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Submitted by farmer leaf on September 28, 2011 - 12:17pm.
The food crisis I have repeatedly warned about on this site is closer than you might think.
American-styled Corporate Capitalism is not your friend as it is based upon squeezing, like a giant boa constrictor, the common people dry to the bone. Read On....
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 11, 2011 - 3:57pm.
Since we no longer produce very much food locally, our area grocery stores are stocked with products from other parts of our country and from other countries. So each time you read or watch about an environmental disaster that wipes out a grain crop or livestock, and because it happens far away, one might be tempted to dismiss it as "not affecting me."
We are uncoupling from the "global food system" by growing our own here at our farm. It's the only way we can afford to eat well. What about you?
Submitted by farmer leaf on December 18, 2010 - 9:52am.
FDA Says 29 Million Pounds of Antibiotics Used in Food Animals Last Year
I was interested to read Food Safety News and learn about the FDA’s new count of the number and pounds of antibiotics used to promote the growth of farm animals used as food.
Because this is the first time the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has produced such a count, it is not possible to say whether the numbers are going up or down. But the agency is now requiring meat producers to report on antibiotic use so we now have a baseline for measuring progress.
Submitted by farmer leaf on December 16, 2010 - 10:19am.
that's dumbing us down.
Submitted by farmer leaf on August 13, 2010 - 4:12pm.
is restructuring its' business plan.
Our farm's primary mission has always been to model and teach principles of sustainability. To supplement our workshop and consultation income in the initial years of our farm start-up, we took on the additional aspect of actually growing food for sale to the general public.
Acceptance of authentic, organically grown local food has been a hard sell in a community poorly educated in nutrition and health care (as opposed to the current "sickness care"), and plagued by high rates of obesity and diabetes. In five years of producing highly acclaimed, quality food at very affordable prices, and attempting to educate each and every customer as to the advantages of "knowing your local organic farmer," we have concluded that producing commercial food for sale to the general public is not a practice we want to continue. Instead, we will return to the roots of our work, the art of sustainable living at a time when climate change threatens to disrupt agricultural production, and a faltering economy that continues to lower the health outlook and standard of living for the average American.
We will continue our plant breeding work, and will continue to sell our organic heirloom, open pollinated seed, plants and bulbs to interested buyers.
Thank you for your past and present interest in the
Submitted by farmer leaf on June 11, 2010 - 4:34pm.
We now have pints and quarts of freshly extracted honey from our beeyard.
Buy it at our farm stand on Rodgers Lane.
Submitted by farmer leaf on May 25, 2010 - 1:03pm.
For those of you who have a hankering for the drive-through window at the Mac Shack (and other fast junk-food shops), you might want to watch a shocking documentary movie called "Super Size Me. It might answer the question of "why is my waistline size rapidly outpacing my age?"
Junk food = burger, fries and coke not only makes you sickly, it can prematurely kill you!
The movie is available on DVD.
Submitted by farmer leaf on April 4, 2010 - 12:11am.
You've tried the rest, now it's time to try the best. Naturally raised pastured poultry lay the most nutritional and best tasting eggs.
Submitted by farmer leaf on December 21, 2009 - 9:03pm.
A neighbor is kind enough to pass on her copies of the Roane County News when she stops by the farm to purchase produce. While the news isn't always new and fresh with this arrangement, it does allow us to keep somewhat in the loop concerning the happenings around the County.
As an unabashed "tree hugger" whose road frontage trees and boundary fences have been mutilated by the County's articulated arm bush hog, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened to page 4A in the December 10th edition. There a photo of the smoldering and ruined hulk of this machine greeted my eyes. There is a Santa Claus after all!
When one drives along our lovely tree lined rural roads, the scene is often marred by broken and shattered limbs of trees poking out from gouged and shattered tree trunks. I have watched the operator push his bush-hog high overhead into our neighborhood cedar trees, leaving them looking like victims of wanton and mindless destruction, and for no apparent reason as the road in question is a dead end gravel road with no school bus or mail route.
Visitors to our farm from out of the County look at the trees and ask me why Roane County hates its' roadside trees. I have no answer for this question, as I often wonder the same thing.
I am not against trimming trees in a scientifically sound manner, but the operation of this particular machine is an abomination to good horticulture. A good solution for this former tractor would be to beat this hulk into pruning shears.
Submitted by farmer leaf on December 18, 2009 - 11:31am.
"A lazy mind should be rested, and the brain shifted into park."
Okay I am back with my botanical question of the day. If plants (real ones, not misnamed factories) take in and convert CO2 to promote their cell growth, how is it that some people confuse fossil burning facilities which create CO2 as being plants?
If your answer is; "well everybody else calls them plants," or "that's how TVA refers to their coal burning facilities," then please go back to sleep. Sorry to bother you.
Change is the most difficult undertaking one could perform today!
Submitted by farmer leaf on October 18, 2009 - 9:00am.
Braving weather that could only be described as "hostile," over 45 people attended the 2nd Annual Open House at Roane County's only Organic Teaching Farm. With temperatures hovering in the mid-forties, a damp, bitter north wind, and a heavy overcast sky, folks continued to arrive throughout the day from as far away as Knoxville to the East, and Lookout Valley, GA. to the Southwest. A fair number of people came from the Kingston area as well.
"We are both surprised and greatly encouraged by the wonderful turnout on such a miserable weather day," said farmer Cielo.
Submitted by farmer leaf on October 11, 2009 - 7:15am.
"Ol' Butch," perhaps the most famous rooster in Tennessee, will be featured at the Broadened Horizons Organic Farm Open House on October 17th. Read his story below.
Submitted by farmer leaf on August 19, 2009 - 1:18am.
I feel that as the person who kept "kicking the can down the road" in regards to the "bumper sticker campaign," it is time to give the concession speech. After weeks of voluminous discussion, we are looking at poll results that put "None of the Above"
Submitted by farmer leaf on August 10, 2009 - 11:41pm.
I am not sure exactly how to proceed after viewing the anarchist and libertarian impulses that seemed to be at play when we tried to line the people up to submit entries.
Submitted by farmer leaf on August 4, 2009 - 11:54pm.
Attempting to direct some of the creative energy and wit from posters on this site is like herding chickens.
Submitted by farmer leaf on August 3, 2009 - 11:48pm.
Masked vandal fatally wounded by homeowner.
Not satisfied with vandalizing our patch of just ripening flour corn, a rogue raccoon broke into our farmhouse by ripping through a window screen in the wee hours of the morning.
Submitted by farmer leaf on August 3, 2009 - 11:17pm.
to submit your TVA ash-hole related bumper sticker entry. Don't miss a chance to have your creative wit gracing the bumpers of many Roane County residents' vehicles.
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 31, 2009 - 8:33am.
A few guidelines:
1) Please just submit one entry per person.
2) Please refrain from posting comments here on the various submissions in this thread. Everyone will get an opportunity to vote on the final selections. To keep it manageable, we are asking that only bumper sticker entries are posted in this thread. Other comments can be posted at the Bumper Sticker ideas thread.
2) Number your entry in chronological order. I will submit Entry# 1. The next
3) Since you just get one entry, try to make it "different" from the others
4) If after you post your entry, you come up with something better, go to the
This Wednesday, we will then set up a poll so we can vote on the entries. Good luck and thank-you everyone for your cooperation!
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 27, 2009 - 11:26pm.
By Frank Jacobs of Mad Magazine
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 26, 2009 - 12:05pm.
I don't have many "must see" TV programs, but Friday night, I faithfully tune in to Bill Moyer's Journal on PBS at 9 p.m. This past Friday, he did a segment on the hate mongers on Talk Radio.
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 24, 2009 - 8:33am.
Some of you may remember a thread on "so-called daylight savings" that was posted back at the time of the Spring equinox. We were emerging from the long nights of Winter and people were glad they could change the hands of their watches and clocks and gain some extra daylight. Of course some of us said this was just shifting "time" to make it appear different.
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 22, 2009 - 8:32am.
There are many naysayers among us telling us what is not possible. They are wanting to limit our dreams of a saner, cleaner, more peaceful world.
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 15, 2009 - 8:01am.
While we were busy trying to beat back bad Food Safety Acts by Congress and their Agri-business allies, a new bil HR2749 alipped in, has been voted out of committee and is headed for a full vote soon. Once again, this bill targets the solution (to food contamination) small farmers and farmer's markets, and not the problem, industrial agriculture and factory-like CAFOs (Confined Animal Feed Operations)
Help save your local food grower and processor, i.e. Amish bakeries, sorghum growers, County Fair preserves, etc.
Please go to this link and voice your opinion.
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 14, 2009 - 7:42am.
Perhaps it is because we have become so cut off from the natural world, that we have skewered the lexicon to confuse biological with industrial.
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 11, 2009 - 10:54pm.
how to build a solar heated sauna for $50 or less?
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 9, 2009 - 10:56am.
It is a sad commentary that some 58,000 Americans and perhaps up to 2 million vietnamese had to die in a War that the chief architect belatedly acknowledged was a tragic miscalculation, based on flawed assumptions.
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 8, 2009 - 2:11pm.
had we been paying attention.
Submitted by farmer leaf on July 3, 2009 - 3:39pm.
Do you consider yourself environmentally conscious and responsible?? You might not know that all those colorful explosives used to celebrate special occasions.... (your firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles and yes even those so-called "harmless" sparklers)... pose a serious environmental and health danger from heavy metals and other toxic firework fallout.
Submitted by farmer leaf on June 30, 2009 - 1:34pm.
With all the hoopla in the news about who gets custody of the "King of Pop" children drowning out the other news, you might have missed the fact that there has been another beef recall. This time 380,000 pounds, which any way you grind it, it is a heck of a lot of cows that had wasted lives.
If the ground beef was contaminated with E-coli, one can only imagine what little pathogens went into the all beef "tube steaks." This fourth of July, I think I will focus more on the blackberry cobbler, and ignore the stuff sizzling on the grill.
Submitted by farmer leaf on June 26, 2009 - 4:02pm.
It turns out that besides rotting teeth and contributing to user obesity, Coca Cola has a beneficial use for gardeners. According to a recent news item in an agricultural journal, many farmers in India have been using Coca-Cola as a pesticide for at least five years. Britains's Guardian reported that Gotu Laxmaiah, a farmer from Andra Pradesh is delighted with his cola spray. "I observed that the pests began to die after the soft drink was sprayed on my cotton," he said. He and others say their cola spray is invaluable because it does not need to be diluted, is many times cheaper than conventional pesticides, and is safer to handle by a country mile.
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