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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November 6, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
What does that mean?! What are the specifics? What kind of red meat? How was it raised? What was it fed? Where did it come from? How was it harvested? How was it cooked? Where did the samples for this study come from, from industrial agriculture or artisanal? Who conducted the study and how was it financed? Was this process subjected to "peer review"?
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October 30, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
If spring represents the hope of our 20's and 30's, and summer tells of the labor of our 40's and 50's, then fall reflects the wisdom of one's 60's and 70's, with winter promising peace in one's 80's and 90's.
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October 22, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Two hundred thousand pounds of animal weight was applied to this hilltop for half a day by grazing cattle. The result was relatively uniform grazing of half the plants in the pasture, benefiting cows, and trampling of the other half, benefiting soil. Trampling of plants provides mulch to the soil, as does straw on reseeded lawns. This mulch keeps the ground moist and cool, which feeds microbes in the top few inches of the soil profile. Active microbial life composts dead materials and manure, creating organic matter. Organic matter stores 8 lbs of water for every lb. of organic matter, providing irrigation to plants during dry spells. So, these cattle catalyze powerful forces beneath their feet.
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October 15, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
We summon these forces from within on a daily basis, so it seems appropriate to name and celebrate them:
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October 9, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Hogs below are never far from each other, often lounging side by side.
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October 2, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
This facility is being created in the basement of our house and will enable us to achieve a number of things.
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September 25, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Above, turkey vultures sort through the compost pile, promoting decay. Below, the lamb flock is in full bloom. Beneath, a pasture that has just been heavily grazed stands in contrast to another that has been rested for 30 days. Then we witness newborn calves, who have arrived through the mighty birth canal, to begin their great journey, and be nurtured by great mothers...
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September 17, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
As we broach this time of year, Nature's bounty presents itself.
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