Reber Rock Farm Blog
With Nathan still doing important healing work on his back, we’re keeping things going with lots of creativity and help. The kids do chores with Racey before school somedays. Chad and Gwen provide the all-around back up support and knowledge about everything and anything (chicken chores, fixing waterlines, brainstorming, troubleshooting, short-term planning) on top ofContinue reading “Healing”
Late spring is exhausting. I always forget, and wonder to myself at just about this time each year, “Why am I so overwhelmed?” This week was a doozie, and I (Racey) am writing because Nathan is flat on his back with debilitating sciatic pain. We started the week with the news that Nathan’s Grandma hadContinue reading “Foul Weather”
Farming in the Adirondacks means you only have green grass for about half the year. We can push this number with some season extension tricks but the bottom line is if you believe in the values of raising your animals outside and on pasture tech winter months are not for raising chickens on pasture:) ThisContinue reading “Chicken is back”
Spring is in full swing and some days it feels like summer:) As a business owner, as a parent and as the only full time worker on the farm some days it feels like I’m always behind. In the early days of the farm we often had multiple summer interns that would help out. IContinue reading “The Best Kind of Help”
May is always confusing. We started April with some sunny and 70 days, and then we quickly returned to rain and snow. As our chickens grow and fill up the shelters on pasture we commit ourselves to whatever the weather and field conditions bring. Farming in the north east, especially in the Adirondacks, means weContinue reading “Seriously Pastured Chicken”
Happy May, and this means spring is in full swing. We’ve had over 4″ of rain so far in April, which started off with complaints of dry weather and has ended with puddles. Spring is also a time for me to get things in order. New systems are created like the new brooders to houseContinue reading “Call to Order”
I am obsessed with weather. Our children attend a wonderful little waldorf school that is just down the road from us, close enough that on the warm days we’ll ride our bicycles to school. Waldorf education and Gregg the Kindergarten teacher in particular uses stories to spark imagination of the children and to engage theirContinue reading “Battle of the Seasons”
You are what you eat. We live by this old adage. We started our farm based on the principles that we have that define what we eat. For beef animals this is an easy choice: they eat grass and only grass. Ruminants and their complex stomach system are designed to be take the complex celluloseContinue reading “Non-GMO, Conventional & Organic: What Do They Mean?”
Phew, what a week. I’ll dive into the details later, but it has been a busy week. After packing orders on Monday afternoon, we emptied one of our walk-in freezers, then disassembled it, loaded it onto a wagon, brought the pieces down to the barn, build the freezer up again, ran new wiring and gotContinue reading “Bacon is Back”
Farming and running your own business is like walking a tightrope: you try to balance what you have time to do, and what you know is the best way to do it. Rarely do I walk that line, often falling off into the abyss of perfectionism or into the scramble of the quick and dirty.Continue reading “Chicks Keep Coming | Bacon Soon”
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