August 29, 2016

LittleField Notes Mower Notes

Littlefield Notes: Mower Notes

The horse drawn mowing machine is a marvel of engineering. Imagine a pair of horses turning the energy of their walking into a reciprocal cutting motion able to drop acres of forage at a time without ever burning a drop of fossil fuel. And then consider that the forage being cut will fuel the horses that will in turn cut next year’s crop. What a beautiful concept! Since I’ve been mowing some everyday I’ve had lots of time to think about the workings of these marvelous machines.



August 30, 2016

Cultivating Questions Winterkilled Cover Crops for a Mild Climate Part 2

Cultivating Questions: Winterkilled Cover Crops For A Mild Climate Part 2

Finding just the right cover crop-tillage combination for crops planted the last half of June has always been a real challenge in our location. While surface-tilling mature rye and vetch in May works well for fall crops established in July and August, this cover crop-tillage combo does not allow enough time for decomposition and moisture accumulation for end-of-June plantings.



August 24, 2016

Ask A Teamster Round Pen Training

Ask A Teamster: Round Pen Training

When we ask a horse to follow us in the round pen we can help him succeed by varying things a bit – changing direction and speed frequently, stopping periodically to reward him with a rub (“a rub” or two, not 100), picking up a foot, playing with his tail/ears/mouth, etc. In other words, working at desensitizing or sensitizing him by simulating things he will experience in the future (trimming and shoeing, crupper, bridle over the ears, bit, etc.).



August 25, 2016

Fjordworks Cultural Evolution Part 1

Fjordworks: Cultural Evolution Part 1

For the teamster who first and foremost just plain loves driving horses, hitching the team to a fully restored and well-oiled cultivator is a wonderful way to spend time with horses. For those intrigued by the intricacies of machines and systems, the riding cultivator offers endless opportunities for tweaking and innovation. And for those interested in herbicide free, ecologically produced vegetable and field crops, the riding cultivator is a practical and precise tool for successful cultivation.



August 26, 2016

The Milk and Human Kindness Making Camembert

The Milk and Human Kindness: Making Camembert

Camembert is wonderful to make, even easy to make once the meaning of the steps is known and the rhythm established. Your exceptionally well fed, housed and loved home cow will make just the best and cleanest milk for this method. A perfect camembert is a marvelous marriage of flavor and texture. The ripening process is only a matter of a few weeks and when they’re ripe they’re ripe and do not keep long.


20% Off a Trilogy of Essay Compilations by Lynn R. Miller

Essay Book Sale

Sale ends September 4!


Why Farm (1997)

Farmer Pirates & Dancing Cows (2006)

Old Man Farming: Essays of a Rewarded Life (2014)

Mr. Miller has woven together a vital and engaging set of essays focused on organic farming, rural communities, small scale agriculture, animal-powered systems, local foods, young dreams, advantages of maturity and right livelihood. His writings are laced with anecdotes and asides gathered from four plus decades of working the land, listening to those who love farming and swatting at the flies of modern society. Provocative, insightful, inspirational.

the SNARE with Lynn Miller

  • August 23, 2016

    A Fool’s Guess at Weather

    A farmer’s hesitant fall weather forecast for US, guessed at from several sources and cobbed together with a view towards answering our seasonal question: What do I need to do to prepare for winter this year. Mid-Atlantic on up into New ...

  • August 6, 2016

    On the Farm in the Field

    ON THE FARM IN THE FIELD the days joined together, strung like beads on a necklace. All growth was a dream linking what had long slept in dark and damp to what might come to be, fed a warm soup ...

  • August 5, 2016

    Health Secrets of the Amish

    In recent New York Times article Moises Velasquez-Manoff revealed results of a new study which indicated that Amish men, women and children are much less likely to have asthma and allergy problems than most every other sector of the population. ...

At A Glance

New Moon

Farming by Moon Phase

August 30, 2016 • 11:00pm

Astrologers say it is best to plant all things which yield above ground in the increase of the Moon and things which yield below ground when the Moon is decreasing.


Farm Drum with Lynn Miller & Paul Hunter

Farm Drum 22: Planning

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” — Carl Sagan

The sound of monsoons and monocultures:

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My Small Kitchen with Kristi Gilman-Miller

Bran Biscuits

  • 3/4 cup sifted flour
  • 1 cup bran
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold shortening
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk

Combine dry ingredients and mix together thoroughly.

Cut in shortening; add enough milk to make a soft dough.

Roll out 1/2-inch thick on lightly floured board, cut into rounds with a floured cutter and place on greased baking sheet.

Bake in hot oven (400 degrees F) 15 minutes.

August Spotlight: Videos

  • Farmrun - Sylvester Manor

    Sylvester Manor

    Sylvester Manor is an educational farm on Shelter Island, whose mission is to cultivate, preserve, and share these lands, buildings, and stories — inviting new thought about the importance of food, culture and place in our daily lives.

  • Ham & Eggs

    Ham & Eggs

    Max Godfrey leads Ham & Eggs, at Plant & Sing 2012 at Sylvester Manor.

  • Farmrun John Erskine

    John Erskine

    John Erskine farms with horses in Sequim, WA.

  • Kombit: The Cooperative

    Kombit: The Cooperative

    We received word of a new environmental film, Kombit: The Cooperative, about deforestation in Haiti — and an international effort to combat it by supporting small farmers on the island.

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