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Reduce, reuse, and recycle: tales from the farm and New Haven Trip

Reduce, reuse, and recycle: tales from the farm and New Haven Trip Sheep don’t climb Here at BOTL Farm, it’s still baby season. We had all our goat kids in February and March is for lambs. The first ewe (sheep-mom) to give birth went early in March and then we didn’t have any more lambs […]

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Getting bodily fluids from a 700 lb pig and other cool farm stuff

Getting bodily fluids from a 700 lb pig and other cool farm stuff Getting bodily fluids from a 700 lb pig Here at BOTL Farm, we’ve done lots of weird medical stuff to our animals over the years (when necessary, not recreationally). Right now, we’re working closely with our vets to try and diagnose a breeding issue we’re having in some

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Tiny dinosaurs, dragon dip, and other farm updates!

Tiny dinosaurs, dragon dip, and other farm updates! Winter is the new spring: chicks are ordered Here at BOTL Farm, we propose that winter is the new spring. Most people think spring is the time to get chicks, probably because that’s when farm stores have the little peepers peeping away in metal troughs. As serious farmers,

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A matriarch retires and other farm updates

A matriarch retires and other farm updates A matriarch retires Here at BOTL Farm, back when we were young and naive, we never intended to raise sheep. When we were in the beginning stages of putting together our thoughts and money to buy a farm, we wrote a 35-page business plan and it had zero mentions of sheep. Luckily,

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New Goatlets (or is it goatlettes?)

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

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Goat In Tall Grass

New farm store/hours: Visit our updated space and see what’s new!

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

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Farm Labor Arrives, Farm Hacks, Winter CSA, and More!

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

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Another month on the farm: grazing, grass, and growing pigs

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

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Sheep and goat hides on table

Sheep skins, chicken bone broth, and hawk attack

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

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