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Posted 5/29/2011 10:22pm by Art Ozias.
  • Our baby chicks are going outside tomorrow into the chicken tractors.  Warmer weather is forecast.  Our recent chicken day went well.  Some people have already ordered more when they are available.
  • For those of you picking up items here at the farm, we have Real Salt, Redmond Clay and Redmond Bath Salts.  If you need minerals, why not take a hot bath and add the Redmond Bath Salts?
  • The corn and milo are up.  The wheat and rye have headed out and hopefully we will have a good harvest. 
  • We had two visitors from New York City this past week, and after discussing various farm economic issues, we brought up GMOs.  It amazes me how many people know so little about GMOs.  I have had many articles in my updates, and I am reasonably sure most of you know way more than most of your friends about GMOs.  There has been a lot of recent information lately after several months of nothing.  I am including more in this update.  If you didn't watch the Dr. Huber video interview or read the interview in ACRES magazine, be sure and review them.  They were in  the last recent updates.  The last ten undates are always posted on our main page under "What's New".
  • Our web site is getting a much needed update.  We will be making several changes this week.  We probably won't finish this week, but hopefully by next Sunday I will be able to invite all to review the changes.  I will be asking for your feedback as we will invaribly overlook something.  (Sometimes one doesn't see the forest for the trees)
  • For new members to the site, here is a good explanation  of how GMO plants are created.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/05/the-dirty-secret-gmo-companies-dont-want-you-to-know.aspx

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Some of the new members to our web site may not know about BPA.  Well, read this article and be aware of how easy it is to be exposed.  BPA has been outlawed in Europe, but as we know, their “science” is quite different than ours.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-david/hold-that-receipt-thank-y_b_861380.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=051311&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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Important news for your eye health.  I recently had my annual eye exam and Dr. Lake mentioned the importance of carotenoids.  My macular pigmentation last year measured 62, this year it is 77.  Be sure to get your pigmentation density measured.  The higher the number the less likely you are to have macular degeneration and other eye issues.  Our new green house with winter lettuce and spinach provides us with great greens all winter.  Now the garden and raised beds are providing our greens.  Here’s the link.   http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/14/astaxanthin-the-worlds-strongest-antioxidant.aspx

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If you're still buying meat from your local grocery store, you have a 50/50 chance of choosing meat that's tainted with drug-resistant bacteria every time you shop. This staggering and quite disgusting finding comes from a study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, which revealed 47 percent of the meat and poultry samples they tested contained antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

These were samples from 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from more than two dozen grocery stores scattered across the United States, in large cities from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. So it likely applies to a grocery store near you.

Read the complete article here and order your beef, pork and chickens from Breezy Hill Farm or another local provider.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/07/nearly-half-of-us-meat-tainted-with-drugresistant-bacteria.aspx

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Every 30 minutes a farmer in India commits suicide due to crop devastation caused by genetically modified seeds. Find out why GMOs are threatening an entire generation of Indian farmers:

http://www.naturalnews.com/032422_GM_crops_suicide.html

  

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that's it from the hill.   Art and Debra
Posted 5/22/2011 9:56pm by Art Ozias.
  • We had our first Chicken Day this year.  We did 91 today.  It went very well, had a good crew.
  • I am still taking names for "Dirt Hog" pork.  Send me an email.  It has been awhile since we did our last pork and I want to make sure no one is omitted.
  • I am also starting a list of those that want ground beef.  We will do it the same as last year, a minimum of 10 pounds.  If there is enough interest we will get some processed into patties.  There is an advantage with patties if there are only two in the family.  You can "peel off" two patties for a meal and not have to thaw out an entire package.  It costs extra for patties, so if there is enough interest I'll get the pricing.
  • We still have lard for sale.
  • This past week has been great for the corn and milo that we planted just before several rains.  It is up and growing.  Now if the garden sweet corn will get started.
  • We made our annual trip to the Mennonite country for our sweet potato plants.  It rained and rained and rained.  We will hopefully get them planted this week.
  • Be sure to check out the cooking tips that follow in the Shannon Hayes article.

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Holy Shit author, Gene Logsdon was recently interviewed on Here and  Now on NPR.  Here is the link. I recently read his book and had mentioned it on a recent Update. http://www.wbur.org/media-player?url=http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2011/05/11/farmer-resource-manure&title=Farmer+Calls+For+%26%238216%3BManaging+Manure+To+Save+Mankind%26%238217%3B&segment=farmer-resource-manure&pubdate=2011-05-11&source=hereandnow

 

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Top Ten Reasons to Eat Grassfed

 

As promised, continuing from our last newsletter, here is a more in depth explanation of number two of the top ten health reasons to eat grassfed beef.

 

According to a 2009 study that was a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina, grassfed beef is better for human health than grainfed beef in these top ten* ways:

 

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in beta-carotene

 

According to Descalzo et al. (2005), meat from pasture-fed steers contains significantly higher amounts of beta-carotene in their muscle tissues as compared to grain-fed animals. Concentrations were 0.45 μg/g and 0.06 μg/g for beef from pasture and grain-fed cattle respectively, demonstrating a 7 fold increase in beta-carotene levels for grass-fed beef over their grain-fed contemporaries. Similar data has been reported previously, presumably due to the high beta-carotene content of fresh grasses as compared to cereal grains.

 

Beta-carotenes are precursors of retinol (Vitamin A), a critical fat-soluble vitamin that is important for normal vision, bone growth, reproduction, and cell division. The overall integrity of skin and mucous membranes is maintained by vitamin A, creating a barrier to bacterial and viral infection. In addition, vitamin A is involved in the regulation of immune function by supporting the production and function of white blood cells.

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A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef: C.A. Daley, A.Abbott, P. Doyle, G. Nader, and S. Larson. College of Agriculture, California State University, Chico. University of California Cooperative Extension Service

 Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

  1. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  2. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  3. Higher in total omega-3s
  4. Better ratio of omega-6 to 3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  5. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
  6. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)

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The next time someone or some government official says there is no basis for concern about GMO’s send  them this link.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/27/19-studies-link-gmo-foods-to-organ-disruption.aspx  .  No less than 19 studies!!!!

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This from Shannon Hayes.  For more read the entire link provided below.

 

During the cooking process, myofibrillar proteins begin to harden once meat approaches higher internal temperatures. Furthermore, once meat crosses the internal temperature of 145 degrees, the muscle fibers contract at an accelerated rate, drying the roast out. While the USDA recommends that beef be cooked to a minimum temperature of 145 degrees for food safety concerns, it is important to remember that they assume you are eating beef from factory-farmed animals, processed in large batches in industrial slaughter houses, where there is a much greater chance that your dinner could be harboring food-borne pathogens. Since anyone reading this article is likely using reliably-sourced local beef that was raised on grass (which greatly reduces the risk of disease transmission), I advocate enjoying beef cooked to lower internal temperatures.

 

 

Good information on cooking beef.  We have advocated a different technique and here it is by Shannon.  Some of you have her book.  She is in the middle of writing another book.  http://grassfedcooking.com/2010/super-slow-roasting/#more-63

 

You may want to review her web site for other cooking tips.  http://grassfedcooking.com/books-by-shannon-hayes/the-grassfed-gourmet-cookbook/


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra 

Posted 5/15/2011 11:28pm by Art Ozias.
  • We got our corn planted this week.  We also planted some milo. That will make some non GMO chicken feed.  We have had several small rain showers, so both should be up this week.
  • Replanted sweet corn, a row of green beans and all the tomatoes and peppers.  They are staked and mulched.  We'll be going to Morgan County Seed this week for our annual trip to the Mennonite community to get our sweet potato plants.
  • Have had two people call today wanting a family milk cow.  I think it is starting to catch on that having one's own control of their food supply is becoming more important.
  • We had a pot of homemade chili with a glass of milk this weekend. It was great.  Brown Swiss A2 milk is certainly a treat and a wonderful and nutritious food.
  • We are in the process of updating our web site.  Stay tuned.  When it is finished, I'll let you know.
  • We picked up two new milk customers this past week.  We could add one more customer as two of our regular customers will be gone for some time this summer.
  • How many of you visited the Kahn Academy web site?  I got my two lessons in this week.

   

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Have you been noticing all the “feel good” ads on TV? The American Petroleum Institute, the Farm Bureau, the medical industry, and others.  Isn’t it interesting they are spending so much money to convince you that they are conducting their enterprises for “your benefit”.  If they truly were, they would not need to be positively reinforced so often.  The old adage “your actions speak louder than your words” comes to mind.

 

Top Ten Reasons to Eat Grassfed.  Here is number 3.

 

3.   Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

 

The meat from the grassfed cattle is four times higher in vitamin E than meat from feedlot cattle and almost twice as high as meat from feedlot cattle that have been given vitamin E supplements.*

 

In humans, vitamin E is linked with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. This potent antioxidant may also have anti-aging properties. Most Americans are deficient in vitamin E.

 

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Vilsack has already ok’d the Round Up alfalfa.  What a shame.  Watch Dr. Huber here http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/dr_hubers_warning/?akid=316.90529.cXzGO6&rd=1&t=1#who

 

AND READ THE INTERVIEW WITH ACRES.  Corporations rule and we lose.

 

Acres, USA has the interview with Dr Huber is a must read if you are following the GMO debate.  Here is the link  http://www.acresusa.com/magazines/magazine.html

 

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Remember Pink Slime? If not, Google it or review a past Breezy Hill Update.  Now we have “meat glue”.  Just when you have heard the most ridiculous thing being done to our food, along comes “meat glue”. 
http://www.naturalnews.com/032315_meat_industry_secrets.html


that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra
Posted 5/8/2011 10:06pm by Art Ozias.
  • The egg hatch was a bust.  I guess the rooster was not doing what roosters are supposed to do.  He just crows and I'm not sure why now.
  • Tomorrow is a gardening day.  It is time to get serious and plant tomatoes and peppers.   It was in the 80's today.
  • The quark I made last week was very easy to make and it was excellent.
  • We still can add more milk customers.  Remember, now with green grass the milk is the best.  Those wanting to learn about A2 milk can go to www.emineral.info .  Click on A2A1.
  • I need to get my 1-2 acre plots ready to plant corn and milo.  It makes great feed for the chickens.
  • Our first chicken day will be in about two weeks.  We will continue to take orders for the rest of the year.  Remember, we stop in Dec, so get enough in your freezer to last.
  • Anyone wanting a "dirt hog" needs to get on my list.  Email me and when I get three or four orders I'll schedule the processing.
  • Marlies, our daughter, introduced me to this web site and since I enjoy learning about just about anything, I found it an excellent site.  I will give you a link to the Charlie Rose interview and then you will better appreciate the Khan Academy.  Some of you who home school will no doubt already be aware of this site.  I watched the one on the recent history of Korea and I am including that link as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJFKE8kyz7w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEGyRgYJKEY

 

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Do you know why you are choosing pasture based agriculture?  If  you’re not sure then read this: http://www.mofga.org/Publications/MaineOrganicFarmerGardener/Fall2003/Pasture/tabid/1454/Default.aspx

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 Most of you have probably already seen this, but there may be some new people that need to get up to speed on Monsanto.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axU9ngbTxKw&feature=related


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 5/1/2011 9:00pm by Art Ozias.
  • We have added several new milk customers this past week.  Maribell is quite a producer.  After kicking for a week, she has been much calmer.  Now I still pay close attention and don't sit on my stool.  I keep my head in her flank just in case I need an advance warning.  Thankfully, she milks quickly.  It takes no time and I have over two gallons of A2 milk.  One new customer has not been able to drink or use milk products for some time.  She decided to give our milk a test since it is A2.  She is now on her second gallon and seems to be doing well.
  • Need a SCOBY for Kombucha?  Bring a gallon jar.  It's free.
  • Anybody drinking kefir?  We have those grains and can get you started.
  • It has been a while since I have been able to make butter and cheese.  We have struggled to keep our loyal milk customers supplied.  I have cream to churn and am making Quark and cottage cheese tonight.   We have two yogurts makers for sale.  They are $24 each.  We also have some cultures for anyone wanting to make cheese.  They are about a $1/packet.   We can still add a few more customers.
  • Lard is $5 for a small tub (4#) and $10 for a large tub (8#).
  • Finished curing and smoking my ham and bacon from the last "Dirt" hog.  I'm sure all that got one now know what pork used to taste like and still should.
  • We had some warm weather and the potatoes finally are coming up.  Tonight it is cool and we will wait until the end of the week to plant the tomatoes and peppers.  The raised bed garden is full and almost all the seeds have germinated.
  • Debra  donated about 60 nice healthy tomato, pepper and chive plants for her garden club's annual plant sale.  What a bargain at $2 for large, healthy heirloom plants.  We still have some plants (free) for our customers this week. 


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    From one of our recent customers.
    "Wanted to let you know we cooked some fillet’s from our beef and they were absolutely delicious.  I usually don’t like fillets that much cause they are kinda tasteless, but they were wonderful.  My kids loved them and so did my wife who is 9 months pregnant (and had difficulty eating red meat the last couple of months)."

 

Jason

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Know your Farmer, Know your Food.  This was “in the news” recently, but as usual it was “news” for just one news cycle.  Staph is dangerous stuff.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-david/this-is-the-game-changer_b_850368.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=041811&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

 

And here it is from another source.  Take your pick.  http://www.naturalnews.com/032099_poultry_superbugs.html

 

Solution?  Buy a freezer and get some pasture raised chickens and some grass finished beef.   Find a friendly farmer with a pond and go fishing.  Don’t forget to share your catch since they were nice enough to let you go fishing.

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Sometime we need to take time for other than food issues.  Enjoy and Reflect on this.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/19/the-power-of-words.aspx

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If you haven’t heard of Wendell Berry then you are missing a great rural writer.  Be sure to take a “look inside”.   Your library probably won’t have it, neither will Hastings.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/158243543X/ref=pe_143810_19566680_snp_explore

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Did you hear about this on the evening news?  No, they filled the time with some “feel good” story about  bears or moose.  http://www.panna.org/blog/dairy-farmers-demand-fairness-chicago-merc

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It’s not very reassuring to read how the USDA is planning to validate future genetic engineering.  http://www.panna.org/blog/ge-foxes-invited-guard-usda-henhouse


That's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

 

Posted 4/24/2011 10:29pm by Art Ozias.
  • Milk is flowing again.  Maribell had her calf.  I have sent a separate email to the existing customers.  They have first opportunity to get back to their previous level and if they want to increase their amounts.  After they have responded, it is possible that we may have enough to add new customers.
  • Wet weather is still slowing the growing season.  We need two weeks of dry weather. 
  • We have lard for sale.  Also, if anyone wants a SCOBY for kombucha, just bring a gallon jar.  We can get you started with Kefir grains too. 
  • We just placed an order for coconut oil and cod liver oil.  The price on coconut oil has increased a lot.  I am guessing that all the recent reporting of its health value is causing a supply shortage.  Suppliers are probably ramping up production and hopefully the price will stablize.

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The Union of Concerned Scientists and the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania announced today that Groundhog Day will be pushed forward eight days to January 25 in 2012 in recognition of the impact climate change has had in the region.

 

The change is based on analysis by UCS scientists who found that, since 1997, spring has come an average of eight days earlier to western Pennsylvania

 

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Sure enough it is expanding.  Remember, I had the article about the town in Maine that decided to take control of their food in local markets.  It will be in the next century when it gets to the Midwest.  It’s nice to  know some people are taking control of their food sources.  http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/Third-Maine-Town-Passes-Landmark-Local-Food-Ordinance.htm

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If you or someone you know is drinking sodas, read this and forward to whomever.  READ ALL OF IT, DON’T RATIONALIZE IF YOU ARE DRINKING  SODAS. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/21/watch-how-soda-affects-your-body.aspx

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How many of you have seen the movie, DIRT?  If you have, then you’ll better understand the impact to this story.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/12/soil-erosion-ewg-losing-ground-report_n_848096.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=041311&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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Need to keep you up to date on GMO’s.  Recently, Debra hosted her garden club (It was her turn).  Of the twelve ladies attending, not one knew anything about the GMO debate.  http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/press/pr-ftcldf-suit-monsanto-gmo-seed.htm



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I’ll bet you didn’t know about this!!  This from Dr. Douglass.

 

New medical breakthrough reverses degenerative diseases, including arthritis, heart disease, and macular degeneration

Proven in studies.  Formerly illegal,

but now FDA-approved

 

Imagine there was a way to repair damaged bones, nerves, and tendons without surgery or injections.

Imagine if that same treatment could rejuvenate worn organs like your liver, your pancreas, and your adrenal glands.

Imagine if it could reverse degenerative conditions like heart disease, macular degeneration, and autoimmune diseases.

And imagine if you could use the treatment to get rid of chronic pain that’s been plaguing you for years or even decades … and to do so in as little as an hour.

Sounds crazy, I know. But believe it or not, such a treatment exists. In fact, if you watch professional sports, you’ve already witnessed the power of this treatment!

The occasion was Super Bowl XXXIX, with the New England Patriots playing the Philadelphia Eagles. Just weeks before the game, superstar wide receiver Terrell Owens suffered a devastating injury. The membrane holding together his tibia and fibula was ripped. His external stabilizing ligament was also torn. And, to make matters worse, his fibula was fractured.

An injury like this usually needs a healing time of three to four months. And even then, there is usually tremendous scarring, permanent pain, and permanent immobility.

Fortunately, Terrell saw an alternative doctor who gave him the treatment I’m going to tell you about. And the rest, as they say, is history. Just six weeks after the injury, Terrell Owens did what doctors said was impossible: He played in the Super Bowl possessing full range of motion and almost no pain.

But he didn’t just play in the Super Bowl — he had nine receptions for 122 yards! That’s an awesome game for anyone, let alone someone who had just suffered a career-threatening injury.

And Terrell Owens is not the only athlete who has had his career saved by this treatment. Another is pro golfer Bill Glassen.

Bill was in an airplane many years ago when it was hit by lightning. The strike sent massive amounts of electricity through his body. The results were devastating. He couldn’t focus mentally. The brain fog it caused was so bad he couldn’t even balance a checkbook. Needless to say, he wasn’t able to play professional golf anymore.

But his mental issues were only part of his problem. His entire body was constantly in pain.

He suffered through three surgeries for knee pain, all of which failed. The surgeons didn’t realize that the source of Bill’s pain was not his knees. His knees were fine. The source of his pain was the damage done to his brain and nervous system.

Like Terrell Owens, Bill went to an alternative doctor and received the treatment I’m going to tell you about. In just three days, his mental fog was gone and his pain was virtually eliminated. The results were so miraculous that he was able to return to the professional tour. He soon finished a tournament in fourth place out of 250 competitors.

How It Works

So what is this amazing treatment, and how does it work? The treatment is called FSM, or frequency specific micro-current. During the procedure, tiny electrodes are attached to the injured area. These electrodes deliver a tiny, imperceptible electrical current (just millionths of an amp).

This current is at the same frequency as what the body’s cells normally produce. So it causes those cells to resonate.

Remember the movies where an opera singer hits a specific note and shatters a crystal glass? That occurs because all substances have a specific frequency at which they resonate. The singer hits the frequency that causes the glass to resonate, and because glass is brittle, the resonating causes it to shatter.

Well, all objects resonate at certain frequencies. Most are not as brittle as glass, so they don’t shatter. But they still resonate.

The cells of the body are no exception. When they are stimulated at the correct frequency, they resonate. This increases cellular activity, which in turn increases the energy produced by the cells. In fact, one study found that cells increase their production of ATP (the energy molecule) by a whopping 500%! That’s five times the energy!

But that’s not all. Research shows that FSM increases the rate of protein synthesis by 70%.

In other words, it helps re-build damaged tissue.

Let me say that again. FSM helps re-build the parts of your body, whether it’s tendons, ligaments, or organs.

A Medical Breakthrough that Was Suppressed

While it sounds like a 21st century therapy, FSM has its roots in the early 1900s. Back then, pioneers like Royal Rife had great success using frequency machines to treat all kinds of illnesses, big and small. By the 1920s, hundreds of doctors were using frequency machines in their practices … and getting excellent results for their patients.

Then in 1934, Morris Fishbein, the president of the American Medical Association stepped in. He declared that electromagnetic devices were “unscientific” and that any doctor using them would be stripped of their license.

At the time, the AMA had complete power to revoke medical licenses. As a result, many doctors caved in to Fishbein’s demands. Usage of the machines declined and companies stopped manufacturing them. Finally, the FDA came in and removed any remaining machines from the market. The machines — and their operating manuals — were destroyed.

It looked as though this medical breakthrough would be lost forever. Then, one day in the 1950s, a doctor named Harry Van Gelder bought a practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. As Harry went through the office, he found an old-time frequency machine from the 1920s — plus a binder that listed the frequencies used to treat various conditions!

A chiropractor named George Douglass knew Harry and spent three months in 1987 working at his clinic. George copied down the frequencies and returned to Portland Oregon, where he shared them with his colleague Dr. Carolyn McMakin. And that’s when micro-current frequencies really began to take off.

Dr. McMakin got some folks in the electronics business to build her a machine. She started using the machine on herself, and then on volunteers. Once it became obvious that these frequencies could do no harm, she began using them on her chiropractic patients.

The results were immediate and dramatic. The frequencies did exactly what they were supposed to do. The frequency listed as “decreasing inflammation” reduced inflammation. The frequency listed as “reducing scar tissue” reduced scar tissue. The frequency listed as “stopping bleeding” stopped bleeding. And so on.

After treating patients and observing the effects for over a year, Dr. McMakin started sharing the technique with other doctors to see if the effects were reproducible. She wanted to make sure that the effects were real, and not the result of the placebo effect or some other effect that was unique to her clinic. By mid 1997, it was apparent that the other doctors using FSM were achieving the same results.

Meanwhile, Dr. McMakin continued to expand her list of frequencies. In 1998, she found the right combination of frequencies to treat sciatica. And in 1999, she found the frequencies for treating fibromyalgia. Dr. McMakin published the results of her findings, and more doctors came to her clinic to be trained in the technique.

Today, Dr. McMakin’s network of doctors has expanded to hundreds of doctors. I am one of those doctors, and I have had amazing results using FSM on my patients. I’ve also witnessed the use of FSM by Dr. McMakin and other doctors.

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Read this and get up to speed on GMO’s

 

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/1340

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Anyone following the Colony Collapse Disorder will want to read this article.  http://www.naturalnews.com/032057_honey_bees_pollen.html  www.naturalnews.com/032057_honey_bees_pollen.html



that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra
Posted 4/17/2011 10:05pm by Art Ozias.
  • Just finished a book by Francis Thicke, http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0979210402/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303091115&sr=1-1&condition=used.  After reading this book you will understand why he was not elected in Iowa for the head of the their department of agriculture.  I'm sure the Farm Bureau and all other Ag groups made sure he was defeated.  He is too smart and has too much common sense. 
  • Last week I had a link for Nina Planck's book.  Did you "look inside".  Be sure to check the table of contents and surely you'll want to get this book for your library.  Here it is again, http://www.amazon.com/Real-Food-What-Eat-Why/dp/1596913428/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303091467&sr=1-1.
  • Still have lard for sale.  If you are in doubt as to the value of using lard, I have an excellent reprint.  Perhaps I can figure out how to scan it and make it available electronically.
  • We lost one of our milk customers.  They are moving to Va and will be apprenticing with Joel Salatin.  What a wonderful experience for them.  They will learn more in one year working with Joel than they could at any four years in a "modern" AG school.
  • Have taken several orders for beef for this grazing season.  I only have seven beeves for this year.  Remember, when they are gone, that's it. 
  • Chicken orders are still coming in.  Our first chicken day will be in mid to late May. 
  • Our little incubator is full of eggs from our Red Bro or Poulet Rouge chickens.  Hopefully, we'll have a good hatch like last year.
  • We have provided Guinea eggs and some of our regular eggs to people wanting to hatch their own.   With the price of day old chicks continuing to escalate it may be time for more people to invest in an incubator.
  • We had some of our "dirt" hog pork chops for dinner today.  Our son commented on how great they tasted.  He had gone to the Corner Cafe in the city before going to a Royals baseball game and was not impressed with their biscuits and gravy.  Biscuits were OK.  Had to scrape off the gravy and add apple butter.  He said  his omelett was so so.  He said the place was packed on a Sat. morning.  It's a shame that most people don't know what food should/used  to taste like.  I thought to myself, I'm glad he learned what food should taste like growing up with Mom's cooking.
  • I started the list for turkeys.  The Caddell's want two of them. 

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There’s not much you can do about the cost of food, just be aware that the packaging experts are at it again.  http://www.naturalnews.com/031897_food_inflation_packaging.html


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More on Joel Salatin.  Be sure and take the time to listen to his lecture.  I wonder if there is anyone in our government listening?  I think most are at a fund raiser somewhere in corporate America.  http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/can-animals-save-us/why-changing-the-food-system-is-up-to-you?utm_source=marapr11&utm_medium=yesemail&utm_content=subs&utm_campaign=Salatin

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This from the American Grassfed Association.

Top Ten Reasons to Eat Grassfed Beef

According to a 2009 study that was a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina, grassfed beef is better for human health than grainfed beef in these top ten ways:

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in beta-carotene
  3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  4. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  6. Higher in total omega-3s
  7. Better ratio of omega-6 to 3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  8. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
  9. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)

10. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

 

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A little history lesson from David Korten.  He is the author of the book, Agenda for a New Economy.  After watching Inside Job, this showed up on the Yes magazines top picks of the week.  Coincidence?   http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/david-korten/the-end-of-empire?utm_source=wkly20110401&utm_medium=yesemail&utm_campaign=titleKorten

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We’ve including similar articles on microwave cooking.  Here is another.  You  should do your own research and you be the judge,   http://www.naturalnews.com/031929_microwaved_water_plants.html


that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra

Posted 4/10/2011 10:41pm by Art Ozias.
  • I finished topping off the raised beds for this year.  We have our beds started with several transplants we started from seed.  The main garden finally dried enough for me to get it tilled.  The potatoes and onions are planted.  Six rows of potatoes.  I hope to plant some sweet corn tomorrow.
  • I fed my last bale of hay this morning to the cows.  They are now on grass only.
  • We have had seven new Spring calves so far.
  • We are still taking orders for items from www.greenpastures.org
  • We have lard for sale.  Don't buy it at the store; it is hydrogentated for shelf life.
  • We have sold all of our wheat from this past year.  This years crop is a bright green, so hopefully we will have a good crop.
  • Guess what one cup of cream, two cups of A2 milk, four egg yolks from our free range hens and some Nutella and some chocolate is, after it is frozen? It is the best ice cream recipe ever.

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I have recommended this book sometime ago and I still think it is one of the best books for determining which foods are best and WHY. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1596913428/ref=sr_1_1_up_1_main_olp?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302487521&sr=1-1&condition=used 

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More than 2,000 vaccinated babies died: The cost of doing business

Thursday, March 24, 2011 by: Neil Z. Miller


Learn more: 

 

http://www.naturalnews.com/031820_vaccinations_babies.html

 

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Wouldn’t it be nice if this were to happen in your local community?  We need some common sense, when it comes to requirements to sell products made in the home at a local market.   Maybe it has started in Maine.  http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/sedgewick-maine-passes-revolutionary-food-freedom-ordinance/  

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Don’t buy cereal anymore.  Also, learn about other bad buys and then the good buys.  Here’s a  sample. 

Raw organic eggs from pastured chickens – Raw, free-range eggs are an inexpensive and amazing source of high-quality nutrients that many people are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat. To find free-range pasture farms, try your local health food store, or go to http://www.eatwild.com  or http://www.localharvest.org.

Grass-fed beef or organ meats -- Grass-fed beef is very high in vitamins A, B12 and E, omega-3 fats, beta carotene, zinc and the potent immune system enhancer CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid). But don't confuse "organic" with grass-fed, since many organically raised cows are still fed organic corn, which you don't want. However, most grass-fed cows are raised organically.

Coconut oil -- Besides being excellent for your thyroid and your metabolism, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin – a compound also found in breast milk that strengthens a baby's immunity.

Its medium chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (MCT's) also impart a number of health benefits, including raising your body's metabolism and fighting off pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Make sure you choose an organic coconut oil that is unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and does not contain GM ingredients.

Here is the link for the entire article.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/29/what-are-the-7-worst-supermarket-ripoffs.aspx

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If you or someone you know is drinking soda, read this and forward to whomever.  READ ALL OF IT, DON’T RATIONALIZE IF YOU ARE DRINKING  SODAS. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/21/watch-how-soda-affects-your-body.aspx

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Know someone suffering from cancer?  Want to reduce your risk of getting cancer?

 

Winning the War Against Cancer Begins with Your Personal Choices

You can do a lot, right now, to significantly decrease your cancer risk. Even the conservative American Cancer Society states that one-third of cancer deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying excess weight. So making the following healthy lifestyle changes can go a very long way toward ending the failure-streak and becoming one less statistic in this war against cancer:

  1. Normalize your vitamin D levels with safe amounts of sun exposure. This works primarily by optimizing your vitamin D level. Ideally, monitor your vitamin D levels throughout the year.
  2. Control your insulin levels by limiting your intake of processed foods and sugars/fructose as much as possible.
  3. Get appropriate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats.
  4. Get appropriate exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.
  5. Eat according to your nutritional type. The potent anti-cancer effects of this principle are very much underappreciated. When we treat cancer patients in our clinic this is one of the most powerful anti-cancer strategies we have.
  6. Have a tool to permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is caused by emotions. It is likely that this factor may be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure this is addressed. My particular favorite tool for this purpose, as you may know, is the Emotional Freedom Technique.
  7. Only 25 percent of people eat enough vegetables, so by all means eat as many vegetables as you are comfortable with. Ideally, they should be fresh and organic. Cruciferous vegetables in particular have been identified as having potent anti-cancer properties. Remember that carb nutritional types may need up to 300 percent more vegetables than protein nutritional types.
  8. Maintain an ideal body weight.
  9. Get enough high-quality sleep.
  10. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.
  11. Reduce your use of cell phones and other wireless technologies, and implement as many safety strategies as possible if/when you cannot avoid their use.
  12. Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them.

 

Read the entire report here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/30/the-war-on-cancer-a-progress-report-for-skeptics.aspx

 

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

 

Posted 4/3/2011 10:09pm by Art Ozias.
  • Finally got the garden tilled.  Still had some wet spots.  Hopefully, we won't get too much rain tonight and I can get the potatoes planted.  We have our raised beds started -  bunching onions, broccoli and cabbage.  Anyone wanting info on how to get started, let me know.  We have some rice hulls and have finally found a source.
  • Six more big bales of hay to feed -  just in time as the grass has grown a lot this past week.
  • We were at the KC Farmers Expo this past Saturday in Mission, Kansas.  They had a great turn out.  Five years ago there were only two on us crazy grass finished beef producers at the Expo.  This year in the KC Food Circle  directory there must be a dozen. 
  • Just watched the award winning documentary, Inside Job.  All should watch and you will get an inside look at who and how the financial meltdown occurred.

    We will be making another order for Coconut Oil and Cod Liver Oil.  If interested email me.

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This will never happen in the US.  Remember, if we don’t invent it  with our “science” then it just won’t work here.  http://drhyman.com/grass-fed-fish-restoring-health-and-ecosystems-4171/?utm_source=Publicaster&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=drhyman%20newsletter%20issue%20#14&utm_term=Get+the+story

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We have included information on Gardasil in our Updates and since it was in the “news” this past week, I thought it would be good to refresh memories.  The latest news is they are making a case that boys also need the vaccine.  http://truthaboutgardasil.org/  

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Billings, Mont. – In a news article circulated by the U.S. Animal Health Association today, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) purportedly announced on March 3, 2011, that Canada had confirmed on Feb. 18, 2011, that it had detected yet another Canadian cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. The CCA reported the cow was a 77-month-old Alberta dairy cow, making it the 19th case of BSE in Canada’s cattle herd.

 

At just over six years of age, this cow would have been born in 2004 and infected with BSE either in 2004 or 2005, which provides absolute evidence that the BSE agent was circulating in Canada’s feed system long after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared that Canada had its BSE problem under control. USDA has confirmed to R-CALF USA the Canadian government had indeed notified USDA officials about this latest case back in February, but did not plan on publicizing the fact until March 10 when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posts its next monthly animal disease report.

 

“In fact, this case is the 12th BSE-positive animal to meet USDA’s age-eligibility requirement for export to the United States under the November 2007 OTM (over-30-month) rule that allows the U.S. to import cattle from Canada that are over 30 months of age, as long as such cattle were born after March 1, 1999,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard

 

“Canada already has exported 681,135 of their higher-risk, older cows and bulls to the United States since USDA’s OTM rule went into effect in 2007, and these cows and bulls are not required to be tested for BSE before they are slaughtered and introduced into the U.S. food chain,” he pointed out. 

 

“Why is the United States – which annually imports hundreds of thousands of Canada’s high-risk cattle – the last to know when BSE is detected in Canada’s cattle herd,” Bullard asked. “Like this case, the BSE-positive animal detected in 2010 was kept a secret by USDA, and the public was not informed until R-CALF USA issued a news release almost two weeks after the disease’s confirmation.”   

 

“Consumers – now more than ever – should be telling their grocers they want the products in the meat counter labeled with country-of-origin information so they can decide on their own whether to avoid products from countries with ongoing disease problems, particularly now that USDA chooses not to disclose such important disease information,” said R-CALF USA Region VI Director Max Thornsberry, a Missouri veterinarian who also chairs the group’s animal health committee.

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Scientists Under Attack For Speaking Out About Genetic Engineering

http://farmwars.info/?p=5563&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FarmWars+%28Farm+Wars%29

 

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If you think E-Coli, H7 is not a big deal, then read this and know that  ground beef can be Russian Roulette.  http://www.ecoliblog.com/e-coli-watch/justice-jackson-of-kingman-arizona-home-after-battle-with-e-coli/   

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Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs can cause memory loss and cognitive impairment.  Numerous drugs have been shown to cause mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, a common condition that is often an early sign of Alzheimer's disease.   http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/19/are-the-otc-drugs-you-are-taking-a-hidden-cause-of-memory-loss.aspx

 

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Is DHEA the "fountain of youth" it was touted to be in the 1990's?

Perhaps it is, but with an asterisk.  Learn more here.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/19/the-most-common-mistakes-in-bioidentical-hormone-replacement.aspx


that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra 

Posted 3/27/2011 9:54pm by Art Ozias.
  • KC Foodcircle EXPO yesterday was a great chance to meet other like minded people.  All were looking for sources of locally produced food and some took home a basil and tomato plant.
  • Next Saturday it will be Shawnee Mission on the Kansas side.  Go to www.kcfoodcircle.org for directions and time.  Be sure to get the recipe booklet.  We have our liver recipe in it.  Several of the recipes look good.  There is a good one using scapes. 
  • Milk production is in the pits.  All three Guernseys have various levels of mastitis.  Hopefully, they will recover in a week.  If not, they will be nurse cows or dryed off.  Thank goodness I have some trusty Brown Swiss.  They are durable and have not been messed with genetically.
  • This should be the week for all who ordered a "dirt" hog.  I have had a couple of cancellations, so I guess I will have to institute a  requirement for a deposit.  Anyone wanting a half or a whole needs to send me an email as soon as possible.
  • Beef calving has started and hopefully we are done with snow.  At least it is not very cold.

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I often wonder  whose “good science” is based on facts and which is dictated by money?  One hears from the government in their rebuttals, “one can’t refute good science”.  Well, a lot of their “good science” has become questionable.  Read this!!

Genetically engineered crops may be linked to a dangerous new pathogen! 

 

Tell President Obama to stop the planting of genetically engineered alfalfa and sugar beets.

One of the nation’s senior scientists has alerted the federal government to a newly discovered organism that may have the potential to cause infertility and spontaneous abortion in farm animals, raising significant concerns about human health.  Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University, believes the appearance and prevalence of the unnamed organism may be related to the nation’s over reliance on the weed killer known as Roundup and/or to something about the genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops.

 

In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the professor called on the federal government to immediately stop deregulation of Roundup Ready crops.  Here are some excerpts from the letter that was sent to Secretary Vilsack in January:

"A team of senior plant and animal scientists have recently brought to my attention the discovery of an electron microscopic pathogen that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings. Based on a review of the data, it is widespread, very serious, and is in much higher concentrations in Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans and corn—suggesting a link with the RR gene or more likely the presence of Roundup.  This organism appears NEW to science!

... For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency."

 

The full letter is available at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/gmo-miscarriages

 

Despite this and many other arguments against the release of GMOs, the USDA has approved Monsanto's genetically engineered alfalfa and sugar beets.  Unless President Obama stops it, GE alfalfa and sugar beets will be widely planted this spring and begin contaminating our soils and crop.

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The following is from the movie producer of Fresh.

 

Dyes are everywhere, and it's impossible for even the most vigilant of us to avoid them. They are hidden in everything from cereals to cough medicines. That's why we're calling on all of you to protect American children.

 

After years of pressure by activists, the FDA is finally holding a meeting to review this issue on March 30. Sign now to tell the FDA: we don't need bright food, we need healthy food. Ban artificial food dyes now. 

Food safety officials in Europe have moved much more quickly to protect children from artificial dyes. As a consequence, Kellogg, Kraft, McDonald's, and other American companies that do business in Europe use safe, natural colorings there-but harmful, synthetic petrochemicals here.

 

 

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Did you  know about the wonderful program that Kellogg’s is providing to the schools?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-wartman/breakfast-is-not-so-great-frosted-flakes_b_835914.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=031611&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily

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From Dr Mercola, “Millions of Americans depend on anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain from arthritis, headaches, injuries and countless other conditions that cause chronic pain, but the drugs are among the most dangerous on the market”

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/15/common-painkillers-linked-to-increased-risk-of-heart-problems.aspx



that's it from the hill.   Art and Debra