One very smart farm blog I’ve been following for years is Walter Jeffries at Sugar Mountain Farm in Vermont.
A lot of farmers with rocky barely-there soil whine about it. Sometimes a lot. The Jeffries-es don’t put up with that kind of sissy nonsense. They farm free-range pigs and feed them hay in winter in a couple designated areas to make their own stinkin’ soil.
They’re also building their own USDA-licensed slaughter and butcher shop, live in a tiny little concrete cottage that they built and cement-welded to the granite of the mountain themselves, and have taught at least one of their livestock guardian dogs to speak sign language. I don’t mean the dog understands hand signs. That’s a normal thing for dogs to do. I mean the dog speaks sign language and she will sign-linguistically sass you back if you try to stiff her on treats.
Check them out for your daily dose of DIY hardcore voyeurism; and/or useful tips that will come in handy next time you need to self-build your own interstate-trade-legal meat packing facility on top of a gorgeous yet godforsaken subarctic mountain. You know, depending on where you are in life.