Three Things I Never Throw Away

I was of a frugal nature before we started farming, and have become all the more so now that we are full-fledged self-employed workers of the land. We count ourselves as highly blessed, despite a tight budget most of the time. We have plenty to eat, sturdy clothes to wear, and a lovely farm to live on and work, so I’m not sure whether it’s the self-employed part or the… ... Continue reading | 1 Comment

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Pastured Meats and Your Health

Report on Pastured Meats and Your Health

We recently put together an event at one of our Longview retail locations: Jack’s Natural Foods. We did a presentation on Pastured Meats and Your Health, and took the time to share Matt’s health story and some of the things we learned about food during his battle with ulcerative colitis. We shared about the Weston A. Price Foundation and Dr. Price’s findings on… ... Continue reading | 1 Comment

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How long do eggs keep?

We get the question all the time, “How long do your eggs keep?” They have an expiration date on them, which we haven’t always done, and actually aren’t required to do, but it does help us to know how old eggs are so we can make sure we’re selling fresh eggs and rotating stock appropriately. But how significant is that expiration, and if you happen to have SGR eggs that… ... Continue reading

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The small ones cost more than the big ones?

I have decided to do more blogging since Facebook is killing off business pages by trying to force us to monetize our ads, else we get seen by less than 1% of our fans. We don’t have a big marketing budget, but we do want to share farm knowledge and stories with our customers. So a blog on our own website is perhaps the next best option. Here is some… ... Continue reading

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Volunteers help complete walk-in freezer

We are grateful to the energetic and hardworking youth of Faith Baptist Church in Longview that gave up one of their last summer Fridays off from school to come help us finish our summer project–a new walk-in freezer!

The job was to use a bucket brigade to carry concrete into the double-insulated shell of a refrigeration truck-trailer that Matt and our farm hands had modified to meet our… ... Continue reading

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June 21, 2014 – Provenance Farmers Market

Announcement! This Saturday, the regular Shreveport Farmers Market will be closed on Saturday, June 21, to make way for an event in Festival Plaza. Instead, we will be attending a special pop-up market located at Provenance Development in south Shreveport along with 40+ other vendors from the Shreveport Farmers Market. We hope you will join us!

The market is located at Windrush Park and runs from 7am to 1pm… ... Continue reading

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2014 Beef Cattle Herd Photos

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We often get the question, “What breed of cows do you raise?” We never quite know how to answer because we have such a hodge-podge of breeds. Why is that? It is mostly because we have purchased breeding cows when … Continue reading

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A Day In The Life of A Farmer (A View From The Office)

A Day In The Life of A Farmer (A View From The Office)

By Jerica Cadman A lot of folks think of farming as hard labor out in the dirt, under the hot sun with a rake in hand. And sometimes it is that—that or stacking hay, installing fences, digging holes, cutting down trees, moving cows, transporting chickens, assisting with the birth of new piglets. But there’s a more hidden side… ... Continue reading | 1 Comment

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High Density Pasture Management

Matt has been researching and experimenting with a new cattle management technique called High Density Pasture Management. The strategy changes throughout the year depending upon seasons and the types of cows being grazed (momma cows nursing calves versus finishing steers versus pregnant dry cows), and is quite complex in strategy, so we won’t attempt to describe the entire method here and now. However, we can share what we’re doing right… ... Continue reading

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Cluck-N-Oink Crew on Pasture

Pasture Management: The Cluck-N-Oink Crew

Matt has been experimenting with rotational methods that enhance the health of our pastures but that reduce our labor load in moving the critters regularly. We move our chickens and pigs very frequently and decided to try a shared fence set-up during the cool months when wallowing isn’t necessary for the pigs.

The strategy is to use a shared net set-up and only have… ... Continue reading | 2 Comments

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