Sharing the Wealth

The farm tours we hosted this year were a lot of fun, each one being a little different than the others. Not only did we have a theme to each one, but as the season progressed, naturally the crops, trees and fields changed. Yet each farm tour was designed to be sure all our guests had […]

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Turkey Tales

Turkey’s rich history is well deserved, considering how majestic they are. As they began to be produced in an industrialized system, someone mistook cautious curiosity for stupidity and labeled them as dumb, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s too bad the quest to produce cheap food in this country has tarnished the […]

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Cattle Vocabulary 101

Cattle: generic, plural term for all cows, bulls, calves, heifers and steers Herd: group of cattle Cow: female that has had at least one calf Bull: mature male used for breeding Calf: male or female less than 1 year old Heifer: female that has never had a calf Steer: young male that has been neutered Often […]

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Workin’ Cattle

Growing produce is mostly what we do and what you see at the farmers markets, but it is important to address the idea that cattle are an integral part of Elmwood Stock Farm, too. They not only convert solar energy into wholesome meat, they are also a valuable tool in our vegetable-production toolbox. From nutrient […]

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Pastured Poultry Myths

As the Summer CSA wraps up and you consider how and where to source your food for the fall and winter, we hope you will take with you some of the knowledge you’ve gained this year about your food choices. (Also, we hope you’ve considered a Fall CSA Share with us.) Elmwood Stock Farm produces […]

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Scratch and Peck

Living on our organic pastures, the broiler chickens at Elmwood Stock Farm are afforded a varied diet of seeds, insects, worms, clover and bluegrass. You might remember that they only really get 10 to 20 percent of their diet from pasture because their digestive systems aren’t set up to digest a quantity of forages. Chickens […]

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It’s All Organic

When people talk about organic food, so often it’s just vegetables and crops that come to mind. Animals managed under organic systems have their own set of rules, too, that involve the food they eat, their health-care protocol and their housing situation. Organic livestock rules—all of the organic rules, really—are meant to be guidelines and […]

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The Cattle Connection

When farm guests arrive to tour Elmwood Stock Farm, they see our large, rectangular, darker-green alfalfa fields, lots of grass, a few vegetables, and some cows out in a field—or evidence that cows have been in the area recently. Without really thinking about our farm as a whole system, these elements seem unrelated. Our various […]

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Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed

Even before grass-fed beef was cool, the cattle at Elmwood Stock Farm ate very little grain. The cattle that the Bell kids took to shows locally and regionally were fed grain to give them the benefit of an extra-slick coat and a layer of fat for the show ring, and sometimes calves would get a […]

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Fall Colors

As the first few cool mornings have welcomed us to fall, we are grateful, especially after such a long, hot, wet summer growing season. Now it is time to think about all the fun foods that coincide with the fabulous fall foliage. Some of the crops were planted long ago, others more recently, and some […]

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