Grassfed beef study followup

rich/ February 17, 2009

Following up on my post a month or so ago on Oregon State’s flawed farm to school study, the Oregonian today has an article that basically reiterates all of my points.  Nice to see that that the media can come through for us on these things.

What is a small farmer?

rich/ February 6, 2009

To hear Senator Pat Roberts (R Kansas) tell it, a small family farmer: is about 5′2″…and he’s a retired airline pilot and sits on his porch on a glider reading Gentleman’s Quarterly — he used to read the Wall Street Journal but that got pretty drab — and his wife works as stock broker downtown. And he has 40 acres,

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Hello world!

rich/ February 5, 2009

Hello, and welcome to Mossbackfarm.com 2.0.  !  We’re officially at our 5 year blog anniversary, so it seemed like a good time for a change of scene. Actually, it’s not so much a change of scene, because we tried to keep with the same general theme as our original blog, but the engine that powered it, Movable Type, was great

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Starting out

rich/ May 17, 2008

Starting out farming is getting to be a pretty popular pastime…between the cost of food, the rise of locavory, and the price of oil, there’s currently more demand for good, locally produced food than the market is able to supply. Folks on the PACSAC list even joke that they’d like to be on the list of full CSA’s, not looking

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Soylandia

rich/ January 20, 2008

A few years ago, we made the decision to get out of the chicken business based almost entirely on our dependence on soy protein for the feed. Between the inevitable rising cost of fuel, along with the questionable sustainability of importing tons of feed from places as “near” as the midwest, and as far as South America, we didn’t see

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