Agritourism Through a Different Lens: White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, AZ

I don’t get to travel as often as I would like to, but when I do, I am naturally drawn to agritourism destinations. I like to think that this is because agriculture and the food system are my passion, but it could be that I’m just not good at leaving my work at home. Whatever … Continue reading Agritourism Through a Different Lens: White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, AZ

Agritourism as a Solution to the Growing Disconnect Between Americans and Their Food

The United States has a big literacy problem, but I don't mean the reading and writing kind of literacy. What I'm referring to is agricultural literacy: an understanding of where food comes from, how it is produced, and how it affects our quality of life. The gap between the public and agriculture seems to grow … Continue reading Agritourism as a Solution to the Growing Disconnect Between Americans and Their Food

How We Use Antibiotics on Our Farm

The issue of antibiotic use in food producing animals is not as black and white as it may seem. There are a lot of brands out there today that boast claims of "no antibiotics ever" or "raised without antibiotics" on their packaging, but what do these claims really mean? Should people avoid buying other products … Continue reading How We Use Antibiotics on Our Farm

Why We’re Raising Goats for Meat

We used to sell all of our goat kids as pets… Until we realized how poorly pet goats are often treated. Many people will buy goats when they’re adorable youngsters, but aren’t willing to tolerate their adult behaviors, or keep up with routine hoof trimming, or pay for costly feed, mineral supplements, and veterinary expenses … Continue reading Why We’re Raising Goats for Meat

Top 5 Issues Facing Sustainable Animal Production

I was recently asked to identify what I perceive as the five greatest issues facing sustainable animal production for my Diversified Animal Production class, and I thought I'd share it here too! Here's my list: 1. Availability of cheap, unethically produced substitute products: It's hard for me to wrap my head around, but there are … Continue reading Top 5 Issues Facing Sustainable Animal Production

How We’re Helping Small Farmers Gain Access to Capital

Let’s talk about a BIG issue that small farmers everywhere are confronted with: access to capital. In the United States, starting a farm generally costs hundreds of thousands of dollars (for acquisition of land, equipment, inputs, etc.) But agriculture is a business that just doesn't bank well. It's a cash intensive business, with low return … Continue reading How We’re Helping Small Farmers Gain Access to Capital

Sustainable Ag: What It Is, and What It Isn’t

Preface: I'm just wrapping up my second semester of graduate school. I was asked to write a one page reflection on my changed, enlightened, or steadfast views on sustainable agriculture, which I am sharing here on the blog! I can confidently say that I am finishing this semester with a changed view of what it … Continue reading Sustainable Ag: What It Is, and What It Isn’t

Small Farms, Big Impact

I’d like to preface this by saying that I support ALL farms. Big farms, small farms, first generation farms, seventh generation farms, conventional farms, organic farms; they’re all helping to combat food insecurity in their own ways, and they all deserve recognition for their contributions! However, we consumers are often put in a position where … Continue reading Small Farms, Big Impact