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Breezy Hill Farm Update Aug. 9, 2020

Posted 8/9/2020 8:22pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • I think the martins have finally left.  There is one pair still here.  I noticed last week that they have three hungry mouths poking out of the  entrance.  I wondered then if they will be flying south with the others.  We'll see.  I don't recall that ever happening before.  This pair had a very late hatch.  I'll keep you posted.
  • Our guinea pair now have only two babies.  Snake got one recently and the downpour we think got one.
  • We have some hens that want to set.  Debra has tried and tried to break them, but with no success.   So, the decision is, let them set,  only on some of the guinea eggs.  After losing so many of the young ones we need to hatch some more and try again.
  • The next UPDATE will be with the farmer having a new knee.  Maybe it will work as well as the hip replacement three years ago and I will be able to get around much better.

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The American food system is not broken -- it is functioning as designed, a system optimized for efficiency, not one optimized for resilience and nutrition. But our food system is killing us, and that happened long before Covid-19. It is bound to continue unless we take steps now to leverage food as medicine.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/02/opinions/us-nutrition-insecurity-snap-goel-nischan-frist-coliccio/index.html

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 I'm reading "Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet--One Bite at a Time" by Mark Hyman M.D. and wanted to share this quote with you.

"The soil is home to a large proportion of the world’s genetic biodiversity. There are more microbes in a handful of soil than all the humans that ever lived. The soil food web is the whole life cycle of the Earth. When soil is depleted, small insects die, then larger insects that eat the small ones die, and then the birds, small mammals, and amphibians that eat the insects die, which is why these populations are crashing around the world."

Here is another statement made in the Food Fix book.  "What has happened has led us to an agricultural and food crisis. Remember we have only sixty harvests left from our soil if we continue farming as usual. That should alarm you. It certainly shocked me."

 

One more.   "THE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY: WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live. —ALBERT EINSTEIN"

 

 

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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com