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Mother’s Day Thoughts

May 13, 2013
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Mother’s Day Thoughts

Until I became a mother, I didn’t really (I mean REALLY) realize how much work, effort and sacrifice the noble calling of motherhood required.  It’s nice to have one day a year that the tireless sacrifice that motherhood requires be highlighted by our children through cute cards, gifts, flowers, acts of kindness, ….and the “cute” bug they found outside they…

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Christmas Thoughts

December 26, 2012
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Christmas Thoughts

It’s been a beautiful day.  One of those cold, winter, overcast days where you can stand outside and smell the fresh air and then get whiffs of the fireplace smoke.  Smells and feels like winter is finally here!  Inside it is warm.  The fire has been going and filled the house with a deep warmth…

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The Agrarian South

November 1, 2012
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“For almost three hundred years, agriculture was the major livelihood of most residents of the American South, and the rural lifestyle was the shared experience that tied together a region that rivals most countries in size. The defining institutions of this agrarian tradition were the plantation and the small farm. The first plantations were established…

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Homeschool Moment – Cereal Connection?

May 11, 2012
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Homeschool Moment – Cereal Connection?

Homeschooling provides special moments I like to equate with the “perfect golf shot”.  It only takes one moment like this to make you come back for the next round.  During our dinner discussion tonight we were discussing the setup of our new solar powered device.  I was explaining to the family the difference between serial connections and parallel connections when…

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How do I save my cow from bloat?

March 6, 2012
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I hate when I have to ask this question.  It is the usual story – at least around here.  There is a new milker in the stall (both the cow and the boy), we are late for school, the barn door gets left loose, the cows take advantage and have free access to the feed barrel…

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Farmer Boy II – Born Again Dirt

March 3, 2012
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We just listened to an encouraging interview on Generations with Vision featuring Noah Sanders.  Kevin and Noah layout a good understanding of our current agrarian / economic system and the challenges we face going forward.  Of course if it only threw stones at the current system it would be one thing, but they offer a viable…

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Queen Elizabeth Drinks Raw Milk Insists on it for Young Princes

September 26, 2010
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/raw-milk-fans-are-getting-a-raw-deal/article1722070/

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Great Raw milk Op-Ed from Humbolt County California

August 27, 2010
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http://www.times-standard.com/othervoices/ci_15857541

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New Piglets

May 14, 2010
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New Piglets

For all those looking for farm fresh pork this fall, we have some goods news. Our first sow had her piglets! There were only five for this first time momma, but everyone was very excited to see the first pigs born on Vaughnshire.

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The Current Flood

May 1, 2010
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The Current Flood

When I started out to make a water work for the farm I had no idea I’d get so much help from above. We are currently under flash flood warnings which means that our “seasonal” creek is flowing at capacity. Enjoy the picture, we will be back to posting more soon.

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The HVP Recall Ramifications Continue – 750 Tons of Meat Recalled

March 10, 2010
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The HVP Recall Ramifications Continue – 750 Tons of Meat Recalled

Windsor Foods, with operations in Lampasas, Texas, and Oakland, Miss., is recalling approximately 1.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The packages of beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products contain as an ingredient the specific Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), which was previously recalled, USDA’s…

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Albino Deer Photographed

March 3, 2010
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Albino Deer Photographed

Odocoileus virginianus – Albino Whitetail Deer How often do you get to see an albino deer in the wild? Depending on where you find the statistics on the web, you have somewhere between 1 and a million to 1 and 100,000 chance that you will see one. But the real question is how often will…

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Are You Eating Moldy Tomatoes?

February 26, 2010
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Are You Eating Moldy Tomatoes?

Moldy tomatoes from Kraft, Frito-Lay, B&G Foods, and Safeway could be in your pantry because of a basic weakness in the industrialized food system.  The NY Times reported that SK Foods, one of the nations largest tomato processors, was bribing large corporate buyers to push their rotten tomatoes into your pantry! Over the last 14 months,…

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Farm-to-Consumer Sues FDA Over Raw Milk Policies

February 25, 2010
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Farm-to-Consumer Sues FDA Over Raw Milk Policies

Going on the offensive, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is bringing suit against the FDA.  Some may think, I’ve been a little hard on the government with my constant ranting against the “Raw Milk Nazis”.  But, I don’t know what else you call an organization that persecutes small farmers trying to make a living and…

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Pulling a Breech Lamb

February 19, 2010
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Pulling a Breech Lamb

If your not interested in hearing about our experience with pulling a breech lamb, you should just skip this post. Our 12 year old has a thriving herd of 12 sheep.  He bought 4 sheep 2 years ago.  We’ve already butchered 2 and and lost 2 babies.  Overall, we love the Katahdin sheep.  They have…

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