Why Do We Need Cow Feed When We're Organic?

" “So if you’re an organic dairy, shouldn’t the cows just be getting everything they need from the grass?” Well, in a perfect world with lush green rolling pastures – yes! Our cows would need nothing else to eat but grass. The problem
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How One Farmer Thinks Globally and Acts Locally

" Following a farmer around for the day is exhausting work. The cows need to be milked, the organic chicken feed needs to be custom mixed, and there's a planning meeting for the Guilford County Soil and Water Conservation District. That's
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What came first, the organic chicken….or the organic egg?

" What came first, the organic chicken….or the organic egg? The proverbial question may never be summarily answered. Yet organic eggs only come from organic laying hens. What makes a laying hen organic? A big part of the answer is in the
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Our Visit with "Humane Food Finder"

" Recently, Emily - who writes the Humane Food Finder blog - called and scheduled a tour of Reedy Fork Farm. We had an awesome time! Emily blogged about her visit, and was kind enough to allow us to share it on our site. I have
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Milling About at Reedy Fork Organic Feed

" When we started milling organic feed, we never dreamed of the variety of feeds we would be mixing. To give you an idea, here's a partial list of what we've sold recently. A seventeen ton order of organic chicken feed , along with some
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Farm Vocabulary

We've had more than our fair share of visitors at the farm lately, and they've noticed that we farmers bandy about a few terms that the rest of you might not be familiar with. Here are a few that we've had to explain recently - to help you
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Meet Our Friend RAFI

" If you're like most folks, you may not know what RAFI stands for, much less what it does. Rural Advancement Foundation International or RAFI promotes and protects sustainable agriculture in very practical ways. Since the first step to a
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Happy Lines: Where to find Happiness on the Farm

" How do you know a cow is happy and healthy? She has happy lines!! No, it doesn't mean she's smiling. It means she has horizontal lines that are right down the side of her ribs. It looks like you took your fingertips and raked down the side of
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Soil Amendments - Conditioner for Your Soil

" Even as nature intended, there's no perfect soil. For the best crop possible, farmers and gardeners have to add things to the soil to create the best environment for whatever is being planted. Additions that improve the physical properties of soil
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What's the Difference Between Local and Organic?

" It's all good, right? The answer to that question is: it depends! When it's summertime, you can count on sighting hand-lettered signs advertising fresh local produce sold from stands on less traveled roads. Or you can find fresh local corn,
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New Pictures for the Reedy Fork Farm Gallery

"We recently had a young photographer take some pictures at Reedy Fork Farm. She did a great job, don't you think? Thanks,
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Our Visit to the Company Shops Market!

Sunday after church we paid our first visit to the Company Shops Market ! Seeing the dream come to life was awesome. It's a beautiful facility, and has an tremendous variety of local produce and organic products that just haven't been
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The Meeting with Jeff Mattocks

"We had an incredible session with Jeff Mattocks from Fetrell on Saturday - a beautiful, sunny, not too hot day at the farm was the perfect time to visit the feed mill. Since he is a nutrition consultant, and has helped us immeasurably in our feed
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Jeff Mattocks (from Fertrell) Coming to our Farm!

Jeff Mattocks from Fertrell is coming to the farm on Saturday the 21th of May from 10-12:00. The meeting will be here in the feed mill. Jeff Mattocks is a Nutrition Consultant at Fertrell. He authored "Pastured-Raised Poultry Nutrition", a
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Why Flies Don't Bug Us Anymore

"[caption id=""attachment_339"" align=""alignright"" width=""300"" caption=""Our favorite fly repellent.""] [/caption] The farmer's idyllic front porch wouldn't be realistic without a few flies buzzing around, but flies in your barn and on your
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Franklin and George Teague

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Feeding Time at the Dairy

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The Teague Farmers

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Relative Feed Value - How's it Related to You?

" If you had your own self-sufficient farm with a few cows, you could draw conclusions about feed quality by feeding forage - like alfalfa - to your cows and observing how they thrive and produce. On a larger scale, this method wouldn't be
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GE - Not Such a Bright Idea

" One of our customers called us the other day asking about updates she kept seeing on Stonyfield Organic’s Facebook page. “They’re all about GE alfalfa,” she said. “I didn’t know General Electric was in the farming business.” We
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Hey Frogggggggy. Frog TV.

" Tune into FrogTV , an up and coming news outlet publicizing the dangers of chemical pesticides to our environment and consequently our health. Weighty information - lighthearted delivery. Meet Triball, the three-eyed frog and hero of FrogTV.
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We WON The Stonyfield Organic Contest!

" At 7:00 this morning, we got the email. We WON first prize in Stonyfield Organic's ""Grant a Farmer's Wish"" contest! Stonyfield is granting us $10,000 to help fund our organic feed mill. We won't repeat the quip that someone had, but yes, we are
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They're Blogging About Us

Chances are you've already seen some of the pictures of local photographers Sarah Cook and Nate Perry. Recently, their pictures chronicled the Kick-off Potluck for Company Shops Market - the new coop coming to downtown Burlington, and those
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Why Do We Need Cow Feed When We're Organic?

" “So if you’re an organic dairy, shouldn’t the cows just be getting everything they need from the grass?” Well, in a perfect world with lush green rolling pastures – yes! Our cows would need nothing else to eat but grass. The
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The Mill is Online!

" The new mill is in service! After being trucked in (with a load of hay!) all the way from Wisconsin, after being installed in the building, and hooking up augers...after hours of figuring and wiring and sweating...Reedy Fork Farms Organic Feed
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