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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September 12, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Wagyu beef must be on the right and a leaner variety on the left. Wagyu beef are fed beer and grains, lounge about in lots, and are treated like royalty, including daily massages and doses of opera.
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August 27, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
One of which is the dawning of evening's shadows. As the sun sets on clear summer evenings, shadows dance across the landscape, in celebration of the goodness of the day and the fleeting moment.
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August 21, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
Our friend and renowned artist of nature, Mark Eberhard, captured the exquisite picture above, in our wetlands a few weeks ago. This stately Buttonbush is besieged with attention from caterpillars, butterflies, and bees, unannounced to glance from afar, reinforcing that things are not always as they seem.
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August 13, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
I spent most of last week with children, siblings, in-laws, nieces, and nephews on the North Channel, near the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The visit was brief, but dense with dialogue, both awkward and flowing, among individuals and as a group. During the long drive home, the recurring reflection was upon the unforeseeable value that percolates from these manifold conversations. One interchange consisted of a three-hour group discussion. I found myself ruminating on the magical powers that arise from such discourse.
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