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Mark Rothkoop

Let me introduce you to Mark Rothkoop, the missing piece of our rotational grazing system. An eggmobile whose form has been completely collapsed into function…that’s what I wanted. I’ve built a number of chicken coops over the past 4 years, often with my friend Kenny Latta, who is a much better builder than me and […]

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On David Hume and Animal Husbandry

(See the resemblance?) Although, I’ve always tended to gravitate towards what I consider more “practical philosophy” like applied ethics, I must admit to having a soft spot for some of the more esoteric debates in the modern period. Begrudgingly, I should also admit that mentally I’ve allowed a false binary to creep into my thinking […]

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Don’t Curse the Weather

Every memoir, blog, how-to guide, and business handbook on farming that I’m aware of has a section on the weather. Is it really necessary to go on about the ways in which the farmer’s life—when to plant, when to rest, when to till, when to spread manure, move goats, make hay, sleep and wake—is organized […]

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Tilting at Windmills

I thought it was clever, the epitome of what I’m trying to do with this “Farmlosophy” blog. Last week we got our two Lamancha does, and I worked out a whole Don Quixote thing. I would explore my doubts about my project—are the giants of industrial agriculture like Monsanto and Cargill really just windmill-monsters? Am […]

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Something about many hands and light work…

  Generally, I am not a huge fan of tired aphorisms. They have always seemed to be so obvious as to not be worth saying anymore. That all changed these past two weeks, when I figured out first hand why that first person felt compelled to say out loud, “many hands make light work.” Last weekend, […]

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Am I a farmer?

Who am I…and what am I doing here? It is astonishing to me that this whole ‘farming thing’ was planned. It certainly doesn’t feel that way sometimes. About 9 months ago now, I decided to quit my salaried job as the Executive Director of a non-profit to pursue my dream of starting (and hopefully maintaining) […]