I raised pigs for several years, beginning with Milda, a Yorkshire I had every intention of raising to a good weight and putting in the freezer. Like a pink puppy, Milda was soon following me around and visiting the other animals. She was a “Babe.” I decided, “Hey, I like pigs. I want more!”
Many American corporations have destroyed the towns and cities that made them great. They take their profits offshore, shifting the burden of the billions of tax dollars they avoid paying onto the tired shoulders of heads of families, like the elderly man in the painting. The CEOs of these corporations have obviously secured their own freedom from want.
In rural America of the past, people seldom went to stores, except maybe for their coffee and a few other staples. They grew their food, made their clothing, built their homes and lived their entire lives in a small community where things were shared, including good times and hard. Unfortunately, not enough of that history has been collected. Except for one resource that began nearly fifty years ago.
Years ago, on our first farm, we grew cabbages. Since they were not sprayed, they had the bug holes to prove it. I didn’t care, as they weren’t going to the farm market. They were going into crocks and buckets to make sauerkraut. I remember that kraut as being the best in the world, but since we sometimes have that tendency to glorify the past, I wanted to see if I could do it again.
On a small family farm, decisions about life and death aren’t made lightly. The plants and animals under a farmer’s care don’t live in some “facility,” but in a place called “home.” The outcome of these decisions must, therefore, adhere to the same set of principals or ethics that guide every other aspect of the family’s life.
Wendell stood behind the Mercedes and studied the interior of the trunk. He had packed it tightly, but there were still several items yet to stow for the trip to the country. The overflow sat on the sidewalk waiting, and Claire was descending the steps with more.
It’s hard to believe, I know, but I think I’m ready to be done with rich, heavy, stick to yer ribs Winter meals. I’m ready for something LIGHT! I’m putting together a calendar menu to take us all straight through into Summer. Won’t you help me?
Thoreau believed man’s stewardship of the environment was necessary to the enrichment of his spirit, not his bank account; and, since he spent $28.11 to build his simple cabin by Walden Pond, his was a very different kind of economy.
Can one ever really be ready for the adventure that is beekeeping? After all the careful research and methodical preparation, a new beekeeper must eventually face the arrival of the colony.
We stopped in to visit with Pete Mitchell of Headwater Cider during a marathon bottling session the last weekend of March. He spared us a few minutes to tell us a little bit about what goes into his increasingly popular hard cider.
by Sheila Velazquez The houseplant that blooms year-round to add beautiful color inside when the landscape is gray outside is the African Violet. Growing and propagating them is new to me, and I seem to have a knack for it, or maybe just good lighting. Last May a neighbor received a basket full of small…