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Archive for November, 2012

The NRCS has done us a lot of favors. OK, beyond favors—they have actually given us money to offset the costs of several conservation projects on the farm. So we thought we would return the favor and help them promote Ken Burns’ new film, THE DUST BOWL, which premiers Sunday and Monday (November 18 and 19) on PBS. The film chronicles the man-made ecological disaster in the great plains in the 1930s that engendered the NRCS. In light of the planet’s changing climate, we agree that the story of the dust bowl is “a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.”

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Meet Brian

Here at the farm, we know Brian Templeton as the spiritual, mild- mannered family man who drives a pickup and wrangles our cows. But that is only the Clark Kent side of Brian. There is a Superman side, too. At night, when the time is right, Brian ditches his muck boots and overalls, he grabs a microphone and a harmonica, and he tears up the stage as the leader of a globe-trotting blues band. Brian is known literally all over the world for his energetic, audience-thrilling performances as well as his first-rate songwriting and musicianship. On top of all that, Brian is the founder and President of Blind Lemon Aid, a non-profit organization that raises money to benefit the homeless and underprivileged. It’s enough to make the rest of us cowboys scratch our heads, spit in the dirt, and wonder what we are doing in all our spare time!

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I have just ordered a batch of layer chicks to brood over the winter. Once again, I have ordered extra, and I am offering the extras for sale as certified Organic, ready-to-lay pullets for May pick-up. I am trying a new breed this year: the Red Sex Link (a very productive, brown-egg laying breed). The price will be $18 each, and you can reserve yours with a deposit of $1 per bird. If you are interested in buying some pullets, please send me an email:

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