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Happy National Milk Day! What are You Drinking?

Today, January 11th is National Milk Day. When milk started being delivered in sterlized glass bottles in 1878 that was a big deal. National Milk Day was established to commemorate this event every January 11th. Most people in America today drink pasteurized milk. The down side-the milk is dead. The enzymes and cultures are changed, the calcium is changed and the protein structure is damaged. Many people have trouble with dairy these days and much of that comes from the pasteurization which alters the proteins and changes the composition of the milk. What are you drinking?

Virginia State Delegate Moves to Defend Farmer and Private Property Rights

Good News for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia! A state delegate is proposing legislation to address local government abuses of power with respect to small farms and private property rights.

Joel Salatin will be among those attending a news conference today to discuss the legislation, named the ‘Boneta Bill’, after Martha Boneta who suffered from abuse at the hands of county officials.

Support Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday, so I wanted to take a minute to encourage you to make an effort to support small businesses – in your local area as well as those businesses that are doing things that you agree with and support. And please try to do this throughout the year, not just on Small Business Saturday.

Sustainable Farming – The Dilemma for Young Farmers

USDA is distributing millions in aid to new farmers and ranchers, designed to entice a young workforce to enter the farming occupation, specifically to establish themselves within the developing sustainable niche. This aid is not the support young farmers should desire, nor is it the redemption the USDA craves. The solution is the farmer and his field, free from the tyranny of government regulation and unadulterated by government handouts.

Congratulations to Joel Salatin for 30 Years of Full Time Farming

We’d like to congratulate Joel Salatin, his family, and the team at Polyface Farm for making it to today: 30 years of full time farming by Joel at Polyface! Here’s a short note from Joel about the surprise the Polyface crew gave him and reflecting on what 30 years means.

Five Steps to Eating Local, from Land and Table

Intentionally focusing on eating local is all about understanding the source of our food in an effort to make choices that are more healthy for our bodies, the land, and our local economy.

Why We Farm! Or a guide to relational farming…

Where does your food come from?

Why farm? Why choose a profession and lifestyle that runs against a cultural tide of sharply dressed, well groomed talking heads, who preach the advantages offered by fancier, cleaner, and more lucrative careers? American culture may claim to romanticize agrarian life, but the romance is less than legitimate. The answer lies with the changing ideas of American food philosophy, what I would call a purpose-driven understanding of the role of food and American food suppliers in culture.

Centralization in the Food Economy

A full discussion of food will include the social-political and cultural aspects of the environment in which the food will be cultivated, harvested, prepared, and eaten. If our society and culture in general is messed up, our food’s quality will not escape unaffected. It is good for us to then to examine our current system, and the centralization that accompanies it.

Joel Salatin talk to farmers and local food activists

The folks from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply recently hosted a luncheon that featured Joel Salatin talking to farmers and local food activists. His talk covers a wide range of issues, and in typical Joel Salatin style, he weaves a beautiful tapestry of agrarian and food related topics.

Establishment wages war on family farms, entrepreneurs and craftsmen

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This past year we have seen the government step up their war on the middle class. The headlines are at times unbelievable, but increasingly predictable. The independent farmer and craftsmen have always been the backbone of this republic and the stubborn defenders of liberty.