to document the emotional stories of victims and the inspiring ways communities are fighting back.
News & Weather
February 17, 2017
Eating popcorn has long been synonymous with watching movies. But soon you might find yourself reaching for another popped snack option—popped sorghum. Sorghum is a cereal grain that is becoming more popular in the United States because it’s gluten free ...
February 15, 2017
The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and the Cornell Small Farms Program have teamed up to create a new column called “Lessons from the Land,” which first appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of the Small Farm Quarterly. ...
January 31, 2017
Albert Straus, founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery, was awarded one of this year’s Vision Leadership Awards by the Specialty Food Association for spearheading the organic milk movement in the United States in the early 1990s. The Straus family ...
Dear Lynn Miller and staff, Hello from Michigan! We have only just started to read your Journal, and have really enjoyed it. First off, thank you for your publication. It is always a special occasion when the journal arrives, my ...
In the Fall ’97 issue of SFJ you printed an article on the Cheval de Merens, the all black horse of the French Pyrenees. I was immediately obsessed by their beautiful stature, a very strong draft-type-looking horse with powerful legs ...
Dear Lynn, In the Summer 2014 SFJ there is an article by Glenn Dahlem about the black walnut (p. 62). If I may, there are a few additions I would like to make regarding using black walnuts. First, the harvesting. From ...
Super magazine, Lynn and Kristi!! I love the content, and I can’t wait for the next issue in my mailbox. My best to you. Bob Langness Broomfield, CO
• 8 mules org. Dairy Young Stock
• 30+ HD Mowers
• Belle City Threshing Machine
• IH Grain binder • IH Corn Binder
• New Idea Hay Loader
• JD 999 Corn Planter
• IH 200H Manure Spreader
• Emerson Brantingham 2 way Plow
• IH – JD – Minnesota Cultivators
• Oliver 88 gas Tractor, runs very nice
• JD 336 Baler • Bear Cat Food Mill
• Oliver 2 bottom trail plow
• Lots of other wagons & misc. farm
machinery. Some antiques & collectible
BEST SIZE FOR SILOS
The average silo is about 12 feet in diameter and 32 feet high. A silo 12 feet by 32 feet will hold about 75 tons of silage – 34 feet high about 80 tons – 36 feet high about 87 tons – 38 feet high about 94 tons – 40 feet high about 101 tons. It is better to build two small silos than one large one.
TO MEASURE EAR CORN IN CRIB
Determine the number of cubic feet and multiply by 4: then divide by 10. Most corn in cribs is figured by this rule. However, if the cobs are well filled and corn sound and dry, divide by 9. If cobs are not well filled or if corn is damp, divide by 11.
TO MEASURE CORN IN BINS
To find the number of bushels of grain in a bin, multiply length by the width by the height, thus ascertaining the number of cubic feet and deduct one-fifth. For instance, a bin containing 10 cubic feet will hold 8 bushels of grain, 8 being the four-fifths of 10.
CAPACITY OF BOXES, BINS, ETC.
A box four feet eight inches long, by two feet four inches wide and two feet four inches deep will contain twenty bushels.
A box twenty-four inches long by sixteen inches wide and twenty-eight inches deep will contain a barrel.
A box twenty-six inches long and fifteen and one-half inches wide by eight inches deep will hold a bushel.
A box twelve inches long by eleven and one-half inches wide and nine inches deep will contain a half-bushel.
TO ESTIMATE NUMBER OF TONS OF HAY
In Square or Oblong Stacks
Multiply the length in feet by the width in feet and this figure by one-half the height. Divide the result by 300.
In Round Stacks
Square the distance around the stack in yards. Multiply this by 4 times the height in yards. Point off two places from the right and divide the remainder by 20.
My Small Kitchen with Kristi Gilman-Miller
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tbsp cold shortening
- 1/2 cup tart applesauce
- 1/4 cup thick sour cream
- 1/2 cup grated American cheese
Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt together.
Cut in shortening.
Combine egg, applesauce and sour cream.
Add to sifted dry ingredients, mix quickly, turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly for a few seconds.
Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness.
Cut into 2 inch biscuits and place on baking sheet sprinkled with grated cheese. Bake in hot oven (400 degrees F) 15 minutes.