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Narragansett Turkeys at George Washington‘s Mount Vernon Chat with Lisa Pregent

Narragansett Turkeys at George Washington‘s Mount Vernon Chat with Lisa Pregent

November 30, 2021

We're excited to be chatting with Lisa Pregent, Livestock Manager at George Washington’s Mount Vernon (https://www.mountvernon.org/) about their new breeding flock of heritage turkeys.

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Lisa runs a nationally recognized breeding program for rare, heritage breeds and was featured in Washingtonian Magazine for her efforts in the preservation of these breeds. Lisa and her team educate Mount Vernon’s visitors about the important role livestock played in the day to day operations of our first president’s estate.

Mount Vernon is home to one of the largest, registered flocks of Hog Island sheep. In addition to the sheep, Lisa and the livestock staff raise Milking Devon cattle, Ossabaw Island hogs, and now Narragansett turkeys.

Thank you to Heritage Foods USA for sponsoring Turkey Chats https://heritagefoods.com/

Narragansett Turkey Chat with Mac Stone

Narragansett Turkey Chat with Mac Stone

November 18, 2021

Special Guest Mac Stone of Elmwood Stock Farm in Kentucky (https://elmwoodstockfarm.com/turkeys/) will join Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney to talk Narragansett turkeys. Mac and his wife Anne raise USDA Certified Organic heritage breed turkeys on their sixth-generation small farm.

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Thank you to Heritage Foods USA for sponsoring Turkey Chats https://heritagefoods.com/

Arapawa Goat Chat with Callene Rapp

Arapawa Goat Chat with Callene Rapp

October 26, 2021

Cindra Kerscher and Brittany Sweeney are back with another Goat Chat. This week, special guest Callene Rapp is chatting about the critically endangered Arapawa goat.

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Callene is a Senior Zookeeper at Sedgwick County Zoo (https://www.scz.org/), where they keep Arapawa goats. Callene also serves as the Registrar of the Arapawa Goat Breeders Association (https://www.arapawagoatsusa.org/).

In her spare time, Callene and her husband Eric are the owner-operators of The Rare Hare Barn, LLC, the largest heritage-breed meat-rabbit enterprise in the U.S. (www.rareharebarn.com). They also have more than 50 years of combined experience handling nearly every species of domestic livestock, and currently raise Pineywoods cattle and Arapawa goats. Both Eric and Callene have served on the Board of Directors for the Livestock Conservancy, and Callene served as Board Chair.

Callene has written numerous articles about livestock husbandry for Grit magazine, and in 2018 the couple wrote “Raising Rabbits for Meat” and “Homestead Cattle, the Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy Cows” published in 2021.

Thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring Goat Chats this month! https://www.mannapro.com/

Miniature Donkey Chat with Julie Jones

Miniature Donkey Chat with Julie Jones

October 24, 2021

Always wanted to know more about Miniature Donkeys? Cindra Kerscher and Brittany Sweeney chat with longtime breeder Julie Jones about this watch-listed breed in this special donkey episode.

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Check out Julie's mini donkeys online at http://jfranch.net/

San Clemente Island Goat Chat with Sarah Howell

San Clemente Island Goat Chat with Sarah Howell

October 20, 2021
Get to know the critically-endangered San Clemente Island Goat breed with Sarah Butcher Howell, Charlene Couch, and Brittany Sweeney. On this goat chat, Sarah talks about the incredible versatility of this breed and the importance of building community among breeders.
 
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Sarah and her husband Stephen own Skara Brae Homestead (@SkaraBraeHomesteadVa) in Opal, Virginia. Skara Brae is a regenerative farm specializing in full diet farmshares utilizing heirloom produce and meat, dairy, eggs from a variety of breeds on The Livestock Conservancy's Conservation Priority List.
 
Sarah currently serves as the president of the San Clemente Island Goat Breeders Association (https://scigba.org/). She and Stephen have been raising San Clemente Island Goats since 2008. They utilize their herd for meat, dairy, and draft. Their pet project is rebuilding of the Ahrensberg bloodline along with fellow breeders Allan and Kim Sparks of Sparrowhawk Farm in Maine.
Spanish Goat Chat with Justin B. Pitts

Spanish Goat Chat with Justin B. Pitts

October 5, 2021

Welcome to our Spanish Goat Chat! This week Justin B. Pitts joins Cindra Kerscher and Brittany Sweeney for a chat about this Watch-listed breed.

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Justin B. Pitts is a seventh generation Jones Countian that is dedicated to the preservation and use of traditional Southern breeds and species of livestock, seed, and plants in his farming operation. He has founded several breed associations and serves on the board of them or in other capacities. Through his efforts several species of rare and endangered species of livestock have been added to the Ark of Taste as he believes that you have to “eat them to save them.”

Learn more about Spanish Goats from the National Spanish Goat Association at https://spanishgoat.com/

Thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring Goat Chats this month! https://www.mannapro.com/

American Mammoth Jackstock Donkey Chat

American Mammoth Jackstock Donkey Chat

September 28, 2021
Welcome to the American Mammoth Jackstock Donkey Chat! This week Brittany Sweeney and Cindra Kerscher are chatting with Audrey Cadle of Donkey Meadows Farm (https://www.donkeymeadows.org/ and @DonkeyMeadows).
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In December 2006, Audrey, husband Mike, and their three children moved to Purcellville, Virginia, motivated by her interest in owning American Mammoth Jackstock donkeys. They found a lovely home with some land and a nice barn ready to be occupied. They brought Gus and Hoss home in February 2007. A short year and a half later they were on their way back to Tennessee to pick up 3 pregnant jennies and a foal.
 
Audrey read and researched anything and everything she could about the breed. She wanted to spread the history and versatility of them as far as possible. She worked with the donkeys, made plenty of mistakes, learned from those mistakes, then researched and retrained those lessons correctly. Audrey has done a little breeding, a little selling, and training with her donkeys and a few others. She also trained new human donkey-owners on the care, handling, discipline, feed, and exercise for their animals. She's helped prepare barns and pastures for new donkey-owners as well as searched for and found the right donkeys for clients.
 
Audrey also started a 4-H donkey club in Loudoun County. After two years, she decided the kids would be better served by with the donkey club at her farm. The children learned how to care for, groom, handle the donkeys as well as teach them to navigate obstacle courses and to learn to have patience with the donkeys.
 
Now, 15 years after getting her first Mammoths, Audrey is focusing on saving the American Mammoth Jackstock. She is working to achieve 501(c)(3) status at her farm, Donkey Meadows, so she can do more to preserve the breed. She is constantly educating people and providing a true experience of what it is like to love a mammoth donkey. She calls it “Preservation by Education.”
Wooly Wednesday - Needle Felting Challenge

Wooly Wednesday - Needle Felting Challenge

September 15, 2021

Are you ready for the next Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Fiber Challenge? Register for the Felted Friends Challenge today with expert needle felter and shepherdess Teresa Perleberg of Bear Creek Felting and The Nome Schoolhouse at https://bit.ly/SE2FeltedFriends

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Get to know Teresa and her passion for wool and felting during this chat with Cindra Kerscher about the next challenge, which begins September 22. Teresa Perleberg has been raising a flock of sheep and teaching others the art of needle felting since 2006 and began designing and selling needle felting kits containing her own wool in 2008. She lives on a farm in North Dakota with 270 sheep including Romney, Cormo, BFL, Corriedale and CVM.

Teresa loves to make realistic needle felted animal sculptures that each have a unique personality all their own. The facial features and expressions are a very important part of what makes her sculptures special. Teresa opened an online Needle Felting Academy in 2017 where members have direct contact with her and access to a variety of video courses. Another unique aspect of Teresa's needle felting kits and supplies is that all the fiber is grown and processed in North Dakota at the Nome Schoolhouse, A Fiber Arts Center, where you can stay, meet the sheep, and learn all about fiber arts. Teresa and her business partner Chris also host a weekly EweTube show sharing their fiber art knowledge.

Poitou Donkey Chat with Patrick Archer

Poitou Donkey Chat with Patrick Archer

September 8, 2021
Welcome to our first Donkey Chat! This week we're chatting about the critically-endangered Poitou Donkey with Patrick Archer of Texas Poitou Donkeys (@TexasPoitouDonkeys).
 
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Learn more about Patrick and Poitous (pronounced pwah-too) at https://texaspoitoudonkeys.com/
 
Think you have a Poitou Donkey? Participate in the Poitou Donkey Census: https://bit.ly/PoitouCensus
Duck Chat with Chef and Author Hank Shaw

Duck Chat with Chef and Author Hank Shaw

August 31, 2021

Welcome to another Duck Chat! This week Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney are chatting about how to cook and prepare duck with renowned chef and author Hank Shaw. Brittany's Welsh Harlequin duck Triscuit also makes a surprise appearance. 

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Learn more about Hank Shaw at https://honest-food.net/about/ and more about cooking duck from his book "Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Ducks and Geese, both Wild and Domesticated" at https://honest-food.net/hank-shaw-books/ 

Thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring today's Duck Chat! https://www.mannapro.com/

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