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Come visit the farm with Blind Hog and Acorn and hear stories about life on the farm, livestock, cooking, gardening and living in the Ozarks. In the middle of freakin' nowhere...

Come visit the farm with Blind Hog and Acorn and hear stories about life on the farm, livestock, cooking, gardening and living in the Ozarks. In the middle of freakin' nowhere...


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Come visit the farm with Blind Hog and Acorn and hear stories about life on the farm, livestock, cooking, gardening and living in the Ozarks. In the middle of freakin' nowhere...




Season 3, Episode #15~ What Day is It?

Acorn has had four trips to Florida since February, and with only two nights at home between trips #3 and 4, she is more than a bit unsure of the calendar. But alas, farm life is definitely a routine that provides muscle memory, and back into the usual tasks she went. Apple trees are loaded with blossoms, Asian pear also looked really good. Garden and yard were both mowed. Time to plant some veggies in the dirt! Pi's bull calf is doing well.the other three cows will begin calving in...


Season 3, Episode #14~ Spring Chores

A dawn redwood on the farm? Creep feeder for the goat kids? Sounds like Blind Hog and Acorn are having too much fun! First rhubarb of the season has been picked, Ethel has 10 eggs in her nest. How many more will she lay before she decides to settle down on them? Here is the link for the Nova episode "The Cannabis Question".


Season 3, Episode #13~ Acorn Returns...

Yes, Acorn was called away again due to family needs and Blind Hog held the conn with Sam. Meanwhile the livestock scale worked, then didn't, then got fixed. Plans made for geese, cows, garden, goats. A delicious loaf of Icelandic rye bread, baked for 12 hrs is sampled. Perfect during the crazy weather when Mother Nature can't decide between low 20's with flurries and 70's and sun...


Season 3, Episode#12~ Ball Joints...

While Acorn was able to replace the tie rod ends, little did she and Blind Hog realize the ball joints all needed to be replaced as well. That little issue was discovered at the shop when the front end alignment was started. It is what it is... Have a farm? You must have a working truck. Goats are being milked and from it yogurt for the freezer. Load feet installed on the goat tilt table and the weigh unit calibrated! Working goat scale! No more picking up kids! Fields are greening up,...


Season 3, Episode #11~ Farm Mechanics and Pasture Management

A productive week on the farm~ Blind Hog and Acorn repaired the F350's tie rod ends! Was the picture perfect set up of a 20 yr old truck up on jack stands in the front yard. Once the pair of farmers got started, it was "just that easy." Road Commissioner has promised to send a road grader, but the county is so big and the tax base so small, they are not expecting much. Blind Hog got the three paddocks of the west field clipped, broom sedge is now mowed and the field all leveled out. Grass...


Season 3, Episode #10~ Kids-a-Poppin"

34 commercial kids born Monday through Friday. Sired by the same buck, they are all white- quick eartagging and notes help tell kids apart when things get confusing in the barn! Snow storm pretty much missed us- just had some flurries yesterday but not "inches of accumulation." Works for Acorn. The tie rod on the F350 broke- the connector sleeve wallowed out the threads and so the rods pulled apart. New tie rods are already delivered, will be installed next week. Acorn texted the road...


Season 3, Episode #9~ Borescope, Anyone???

Ho boy- did Blind Hog and Acorn ever have a domestic scare this week! The dreaded "warping of hardwood floor boards!" Luckily, it was not "zebras" but a much simpler, less exotic cause of the issue. A bit of cosmetic repair and all will be right with the world. Hissy Kitty was the first cat taken to the vet- Acorn did in fact trap BOTH Nessie and Lil' Pumpkin who live in the hay barn. Each however escaped while being transferred from the live trap to the pet carrier. This issue has been...


Season 3, Episode #8~ Sleety Sleet Sleet

Sleet covers the ground, but it is beginning to thaw. Thank goodness for ice cleats! Commercial goats have held off kidding (so far) during these single digit wind chills and icy weather. Time to begin trapping the barn kitties and get them spayed/neutered. Actually, Acorn had one in the trap already but it escaped when lifting the trap door to unload into the cat carrier. That was "Little Pumpkin," and "Nessie" was spotted when the "Special Kitty Tuna Pate" was reloaded in the...


Season 3, Episode #7~ Previews of Coming Attractions

Getting ready for more goat kids and goose eggs! Fun on the farm! Blind Hog and Acorn missed the worst of the last winter storm that went through, almost 3" of rain though. They are not complaining. Well, they are complaining about the county road and lack of maintenance... But what else is new? A few nice days to get chores done in preparation of yet more goat kids. Garden too could use some attention. After the podcast, Acorn took Sam and the pregnant goats for that walk up in the east...


Season 3, Episode #6~Acorn Leaves for a Week

Blind Hog got to do all the chores by himself for a whole week, timed perfectly with The Big Snow while Acorn was down in Florida! Florida??!! Not exactly a vacation but a"rescue" of sorts- getting her dad out of ICU and into hospice where he was able to have a peaceful end. It was go go go for all concerned; crazy schedules, lack of sleep, emotional rollercoasters. The PSA take home message is that it is never to late to write up your medical Living Will, DNR wishes, even a legal will:...


Season 3, Episode #5~ End of January Already...

Four dairy does with a set of twins each- lovely! Other than the first set of twins born during single digits, the others did very well, save for the last kid who had a front leg pointed the wrong way- Call the Midwife! Grazing changes made, hay is moving out of the barn very slowly (for once!). Nice to have the grazing to carry the feed burden. Blind Hog got two thumbs up from his cardiologist- good to go for another year. Acorn reports that "the sponsor" has their website up and...


Season 3, Episode #4~ Kidding Begins

Slow week on the farm- cold weather blew in and our farmers spent most of the time indoors. Verdandi did kick off the kidding season with a set of twins- born at dawn when the temps were 0°F. Oy! One kid was chilled so much that it would not stand, but an hour inside with some Lyle's Golden Syrup on her tongue and soon she was ready for milk and after that, her momma! Calli, another dairy goat, has been doing a bunch of talking lately- she may go next. Acorn got all the dairy goats on the...


Season 3, Episode #3~ Snowy Saturday and Black Walnut Sugaring

After another unusually warm week, Blind Hog and Acorn were not only able to work the goats and get them vaccinated, but also tap in 25 sap spiles into the black walnut trees, plus a sycamore. Acorn collected 19 gallons before the sap flow stopped- due to warm weather, but after the next 10 days the sap should flow again because it is going to get cold... 19 gallons boiled down to five 8-oz jars... 60:1 ratio... Hay has been fed, woodpile loaded up. Snow continues to fall...


Season 3, Episode #2~ Feeding Hay, Winter is Here.

Blind Hog and Acorn have to report that Winter is Back... Fed out the first round bale of the season. Cows and goats all tucked in for inclement weather, dairy barn prepped for upcoming kids. Of course- "Let's kid goats in January..." Minor fence repair here, alleyway addition there. Baking up goodies to keep the hungry farmers going. Abbreviated history lesson from our sponsor to wrap up the show.


Season 3, Episode #1~ Happy 2022!

Just when you hoped 2021 would be the end of the Dumpster Fire that was 2020, we get to recycle that New Year wish for 2022! Blind Hog and Acorn spent the past week finishing up farm projects and chores in the unusually warm weather. Buck shelter has a floor AND bedding, goats have hay to nibble on, and the bunk feeders for goat grain treats are officially done. Phew! Blind Hog and Acorn also have a sponsor this year! Woo hoo! Ok ok, so the sponsor is technically "in-house" but hey... it...


Season2 Episode #52~ Happy Holidays!

Blind Hog and Acorn are STILL taking advantage of the record warm temperatures- they built six new goat feeders from old ones. Muy bueno! Other than that, and rearranging a round pen that was inside the alleyway, that has kept our intrepid farmers out of trouble. Time to sit back with something decadent and enjoy some Christmas Cheer! Talk to you next year! XXOO Blind Hog and Acorn


Season 2, Episode #51~ KC and the Sunshine...

Phew! A busy and fun week for the intrepid farmers. Blind Hog and Acorn completed a few more projects and even managed a day in KC! The Kemper Museum! The Nelson Atkins! IKEA too! Weather was sunny and nice for the trip and the next day? Almost 3" of glorious rain. The pastures (and livestock) are loving it.


Season 2, Episode #50~ All Clean

Blind Hog and Acorn finally FINALLY got the goat barns mucked out, clean and ready for winter/January kidding. Phew! Only took one front tire repair on the Mahindra and removal of up-teen front end loaders of piled up "residue" raked up from the barns to get the job done. Much better now, even though the pictures might not look that nice. Cows are enjoying their new grazing paddock since we moved them over last Sunday. Goats have a paddock all to themselves. Ruminant Heaven!


Season 2, Episode #49~ More Fencing Fun with Record High Temps!

Phew! Blind Hog and Acorn have been working like dogs... Tearing down the Murphy bed that Blind Hog built super well, i.e he glued the joints, to working in the west field in preparation for winter grazing. All the walking back and forth along the fence lines. A bit of baking first thing this morning- bread and English muffins. Sam is enjoying his new dog bed- the memory foam mattress topper off the double-size mattress that went to the landfill. Cut it up into 4 sections, stacked it, and...


Season 2, Episode #48~ Post-Thanksgiving

Blind Hog and Acorn had a full house the past week, and seven at the table for Thanksgiving! Visitors from Alberta, Canada and Texas, along with Badger and her beau for the holiday feasting. Trips to see a couple goat ranches as well as a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Acorn is happy with a clean house and fridge full of leftovers. Blind Hog already planning the next projects. Weather is going to be mild so that cannot be beat. End of November already- this is just crazy!