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Breezy Hill Farm Update Apr. 15, 2018

Posted 4/15/2018 7:46pm by Art Ozias.


  • The Martins returned this week.  At least several are back.  There was one barn swallow feasting ahead of me as I was running the pasture renovator.  When mowing with the tractor in the Summer, there are usually a dozen or more swallows feasting as I stir up the various insects.
  • Hopefully, tonight will be the last night for freezing temps.
  • Ground beef pickup will be this Saturday.  Let's make it from 12- 12:30.  I will know how many pounds I have this Wednesday.  Those on the list will be getting an email Wednesday afternoon. I will include your requested amount for you to verify.  Please respond promptly so if there is extra I will have time to contact any on my list I didn't email due to not enough ground beef.
  • We now have a new heifer calf.  I recently sold Natalie, one of our milk cows.  The buyer called me when she had her new calf, very excited.  Then, about two weeks later, I got a call saying he wanted to sell the calf as he wanted all the milk for customers.  We bought the calf, and now Iris, the Guernsey we are now milking, has two calves to raise.  That means less milk for our very limited customers.


Your Body Needs Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

Cholesterol is not only beneficial for your body, it’s absolutely vital for optimal functioning.


What Is Oil Pulling?

While sesame and sunflower oils may functionally break down bacteria, coconut oil adds another advantage. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid found to inhibit Streptococcus mutans, the chief bacteria responsible for cavities.4,5

By increasing the pH in your mouth after pulling you may reduce bacterial growth even further. To do that, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 6 ounces of water and gargle. This will alkalize the pH of your mouth, and since bacteria thrive in an acidic environment, the increased pH will discourage growth.


Regenerative Agriculture Is Saving Farmers, Ranchers, and the Environment from Financial and Ecological Failure

How You Can Support Regenerative Farming

Consumers can assist the process of converting conventional chemical-based agriculture into a system that relies on regenerative practices in a number of ways. For starters, "voting with your pocketbook" is one of the most potent ways to support farmers who have transitioned, or are transitioning, to sustainable practices. As noted by Allen:
"The exponential growth of the grass-fed sector over the last 15 years, as well as the local food movement, the increasing number of farmers market in the US, and the increased incident of direct marketing—consumers buying direct from farmers—all of those are ways that consumers can support and contribute to regenerative agriculture and family farm-based ranchers and farmers."
At present, less than two percent of the US population is engaged in growing sustainable food. So in terms of government policy, they have but a tiny voice. This is particularly true for farmers practicing regenerative agriculture. According to Allen, regenerative farmers make up just one-tenth of one percent of the entire US population. 

They need the broader, stronger voice of consumers—not just by purchasing these products, but also by supporting policies from the USDA, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and others that would help further support regenerative agricultural practices. And, of course, by voting 
against policies that are detrimental to regenerative farmers.


Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409