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Getting Started with Bees: An Aurora Farm Update

My brother, dad, and I recently drove two counties over here in our homestate of Texas to pick up 8 local bee hives. The adventure of picking them up was a success, but not without a fair share of trouble.

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.

An Experimental Potato Plot

Our farm is very wet and has standing water in most areas from spring till freeze up. Its almost impossible to grow good potatoes here. I had thought about trying to grow them in vertical towers but decided against it because we would need such a large number of them to grow any decent amount of potatoes. This year I decided to try growing them above ground under a heavy hay mulch. Here is the process we used…

Joel Salatin responds to the "Myth of Sustainable Meat"

We’re big fans of sustainable farming practices that follow God’s design in creation, and as such, we’re big fans of the sustainable farming prophet of our day – Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. Joel recently wrote a reply to an article published in the NY Times entitled “The Myth of Sustainable Meat” written by James E. McWilliams that was published on April 12th. Joel’s response to this industrial farming propaganda piece is, shall we say, eloquently devastating and a pleasure to read. It will make you smile, for sure.

Joel Salatin responds to the “Myth of Sustainable Meat”

We’re big fans of sustainable farming practices that follow God’s design in creation, and as such, we’re big fans of the sustainable farming prophet of our day – Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. Joel recently wrote a reply to an article published in the NY Times entitled “The Myth of Sustainable Meat” written by James E. McWilliams that was published on April 12th. Joel’s response to this industrial farming propaganda piece is, shall we say, eloquently devastating and a pleasure to read. It will make you smile, for sure.

A Battle Won! US Dept of Labor drops Draconian Rules on Family Farming

US Dept of Labor

US Department of Labor announced Thursday that it was dropping proposed regulations of family farms related to children working on the farm. This story, and the retreat of the federal government, offers some important lessons about food freedom and what needs to be done to secure our liberty in the future.

Why Food Can Rebuild Civilization

While there may be exceptions, our ‘communities’ have largely become depersonalized and non-relational. The problem is that people are still personal. We haven’t become impersonal, but how we think of people and their ideas has been corrupted. So what is the solution? And what does this have to do with food? Food has much to do with this because it is an integral part of hospitality. And hospitality is a large part of the solution to our mess.

5 Important Steps for Creating your Vegetable Garden Plan

Whether you’re planning a small kitchen garden or a large garden to produce most of the food for your family, proper planning will provide a tremendous benefit to the success of your garden and reduce the amount of work and difficulty you face in managing it.

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.