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All Blog Posts 03/24/23

STORIES FROM THE MUCK

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    OFF THE FIELD WITH BRAYDEN THOMAS, LINEBACKER OF THE L.A. RAMS

    Muck boots and the brand have been a staple in my family for as long as I can remember. Whether it was out fishing or hunting, helping in the yard, or moving snow in the skid-steer, Muck boots are all I can remember people wearing for these activities in North Dakota. I always was thrilled to put on my Muck boots because it meant I got to tag along with my dad and grandpa - these are some of the best times and memories I have. They have always kept my feet dry and warm while I’ve gone ice fishing on small lakes around N.D. or on the boat early springtime on the Missouri River walleye fishing…

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    Q&A: CAITLIN GOOCH, MUCK FIELD TEAM MEMBER, FOUNDER OF SADDLE UP & READ

    Since 1998, Read Across America has celebrated reading by building literacy programs to motivate and encourage kids across the U.S. to read. This year we are highlighting Saddle Up & Read, a non-profit organization led by Muck Field Team member, mom, cowgirl, and horse whisperer, Caitlin Gooch, and her mission to improve kids’ confidence in reading in her home state of North Carolina through live equestrian events that offer kids the opportunity to engage with and read to horses.

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    Field Tested by Rob and Hilary

    People like you play an important roll in our Muck Boot community. You put our footwear to the test on the field and your feedback is essential as it helps us get better in providing you the best experience in our product and service. In today’s post, learn more about the Apex Pro and Muck Originals along with the special people that helped share their stories.

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    A Season To Give Back

    Holiday season is my favorite because it’s closer to the new year. During the holidays there’s more down time. More time to connect with family and reflect on all the opportunities, experiences, and blessings throughout the year.

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    A Deer Camp Tradition

    Deer camp has different meanings and purposes depending on who you ask. For some it’s an escape, a reset from the grind of everyday life. For others it’s a challenge both physically and mentally. For me, it’s about the people I’m with.

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    Stay Outdoors Longer

    Growing up in The Midwest I’ve always loved the change of seasons and in particular when winter finally comes and snow starts to fall. My wife and our three labs love the snow and every year we load up and head into the mountains to cut down our Christmas tree in the national forest. Depending on the year and the amount of snow we usually take the truck or the side by side (sxs) but either way it’s an adventure.

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    The Holiday Season With Sankofa Farm

    Our holiday season is typically filled with amplified love, a ton of traveling, and the best food of the year. Growing up, my family always put a special emphasis on Christmas and Kwanzaa; this remains true today. The holiday season is my favorite because it allows me the time to slow down, kick off my Muck boots and truly embrace the beautiful village that I am so blessed to call my family. As a farmer, this takes a lot of planning long before the holiday season starts - however, it’s all worth it.

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    Holidays For The Farmer

    For a farmer, the holidays can be more than a meal and time spent with family. For instance, premature newborn goats might be in the living room on thanksgiving because they required around the clock care after being rejected by their mother. Or a delayed arrival to dinner because of an ill goat and the need to finish up on mucking out and bedding down pens for winter kids.

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    Giving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday emphasizes the importance of people supporting people. This year, we spotlight two of our field team members, Caitlin Gooch and Kamal Harris, who live this philosophy every day.

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    Bay Area Young Farmers Chapter

    This is the fifth and final installment in a blog series featuring the winners of our 2022 Muck Boot Chapter Capacity Grant Program. The grant program awarded five Young Farmers chapters with $5,000 to compensate their organizing efforts or to cover expenses for a specific project, such as COVID-19 response efforts, racial equity trainings, or virtual platforms to increase connectivity.

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    Mile High Young Farmers Chapter

    This is the fourth installment in a blog series featuring the winners of our 2022 Muck Boot Chapter Capacity Grant Program. The grant program awarded five Young Farmers chapters with $5,000 to compensate their organizing efforts or to cover expenses for a specific project, such as COVID-19 response efforts, racial equity trainings, or virtual platforms to increase connectivity.

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    Central Virginia Young Farmers Chapter

    This is the third installment in a blog series featuring the winners of our 2022 Muck Boot Chapter Capacity Grant program. The grant program awarded five Young Farmers chapters with $5,000 to compensate their organizing efforts or to cover expenses for a specific project, such as COVID-19 response efforts, racial equity trainings, or virtual platforms to increase connectivity.

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    NZYM™ vs Traditional Antimicrobial Technology

    Most of us don’t want to have smelly shoes or clothing, which is why antimicrobial technology is becoming increasingly popular to help hinder the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Anti-odor Technology is everywhere nowadays, and for the most part you’ll find it is solved for via antimicrobial technology.

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    Sheep Shearing

    By Although I started my farming career pretty late in life there is something nostalgic about shearing day. Maybe it's the smell of sweat mixed with sun cream carried on the summer breeze or maybe it's the comfort felt at knowing it's a big job done and you have a month of not panicking about flystrike, a fresh start almost.

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    Hudson Valley Young Farmers Chapter

    This is the second installment in a blog series featuring the winners of the 2022 Muck Boot Chapter Capacity Grant program. The grant program awarded five National Young Farmers Coalition chapters with $5,000 to compensate themselves for their organizing efforts or to cover expenses for a specific project, such as COVID-19 response efforts, racial equity trainings, or virtual platforms to increase connectivity.

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    Bowhunting 101

    There are a lot of reasons why you might want to start bowhunting. Maybe it’s the challenge or the connection with nature. The food or the responsibility that comes with learning how to shoot accurately.

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    West Michigan Young Farmers Chapter

    This is the first installment in a blog series featuring the winners of our 2022 Muck Boot Chapter Capacity Grant program. The grant program awarded five Young Farmers chapters with $5,000 to compensate themselves for their organizing efforts or to cover expenses for a specific project, such as COVID-19 response efforts, racial equity trainings, or virtual platforms to increase connectivity.

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    The Urban Farming Institute

    “WE DON’T JUST GROW FOOD, WE GROW PEOPLE.”

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    Maple Season Work

    In addition to being an avid outdoors woman, Nikki Boxler also plays an important role in her family's multi-generational business Boxler Maple Farm. Nikki, along with her father David and brother Warren have continued a working tradition that started with Nikki's great-grandfather Joseph Boxler.

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    Beginner's Guide to Scouting for Turkey

    Spring is officially here and you know what that means, it’s turkey season! Spring turkey hunting can be challenging, but a little bit of pre-season scouting should help to increase your odds for success. Here are a few tips and tactics to help you create a scouting plan.

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    Winter Horse Care Tips

    Horse care in the winter, depending on where you live, can be like a guessing game. One day it might be hot during the day but freezing at night. It could rain all week then suddenly start snowing the next day. Around this time last year I had on a short sleeve shirt some days and layers on other days. The weather is just like this sometimes. My advice? Focus in two areas for horses in the winter...

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    On Martin Luther King Day, we are reminded of the importance of community. Dr. King is a transcending spirit whose lifelong mission for civil rights still inspires us to learn and actively participate in the positive change our world needs.

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    5 Best Ways to Preserve Your Garden Harvest

    Growing a garden is such a fun experience and it's made more fun when you can preserve the fruits of your labour to enjoy all year. Although you may not be planning to have enough to last the whole year, it’s a good idea to be prepared for a little abundance. Trust me, you’ll have way more tomatoes and zucchini that you know what to do with!

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    5 Tasks To Do Today for a Vegetable Garden Tomorrow

    What are your favourite vegetables to eat? What do you eat the most of on a regular basis? There is no point in planting something if you never eat it and hate it! The easiest to grow veggies are lettuces/spinach, cucumber, beans/peas, tomatoes, and kale/swiss chard.

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    3 Steps To Prep Your Garden for Planting

    The signs of spring are all so hopeful; the smell of rainy days, the birds chirping, the longer days, and the warmth of the sun. It also means that garden season is upon us - which is my favourite time of the year. The seed catalogues, the garden planning, and ultimately the planting! Since it’s the beginning of April, I thought I would put together a post on how to prep your garden for planting and get it ready for the season.

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MUCK PRO TEAM MEMBER ZOE COLVILLE

    Have you ever eaten a meal and loved it so much you eat the same thing for days on end? Or have you enjoyed a film to the point of rewatching it to death until you know all the words? That little buzz you get, the sudden rush of endorphins...

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    8 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY SPRING OUTDOOR CHORES

    Spring is the magical time of year when the birds begin to chirp, the mornings grow warm, and the world comes back to life. We’ve always got to tackle traditional house cleaning, and now we must add spring chores to the list. Spring chores can be demanding and messy...

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    How To Start Homesteading No Matter Where You Live

    To some homesteading may seem like a far away dream only to be attained when you have much more life experience and 100 acres. Well, think again! I am here to tell you that you can homestead no matter where you live.

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    HARD WORK, EARNED RESPECT & FEMALE ROLE MODELS

    I was only 13 years old when I started my first paid full-time job driving tractors for my family’s dairy farm. The days were long, and the sun was hot, but I found the work to be enjoyable! Plus, as a bonus dad would always stop by the field to drop off breakfast...

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    CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

    By U.K. Pro Team Member Zoe Colville @thechiefshepherdess Just because it's a holiday, Sunday or Christmas doesn't mean we can have a day off, farming really is 365 days a year. But that doesn't mean you can't make it special, when I ventured into farming I was certain I'd make...

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    CARE AND FIT GUIDE

    CARE Your new boots are constructed with high grade natural rubber. As a natural material, it is important your rubber boots are maintained and stored appropriately to prolong their life Avoid storing your boots in direct sunlight, near to artificial heat or in sub-zero temperatures, as this can cause the...

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    Q & A WITH BRAND AMBASSADOR LINDSEY DAVIS ON THE NEW APEX HUNTING BOOT

    Q & A with Lindsay Davis Tell us a little about yourself. I’m home in the outdoors. I work full time in the outdoor industry to protect recreation access, public lands, and wildlife habitat. I am a first-generation hunter. In the last five years, I’ve come to connect my perspectives...

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    OUR PATH FORWARD

    The events which have unfolded over the past weeks and that are happening as we type this are tragic and disheartening. They have brought to light many sad truths that aren’t new, that racial inequality is far from uncommon. So, what do we do about it? What can we do...

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    PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD - HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOOT FOR THE JOB

    Your footwear is the foundation for a productive, safe and comfortable day at work. Employers and workers want to avoid injuries while on the job, and standing for long periods of time can lead to tired, accident-prone feet. Although potentially overlooked by some, protective footwear should be a key element...

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    NO SOONER HAD FALL ARRIVED THEN IT SEEMED TO HAVE LEFT US

    No sooner had fall arrived then it seemed to have left us. Vermont -while a spectacular, brilliant, shining state in Spring and Fall doesn’t spend too much time with either season. She’s an either/or kind of land, with little interest in middle ground. She’s never paid any mind to solstice...

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    WINTER IS COMING, YES, ALWAYS, BUT FIRST FALL

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune to attempt communication with a farmer in summer you will know from experience that emails will not be returned, dinner invitations rarely accepted, phone messages left unlistened. You’ll have to go there, to the farm, track down the farmer while she is methodically, insistently,...

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    WIGWAM® SOCKS | MADE IN USA‎: THE HOW TO'S ON PAIRING THESE WITH WITH MUCK BOOTS

    As we all know, there is no better feeling than slipping on your Muck Boots for the day and accomplishing your goals of the day. Our boots have been tested and have demonstrated that they can conquer the toughest conditions across the globe. Typically, you know the type of boots...

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    YOU ASKED AND WE LISTENED: AT LAST, A STEEL TOE BOOT FOR THE HARDEST WORKING WOMEN

    Based on many customer requests, we designed these steel toe boots for women who are hardworking, require safety toes, all-day comfort and a great fit to get the job done. Designed for women by women, these waterproof work boots will help ensure a comfortable fit that will help achieve any...

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    A YEAR THAT HOLDS WAY MORE THAN FOUR SEASONS

    Much like the academic year begins in September and the fiscal year in October and the calendar year in January the farm-in-rural-Vermont year begins in April. Sometimes May depending on weather and snowmelt. If your lucky April. And one time since we’ve lived here it began on March 20th. But...

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    DISCOVERING PUBLIC LANDS

    Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the outdoors horseback riding, fishing, and exploring with my brothers and sister. It never occurred to me who owned the land that we played on, or why it mattered. I started hunting in the fall of 2014 and as I learned...

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    MAPLE VENISON JERKY

    Over the weekend I thought I would try adding a touch of Maple syrup while making jerky to give it a hint of sweetness and the result was delicious. Here is what you will need: 3lbs of Venison Roast Marinade: 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce 1/2 Cup Worchester Sauce 1...

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    MAPLE SYRUP: A SWEET FAMILY TRADITION

    On a frigid winter morning dad and I are driving down the snow-covered road in his muddy pick-up, and I could see the steam rising from the sugar shanty off in the distance. I crack my window to catch a whiff of the sweet aroma of boiling sap mixed with the chilly winter air and as the sweet scent flooded through the truck window, so too did the memories.

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    A LIVESTOCK FARM IS NEVER TRULY HIBERNATING

    In the heat of July I think fondly, and often about January bluebird days such as this. July is unrelenting for a farmer. The weeds and grass grow at a nearly unsustainable, breathless rate. They don’t allow for reflection, or planning, or yoga, or reading. They are devoted entirely to manual and endless labor. Every hour of the sunlit day is used and consumed by the greedy July farm.

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