Monthly Archives: April 2014

Biodiversity and Insect Pests

There are many who are concerned with the amount of pesticides farmers apply to the crops we eat. Not only are many concerned with the harm pesticide residues cause when they eat this food, they are also concerned with the … Continue reading

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Easter Chicks

There is a new clutch of hatched chicks today at a man and his hoe®. It looks like there are four or five altogether. The mother is feisty, and we’ll need to wait until it is dark to move her … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Sauce – Live a Little

Rhubarb Sauce is an indispensable condiment around here from April through summer. It’s tart flavor goes with most any dish, even something as simple as toast. For heartier fare like lentils, beans, or a roast, it is superb. Or mix … Continue reading

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Far, Far Away

These are the train tracks I pedal across nearly every day as I go fetch the mail, deliver eggs, and make other errands. And further down this page is the quiet driveway to a man and his hoe®, the forest … Continue reading

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Contaminated Farmland

Today there were many articles like this one from NPR: China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated. The details of the report by the Chinese government are stunning. The report, issued by the ministries of Environmental Protection and … Continue reading

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First Post Child Rearing Egg

Hens lay special eggs at times. There is the very first egg they lay, which is a tiny egg. There is the first egg they lay after their winter lull. These eggs also tend to be smaller. And then there … Continue reading

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Egg Day

Today is Thursday, the day I deliver eggs to Tweets in Edison, WA. Most of the eggs are destined for their kitchen and many will end up on the breakfast plates of lucky customers. A few cartons are available for … Continue reading

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Liquid Gold

A remarkable feature of the chickens from a man and his hoe® is the golden fat on the birds. It’s more like oil or butter than the fat you find on beef and pork. At room temperature it is liquid … Continue reading

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Popup Garden

While out plotting new vegetable plots for this year’s planting, I stumbled on this exquisite miniature garden. The tiny, fresh leaves were dotted with fresh raindrops. From a distance, it’s easy to miss the beauty nature poured into a cement … Continue reading

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Living in an Outdoor Museum

No matter how busy we get, there’s always time to enjoy beauty. It only takes a second or two.

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A Shovel Worth Having – and Made in Ohio to Boot

Good tools are indispensable when it comes to farming. And this is especially true with hand tools. A few weeks ago I found a sturdy shovel made by Bully Tools of Steubenville, Ohio, where they make all their tools. What … Continue reading

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Salad Recipe – Five to Ten Minutes

It’s fresh salad season here at a man and his hoe®, and I thought I’d share a simple salad recipe, one that I make nearly every day. Step 1: Go into the vegetable garden and fill a salad spinner with … Continue reading

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Dirt Bath

On a bright sunny day, chickens enjoy having a bath in the warm dirt. They can spend an entire hour rolling around in the dirt, and often they like to do this in small groups. This is behavior that is … Continue reading

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Posts – Nature’s Gift

If you look around, nature often has what you need. What I need are some 10 foot posts to fence off a vegetable plot to keep the chickens out. I could go to a lumber yard and pick out some … Continue reading

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Transformation – or Where Did the Cherry Blossoms Go?

What is this? It’s what cherry blossoms become. All those beautiful blossoms which drifted down, covering the ground like fresh snow. Now they will slowly decompose into the garden and turn into other flowers and vegetables. They don’t look like … Continue reading

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The Importance of Siblings

Next to a mother, siblings are the most important relationships young chickens have. When you go shopping for chicken and eggs, the fact that chickens develop such relationships probably doesn’t cross your mind. But chicks which are raised by their … Continue reading

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An Afternoon by the Pond – Chickens in Paradise

Producing food is all about encouraging life. All kinds of life. And life is beauty, so in a way, producing food is about beauty. So do you think the chicken you buy, or the hens who lay the eggs you … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Descendants

Scientists since 1870 have speculated that birds descended from dinosaurs. In the Smithsonian Magazine article Dinosaurs’ Living Descendants, Richard Stone writes that there was a lack of evidence until a poor Chinese farmer discovered a fossilized skeleton with a birdlike … Continue reading

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Enjoying the Sunshine

No, there’s nothing wrong with this hen. She’s just stretching to soak up as much sunshine as possible. When hens are out soaking up the sun, they’ll stretch their legs out and contort their bodies into hilarious positions. From what … Continue reading

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Tsuneko Sasamoto – Almost 100 and Still Going Strong

Yesterday I saw a reporter interview Tsuneko Sasamoto, a renowned Japanese photographer, who will turn 100 years old this September. In honor of her upcoming 100th birthday, there is an exhibit of her photographs at the Japan Newspaper Museum titled … Continue reading

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