Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
- Includes an 8-page instruction booklet.
- Enough seeds to plant 3/4 of an acre!
- Non-Hybrid seeds produce true to variety seeds to replant for future harvests.
- Optimum water content to increase storage life.
- Double water tight packaging.
- Hometown seeds is 100% GMO free!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Herbivores in nature exhibit three characteristics: mobbing for predator protection, movement daily onto fresh forage and away from yesterday's droppings, and a diet consisting of forage only – no dead animals, no chicken manure, no grain, and no fermented forage. Our goal is to approximate this template as closely as possible. Our cows eat forage only, a new pasture paddock roughly every day, and stay herded tightly with portable electric fencing. This natural model heals the land, thickens the forage, reduces weeds, stimulates earthworms, reduces pathogens, and increases nutritional qualities in the meat.
Enjoying the Salad Bar
If we began to think Holistically (that is thinking in term of a whole rather than the pieces), we began to realize that what we do with our livestock management has a tremendous and dramatic effect on the health of the surrounding ecosystem. We must ALWAYS be thinking of our environment as a whole, and how what we are doing affects everything around us. This includes the health of plants and animals, but also the health of our neighbor, be it proximately (chemicals, water quality, etc.) and/or ultimately (health and wellness of those consuming our product).
CAFO... Industrial Beef
The industrial food system is NOT thinking holistically when it builds a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). It has broken livestock needs down into one part and forgotten about the rest of the ecosystem. It has taken a wonderfully created system, I call it the cycle of food, and broken it. Plants feed animals and animals fed plants. What could be more simple? Now, in CAFOs, we feed herbivores food they aren't designed to eat and, on cropland, we feed plants chemicals they aren't designed to consume. You will never convince me that manure from a cows rear-end is the same (in any way from the plants perspective) as petroleum based Ammonium from a tractor.
Before we go on lets not get confused about the livestock in general. Some environmental activists want to eliminate cattle all together. Well, why not? They are producing Methane, a highly destructive greenhouse gas and doesn't red meat cause heart disease and probably cancer?. Do not forget that tens of millions of Bison once roamed North America. That's not even counting all the herds of Methane producing ruminants in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and Europe. These animals were and are EXTREMELY vital for the health of the land. Some scientists even say that the very act of grazing (large tongue slurping up loads of grass and spreading saliva everywhere) is extremely important to the health of the plants and soil. And the people that consumed these animals not so long ago did not experience heart disease. Do not be fooled that cattle are the problem.
Mismanagement is the problem.
How do we solve this mismanagement? Should we call our senator? NO WAY. You just get frustrated and then they will pass a bill that will HURT the very people trying to manage land correctly. Instead, lets take what I call the "Voting with the Green Ballot" approach. You vote every day, usually 3-5 times a day with your dollar. What system are you supporting? Who gets your hard earned money? Is it the CAFO, or is it the Salad Bar Beef producer?
Anyway... I'll get down from the soap box and tell you about our herd.
Currently we have a herd of about 30 cattle dedicated for Salad Bar beef. We usually run about 400-600 stockers year around, but they are part of our custom grazing enterprise which I will discuss in detail on a later post. Our plan is to butcher twice or three times a year and sell Wholes, halves, and quarters of beef. If you are interested we will be butchering about June and need orders in by May. The sooner the better... like tomorrow. Once I get a website up and running I will post all specific dates for ordering beef, pork, chicken, etc.
Since I came back in October, we have been striving to feed our herbivores only what they are designed to eat. Rotational grazing is in effect and alfalfa hay and/or alfalfa pellets is used to supplement any protein deficiencies. We do not use Hormones to increase growth and we do not use antibiotics to fight infection. We want to build their immune systems, not prop them up in some unsustainable fashion.
If you would like to see first hand what we do, or have any questions either come and see us or leaving a question in the comment section. Here is a link to us on Google: