grazeagainstthemachine Photos & Videos

2 days ago

Hello. This is my 2000th post! There are a lot of you out there so maybe it's time to do an intro. My name is Ariel. I don't know if this is how I almost-smile when not looking into a selfie cam. I'm 27 years and 363 days old. I've only ever worked in agriculture (since I was 16!) - long enough not to romanticize what it is, and also long enough to daydream about how it could be. # These days my big passions are trying to harmonize human needs and endeavors with ecological processes, or something like that. As such, I'm obsessed with grazing (and low-key enthralled with tree fruits) and also with human systems, like conflict and how our internal states affect our external landscape. You might say my aim right now is to raise the level of consciousness on any given stretch of land I'm involved with and so far I've found grazing and the tools of #holisticmanagement to be a good path to that, and I hope to find many more, and stay in the way of learning. # I'm committed to a path of inquiry AND practice, and I'm trying (and often failing) to lead a life that draws closer to my values and rejects and replaces what is broken in this world, and makes the walk a little easier for others to walk too. I've also recently learned I have a lot of guilt around just having fun, which will be a real riot to overcome! # I manage trees and herds for two exceptionally high-conscious organizations while consulting for some others; come October, I'll be moving on to join forces with my boyfriend in pursuit of a land-loving and somewhat more nomadic way of life for a while, grazing our way towards our values and one another. # Anyway, I have lots of resources available to me to pursue my craft(s), and people who love and support me. I have always been ruthless in pursuing knowledge I want and need, but have also been very lucky to be supported by a wide and deep group of teachers and friends. If there is anyone out there looking to find their place in the natural world who needs some support, I hope you'll reach out. I'm not the best at back-and-forth but if you send me a message I'd be happy to cheer you on or speak from any relevant experiences I have. #grazeagainstthemachine

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4 days ago

Each of our calves has a different personality. Whiskey is one of the most confident. Just a week old and she’s showing some real attitude. They are all curious, but she couldn’t help but crane her neck to see what the older calves were doing behind me. They were sneaking up on me, making sure I didn’t mess with their kid sister. . This innate protectiveness and care is one of the most surprising traits I’ve witnessed in the Pineywoods herd. Although there is a hierarchy, it’s not uncommon to see the matriarch grooming the cow that’s lowest on the totem pole or caring for her calf. 🐮 #Pineywoodscattle #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #farmersofinstagram #familyfarm #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #sustainablefarming #chickensofinstagram #cattle #foodies #farmtotable #grassfed #eatlocal #farming #wildforaged #grassfedbeef #permaculture #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #farming #liveauthentic #farm365 #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #gotobeNC

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6 days ago

When we let the Pineywoods into new grass, they strut, they gallup, but they don’t stroll into it to get that first bite. They are just as fond of eating tree branches as they are grass - if you look closely you can see Razz chewing on it before the grass. Unlike many commercial breeds, this varied diet has been with them for over 500 years, many of which they ran wild. This history has also imparted a disease and pest resistance that commercial cattle lack as well. What does this mean for the bottom line? It means that we don’t have to buy as much hay during droughts or winter and it reduces vet bills significantly. Good business sense in a risky industry like farming. 🐮 #Pineywoodscattle #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #farmersofinstagram #familyfarm #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #sustainablefarming #chickensofinstagram #cattle #foodies #farmtotable #grassfed #eatlocal #eatrealfood #wildforaged #grassfedbeef #permaculture #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #farming #liveauthentic #farm365 #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #northcarolina

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1 week ago

Little Joe must get all the leaves! Rodeo wishes he was bigger!

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1 week ago

Yesterday we started our 1st job since joining the Rent-A-Ruminant family. Here we are receiving our first buck. We are in Norman, OK helping Brad and Trish clear their property 🐐

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1 week ago

Old Roo is looking pleased because the farm got 2 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. We rarely get that much rain during summer unless it’s raining buckets. This was a relatively slow and gentle rain in comparison, one that will soak into parched pastures and reduce chores in the garden for a few days. 🐮 #gratefulheart #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #farmersofinstagram #familyfarm #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #sustainablefarming #chickensofinstagram #cattle #foodies #farmtotable #grassfed #eatlocal #eatrealfood #wildforaged #grassfedbeef #permaculture #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #farming #liveauthentic #farm365 #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #northcarolina

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1 week ago

This little girl was born yesterday evening. She was born on the 5th, whisky comes in fifths so we’re thinking about registering her with the Pineywoods Cattle Registry and Breeders Association as Ozark’s Carolina Whisky, she’ll be Whisky or for short. 🐮 #Pineywoodscattle #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #farmersofinstagram #familyfarm #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #sustainablefarming #chickensofinstagram #cattle #foodies #farmtotable #grassfed #eatlocal #eatrealfood #wildforaged #grassfedbeef #permaculture #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #farming #liveauthentic #farm365 #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #northcarolina

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1 week ago

We’re at the last step of getting the fall garden ready. Last year we put down a good 2 ft of hay in this area from an old hay bale. We have been using it as our compost heap and amending it with fermented milk and other ferments as well as organic kelp and ground up eggshells from our chicken eggs for the past year. This is the first time we’ve tried all these things in one place, our hope is that it will improve the soil and make a great foundation for growing veggies. We don’t use any chemicals to control weeds, instead we put down a boat load of cardboard to control the weeds before we plant. We’ll be planting in August. . 🐮 #gardeningtips #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #farmersofinstagram #familyfarm #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #sustainablefarming #chickensofinstagram #cattle #foodies #farmtotable #grassfed #eatlocal #eatrealfood #wildforaged #grassfedbeef #permaculture #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #farming #liveauthentic #farm365 #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #northcarolina

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2 weeks ago

When raising turkey babies with chickens, there is a risk of the turkeys contracting blackhead, which if untreated can be fatal. So why do we do it? . Well, being raised by grown chickens they have warmth and protection when they are little and when they’re old enough and we let them out of the chicken house to free range they have leaders that can bring them back to the chicken house at night or when there’s a predator threat. Also we don’t have enough space to raise them separately! 😊 . One of the best natural preventative measures (and treatment in higher quantities) to blackhead is adding cayenne pepper to their feed and/or water. We add a few dashes of organic cayenne and also add a few pinches organic kelp to their feed for extra minerals and nutrients. . 🐮 #naturalremedies #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #farmersofinstagram #familyfarm #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #sustainablefarming #chickensofinstagram #cattle #foodies #farmtotable #grassfed #eatlocal #eatrealfood #wildforaged #grassfedbeef #permaculture #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #farming #cayenne #farm365 #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #northcarolina

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2 weeks ago

Got an early start this morning to head to Cohen Farm to load up organic straw bales out of their pasture. Glad to have it done before 7:30, it’s starting to get hot out there! . We’ll use the straw in the chicken house and it’ll eventually end up in the garden. 🐮 #bale #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #farmersofinstagram #familyfarm #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #sustainablefarming #chickensofinstagram #cattle #foodiegram #farmtotable #grassfed #eatlocal #eatrealfood #eathealthy #grassfedbeef #permaculture #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #farming #liveauthentic #farm365 #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #nothingisordinary

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2 weeks ago

Did you know that every single one of our goats is a rescue? Did you also know every single one of our goaties is named? This is Sunny, Sunny doesnt like humans. Im pretty sure Sunny doesnt like humans for a reason! She has certainly got better since she has been with us, but she does love being with the working herd where she can peacefully munch away her days surrounded by many goaties and not so many humans. The best life for a goatie that may well have been abused by her previous humans. 🐐🌿💚 #rescuerebel #rescuegoats #adoptnotshop #friendsnotfood

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3 weeks ago

Sue’s sister sent us (who am I kidding, it’s for me!) a drone this week. Talk about Christmas in June!! I got it assembled and now trying to learn the art of drone aviation. Once I get the hang of it, I’ll post more compelling video than a landing, but honestly this is the best footage so far ✈️ 🎥 #dronestagram #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #chase #chaseyourdreams #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #chicken #chickensofinstagram #paleo #foodie #farmtotable #eatclean #eatlocal #eatrealfood #eathealthy #chaser #moveit #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #rocknroll #liveauthentic #rockout #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #nothingisordinary

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3 weeks ago

The practices farmers choose to manage their farm are very personal choices. Graze Against the Machine describes the thoughts and actions we take when making decisions about how we farm. We look at our farm as a ecosystem that includes crops, livestock and nature. All three are interrelated and the decisions we make about one affects the other 2. . Here is the second of 3 examples that we will be sharing with you over the coming weeks. .🐮 When we choose to buy organic straw from Cohen Farm to use in the chicken coop, we do so with the knowledge that the when the straw is cleaned out of the coop, we will compost it for use as a natural fertilizer in our garden. If we purchase straw that has not been grown under organic practices, we don't know what kind of chemicals are found in the straw, chemicals that could end up in our garden and affecting or preventing the growth of our plants. 🐮 #grazeagainstthemachine #freerange #farmlife #farm365 #chase #chaseyourdreams #organic #organicfarming #sustainable #chicken #chickensofinstagram #paleo #foodie #farmtotable #eatclean #eatlocal #eatrealfood #eathealthy #chaser #moveit #farmhousekitchen #chefslife #cooklikeaboss #rocknroll #liveauthentic #rockout #flashofdelight #seeksimplicity #nothingisordinary

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1 month ago

Sponge chicken (gravy) 🍳🍗🍖

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