Archive for June, 2013

Support Baker’s Green Acres

If you’re in driving distance of Baker’s Green Acres family farm, or you have an itch to go on a road trip to show your support for a small family farm, pack a tent and a sleeping bag and roll on up to the state of Michigan.

As you can see, it’s quite a haul from our place, and we’ve got our own cows to milk, pigs to feed, and chickens to raise. I just hope that someone who reads this is able to help champion this farm and the family that owns and operates it. Mark Baker gives details about their fight with the state and how you can help. You can also go to their website, click on the donate button and send them much needed monetary support.


Rotational Grazing Fundamentals | The Homestead Atlanta

I don’t remember how I came across it, but sometime last fall I came across this organization, The Homestead Atlanta. Immediately I was interested. This is something that we need in this day in time when so much knowledge has been lost over the last couple of generations.  Now a days, most people are too addicted to convenience to see the need for maintaining this knowledge. I mean why get fresh eggs from your own chickens; who dispose of your kitchen scraps, sanitize your lawn, and fertilize your garden when you can get a dozen eggs form the grocery store for only 99 cents! Oops, did I say garden? Well who want to sweat in a garden when there’s produce from all around the world right at your fingertips and all you have to do is swipe your card. Sadly, a large segment of the American population have a diet that is primarily GMO corn and GMO soy based since the focus of their diet is on processed foods and cheap meats because, they think that they can’t afford fresh fruits and vegetables, but I digress.

So being that I believe there is a growing number thirsting for the knowledge that our great-grandparents had. I made an inquiry on the contact page of the The Homestead Atlanta website about hosting some classes, and who should I hear back from but Kimmy Coburn of the Atlanta Crop Mob. Kimmy and the Mob had come out once for a day to help renovate our garden and process chickens with us. She founded The Homestead Atlanta because she too is thirsting for this forgotten knowledge and she figured there are likely others out there who would like to learn some of the same stuff too. Kimmy was all too happy to take me on as an instructor and so we have our very first homestead class coming up in a couple of weeks. I’ll be teaching folks who wish to gain a broader understanding of how to make pasture fed beef, milk, chicken, etc. work. We’ll cover the fundamentals of setting up and electric fence and pasture rotation. So if you are feeling an itch to learn about this stuff, be sure to sign up at the link below.

Rotational Grazing Fundamentals | The Homestead Atlanta.


Chicken Day is tomorrow!

Don’t forget to bring plenty of freezer bags and a cooler for all your birds. If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for all of the future dates. July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19.

Pick up time is from 4:00 – 5:30.

If you are planning to come help, be sure to shoot us an email.


Whole pasture raised chicken on the grill.

“New Studies Confirm: Raw Milk A Low-Risk Food” — Wall Street Journal

The Bovine

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Washington DC, June 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Three quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) recently published in the Journal of Food Protection have demonstrated that unpasteurized milk is a low-risk food, contrary to previous, inappropriately-evidenced claims suggesting a high-risk profile. These scholarly papers, along with dozens of others, were reviewed on May 16, 2013 at the Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC (Canada), during a special scientific Grand Rounds presentation entitled “Unpasteurized milk: myths and evidence.”

The reviewer, Nadine Ijaz, MSc, demonstrated how inappropriate evidence has long been mistakenly used to affirm the “myth” that raw milk is a high-risk food, as it was in the 1930s. Today, green leafy vegetables are the most frequent cause of food-borne illness in the United States. British Columbia CDC’s Medical Director of Environmental Health Services, Dr. Tom Kosatsky, who is also Scientific Director of Canada’s National Collaborating…

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Knock and The Door Shall be OPENED

After persistent effort we found a small dairy farm in Pennsylvania who will host Yang, and perhaps advocate for him on this leg of his journey. This morning we saw him onto his flight to Washington DC where he’ll stay for a couple of days. Thank you all who’ve prayed for him and have contributed  time, money  & effort to his visit. We’ll be sure to update hos status as I made him promise to stay in touch.

Calling All Good Samaritans

Our new friend from China, Yang needs some help. Below is a sample of one of the many emails I am sending to farms to see if we can scare up someone to host him for the rest of his stay in the US. He is also in desperate need of funds since the owner of the farm he worked at in Hawaii with held about three months of his pay. If you can help in any way, be it by taking him in or making a donation for the remainder of his travel costs, please let me know.

It was wonderful to have Yang here with us.

It was wonderful to have Yang here with us.


This is Daniel Seedorf of East West Farm in Marietta, GA. We are a small family farm raising Dexters & Jerseys for milk and meat as well as heritage breed chickens, rabbits and pigs. I am reaching out to other small farms to try to find a last minute host for our friend from China, Yang (pronounced Young). Through the Worldwide Farmer’s Exchange, Yang has spent the past year working on a tomato farm in Hawaii. He’d thought that it was organic, but on arrival he found that it was not. I fear that the farmer there has severely taken advantage of him and possibly other students by withholding pay. I am actively seeking a resolution through the WFE to ensure Yang gets the money that is owed to him.

So why am I contacting you? Yang has until the end of the month to travel the US and visit with other small family farms so that he can help grow the local food movement that is starting to stir up in China. I am asking if you would be interested in hosting this honest, hard working young man and teaching him a little about how you operate your farm and what you’ve found to be the key to your success. Yang leaves for Washington, DC Tuesday morning and has a room for two nights at the Washington International Student Center. I’ve already checked and there seems to be a couple of bus stations in towns near you. Yang is especially interesting in dairy and I can tell you he’s very comfortable with cows and has worked with mine wonderfully. Please feel free to call me at the number below and let me know if there seems to any way you can help me ensure Yang’s overall experience is the best that it can be. If you do take him in for a few days, I promise you will be sad to see him go. We’ve grown quite fiond of him. I do hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you so much for your time.


East West Farm
Daniel & Katie Seedorf
3842 Ernest Barrett Parkway
Marietta, GA 30064
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10 Month Old Bull Calf For Sale

10 Month old bull calf (left) for sale.

10 Month old bull calf (left) for sale.


Unregistered, polled Dexter bull calf for sale. Could be a starter sire before feeding you and your family. He is grain and drug free and very healthy. An acre of grass plus hay should keep him fed until he’s grown out. He can be seen at Talla Glen Farm in Yorkville near Rockmart. $700