Chicken Thistle Farm Coopcast



Sharing our small farm stories and skills along our farming, gardening and homesteading journey.Visit the farm for an informative and sometimes irreverent tour through our garden, livestock pastures, chicken coop and greenhouse as we live - pasture to plate. Farming topics free range around pastured heritage pigs, broiler chickens and pastured eggs, heritage breed turkeys, an heirloom vegetable CSA and garden, high tunnel / hoop house / green houses, organic and traditional gardening, farm infrastructure, tractors, sustainable energy, permaculture, food preservation and even fence mending.


  • New Episodes Coming... BUT...

    06/03/2020 Duration: 02min

    Don't you love it when people say something exciting, positive, motivational and then...  add in the BUT! We just announced last week that new episodes are on the table - here's the BUT.

  • Episode X

    29/02/2020 Duration: 07min

    All great stories need to come to their rightful conclusion...  join us for the Alpha of the Omega with the hosts of the Chicken Thistle Farm Coopcast!

  • CoopCast 0163 - A reflection on the year & Auld Lang Syne

    31/12/2016 Duration: 01h04min

    As the year draws to a close, we share some thoughts about life that has transpired since our last episode on March 31st... Farming has been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.  We have shared some of our highest highs and lowest lows as a result of our farming endeavours. We hope we have cultivated some ideas and new farmers and look forward to the unknowns a New Year offers! CHEERS!

  • 0162 Bees in Maryland, Bacon Genetic Engineering and Batman v Superman

    31/03/2016 Duration: 47min

    The fine legslative geniuses in MD keep the bees safe - Soon your bacon will be genetically engineered - And we review the piece of movie garbage known as Batman vs Superman

  • 0161 Spring updates, beehives and a conversation about raw milk

    17/03/2016 Duration: 53min

    Want to get people fired up and yelling for no reason - mention raw milk...  which we did here and this episode dissects the fun that follows. But before we got to that conversation we talked about spring planting plans and the beehives!

  • 0160 Hoophouse construction, winter bees and garden planning

    18/02/2016 Duration: 41min

    This episode is mostly listener questions that we answer about our hoop house, construction methods, and gardening inside the hoop house.  We also touch on garden planning and winter beekeeping. Hoop house hoop bender - Hoophouse book -  

  • 0159 Farm meeting recap (plans for the 2016 farming season)

    21/01/2016 Duration: 01h01min

    This entire episode is dedicated to the 2016 Farm Meeting where we discuss the vegetable gardens, seeds, chickens, pigs, ducks and all things farm related.  After deciding we were going to cut back on the farm in 2016 this meeting helped us put it all into perspective in terms of what we are and are not going to be doing. CHeck us out on social media to join in the conversation -, @chickenthistle on Twitter...Or - follow Farmer Andy @farmerandyman on Twitter and Instagram!

  • 0158 Vegetable seed order, country of origin of meat and Star Wars

    07/01/2016 Duration: 52min

    From the farm this week we share a few updates (but it's a slow season for a slower year).  We also discuss our seed order, country of origin labeling of meats (WHO), beekeeping and review Star Wars Links that matter include :  We ordered from Burpee Seed - no special link or promocode...  but if you DO order from them - tell them you heard about them on our show - we put our name in the link to maybe get some attention from their web people!!! (at this time looks like new visits get 20% off!) Forbes (Teeve Torbs) link about the change in country of origin labeling of imported meats Local Harvest: Kelli's StichFix signup link - do it - she appreciates it!

  • 0157 Farm updates, listener questions and a few of our favorite things

    18/12/2015 Duration: 50min

    This episode is the last broadcast for 2015.  So Merry Christmas everyone! We talk a bit about update around the farm and how it's a bit strange to not have so much "farm" to worry about.  We also answer some Facebook listener questions about the trees we planted, the fields, the berry patch and other things left unsaid around the farm. Then we conclude with a mention of a few of our favorite things - things for the farm, things in our personal life and favorite wines and spirits. Farmer Kelli's list includes offering this signup referral to any and all listeners who want to try out her new favorite service -

  • 0156 Pork cuts, a deer season story and a Farm U on E. coli O157:H7

    04/12/2015 Duration: 43min

    After the Thanksgiving turkey wore off we decided to get back to the farming podcast...  and we talk about the most recent pork cuts we picked up.  We then talk about some of the food we made for Thanksgiving and deer season and Farmer Andy shares the Thanksgiving morning story of his big buck! We wrap up the episode with Farm U on E. coli O157:H7, what it is, where it comes from and Dr. Farmer Kelli shares a resource ( to learn more about infectious diseases and foodborne diseases.

  • 0155 Pigs to the processor, deer season updates and vegetable garden tomato roundup

    20/11/2015 Duration: 45min

    This episode we talk about the taking of the pigs to the processor, some updates from around the farm and about deer season... and the highly anticipated tomato round up from the vegetable garden.

  • 0154 Processing a pig and people's feelings, bow season, bees and honey

    05/11/2015 Duration: 41min

    After posting that we were taking a pig to the processor and hurting some folks feelings...  we decided we didn't really care.  Toughen up folks.  So we make fun of them. Then we talk about the deer season to date and update people on the honey harvest from our first year of bees. In general - it's a bunch of farm updates.

  • 0153 Farm updates, sugar addiction and bowhunting tips

    23/09/2015 Duration: 49min

    We return with pig, chicken, bee and vegetable garden updates.  We then talk a bit about a discovery about the stiffness of your arrow and the placement of a broadhead shot (yeah - giggle if you want) as it pertains to archery / bowhunting.  And the nwe conclude with some listener emails and a discussion about a sugar free diet.

  • 0152 Farming updates from pasture and vegetable garden

    02/09/2015 Duration: 33min

    In this episode we just shae some udpates and clarification about the fate and future of the farm.  We also talk a bit about some of the veggies we discovered still thriving in the gardens.

  • 0151 A Return to the Farm and a discussion about the future

    19/08/2015 Duration: 39min

    In this episode we return to the coopcast to discuss the future of our farm and all the different enterprises we have in play.  

  • 0150 The passing of Watson and the future of the farm

    28/07/2015 Duration: 26min

    In the first ever solo recorded Coopcast Farmer Andy shares the events of the last month that have put our farm and future plans on hold.  This is a candid and honest monologue about where we are and what decisions we have ahead about the farm.

  • 0149 Pig castration and boar taint, pastured chickens and vegetable garden farm !updates

    24/06/2015 Duration: 43min

    Since we are in the busy time of year it's just another update show around the farm! We talk about the process and the reasons why we castrate our piglets.  We also share the history of why we are so sure to do the castrations when we do them.  Then we talk about the pastured chickens, the egg layers and the vegetable gardens.  We wrap up with the latest beekeeping / bee swarm update.

  • 0148 SPROUTCAST (short) On the road talking about pig farrowing

    18/06/2015 Duration: 21min

    This weeks episode is a short "SPROUTCAST" where we just tell the story of pig farrowing and the outcome of pigs on the farm this year.  It's recorded in the truck - but even lor fidelity is better than nofidelity, right?

  • 0147 Capturing a honeybee swarm, annoying broiler chickens and a pre-farrowing pig

    10/06/2015 Duration: 48min

    This week we walk arounf the farm and update you on all the things going on. We captured a wild honeybee swarm and talk about what the process was and how we managed things.  We discuss the Cornish Cross chickens that are not being liek regualr chickens of past years. Then we talk a bit about the pig we are expecting to farrow any day now.  Then we finish up in the vegetable garden discussing some of what's been going on there! Busy time of year and a lot going on.

  • 0146 Gardening, pig, chicken and beekeeping updates from the farm

    03/06/2015 Duration: 53min

    This episode sorta wanders all over in terms of updates.  Farmer Andy started a new way of eating and by cutting sugar out of his diet he's found a whole new way to live life.  We discuss some of our favorite wines (from boxes) and other cocktails...  then we move into the farm updates.  We talk about the chickens (broilers and layers), a exciting night with a critter in the coop, the pig getting ready to farrow, the greenhouse, beekeeping and more. It's a lot of updates - but we have a log of farming activites to update you about!

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