July 5, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Planning and observation never ceases in any farming enterprise. We spent a solid year planning and observing this property before making any monetary investments so that we could have some sort of an idea where to begin without spending a ton of money. We are still in the observation phase of our water project. There are so many moving parts when it comes to harvesting rain water and tapping into the water cycle to create a regenerating flow of usable water on the farm. Although every small piece is a part of the whole, it's important to be able to recognize both big picture and as many of the small details as possible when tackling a big project like harvesting water or managing a woodlot.
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June 27, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
It's interesting nowadays how when having a conversation with folks about their food choices, it usually ends on a negative note. Food is one of the topics that can offend or make someone feel uncomfortable at the drop of a hat when it’s brought up in a conversation. But what’s interesting to me is that people really don't have the freedom to choose what they put in their mouths. For the general population, it seems that the only freedom people have when choosing the foods to eat are which grocery store to go to or which restaurant to sit down to eat at. Do you shop at Food Lion or Publix, Walmart or Costco? Do you dine-in at Outback or Olive Garden, Wendy’s or Sonic? The funny thing is that all of these grocery store chains and restaurants are buying foods from the same corporate conglomerate food distributors like US FOODS, SYSCO, or Cheney Brothers Inc. to name a few. What’s even more interesting is that all those big corporate food distributors are getting their food from the same conventional food production sources. They are foods that are being produced with subsidized tax dollars paid out to the farmers that produce the pablum, the companies that process the foods in factories, and the distributors that deliver the foods to the end source. So again I ask, do we really have the freedom to choose what we put in our mouths?
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June 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
When I ask folks, “Where in the world does your food come from?” I literally mean, what part of the world does your food come from. I was in Whole Foods the other day getting some supplies, mainly fruit and veggies as our first crop of fruits and veggies are not quite ready yet and I was reading the labels on the products. It went something like this, organic blackberries (From Mexico), organic bananas (from Ecuador), organic cabbage (from California), organic carrots (from California), grass-fed, Non-GMO cheese (from New Zealand), and grass-fed butter (from Ireland). I could go on but I don't want to belabor the point here and that is that we really don't know where and how our food is being produced.
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