Each day I read farm blogs. The differences between farms are immense – different climate, soils, history, size, laws, animals, markets – but there are so many energetic, inventive and just plain inspiring people out there and some of them write a blog. There’s always something to learn.
The list of blogs I track is very long – more than 90 of them. Here are a handful to check out. Maybe you’ll get something out of them too. There are also links to some of these folk in the blogroll on the right of the site.
Curious Farmer – this is a post on electric fencing for piglets. One of the areas we are thinking of expanding on our farm to go is to raise pigs, so I love reading about folks that currently have pigs and write about what they do with them.
Ebey Farm by Bruce King – Bruce is probably the most prolific at sharing what he does, from plans and photos to budgets and results. He shares more about his farm work than anybody I can think of and he runs cereals, pasture and multiple types of livestock. There’s a whole lot of content there and it is worth going back through the archives to see things like his corral work and his recent farm purchase.
Green Machine Farm – This points to a post on his wiring set up for the electric fence. He’s way ahead of me in this department! Just seeing these farmers get stuck in to solving problems with a bit of know-how and a lot of energy makes reading them worthwhile. I love the posts where he goes back and fixes things that needed improvement, like his chicken pen post and since we’re going to run some meat birds reading his post on chicken economics is priceless.
Auburn Meadow Farm who loves her old-fashioned livestock breeds,
The Bovine Blog always has good stuff on cattle handling.
Gorgeous photos at Throwback at Trapper Creek, and a prolific writer too!
Grass Based Health focuses on both forage quality and grass-based food in your diet.
Adventures on Zephyr Hill Farm goes into amazing details on the ins and outs of milking and running Dexter cattle for the smallholder. Watching her defeat the challenges of her farm is always inspiring. Cute cows, too.
Reading blogs like these is one of the reasons the Internet is awesome!