Out To Farm’s Way

by Seth Shostak on July 10, 2012

There’s nothing quite like going on location. And whether it’s someone’s lab at Stanford, the telescopes on Mauna Kea, the UFO museum at Roswell, or just a conference somewhere, Molly and I really do haul our recorders and ourselves out into the field.

For this week’s show blithely entitled “Animal Instinct”, we hied ourselves off to Deer Hollow Farm, right here in Mountain View, California. It’s a small affair, with a handful of goats, sheep, pigs, and cows — and a double handful of chickens and roosters. But this isn’t a zoo — this is a commercial farm, and these animals will be turned into both money and food (not necessarily in that order).

It was a short auto trip and a long walk to reach the farm, but the ambiance was pleasant, the animals friendly, and we enjoyed doing the show surrounded by other species than our own. Mind you, nearly every time we aimed the microphone in the direction of the critters, hoping to get some authentic critter sounds, they mysteriously went mute. Maybe they want the promise of residuals before they mouth off. Or beak off, in the case of the chickens.

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