New Years Resolutions for the farm, how the family "out west" reacted to Travis's pasture-raised, field-to-fork, turkey "Batman," and a discussion about Politico's "The Great Nutrient Collapse" article. Do you get value from our shows? Entertainment, inspiration, education, and more? If that's worth a dollar to you, or more, please visit Patreon.com/GrayAreaFarm and sign up to be a patron.
Let's talk turkey! And chicken, too. In the last episode of The Steadcast, we promised you a report on how Travis's poultry operation went for the year. Not just at the El Paso County Fair's 4-H show and auction, but also his private-party sales. We also promised you a Rantcast therein. And we deliver. As grumbly as Jason gets about the experience, consider this... Jason edited out almost 10 minutes of rant! Mainly because we're still getting used to our new microphone and there was some...
It's been an interesting season. We've been running a booth at the Falcon Farmers Market, Travis managed to sell his turkey named “SuperGirl” at the El Paso County Fair 4-H livestock auction for a totally absurd amount of money, and we're noticing a collapse in the egg-laying chicken thing among the backyard hobby folks and the small farms around here. But we'll get into those things soon enough. I wanted to take this episode to introduce you to a new part of the Gray Area Media empire,...
Welcome to the June 8th 2017 edition of The 'Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast you listen to in-stead of making the mistakes yourself. I'm your host Jason of Gray Area Farm. The steadcast is supported by Phoenix 820. Art Pierson of Phoenix 820 created the new Regenerative Dads logo for Gray Area and awesome designs for other farms and sustainability brands, as well as real estate agents, banks, schools... anyone that needs an awesome design AND the highest quality swag, signs...
We have another great conversation on this episode with Doneil Freeman over at Freeman Family Farm. This time we're talking wicking beds – a great compromise between the water savings of aquaponics or hydroponics and the micronutrient capacity of real in-soil crops. Get right to the conversation by clicking subscribe and listen to the episode! First, let's fill you in on the... NEWS FROM THE FARM! USDA Inspected Processing vs. Custom Processors Pork is being picked up this weekend! Last...
We’re talking bees and beekeeping for beginners with Doneil Freeman! He and Michael Jordan “The Bee Whisperer” of A Bee Friendly Company in Cheyenne, Wyoming held a class on how to install a new package of bees and new bee “nucs” at Doneil’s farm in Calhan. Listen in for a brief summary of the three-day […]
The weather is crazy, the pigs are almost done growing, we’re taking on a partnership with a nearby farm, and out on the pasture there’s a lot of rage towards feral dogs. Or as we call it here on the farm: “Tuesday.” NEWS FROM THE FARM What’s up with the pigs? The five piggies that […]
This time on the Steadcast: business networking for homesteaders and small farms featuring an interview with Lynda Cink and Brian Swanson of LnB Connectors, screw-ups of the week, and the struggle of keeping a professsional wardrobe in a Tiny House. Welcome to Season 2 Episode 4 of The ‘Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast […]
This time on The ‘Steadcast: what’s up with Barn 2.0, the mistakes we made on the farm this week, how small farms are like geese, and the pasture-raised life segment is “the only nice weather day was yesterday.” Barn 2.0 roof is on! I visited a store next to the new laundromat, and was briefly […]
This time on The ‘Steadcast: The Farmkids and I visit the “What IF Festival” in downtown Colorado Springs, updates from the farm, more on what the solution was to the well water crisis for Colorado small farms, and The Pasture-Raised Life segment “Meet your Meat.” First off, I’d like to give a shout out […]
The ‘Steadcast is back! We took a bit of a hiatus during the spring and summer to struggle through our veggie CSA program and get our new pork project going. which we’ll be telling you more about as we get back going on a regular schedule here on the ‘Steadcast. Summer 2016: Worst. Evah. The […]
Welcome to The ‘Steadcast, Episode 9. There’s some good “Rantcast” stuff in this one, in case you like that sort of thing. It is the 2nd week of March 2016, and spring is trying to get into the air. The Western Meadowlarks are back in full force on the farm with their melody, that like […]
Hello there podcast listeners, and thanks for pulling up The ‘Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast you listen to instead of making the mistakes yourself. This is Jason from Gray Area Farm. In this episode, we have our obligatory updates about things that have been going on around the farm, especially the big Groundhog Day […]
I made a small edit to this episode based on feedback from listeners. Thanks for helping to hold us accountable to our core values. Sorry if this shows up as a ‘new’ episode on your feeds because of that. Welcome to episode 7 of The ‘Steadcast: New Year on the farm and firearm needs on […]
There may be no sick days on the homestead, but there must have been for podcast production. We had almost a month off to deal with first The Great Blizzard of 2015 and then Farmer Jason’s relapse of his adrenal adenoma — that very same issue that partially drove the decision to live a more […]
Hello there podcast listeners, and thanks for pulling up The ‘Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast you listen to instead of making the mistakes yourself. One of the primary figures in the small scale agriculture world is Joel Salatin. He owns Polyface Farm in Virginia, wrote many of what are considered the go-to bibles for pastured […]
The seasons continue to march along here at Gray Area Farm. We had our first frosts (Finally!) and that marked the end of the squash harvest. It also marked a chance for a few more things to break. Thus “there’s always something to do on a homestead.” You can’t defeat the prep list, you can […]
As promised, we talk about how to plan ahead for long shut-in days during winter. Cabin fever with kids is bad enough in suburban McMansions, what about in a Tiny House? If you don’t have things prepared to keep the kids (and yourselves) entertained, things can get real old real quick. We also talk about […]
Winter is coming! Is your homestead, tiny house or RV ready? We’re working hard out here on GrayArea Farm to get the garden, animals, tiny house and ourselves ready to survive a “wetter and colder than normal” predicted winter. The ‘Steadcast talks about The GrayArea Farm Family working down the list of winter preps. Topics […]
Every adventure needs an origin story. This episode of The ‘Steadcast (as in Farmstead, homestead, in…stead?) talks about how The Grays, otherwise a couple of SoCal-native professionals living a few steps from the beach ended up with a 40 acre homestead and market garden on the plains of Southern Colorado. Topics for the day: What […]