Urban Sustainability

Lets face it – cities aren’t going away any time soon. One of the things we small scale farmers need to learn, is how to “co-exist” with our urban counterparts. This is an initiative that I find interesting.

Secure in your person and property – Joel Salatin

THIS IS NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK

Buy something from a farmer you know!

Know your food, know your Farmer – Joel Salatin

Is there a “Minimum Lethal Dose” of Sugar?

Sugar-300x185I just told Paula last night that I need to just stop eating sugar – it makes me feel weird.

Then I read this article that indicates that, even in “small” doses, sugar may, in fact, be toxic.

Of course, all of us who know anything about nutrition already knew that. But there was an air of “plausible deniability” in me as I ate my cake and cookies. I guess that is gone now.

Processed sugar has been around for over a century. Diabetes and many other common chronic and lethal ailments have been increasing that whole time, while we go on consuming pound after pound of poison – and, what is worse, feeding it to our CHILDREN.

I think we all need to make some serious dietary changes…

Early Harvest Goodness

The garden is ramping up to full production. This week we started canning…thus far we have done 30 pints of peas and 30 pints of green beans. The cucumbers and zucchini are coming on quickly.

Here is a great LOCAL dish for this early garden season:

Zucchini Pie

1 ½ cups of shredded zucchini (leave the skin on)
1 medium onion-chopped
I run both through the food processor and set aside.
2/3 cup of milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. oil
Blend together until eggs are beaten
Add: ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Stir in:
½ cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
pepper to taste
Add: Zucchini and onion and mix.
Pour into a greased pie pan and top with 2 Tbsp. of Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

 

Do you have a disaster plan for your rabbits? You may need one.

According to this article in the Washington Post, if you ever let someone see the animals on your farm, you may be an exhibitor. And if you are an exhibitor, you may need a license. And a “disaster recovery plan” – for your animals.

Marty the Magician received this letter from the USDA informing him that he needed a disaster recovery plan for his rabbit.

Anyone tired of mindless bureaucracy yet?

Unlawful Search and Seizure on Michigan Farm

Whatever happened to “secure in your person and property?”

We should all be very concerned about the systematic attempts to make it impossible for us to produce our own food, or eat what we choose to eat. This is a very real, ongoing threat to small farmers and consumers throughout the U.S.

2013 Oil City Garden Walk: Through the Garden Gate

The Pond at Big Oak Ridge

Our pond gets a face lift…