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Breezy Hill Farm Update May 19, 2019

Posted 5/19/2019 9:32pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We are about to run out of guineas.  We have two hens left and both are laying.  We have collected for about a month and have two chickens hens setting.  We also have about twenty in our incubator and the two guinea hens are still laying.  We will let them set and maybe we will have our numbers back.  
  • The raised beds are the answer, especially when one has a very wet spring.  This spring would have been a disaster in a garden.  It's amazing how much can be raised in a 4 x 8 raised bed.  We have about four that size.  We use drip irrigation.  Haven't needed it this spring yet.
  • The ground beef list is filling, and I have a couple of people on the Dirt Hog list.  You should see our pastures this spring.  With so much rain, the grasses are waist deep.  We are  moving the cattle much more frequently that we did last year.  I sprayed some thistles this afternoon; took advantage of some sun and no rain.
  • We had a brisket last week and wow, it was excellent.  On our next ground beef  day we will again be taking orders for briskets and roasts.

From Chapter 5: Insects

A properly balanced soil will have sufficient quantities of organically active carbon — humus — which helps hold nitrogen in the ammoniacal form. In soils lacking this active carbon content, the soil will give up this ammoniacal nitrogen to bacterial conversion into nitrates or directly to the atmosphere in gaseous form. During the process of ammoniacal nitrogen leaving the soil, it passes by the plant and can act as an amplifier of the infrared signal coming from the plant. Whereas the plant may have been initially broadcasting the signal, “I’m not balanced nutritionally,” the signal now reads, “Come and feed on me!”

Dr. Reams taught that most insects do not attack healthy plants. His whole approach to plant fertility and insect control capitalized on supplying the soil balanced forms of plant food which, in turn, maximized plant health. Insects look for signals coming from unhealthy plants and seldom attack healthy ones. Insects willingly eat weeds and will return to that practice in fields with healthy crops and soils and unhealthy (low brix) weeds. The attacking of weeds by insects is one of the signs to look for in observing your progress toward sustainable agriculture.


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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Worldwide, more than 40 percent of insect species are threatened with extinction in the next few decades

  • Overall, the total mass of insects is said to be falling by a “shocking” 2.5 percent a year; if this rate continues unchecked, insects could disappear within 100 years

  • Habitat loss due to land converted to intensive agriculture, as well as urbanization, are major threats to insects

  • The next most significant contributor to insect declines is pollution, primarily that from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers

  • The best course of action to reduce the harm industrial agriculture is having on insects is to support organic, grass fed farms that are not relying on synthetic chemicals and other intensive agriculture practices



https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/02/26/insect-population-decline.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20190226Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM270406&et_rid=554848540


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For instance, between 2008 and 2013, wild bees declined 23 percent in the U.S., particularly in the Midwest, Great Plains and the Mississippi valley, where grain production, primarily corn for biofuel, nearly doubled during the same period.4 Further, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), more than 8 million acres of grassland and wetlands have been converted to corn from 2008 to 2011.5

Overall, since the U.S. government began requiring ethanol in fuel in 2007, more than 1.2 million acres of grassland have been lost to corn (and soy) crops.6 Along with direct loss of habitat, agricultural intensification also involves other practices that are damaging to insects, namely:

  • Stream channelization

  • Draining of wetlands

  • Modification of floodplains

  • Removal of canopy cover near rivers and streams

  • Loss of soil and nutrients

Monocrops Cannot Support Biodiverse Insect Populations

At one time, all food was grown organically in concert with nature and surrounding ecosystems



Even as most of the world works to reduce emissions, new studies confirm that it will be impossible to stop climate change without changing agriculture. Soil degradation is slowly turning a third of the world into desert. At this rate, fertile soil will be depleted in 60 years.

What exactly does soil have to do with climate change? In the atmosphere, too much carbon overheats the climate. But in the ground, carbon is useful.

Loss of topsoil releases carbon into the air. Modern petroleum-fueled agriculture, beginning around 1930, has released 50 to 70 percent of soil’s carbon into the atmosphere. In a report last year, the U.N. warned that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at record speed to hit a level not seen for more than 3 million years.



https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/dirt/climate-solution-regenerative-farming-20190312?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=YTW_20190315&utm_content=YTW_20190315+CID_4bd666cd191415271430ffffc67632f1&utm_source=CM&utm_term=The%20Climate%20Solution%20Right%20Under%20Our%20Feet

A must watch short film!!!!

https://www.patagoniaprovisions.com/pages/unbroken-ground


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Ground Beef Link in Six State E. coli Outbreak

https://www.ecoliblog.com/e-coli-outbreaks/ground-beef-link-in-six-state-e-coli-outbreak/






THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com