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Ox fodder: No. 4 The gut/brain/heart connection

For years, we (the bio-farming / eco-farming community) have been steering gardeners and livestock owners away from processed and chemical laden feeds and garden ammendments.  Our purpose has been to awaken peoples' awareness of soil health and the root causes of so many of our modern ailments. Sometimes our ideas are listened to, but more often not.

Article on Trinity Haymarket finalist for EDDY Award

We were shocked and excited on May 25th to receive an email from one of the co-editors of Edible Dallas & Fort Worth magazine to let us know the article that co-editor Terri Taylor wrote about our farm/feed store Trinity Haymarket was one of the top 5 finalists for an Eddy Award.  The EDDys celebrate editorial excellenct among 90 publications of Edible communities across the US and Canada.. 5 finalists are selected from a panel of over 50 esteemed judges.

Good fodder for Oxen: No. 3

It seems as though everything is bursting with joy this time of year in North Texas.  A sure sign is the noisy wren outside the bedroom window letting every creature within hearing distance know that his territory is not to be shared. Mr.Wren and his mate set up housekeeping in an old child's watering can hanging underneath the front porch eaves. In earlier times, it was commonly known that a wren nesting near or on some part of your home was very good luck. I hope this remaines true in 2016!

OAK CLIFF COOP SNOOP

After 2 years of planning, Trinity Haymarket is excited to be putting on their 1st Oak CLiff Coop Snoop Tour November 7th from 11 am to 4 pm. Purchase of the Passport Maps is $10 per adult and kids are free. The Maps can only be purchased at our store located at 1715 Market Center BLvd. Dallas, 75207 the day of the event. Our store will be open from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday Nov. 7th.

Schools back in session!

We are starting our Saturday morning classes again now that Fall is around the corner. 2 classes are scheduled for September. Raising backyard chickens on Sept 12 and Fall Gardening--IT's not too late + benefits of Essential Oils. will be held on Sept 19th. Both classes start at 10am.  For some urban farmers in North Texas we got too much rain this Spring and sadly many spring gardens were awash. However, there is still time to get some seeds and transplants in the ground for a fall garden.

Good fodder for Oxen: No.2 What's all the fuss about broody hens?

We get the question all the time....."my hen's gone broody; what do I do?"  This response is definitely our personal opinion and may not be the answer you're looking for.  So as not to put our cart before our horse, let's define why we keep heritage breeds as opposed to commercial egg laying machines. For the most part, here at our place, we see it as part of our mission to promote the keeping of  breeds that have graced the door yards of  North America and western Europe for hundreds of years.

Good fodder for Oxen: No. 1

It wasn't that long ago, in the overall scheme of things, that most folks used the cycles of the moon to keep track of things. Only a mere one hundred and fifty years ago, that is about five generations ago, North America was by and large an agrarian place that worked just fine without appointment memos and daily reminders. All one had to do was glance up at the night sky to make sense of things.  If it was close to the new moon, that is, the moon's darkest or least visible phase, it was a good time to "set eggs" for hatching, or to get the cow bred.

The Wyandotte: an American Original

It all started in New York State in the 1870's.  No one is really sure who first crossed the Sebright bantam with a cochin, but it is thought these first efforts took place in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  The purpose was to create a good dual purpose  American fowl that was also handsome enough to excell in the show ring. Some say that the Wyandotte is named after the indigenous American peoples that inhabited that part of North America.

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