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Breezy Hill Farm Update May 20, 2018

Posted 5/20/2018 11:00pm by Art Ozias.


  • I received notice that one of my contacts for Dirt Hogs has a couple of hogs ready to be processed.  If you are interested let me know.  They are still just $1.10 per lb hanging weight (about 100#/ half).  Processing is about $90.  
  • For those on the freezer beef list, we will be selecting this week.  Your email notices will be sent probably next week.  The price for this year is $4.25/lb hanging weight.
  • We have been eating very well from our raised beds.  We had our first strawberry shortcake today.  Absolutely no comparison to the big, tasteless berries in the grocery store.  
  • We shared a baby SCOBY with someone this past week.  Homemade KOMBUCHA is the best.  Our favorite is to add lime and fresh ginger.
  • Finally, we had a much needed rain, just over an inch.  Seemed like the promising cells would go south, go north or just fizzle out at the state line to our west.
  • Take a look at our raised vegetable bed.  It is full of lettuce, spinach, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, beets, parsley, cilantro, peas on the trellis, carrots and more.

Junk Food Now 'Supporting Regenerative Farming Practices'

Cookies and other processed snacks do not suddenly become health foods simply because they're made with ingredients that weren't doused with toxic chemicals.

Take Annie's (a division of General Mills), for example, which touts "advancing regenerative farming practices" with a limited edition organic Mac & Cheese and organic Bunny Grahams, made with ingredients grown according to "regenerative farming practices."2 The products will be exclusively sold at Sprouts Farmers Market this spring. According to Carla Vernon, Annie's president:

"As part of the food industry, our biggest opportunity for impact is at the farm level, where we have a critical role to play in advancing regenerative practices that generate positive impact. At Annie's, we recognize the urgency of this, and we are more committed than ever to champion projects, big and small, to preserve the planet for generations to come.
Through these new limited edition products and direct-farm partnerships, we are showing consumers that food choices matter and can make a positive impact on the planet."

There's a range of farming practices that could be referred to as "regenerative," even though they're only slightly different from or better than conventional, chemical farming.

What most Americans really need is to start eating real food. That's what's going to save the planet and improve their health. Pesticide avoidance will only get you so far. It's an important part, for sure, but if you continue eating a diet chockful of processed foods, even if they're organic and regeneratively grown, your health is still going to suffer from nutritional imbalances.

Then there's McDonald's, which recently announced it is replacing frozen beef with fresh, cooked-to-order beef patties for two of the items on its burger menu4 — as if avoiding freezing will make that CAFO beef any healthier. What's next? Regeneratively grown french fries?

The beef is still coming from factory farms where the cattle are given drugs and antibiotics to quell disease and encourage growth. As a result, such meat is more prone to be contaminated with drug-resistant pathogens and has a poorer nutritional profile compared to organic grass fed beef. Aside from improving flavor, the shift to fresh beef is really inconsequential in terms of overall food quality and nutrition.

In most cases, your best bet will be to buy directly from your local farmer once you've asked questions and received answers to your satisfaction about how the food is grown and raised. For resources that can help you locate organic and regenerative farms in your area. In addition to that, consider:

Boycotting GMOs, including every nonorganic packaged food product that displays a QR code. The easiest way to avoid GMOs is to buy organic, or look for the "Non-GMO Project" seal on food products. Keep in mind, however, that many "Non-GMO Project" labeled foods (unless they are also labeled organic) are produced using pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Boycotting factory-farmed meat, dairy and poultry (i.e., anything that isn't labeled or marketed as organic or 100 percent grass fed or pastured).  Be aware most grass fed beef in the large grocery stores is imported from Australia and New Zealand.  It may be labeled as US only because it is finally processed in the US.   Factory farm production is characterized by GMO- and pesticide-tainted animal feeds, labor exploitation, false advertising, corporate corruption of government, and the use of massive amounts of dangerous pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones and growth promoters.

Factory-farmed meat, dairy, poultry and fish are the No. 1 cause of water pollution, soil degradation, food system greenhouse gas emissions and human diet-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. We will never get rid of GMOs, chemical-intensive monocrops, antibiotic resistance, animal cruelty and agriculturally derived greenhouse gas emissions until we eliminate factory farms.


Be sure to take the time to read the above and then feel free to forward any of this information to a friend.  You never know when they may be searching for a source of good, nutritional, quality food.





Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409