Dan Macon

A life-long resident of the Sierra foothills, I've been farming full-time for the last 5 years. We raise sheep, goats and beef cattle, and we also sustainably harvest a wide range of local forest products.

Web Site: http://flyingmule.blogspot.com

Strange Weather

Nov 21, 2014
Strange Weather

I've always been fascinated by weather - even when I was a kid.  I grew up in a home without cable television - the only station that consistently came in clearly was KCRA Channel 3.  I couldn't tell you who the news anchor people were when I...

Enjoying the Fog – Another Sign of Drought?!

Nov 18, 2014

Normally, I hate driving in the fog.  I learned to drive in the upper foothills, which meant I had more experience driving in snow than fog - and I learned to prefer the snow!  The joke in our family was always, "At least I can usually see wh...

Goodbye, Uncle Buck

Nov 16, 2014
Goodbye, Uncle Buck

Today, my family and I said goodbye to our oldest livestock guardian dog, Buck (affectionately known as Uncle Buck).  Buck was a Great Pyrenees cross that we "rescued" from a pet situation - he was too much dog for his former owner.  We got h...

The Confusing Geography of Western Placer County

Nov 12, 2014
The Confusing Geography of Western Placer County

The red polygon shows where the sheep were, and the yellow polygon shows where they ended up.  The green linerepresents the driving route between the two locations; the orange line represents our walk back!The geography of western Placer County - ...

Small Farm Evolution in 5 "Easy" Steps

Nov 10, 2014

As you may know, I sometimes write for the Farming in the Foothills blog - here's a link to my latest post:http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=15882

Politically Homeless

Nov 9, 2014

I've heard that you shouldn't talk about politics or religion in polite company - but here I go....One of my favorite classes in high school was government, taught by Jerry Gritz at Sonora High School.  The highlight of the class, at least for me,...

Farming and Art

Oct 28, 2014
Farming and Art

Last week, my colleagues and I were discussing the future of our farming and ranching endeavors.  I work at the Placer-Nevada office of UC Cooperative Extension.  Like me, my colleagues are both farmers and “community education specialists” (according to our official UC job titles).  While each of us finds...

From the Farming in the Foothills blog…

Oct 28, 2014

I write an occasional post for the Farming in the Foothills blog (on the UCCE Foothill Farming website).  Here's my most recent article: Thoughts on Convenience and Middlemen

Talking Baseball

Oct 27, 2014

Over the last several baseball seasons, I've shared a running discussion about the game with my Dad and with a mutual friend from New Hampshire, Steve Schofield.  We share observations about teams, games and players; recommendations on good baseba...

Little Victories

Oct 17, 2014

This has been a challenging week - a disease outbreak in the ewes, a child and a wife under the weather at home, costly repairs to my truck, and a dismal weather forecast for the rest of the fall.  Even with the Giants winning the National League ...

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