Agrarian Life

Tennessee Organic Growers Association Conference, Nashville, March 5-6

March 4, 2010
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Tennessee Organic Growers Association Conference, Nashville, March 5-6

I just found out about this great conference going on in our backyard this weekend, March 5 -6 by TOGA (Tennessee Organic Growers Association).  (Thanks Donna for letting me know!!!!) It sounds like a wonderful conference if you are in the area.   Saturday has a full line up of great speakers.  Joel Salatin is…

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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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The Slow Food Movement is Too Fast

February 15, 2010
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The Slow Food Movement is Too Fast

One of the reasons we moved to the farm was in search of a slower paced life that allowed time for “one another”.  It was seeking meaningful relationships and finding the time to invest in other people’s lives.  In short it was looking for community.  Not the old Cheers theme of community, you know the one, “Sometimes…

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Monsanto Re-engages in Development of GMO Wheat

February 12, 2010
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Monsanto Re-engages in Development of GMO Wheat

This report, by Stephanie Dearing, discusses Monsanto’s intent to re-engage in the research and production of GMO wheat: After Monsanto announced its plan to revisit gm wheat last year, having received the support of an international farmer’s coalition, a worldwide movement opposing the yet-to-be developed grain product is growing… Monsanto spent under $5 million developing its…

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10 Reasons Monsanto Should Not Develop GMO Wheat

February 12, 2010
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10 Reasons Monsanto Should Not Develop GMO Wheat

These points are taken from a press release from WORC.  If you have not looked into the technology behind the GMO “movement” let me recommend a quick view of, “The Future of Food“.  When someone tells you that we need GMO seeds for some lame excuse like “our wheat production is down”, you can refer…

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6 Things You Can do With Orange Peels

February 9, 2010
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6 Things You Can do With Orange Peels

Orange Peel Tips: (HT to Living Green) – Due to the high content of flammable oil in orange peel, dried peel makes a great firestarter or kindling – It seems that cats don’t like the smell of peel, so you can place them around plants where you don’t want cats digging – Using a “zester”,…

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Cou Blanc Alpine Dairy Goats

February 2, 2010
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Cou Blanc Alpine Dairy Goats

So the children were right, our dairy goat, Mally, had twins!  Finally on Feb. 1st, she gave birth the day after the other goat had her baby!  Newborn goats are so cute!  She had one doe and one buck who have some very nice Alpine colorings.  The momma and babies are called Cou Blanc Alpines…

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New Nubian Alpine Goat

February 1, 2010
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New Nubian Alpine Goat

Our daughter had a nice surprise out in the pasture yesterday.  One of our goats gave birth to a very cute little mixed nubian alpine doeling, which we weren’t expecting.  The boys found the baby and thought it belonged to Mally, the goat who we have been anxiously awaiting to give birth.  They ran inside…

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January 2010 Arctic South

February 1, 2010
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January 2010 Arctic South

I’m not complaining.  We love the snow in the winter time.  It’s just working in it…the frost bitten hands, layering up before chores and what the combination of mud, ice and worker boys do to my back door area.  A couple of days ago the down pour started.  It blanketed our field and animals within a matter…

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Feed Corn, Winter Snow and Boyhood Farm Work

January 29, 2010
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Feed Corn, Winter Snow and Boyhood Farm Work

Feed corn, winter snow and boyhood farm work are beautiful sights!  The boys went up to a new feed store that just opened up in town.  They bought some bags of corn for $5.75 for a 50 lb bag.  They were doing good to get the trailer unloaded and the feed put away in the…

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Would You Like Raw Milk or rBGH Milk?…You Decide

January 23, 2010
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Would You Like Raw Milk or rBGH Milk?…You Decide

Milk Nazi Alert It’s funny how the Milk Nazi’s are on the war path against raw milk, but Monsanto gets a free pass.  Fox news completely ignored the research and “human health concerns” of rBGH Milk in favor of advertising dollars from Monsanto.  This 10 minute clip, from the original reporters,  tell the story of…

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Michael Schmidt Acquitted of all Raw Milk Charges

January 22, 2010
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Michael Schmidt Acquitted of all Raw Milk Charges

Michael Schmidt Acquitted of 19 Raw Milk Charges Here is a ruling that gives a strong precedence to the Cow Share Programs of the world.  The Complete Patient had this to say about the verdict, In the end, the judge determined that cow shares are outside regulatory oversight based on the following: That legislation is subject…

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Dairy Delights…

January 12, 2010
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Look what’s just been released … The Art of Dairy Delights from Franklin Springs

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The Milk Nazis Continue Their March

January 11, 2010
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The Milk Nazis Continue Their March

“It’s not about health, it’s about control” In the furore around Home on the Range dairy, statements from Health Authorities resulted in headlines such as “Raw milk hazardous to health”. They’d have you believe that ‘every glass of raw milk is seething with bad germs’.  Which is utter nonsense.  In fact, as it comes from a…

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Snow Boy Walking on Ice

January 8, 2010
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Snow Boy Walking on Ice

The kids thought this was the greatest thing.  Today they were officially able to walk, slip and slide all the way across the pond.  With the temperatures getting down into the single digits  and the arctic wind we have had, the water was frozen hard enough today for the kids to slip and slide around…

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