Frankensteer

Erica over at Northwest Edible Life posted yesterday about her experience 7 years ago witnessing a slaughter at a small ranch. The post is graphic so view it at your own discretion. I found her post well timed for me at least. The night before she posted it I had watched the documentary “Frankensteer” about…

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Reverence Through Celebration

“Last year it rained into late June and the year before that it rained in July.” Around here it generally never rains past mid May. Most people that I say this to give me a funny look. They don’t believe me and then wonder how I even remember that. To them the weather is a…

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Long Weekend Ahead

Oh how I love the three day weekend. With the days getting longer all I can think about is hanging out in the yard and playing with the critters. But this weekend, this three day weekend I’ve got some big and not-so-big plans. And I have a lot of them. Fava beans need to get…

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“I Can’t”

Unless you’re talking about licking your own elbow  “I can’t” is one of those phrases that is such a downer. I like to help people. I like to help them solve problems or move out of their comfort zone. I like to help people get more power over their lives. Maybe that’s kind of obvious….

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Why We Can’t Give Tours

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately from people wanting a tour of our urban farm. It is so amazingly flattering that people want to see what we’re doing but it breaks my heart every time when I have to tell them we can’t do it. I can totally understand why they want to…

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Feeding Ruminants to Ruminants

Yesterday it was announced that a dairy cow in California tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) also known ubiquitously as mad cow disease. It was the 4th cow in the U.S. to test positive. Two months ago two Californians were found to have Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease – another type of Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Neither of these…

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