New Goatlets (or is it goatlettes?) New Goatlets (or is it goatlettes?) Okay, they’re technically called goat kids. Anyways, have we mentioned that here at BOTL Farm, we have plans? One of our plans is our “birthing plan.” Our sheep and goats typically breed in the fall so they birth in early spring. This gives […]
New farm store/hours: Visit our updated space and see what’s new! Sheep and goats go for a walkabout Here at BOTL Farm, we have plans. Lots of plans. Among our many plans is one called a “grazing plan.” We rotationally graze all our animals which, briefly, means they graze a portion of land for a short
Farm Labor Arrives, Farm Hacks, Winter CSA, and More! Farm labor arrives Farmers have been farming since the end of the nomadic era, since someone discovered it may be slightly easier than hunting and gathering. Although raising livestock involves less risk of personal physical injury than chasing a wooly mammoth with an atlatl, farming still requires a lot of
Another month on the farm: grazing, grass, and growing pigs Grazing season is here! As the world spins and wobbles on its axis, it produces fun things like tidal forces and changing seasons. As the northeast US hurtles its way towards the summer solstice, the warming temperatures, sunshine, and rain collaborate to grow grass. We’ve
Sheep skins, chicken bone broth, and hawk attack Driving to Vermont to pick up sheep and goat hides #farmervacation Here at BOTL Farm, we’re committed to nose-to-tail use of the animals we slaughter. That means finding a use for all those parts, including the sheep and goat skins. We get the skins back from the
Chicks, stew hens, bacon. Huzzah! Coming soon: baby chicks As discussed back in our October update, we were contemplating what to do with our laying hen flock. Our official decision is to keep the size of the flock the same for next season. This means that we’ll retire the oldest half of the birds and
Here at BOTL Farm, we’re not short on ideas. It’s like my mentor used to tell me: it’s important to have ideas, whether they’re good ideas or not, because eventually even a blind squirrel finds a nut.
Let’s talk about one of our latest ideas.
Congratulations, you have just been e-introduced to the finest farm dog east of the Mississippi. Her name, quite creatively, is pup. Pup is a rescue dog, who began her life somewhere in Texas. She doesn’t talk a lot about her past, but from what we can infer it involved something that makes buckets extremely scary. Pup
Mangalitsa/Berkshire/Large Black piglet, aka a tiny elephant. Dearest BOTLiebers, The cool mornings, the pup under a blanket, and the dinner time sunsets all tell us the same thing: another summer is drawing to a close here at BOTL Farm. As we put the following touches on our third year here in The House, it occurs
Lady Breeder on bottom and one of our purebred Berkshire on top. Both gilts sleeping in a pile. To all who stand at the back of the line, hear us now as we relay a story from BOTL. For no reason at all, we will start this blog post with a poem: There once was