February 12, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Grassroots Farm & Foods featured in National Geographic!
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February 4, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Monday and Tuesday evenings I provide my own dinner at the farm. Usually this challenge is amply supplied by the tail-end of Susan's sumptuous meals, prepared the weekend before, but on occasion I have to create from scratch. So, here is a recent bachelor's meal, skimmed from the top of the larder: a pound of broiled lamb-ribs, as the first course; a pound of sauteed beef liver, with lemon wedges, as the second; and a rich, thick, homemade chocolate chip cookie, for dessert; all washed down with generous glasses of well-water. Totally satisfying and delicious! Given the fruit accompanying the liver, it could even be considered an out-of-balance, balanced meal. What's more, no conversation was expected during the meal, and clean-up occurred at leisure, many hours, if not days, later. This was a completely successful culinary experience, from one perspective.
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January 27, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
And it is a good thing, because the devil lies in details. If we don't tend to them, we trip and fall. The mind is usually at the heart of good judgement, as it examines alternate scenarios, by which to chose the way forward. It distills complex realities into digestible conclusions. It unravels central questions and highlights potential problems. The ability to analyze stems from a disciplined and trained mind, gleaned from formal and informal schooling. It is frequently under-employed and occasionally over-employed.
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January 21, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
replete with hanging cobwebs, dirt, dust, poor lighting, slight heat, and important piles of discarded stuff from the ages. It was a great place to make copious amounts of sawdust and contemplate infinity. Seclusion was inevitable, and one could truly settle down to the business of successfully accomplishing little over long periods of time in this space.
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January 7, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
It takes a lot of heart to live passionately, for passion can be an unruly companion. Mistakes are made and energy expended prematurely, but living with a fully engaged heart is self-renewing in many ways. It enables one to persist through the unreasonable, adverse, and unexpected. A full heart is the source of courage, which is called upon to achieve any degree of success in so many ventures in life.
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December 27, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
but since being kicked out of the hen house, now make their living scavenging hog feed and hanging out with rams and bulls. They love to strut their stuff.
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December 17, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Last weekend we spent 24 hours with Mr. Savory in Bluffton, Georgia, home to White Oak Pastures, one of the largest providers of grass-based foods in the country. It was an honor to listen to such a wise man articulate profound, but intuitively recognizable, concepts. It has been remarked that "wise man" may be contradiction in terms, but not on this occasion. There are so few such minds at large, that it is worth paying heed to them, when opportunity presents, so we did.
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December 10, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Now that the boys have work to do, card-playing in the fraternity house is over for the next two months. We expect fruits of their diligent labor to yield lambs in May and calves in September.
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December 3, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
These murals depict robust men executing trades of industry in clean clothes and full light, prepared for dirt and sweat, while enhancing quality of life in society. There is something magnificent about these murals and their message, which is that working with both body and mind is glorious. What young child would not want to emulate those men? I certainly did. What parent would not want their child to do so?
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November 27, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
In another two weeks, we will separate lambs from ewes. We will then turn rams in for breeding and begin harvesting lambs. Lambs are almost as big as ewes at this point. We look for 90-lb lambs to harvest.
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November 19, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
These Durocs have grown considerably since they arrived six months ago, as you can see. The modified horse trailer in the background serves as the feeding station during these last weeks, so transport to the processor will not be stressful, improving quality of meat. We have just bought 8 Berkshires feeder pigs for the next round. If you would like particular cuts of pork for December holidays, let us know within the next week.
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November 13, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
This timeless product is now available for you to prepare in your own home. Susan has been working on the recipe for over a year. It traditionally consists of: various meats in the country larder, root vegetables, milk, and wine, simmered together all morning, for noontime feeding of hungry men from the fields. It is served over pasta, with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
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