5 below. In the dark. Under the coop.

I started riding NYC subways and buses on my own when I was about 12. My sister and I would take the elevated train to music lessons Saturday mornings – me for flute, Cathy for clarinet. For a short stint, we rode into downtown Manhattan on afternoons to clean cages and welcome visitors at the ASPCA. When I reached my late teens, I used public transportation at all hours to get to classes and night spots. A car was a luxury I couldn’t afford, and, anyway, where would I park the darn thing once I reached traffic-choked downtown? It was … Continue reading

The Rush to Winter

Last year, we experienced the “polar vortex” with temperatures in the -40 range and winds of over 35 mph. Over 4.5 ft of snow covered our pastures and the cows eventually refused to slog through it to get to the brook to drink. Dave and I had to haul water every day, and break ice (that formed on the water trough) every morning. Ugg. Now, we’re all wondering what this season will bring, what with January temperatures having arrived in November. Right now, fat flakes are swirling across the fields. I brushed them off my face and coat when I … Continue reading

Sat., Nov. 29, 9-9:30AM: The fundamental links between life, fine art and agriculture. Tune in.

The linkages between art, life and the land are deep and undeniable according to nationally- and internationally-recognized painter Gregg Rochester. With degrees and experience in the arts and psychology, Rochester creates oil painting that tap these ties and pull you into their agricultural landscapes. Join us tomorrow, on Deep Roots Radio, for our conversation. What: Deep Roots Radio with Gregg Rochester When: Nov. 29, 2014, 9:00-9:30AM Central Time Where: Broadcast and streamed live from the studios of WPCA Radio, 93.1FM and wpcaradio.org Hope you’ll tune in. … Continue reading

“To lay an egg” – city style vs farm style

A milestone. Even as a kid in New York City, I knew that “to lay an egg” was not a good thing. It meant you’d failed to do something you’d set out to accomplish – and everybody knew it. Why’s an egg synonymous with failure? According to numbers of Internet sources, it’s because an egg resembles a zero; and zilch is what goes up on the board when you fail to score. This expression took on new meaning when I moved to farm country. Over the last several years, I’ve learned there’s a world of difference between an egg from … Continue reading

Where to go for a sustainably-grown Thanksgiving? Listen in Nov. 22, 9-9:30AM Central

You’ve heard lots of news stories about the toxic herbicides and pesticides used to grow food and about the illnesses from bacteria in foods, and now you’re wondering where to go for food you can feel safe to serve family and friends. I hear ya. This morning, on Deep Roots Radio, we’ll take a look at places to shop for your holiday – on regular – meals. Also check out resource links for Food Lovers on this website. Tune in: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 Deep Roots Radio on 93.1FM and streamed live at wpcaradio.org. … Continue reading

We’re on TV! WI Public Television tonight, Nov. 17, 8PM and Nov. 18, 2PM !!

Sooo excited! Bull Brook Keep and our 100% grass-fed beef are featured on tonight’s episode of Around the Farm Table. It’ll be broadcast at 8PM tonight (Nov. 17), and again tomorrow afternoon (Nov. 18) at 2PM. A big thanks to host Inga Witscher and her crew for coming out to our farm. I hope they’ll visit again soon. Here’s a link to the video: http://video.wpt.org/video/2365331365/ Tonight’s show also features Keppers Farm (Turtle Lake, WI) and the Hungry Turtle Farmers Cooperative, based in Amery, WI. I hope you enjoy this show and plan to visit our farm in the very near … Continue reading

A wild apple night

What a night! Up till the wee hours boiling down apples to make and can golden sauce and ruddy butter. Added just a splash of pinot grigio, a dusting of cinnamon and a couple of pinches of cloves, and had the pots bubbling for hours. Nothing like putting up sparkling jars of summer. Most of the apples came from volunteer trees across the farm. We never spray or dust with any types of herbicides or pesticides. Yumm. … Continue reading

Oct. 18, 2014, 9:00-9:30AM Deep Roots Radio – savings seeds starting right now

What: Deep Roots Radio Interview with Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen, master seed saver, teacher, and researcher When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 9:00-9:30AM Central Time Where: WPCA Radio, 93.1FM in and around Amery, WI, and streamed on www.wpcaradio.org Why: Gardeners and farmers started savings seeds eons ago. It’s only been recently that we’ve all come to depend on the dwindling selection of vegetable, fruit and grain seed selections available from large-scale seed houses. You can reclaim valuable genetic diversity, flavors and growing habits by beginning to save your own seeds. And it’s not too late to start. Your fall garden may still offer … Continue reading

Join me Thurs, 10/16, 7:00-9:00AM CT on WPCA Radio – a voice of the people

Hi, I’ll be sitting in with morning jockey Dave Corbett tomorrow at WPCA Radio to share a couple of hours of conversation and inquiry. If you join us, you’ll be able to answer these questions: – What’s community-supported radio, anyway? Same as National Public Radio? – Is WPCA part of the Wisconsin Public Radio network? – How much government support does WPCA get every year? (Hint – the answer rhymes with bureau.) – How much am I paid to host Deep Roots Radio every week? – Is radio free? – How big is my herd of BueLingo beef cattle? – … Continue reading

Live, Sat., Oct. 11, 9-9:30AM Central – Rebuilding food hubs w food, farmers and education

What: Deep Roots Radio interview with Bobby Maher, Director of Hungry Turtle Learning Center
When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. 9:00-9:30AM Central Time.
Where: Broadcast 93.1FM, and streamed live from the studios of WPCA Radio
Why: The demand for local, sustainably-grown foods continues to grow all across America, Wisconsin included. What’s it take to redesign a local food system? The food hub planted and growing in Amery, Wisconsin (pop. 2,960 and just 65 miles northwest of the large metro area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.) has three strong legs: farmers growing delicious, nutrient-rich foods; a brand new Farm Table Restaurant; and, an educational/outreach component in the form of a new nonprofit, the Hungry Turtle Learning Center.

One of the three legs in the food hub stool

One of the three legs in the food hub stool

Hungry Turtle Farmers Coop - an essential component of the new food hub

Hungry Turtle Farmers Coop – an essential component of the new food hub

Delicious, nutritious, local

Delicious, nutritious, local

Deep Roots Radio - connecting the dots between what we eat and how it's grown

Deep Roots Radio – connecting the dots between what we eat and how it’s grown