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A Season To Give Back

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Mile High Young Farmers Chapter

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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

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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

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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 Blog

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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UFI Logo

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The Urban Farming Institute

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

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Boxler Maple Syrup Season on the Farm

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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

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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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5 best ways to preserve your garden harvest

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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

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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

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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

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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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How To Start Homesteading No Matter Where You Live

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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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Care And Fit

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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 and A

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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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Best Foot Forward

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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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Fall Arrived

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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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Four Seasons

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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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Public Lands

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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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