Sustainability

Dare to be Different

The world, it seems, is full of shortsighted people.   Shortsighted people refuse to consider the future when making decisions. They refuse to acknowledge the world is constantly changing.   They will continue to make decisions based on the past – and they will continue to blame others for their circumstances. In reality, they have no one to blame but themselves. We… Read More

Effects and Consequences of Covid

Every time society encounters an economic crisis, interest in self-sufficient living rises. This recent crisis is no different. When things go well, we humans tend toward all things convenient—the glitzy and glamorous. But when times get uncertain and scary, we quickly realize how impractical and expensive convenience and luxuries are. With that being said, let’s look at the sustainable–and unsustainable–consequences… Read More

Forgiveness

As you know, Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and with most of our nation still in lockdown, many Americans remain fearful of the virus and/or its consequences. Meanwhile, others are questioning the validity of the whole ordeal. We live in a strange time, for sure. Whether it’s a hoax or the threat as it’s made out to be remains uncertain. With… Read More

Normalcy in an Abnormal Situation

With America being in the midst of what is likely the most tense time since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, I think it behooves us to take into consideration the things that are completely stable and normal—when so many things seem unstable and abnormal. First I’ll portray some of the things that are happening here on the farm. The arrival… Read More

Courage in a Time of Fear

A time of uncertainty such as the one we’re in always brings out the best and worst of one’s true character, as well as what we prioritize. Plus, many of us know nothing but a life of comparative ease. True, we all have our challenges, but we know little of genuine hunger, abject poverty, or ongoing inadequacy of basic needs.… Read More

Alt Milk, Anyone?

Last week, Starbucks initiated their “milk makeover” (my term; sorry for the cynicism). Yes, Starbucks, café king of the world, caters to the vegan crowd by eschewing mammalian milk and offering their popular latte’s using alternatives such as almond, coconut, and oat milk. Truth is, they’re listening—and responding— to consumer trends on the horizon. If you’ve noticed, the millennial generation… Read More

The Domestic Larder

Larder. That’s not a word you hear too much today, is it? Our grandparents invested heavily in stocking their larder. Supermarkets did not exist until 1946. Before then, a household’s food was stored in the domestic larder. In those days, any person wishing to see a community’s food stash could find it nestled securely in homes. Back in the day, putting… Read More

Fats and Brainpower

  Although the subject of dietary fats has become friendlier in recent years with most health experts becoming more lenient toward their necessity in the human body, most Americans are still quite paranoid of consuming fats. In mainstream medicine, fat facts primarily center around heart health, cholesterol, and whether or not to consume saturated or unsaturated fats. Meanwhile fringe groups—and… Read More

The Next Generation

This may be unusual for a man to admit, but I have a burden for sickly children who struggle with less-than-vibrant health. As a child and young adult, I was always the sickly kid. I am told that I needed oxygen at birth and had a poor sucking reflex. As a young child, I had allergies—at least that’s what it… Read More

Abundance vs. Scarcity

I think of abundance as definitely as positive word, but I’ve also come to realize that it doesn’t always bring what we most desire. Like the abundance of rain in 2018 (or was it over-abundance?). Or the abundant freeze/thaw induced sogginess this winter. However, when it comes to abundant food or abundant money, abundance offers a measure of security. Or… Read More