June 10, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Two years ago, we poured a cement slab next to our dairy, located on a rise of land beside a stream. Two months ago, I learned the operator of the Bobcat, when excavating the slab, found a "stone tomahawk" in the dirt, which he put into his truck and drove away with at the end of the day. Two weeks ago, I told his supervisor the "tomahawk" belonged to the property from which it came. Two days ago, the supervisor recovered it and returned the artifact. As he laid it into my hand, I felt dumbstruck to be holding something so ancient and powerful...
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May 27, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
On our farm, we are constantly managing water, so it may provide life for our animals, people, microbes, reptiles, amphibians, grasses, and trees. All of these combine to create a resilient ecosystem, in which to raise grassfed foods for delivery to you.
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May 5, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
The intent today was to introduce to you our new subscription program for prepared foods, called Simple Gifts. Susan immediately pointed out, however, that one can't introduce anything when Mercury is retrograde, unless one wants to go backwards! That is what "retro" means, afterall... Well, of course. One should know better. And since we have already experienced more backward movement on our farm than desired, it became clear it would be best not to tempt fate any further. So, in deference to astrological and marital forces, we instead pivot to an overdue update on life-at-the-farm, where much has been transpiring.
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April 27, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
We have all heard some of the particulars, as the event made national news. This was an act so violent that it shakes the center of those nearby, either geographically or emotionally. To say the least, the event was extremely unsettling to anybody who cares about the flow of life.
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April 14, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Cows leave behind grazing of expensive stored hay on hillsides for grazing of abundant growing grass in the bottoms. Everybody celebrates, and if there were enough of us, we'd even have a parade. Actually, when livestock move any distance, they do so in a line, and the parade is formidable. Last year, Opening Day was May 1; this year April 10.
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April 8, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
During April, the stage is being set for the growing season ahead. Once warm weather settles in, grass growth explodes, and then the race is on. So, preparations are underway at the farm in anticipation.
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April 1, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
They play an essential role in life on the farm, informing the eye as to when animals are ready to be processed. Weights are important, because if an animal is harvested too soon, when too light, not enough fat resides in the meat, so it doesn't cook right, which results in a dissatisfied customer. An animal being too heavy is less of an issue in direct marketing, except for the extra carrying cost. The weights of sheep are hard to "eyeball", for some reason, so a scale is invaluable.
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March 26, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Nature is always in motion, sometimes imperceptibly, but it is constantly moving forward. On our farm, we strive to mimic such, as livestock travel in groups, across the landscape, throughout the year. This motion creates a proximity to wildlife and to wild meat that is reflected in ours. As with animals, so do people seek to move across the landscape. The following is a pictorial account of this person's movement on the Vernal Equinox.
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March 19, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Newspapers are read, homework is conducted, groceries are stacked, food is presented, nutrition is administered, meals are savored, stories are recounted, community is gathered, values are taught, emotions are shared, concepts are pondered, plans are made, babies are conceived, babies are born, rest is taken, love is offered...
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March 4, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
It is the culmination of our daily efforts; it is our distilled selves. Our labor, heart, mind, and soul meld together to create context for the spirit. When the context is rich enough, the spirit emerges, like a plant pushing forth from fertile soil. And in whatever shape it emerges, it is beautiful.
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February 25, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
It is a cauldron that receives our glory and our woes. It is where our blood and tears are collected. It is a sponge that absorbs our mistakes. It is a library that catalogs them, so we may return to them when ready. It judges not our folly; it accepts all, and is the willing host of our journey. It incubates wisdom, by being a patient observer of our experience. It makes room for our chaos and appeases it over time. It is the source of our healing, as it retains and cherishes the personal organic-matter we have shed through challenge, to be recycled into action when called upon. The soul is authentic; it tells no story other than its own. A soulful person states her truth, whether it be one of dishonesty or virtue. Her persona is clear and recognizable. The soul seeks expression, and withers under repression. Our egos often obscure the soul, casting a shadow over the deep richness marinating, percolating, and brewing beneath our surface. But as we discover courage, by tapping into organic-matter of the soul, we become honest about ourselves. And as we reveal aspects of our soul to others, we discover that soul-mates abound, making the journey of life less lonely.
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February 18, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Cold winter days seem so domineering, forcing subjects to the same demeanor. Yet, many shades of white proliferate. We witness: defiant tulips, comfortable ewes, ice-burdened hillsides, curious roosters, and a resourceful squirrel, all within the same day, each making a different statement. The richness of response leaves us willing to face more weather somehow.
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