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sustainable farmer Wagon Joel and farm tour crowd happy hens CRW_0590_JFR - Version 2 - 2005-01-09 at 16-58-24 Nice Job on the Brooder!

thought for the day:

organic = sustainable

what customers are saying:

I left Countryside for cheaper, "All-Natural" feed. When my customers started COMPLAINING about the taste of my eggs I came back to Countryside!

— Better Feed Makes Better Eggs, Better Eggs Make Happier Customers

Careful with that Manure – Powerful Herbicides Persisting Into Garden Dirt

This one is for all the gardeners and the equestrians, too. Careful with that manure.

Happy Spring!

It has been a looooong winter. We feel your pain. We feel our pain. But it can’t last. It’s happening. Happy Spring!

Here are some great products to check out:

Organic Growing Mixes and Compost

A pasture forage like no other. A symphony of legumes, forbs and delicious herbs. Countryside’s famous Herbal Ley.

Countyside Organics [...]

Sharing and Learning About Organics

We received a delightful email from a Wyoming volunteer librarian who had used our links page to help a group of young gardeners explore the internet for information about Organic Farming and Gardening. They are working on a gardening project for National Garden Week in June.

Included in the email was a link to a [...]

Countryside Organics Now Carrying Lespedeza Pellets

Countryside Organics is now carrying Sims Brothers’ AU Grazer® Sericea Lespedeza Pellets. Lespedeza is a perennial legume proven to reduce and control barber pole worms (Haemonchus Contortus) in goats and sheep while providing high quality, cost-effective forage protein. Goats love it!

More information on Sericea Lespedeza, here. Countryside Organics Online Store Link for Lespedeza, here.

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Before You Break Your Back, Check Out This Broadfork

Our friends at waycooltools.com are at again, making further improvements to their broadfork. Lighter and unbreakable. Check it out, here.

 

This Spring’s Herbal Ley

What is an Herbal Ley?

An Herbal Ley is a foraging mix comprised of multiple grasses, herbs and clovers. It should produce a well-balanced forage that reduces fertilizer inputs and provide increased levels of vitamins and minerals to livestock. Additionally, it should build and restore soil fertility. The higher initial cost of Herbal Leys are [...]

Chickens as Pets with Benefits

We have some helpful information about chickens on our site, including, here. And you can buy our starter, grower/broiler, scratch and layer feed on our online store or by calling our store in Waynesboro, VA, toll-free at 888-699-7088. And you can buy great books on our online store by Harvey Ussery and Patricia Foreman.

And [...]

Rotational Chicken Pastures

Here is a good, quick-read article to get you thinking about rotational chicken pastures:

Getting started with rotational chicken pastures.

And here is some more in depth Extension information on controlled grazing, grasses and clovers:

Controlled Grazing of Virginia’s Pastures.

Hard Working New Tools at Way Cool Tools

Our friend John has some new, hard-working tools over at Way Cool Tools. Check out his press release:

Small farmers and gardeners will benefit from The Dynamic Trio: Over the past few years we’ve had requests from our customers for a better broad fork. Well, we’re happy to say…. It’s Here!

Our new broad fork [...]

Potato Beetle Knock Down

Clay Trainum of Autumn Olive Farms shares this recipe for knocking out bugs on his potato plants. Combine 2 oz. of Spinosad, 1 oz. of Neem and 1 gallon of water. Spray on potato plants in the afternoon so they dry out by dark. Clay reports 100% effectiveness on Potato, Flea and Green Bean Beetles. [...]