Join Spence the Fighting Farmer for weekly episodes giving an honest peak behind the scenes at Across the Creek Farm, a first-generation full-time sustainable pastured poultry farm located in the hill & hollers of NW Arkansas that Spence started after coming home from war.
FF 058 - CFAP 2 - Covid Food Assistance Program 2
40:50We're still here! MIke joins Spence & they catch up. There's been a lot going on since our last recording in June (!). We talk about the CFAP 2. If you're an independent poultry farmer, there's money you can apply for to make up for Covid losses. Thanks for listening!
FF 057 - Pluckers & Processing
49:56We're moving on up pluckerwise at Across the Creek Farm. We need to upgraded our plucker & luckily we know a guy (hint: it's Mike). We also catch up with Mike about his new tractor, and catch up about goings on here at the farm.
FF 056 - New Land, New Plan
34:40We got some big news here at Across the Creek Farm, even as we adjust to life in these crazy pandemic times. Mike & Spence catch up & Spence shares the big news & the story behind it. We had some internet issues in this episode, so we apologize for any sound quality issues Got a question or comment? Shoot us an email at email@example.com
FF 055 - Pandemerrific
31:04It's been awhile & since the last episode & the pandemic has popped up. Things have changed very quickly on the farm & the we've had to pivot - no restaurant sales but the online delivery site is booming. We start off with an update on Mike's cotton patch goose hatching project & it's time for the springtime pullet run plus more! We had some internet issues...so apologize for any gaps. Got a question - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
FF 054 - Winter Time Catch Up
40:09It's been a minute. Spence & Mike are back after a rest & catch up what's been going on. The USDA's made some puzzling choices over the term pasture-raised, we've been putting up fence, basketball ended with a bang, we had a bad coyote attack on our goat herd, are finalists for a goose grant, and are taking a break from the piggies. Thanks for listening. Leave us a review if you get a chance.
FF 052 - When Animal "Rights" Folks Don't Respect Farm Boundaries
57:27Mike updates us on his geese empire & Spence is getting the goose fever - who knows maybe the holler will be a honking in 2020! In other news, there's been a series of run ins with "animal rights" people among our friends in the pasture poultry & independent farm community, including at our own farm with a local cat-lady. Spence talks about it - it's a little looney - and how he handled it for better or worse. Give us a review or shoot us an email at email@example.com.
FF 051 - Farmer Vet Conference, Turkeys, & Mike's Cotton Patch Geese
42:22Spence recaps attending a Farmer Veteran Conference in Austin, TX & so unexpected connections made with the Active Duty Army there. We talk about the new APPPA pasture raised turkey video, and Mike's foray into preserving a rare American goose breed. Got a question or comment? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org
FF 050 - Online Farm Stores: Experiences & Options
1:09:21Our online store is off the ground! Across the Creek Farm needed an way to reach retail customers - so Spence (yes...Spence) built a online store/delivery service using a farmer designed platform, Grazecart. There's other options available - we discuss. Feel free to leave us an itunes or other review or shoot Spence an email at email@example.com with any questions.
FF 049 - Fall farm catch up
29:12It's been a minute, but we're still chugging along here at the farm. As we cross into fall, Spence gives an update about how things are going - a farm delivery service using Grazecart nears, hay is in, chickens are in short supply when a month ago we were worried about a surplus, and Spence details the great turkey disaster of 2019 (thanks USPS)...Mike's mic was out, so it's pretty much all Spence this go around. Thanks for listening!
FF 048 - Dealing with Problematic Raccoons
44:17As summer comes to an end, we've had our first really troublesome predation on our flocks - the culprit: a trash panda of course! But we finally got the profit stealing poultry bandit. Spence & Mike discuss dealing with singular troublesome predators & the importance of staying on top of predation. Note: the cover pic for this episode is the set up that caught the lil' villain