Gearld Fry bovine genetics guru

Gearld Fry explains how all bulls are not created equal, and how the genetics affect the health and nutrition of the herd

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FERN Investigative reporter/editor Sam Fromartz on “The Search for the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey”

Deep Roots Radio chats with journalist and author Sam Fromartz about his new book “In Search of the Perfect Loaf: a Home Baker’s Odyssey”

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What the “cluck?” Dec. 13, 9-9:30AM Central w Fresh Eggs Daily’s Lisa Steele

More and more municipalities are reversing old restrictions and once again allowing home owners to raise chickens in their own backyards. This means more and more of us are enjoying fresh eggs (unlike anything you’ll find in the grocery store), and the company of hens. Since lots of city folk have little experience with poultry, you can imagine the questions and worries that arise when snow falls, dogs threaten, birds develop a cough, or chicks arrive! Lots of blogs and books have emerged to meet the growing demand for practical information. One of the most popular – in print and … Continue reading

How far for that perfect loaf? Dec. 6, 9-9:30AM Central with Sam Fromartz

What: Deep Roots Radio conversation with Sam Fromartz When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 9:00-9:30AM Central Time Where: Broadcast and streamed live from the studios of WPCA Radio, 93.1FM and www.wpcaradio.orgA highly experienced, nationally-recognized and celebrated investigative journalist, Sam Fromartz is Editor in Chief of the Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN). His interest in food isn’t limited to the academic or mud-raking, however. He’s been a devoted bread baker for decades. His passion for crusty artisan breads collided with his journalistic career several years ago to send him on a four year journey around the world in search of the … Continue reading

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