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Posted 5/28/2012 11:36pm by Art Ozias.
  • We have 10 roosters for sale at $8.  They will make excellent crock pot meals.
  • Be sure to read this article  on Mother Earth News,
  • Anyone heard of the China Study?  Well, before you chase the latest thing be sure to read the article by Denise Minger in Wise Traditions, Spring 2012 on page 23.  This looks like another case of "cherry picking " the data to sell a book.  Read the article and you decide.  Wise Traditions is published quarterly by the WestonAPrice foundation.  Here is the link,
  • We are  placing another order for coconut oil and Ghee from Green Pastures.  The prices have increased, but we only charge what we pay for the items.  We want to keep our customers healthy.
  • I am not sure when the next chicken day is.  I will have that information in the next UPDATE.
  • We had an excellent chicken dinner yesterday.   That recipe is [posted on our web site.   To make it easier cut the chickens into its parts, wings, breasts (cut these in half) and the thighs and drumsticks.  Debra doubles the amount of butter.  After you have chicken prepared this way you will never eat fried chicken again.  Cook the carcass for chicken stock and/or soup. 
  • We are not acceping any new milk customers for awhile.  We have just enough to honor the orders of our existing customers. We have two cows due to freshen in mid July.  We will be adding new customers then.
  • The following is from Dr Mercola.  The role of epigenetics in health and disease is becoming ever clearer, and I firmly believe this field of study will eventually supplant the current medical paradigm. The conventional belief has been that genes controlled their own expression and were therefore the direct cause of certain diseases. This laid the groundwork for the idea that your genes predetermined your health.

    But genes are in fact NOT self-regulating. Having "bad genes," does not at all mean you're doomed to suffer some inevitable fate like cancer!

    Genes are merely blueprints, and these blueprints are activated and controlled by something else entirely, namely their environment. This environmental information—which includes diet, toxic exposures, as well as thoughts and emotions, and more—can create more than 30,000 different variations from each blueprint, allowing for an astounding amount of leeway in modifying the expression or "read-out" of each gene. As a result of these findings, we're now finally seeing science alter its course to investigate the power of optimal nutrition to improve health and prevent chronic disease from occurring in the first place.

    Here is the link to that article, ..To learn more about epigenetics get the lecture from the Acres website and look for the cd by Graham and the Pottenger Cats.


    Here is some more about epigenetics.  


    And there is still more.

    Here is  some interesting information.  Women need to be careful.

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

Posted 5/20/2012 11:29pm by Art Ozias.
  • Let's start with a customer's comment.  "Art--
        Picked up the hog from Gilberts.  That has to be the best pork I've ever had.  Smoked some ribs and chops yesterday and both were incredible.  Thanks".  Thanks, Doug.  Anyone wanting a "dirt" hog, email me and I can put you on a list.  I'm not sure when they will be available yet.
  • The first chicken day went really well.  Bob filled in for me and I appreciate that everyone came during the scheduled time.
  • We have had several requests for more coconut oil.  We usually wait until we can order a full case.  It saves quite a bit and the shipping is a lot less.  If you want to be put on the list, let me know.
  • We finished our first hay crop and it was the earliest we have ever had our first cutting of alfalfa. I have been working on improving one of my pastures.  After two years of timely mowing of weeds (they were horrible), applying lime, feeding hay this past winter (lots of manure and its associated soil bacteria) and overseediing with red clover, it is waste deep in grass and knee deep in clover.  As soon as Ryan and I get a pond fence repaired I will turn in the cows. 
  • If you are raising hens and occasionally lose one it may have been the result of a "peck out".  I would suggest getting the lecture by Mattlock and learn how easy it is to prevent peck.  I had the link in the last UPDATE. (
  • There is another excellent lecture by Mayhew on "The Science of Complex Carbons."  After listening to this lecture you'll know why high fructose corn syrup is not "just like" natural fructose.  And for anyone on our mailing list that raises corn and soybeans (I doubt we have any), they should get Martindale's lecture on "Redefining Tillage."
  • Affecting the legislative process takes a lot of effort if you don't have millions to buy influence, but we succeeded this past session in Jefferson City.  We had a pretty much do nothing bunch, and they have been unpredictable and dangerous, but we prevailed for now.  I'm sure they will be back with more money backing their attempts to stymie the small farmers.  Here are  the results.   

    Family Farm Wins--Bad Bills Defeated: “Pollution Protection Act”Senate Bill 490 (sponsored by Senator Munzlinger) was a blatant attack on private property rights. This ill-conceived legislation would have protected corporations at the expense ofMissouri’s independent family farmers and rural landowners by taking away their constitutional right to protect their property through the court system.  Defeated. So-Called “Right to Raise Animals”The so-called “Right to Raise Animals” language that was added to numerous bills during the legislative session would have exempted all existing CAFOs, including some of the biggest ag polluters in the state, from any future state standards.   Defeated. “Ag-Gag” BillThe “ag-gag” legislation, which would have made it a crime to take photos or recordings of activities at factory farms, would have made a criminal of anyone (including neighboring farmers and landowners) who records illegal activities of CAFOs.  Defeated.  Attack on Local ControlA proposal to take away the ability of County Health Boards to pass health ordinances was added to a local government bill.  Language in Senate Bill 692 would have stopped county health boards from passing ordinances to protect the majority of family farmers and rural communities from the negative impacts of factory farms.  Defeated. Thank you again for your hard work!

    that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 5/13/2012 10:37pm by Art Ozias.
  • Our first chicken day is next Sunday.  I sent an email to those getting chickens and failed to ask for a return email that you will be able to make the pick up.  So, please send me an email if you can make it.  I just don't trust the email delivery system.  I find emails in my spam and our last UPDATE did not go to some on you with a comcast server.  It you don't get an UPDATE you can go to our website, and we keep the last ten UPDATES posted.
  • All the coconut oil is sold.  We still have some coconut/ghee.
  • The bread book is, Artizan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Hertzberg and Francois.
  • Anyone raising poultry needs to go this site and order the lectures, Whole-Systems Poultry and Advanced Pastured Poultry,  I'll guarantee you will learn more than it you attended any ag university and it will cost a whole lot less than a semester hour.  I think the local university charges about $200/hr.
  • And if you want to know why we have so much childhood obesity and diabetics you should order the lecture, Pottenger's Prophecy, by Graham.
  • You can get ALL the lectures for the 2011 convention in the MP3 format for $125.  You will learn more from these lectures than a whole year at a university.
  • I explained how important Iodine and Iodide is for preventive health and how to test to see if one is deficient.  After I discussed this with one our college aged restaurant employees, I told her that in our town of about 20,000 and 15,000 students she would not be able to find five people that know what she just learned.
  • If you live in Missouri, tell your legislators not to support bills that protect factory farms:


    Here is a great lecture by Wendell Berry.  He is one of our “canaries”.  He has written several very good books.  To be selected for the Jefferson Lecture is quite an honor for him.  I’m guessing that audience had some trouble understanding the depth of his convictions and had plenty to consider after hearing him., so will you.  I'm not sure why the host made the ridiculous comment at the conclusion.

    that's it from the hill.  There may be some errors, misspelling s as Debra is in St Louis tonight.  Art and Debra

Posted 5/6/2012 10:28pm by Art Ozias.
  • We still have some extra milk and can accept more new customers.  We will need to know how much you will want each week and right now Friday or Saturday would be best for pick up.  We have been cautious in taking on new customers because we want to protect our existing customers who consistently pick up each week.  Our loyal customers will always come first.  We only keep enough to meet our demand. The rest is separated and the milk is fed to the chickens (they love it and I learned from an ACRES lecture that raw milk can be used to treat some chicken diseases).
  • We have some gallons of (Green Pastures) Ghee and Coconut oil in stock.  It is $49, which is our cost (including shipping).  Don't buy the coconut oil in a pint jar at the store for $10-12.  It costs more and the quality is less than ours.
  • Debra has some extra tomato plants.  Those picking up milk this week are welcome to them. 
  • The first chicken day will be May 19.  I will be sending those who are getting chickens from this batch an email tomorrow.  If you get an email and have a conflict for that date, please respond promptly so I can notify the next person on the list.
  •  J. Jones has tested the recipe for making bread and it is a great method.  I will post the title and author next week.

    We had our first strawberry shortcake today with our A2 cream.  I see strawberries all year as they are on our fruit platters at La Sous Terre with the chocolate fondue.  A home raised strawberry is awesome.  The store berries have no taste are usually underripe, and in every box there are at least several that are already rotting.  What a waste of resources.  I'm sure they qualify for a fruit serving on the USDA food pyramid.  Our fruit orchard which I started two years ago is full of peaches, nectarines and pears.   

    WARNING: Are You Taking Blood-Thinning Drugs?


    Blood-thinning drugs like Warfarin (Coumadin®) block the X-Factor and weaken its function in your body.


    The result is a rapid acceleration of osteoporosis and plaque buildup in your arteries... with a much higher risk of bone loss and heart attack.


    Studies published in the journals Blood and Archives of Internal Medicine show users of Coumadin® suffer more bone fractures and show dramatically higher calcium deposition in their blood vessels and heart valves.


    Other studies show blocking the X-Factor with blood thinners can cause cancer to spread more quickly to other organs or tissues. 


    If you are taking blood thinners, work with your doctor to take the X-Factor along with your medication.   You can read the entire article, .  The X-factor is vitamin K2 and it found in grass fed dairy.  Sure am glad to have good Guernsey and Brown Swiss milk as a  food in my diet.  Thanks for all the new customers for the A2 milk.  You will be getting the benefits of great milk.


    For those of you wanting to learn more about making cheese, go to this website.  This is where I get my supplies.

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

Posted 4/29/2012 9:57pm by Art Ozias.
  • We are having a nice rain.  We needed it. 
  • Fruit trees are full this year.  What a change from last year.  That one night of frost killed most of the fruit last year.
  • Several customers checked out some of our DVDs this past week.  If you come for a pick up, be sure and ask.
  • The three college students that have been helping here on the farm for this past school year have one more week and then they are going home for the summer.  It has been nice to have good, dependable help.  They have also enjoyed hunting and fishing after work and on days when I didn't have anything scheduled.
  • We have consistently tried to inform our readers about the health risks associated with GMO foods.  Here is some disturbing information from a Purdue study which has been confirmed by Iowa State.  Very depressing.


    Here is another article that is a further indictment  on chemical farming.  Be very careful with “cides”.


    And there’s more.  In India,


    Same tactic Monsanto used in their opposition to labeling of rBGH on milk cartons.  They won some and lost one or two, but it was such a PR problem that they sold that part of company to avoid further negative PR.

    that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra
Posted 4/22/2012 9:43pm by Art Ozias.

I have a half a "dirt" hog available.  If interested, let me know by Tuesday.  I will be picking them up on Wednesday.


The Ghee and cod liver oil order arrived last week.  If you ordered some you can pick up your order.  I have read several reports of Coconut oil's benefit in that your body converts that to ketones which have been shown to keep your brain from shrinking as with Alzheimers.  This may be a good preventative.


Have you already forgotten Pradaxa?  The convincing young doctor in a white coat extolling the benefits in preventing Afib.  I saw a TV commercial from a law firm soliciting people who had had adverse reaction to one of the many side effects.  That didn't take long.  Makes one wonder about the other pharma ads.


We have added several new milk customers.  Anyone wanting to be added will have to wait until the milk list stabilizes.  Sometimes, new customers will start with a half gallon and once they taste our A2 milk they will increase to a gallon.  I want to make sure I can meet the current demands.


We have several DVDs and CDs that are food or farming related.  We will have them available for loan.  If you borrow one, you will have one week to view it. 


My letter to the editor of the KC Star was published this past Saturday.  Here is my submission.  They changed it some by deleting my reference to ACRES.

“Your reporting on the “Got LED? Cows seem to respond” did not merit a front page placing.  I learned several years ago at a USA, Acres Convention that the stray RF voltage from florescent lights had a negative impact on milk production.  Dr. Detloff, DVM and a consultant to OrganicValley cautioned never to use fluorescent lighting in a dairy barn.  He also cautioned against other types of stray voltages from defective transformers, improper grounding, etc. The researchers could have had the same results using any other light source. So, before we get too giddy over this report I would suggest that the USDA do their homework and listen to Dr Paul Detloff’s lecture.  I am sure it is archived on the Acres website and can be purchased for less than $10.  Here is an excellent example on how government spends our tax dollars on unwarranted “research”.  And for helping the cows to better eat, give me a break.  My cows do just fine eating in the dark especially on a night after a hot July day.  They are able to graze in the dark and pick and choose their diet.  I never have needed to outfit them with headlights.  And furthermore, what is the value of increasing milk production by any percentage only to have a government herd buyout to reduce production.  Our farm policies and food production paradigms are insane.”



Here is the article about cows and LEDs.



We have seen this movie and it is very well done.  All should see it and it will reawaken and reinforce your decision to search out sustainable farmers and their nutritious foods.


 “Thank you for your patience as you waited for Farmageddon to become available everywhere.  Now Farmageddon is available to rent/own/stream from Itunes, Amazon, VUDU, Blockbuster on Demand, Playstation, XBox, and various Cable TV On Demand operators in the US and Canada.   Please spread the word.   For a full list of carriers go to


If you have already seen the movie, and would like to give it a good review, this would be very helpful to give the movie and the topic more visibility.  Itunes and Amazon both have review pages up that are easy to sign in and comment on.

 If you have a Netflix account and want to put the movie in your cue, that would push Netflix to carry the movie.

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

Posted 4/15/2012 10:54pm by Art Ozias.
  • I just checked and Green Pastures has the Coconut/Ghee in stock.  It is about $49/gal.  Several of you had wanted this and it was not available.  Please reconfirm your order, and I will place the order on this Tuesday.  If you want any of the cod liver oil products let me know that too.  Since this item is in such demand, I definitely need to know by Tuesday.
  • Anyone wanting a "dirt" hog  let me know.  It will be about another two weeks before they are ready.
  • Chickens.  We will be doing our first batch in about three weeks.  They are already spoken for.  The next batch will be three weeks later.  We hope to do several batchs every three weeks until the hot weather hits, and then we will resume in early fall.  They will weigh about 5 # and are $3.25/#.  They are a much better value than the 3# birds they sell at Nature's Pantry for $4.89/#.
  • We need more milk customers.  Sweetpea is something to behold.  We have made butter and it is golden, just like the yolks in our eggs.  It's the grass, folks.  We have made fromage blanc, cottage cheese both large and small curd and quark.  I even messed up a batch of cottage cheese and made the best cheddar curds.  Great snack food. 
  • How are we doing with the Salatin book?  You don't want to get stuck with it in December and have to pay for postage to return it.  It is sort of like the card game Old Maid.  Remember, you don't want to get stuck with the old maid.
  • Anyone  want a great set of golf clubs?  We have Debra's father's set and need to find a home for them.
  • Still more on GMO and Monsanto.  My neighbors have GMO wheat and are using aerial spraying.  They just about have completed the circle, 80% plus of the corn, same with soybeans, sugar beets, now wheat and there will be sweet corn this year.   Avoiding the GMO foods is becoming very problematic.  My two acres of wheat are looking mighty good.  I cancelled email notifications from Jung’s.  Jung’s is a garden seed company and is owned by Monsanto.


    Know anyone who is taking an antidepressant drug?  You may want to forward this to them.


    On the surface, having cheaper food may seem like an advantage, but in reality while Americans may be saving a few dollars on their meals, they’re paying big time in terms of their health, and the health of the planet.

    "Cheap food is an illusion. There is no such thing as cheap food. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere. And if it isn't paid at the cash register, it's charged to the environment or to the public purse in the form of subsidies. And it's charged to your health."  Here is the article.

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

Posted 4/8/2012 10:26pm by Art Ozias.
  • We are still adding new milk customers.  If anyone wants to learn how to make cottage cheese I can help you.   I have two yogurt makers, $24 each.  Sweetpea is really a great milk cow.  Remember, we have only A2 raw milk.  To learn about A2 go to and click on A1/A2.
  • There will be some more pork in about three weeks. 
  • We had a good time at the KC Food Circle Expo this past Saturday.  I don't think it was as well attended as when it was held in Independence.  It is in a larger venue and perhaps the people were more spread out and it did not seem as crowded.
  • I got my copy of Farmageddon.  If you get a chance to see the film be sure and do so.  I tried to get the KC Food Circle to host a screening, but they decided not to because they thought it too controversial.  They missed a great opportunity.
  • Our fruit trees are loaded this year.  This has been a truly different Winter and Spring.
  • This week will be a gardening week.  I don't think there is a chance for a freeze and getting started early will mean earlier produce.


Posted 4/1/2012 10:30pm by Art Ozias.
  • We had a great turn out at the KC Food Circle Expo this past Saturday.  Next Saturday it is being held at the Penn Valley site.  We have out grown the Independence site.  Go to for time and directions. 
  • Kris had her calf last week and Sweetpea had her first calf this past Friday.  She is going to be a great milk cow.  In order to better manage the milk enterprise I need for all those who received milk this past year to  email me with how much you want each week and which week day is best for you to pick up.  I will update my list and then I will know how many new customers can be added.  Also, with your email addresses I will be able to notify everybody if we are not going to be available on a certain day due to trip to KC or whatever.  If you want to become a new customer I need an email from you as well.  We will add new customers if possible.
  • I have one extra "dirt" hog if someone is interested.  I will be picking them up on Wednesday, so let me know by Tuesday.
  • I recently got prices at a Hy Vee in Overland Park for pork chops, $3.49, Ribs $4.29, Boston Butt $3.09, pork roast $4.79.  Beef prices were rump roast $6.99, round steak $7.99, porterhouse steak $13.99.  I noticed that Good Natured Family Farms no longer have grass finished beef.  It is now 100% vegetarian fed, i.e. corn etc.  That's what happens when you get big and get into the retail store market and are not dealing directly with your customer, you have to have your product in the meat case everyday regardless if grass is growing in the pasture.   Horizon ultra pasteurized milk was $5.19 per half gallon.
  • I was invited to be on a panel at Iowa State University, Ames Iowa this past Tuesday.  The panel was  in conjunction with a class in the Food Science department.  The course title was Dairy Foods: Current Issues and Controversies.  It addressed the Raw Milk debate.  Both sides have their "facts".  It makes one wonder what the definition of the word "fact" is.  As we drove home (our daughter, Marlies, went with me - she got a double Master's at Iowa State in Human Nutrition and Toxicology) I thought what other food is getting such scrutiny.  Peanuts, spinach, cookie dough, ground beef, cantalopes, romaine lettuce?  We should be having a discussion on how we can encourage more local production to insure a quality, safe product. 

    We have had Dr. Blaylock interviews several times on our updates.  Here is a recent one on vaccines.


    Here is an interesting(short) video.  Family farm?  Not shown are the full time vets and the hoof trimmers.  And the cows eating grass?  When would they have time for that since they're being milked three times a day.  They probably meet the national average of 1.6 lactations during the cow's lifespan.  I'm guessing that the 25,000 acres are for raising replacements heifers and growing crops to be harvested and hauled in to the feed bunks.  It would also be interesting to see how much government payment they receive.

    Here is a look at a farm that is producing milk for the commodity trade.  You won’t see any grass and all the benefits will be missing - CLA, high Vit A and  E, Vit K and with mostly Holsteins, there will not be many A2 cows.

    that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra.

Posted 3/25/2012 10:02pm by Art Ozias.
  • I am sure everybody has now heard of "pink slime".  Those of you that have been receiving my updates were already aware of this.  We had the NY Times article several months ago.  Of course the USDA, The National Cattleman's Assoc and others hastily assured us their "science" proved that it is just fine.  We need another word for science.  It has been misused to the extent that many don't trust its results.  For example BPA, the scientists in Europe determined it to be bad and have banned it.  In the US, after much pressure from NGO's, it is now banned in baby bottles.   But what about green bean cans and cash register tapes?  My experience would suggest that anyone that makes a claim and uses "science" as their basis for their conclusion should ALWAYS END THE SENTENCE WITH THE WORDS "AS FAR AS WE NOW KNOW".
  • There will be more "dirt" hogs in about three weeks.  Let me know.
  • We are ordering more cod liver oil, but are waiting to make sure they have the Ghee in stock.
  • Have you ever wonder how come the beef in an open meat case at your grocery store looks so nice and red?  There is a trick involved.  Most buy dry ice and place it in the refrigeration unit below the meat display.  As the dry ice changes state from solid to gas, CO2 is slowly released into the display case.  CO2 is also used now in the other packaging of meat.  In fact, it can keep meat looking "red" even though the expiration date is past.
  • Kris had her calf on Thursday.  She had a nice heifer.  We should be able to ramp up our milk availabilty this coming week.  First, we will call each past customer and reestablish how much and which day of the week would be best.  As soon as we get caught up with our existing customers we will then add new ones as long as the supply allows.
  • The corporations are at it again.  Each year we fight the same battles.   What a waste.


    More news about raw milk.


    We reported on “Pink Slime” several months ago.  Now it’s in the news big time.


    "The "pink slime" does not have to appear on the label because, over objections of its own scientists, USDA officials with links to the beef industry labeled it meat." The under secretary said, "it's pink, therefore it's meat,'" Custer told ABC News.

    ABC News has learned the woman who made the decision to OK the mix is a former undersecretary of agriculture, Joann Smith. It was a call that led to hundred of millions of dollars for Beef Products Inc., the makers of pink slime. When Smith stepped down from the USDA in 1993, BPI's principal major supplier appointed her to its board of directors, where she made at least $1.2 million over 17 years."

    If you still buy your meat at your local supermarket, you should know that you are directly supporting a food system that not only promotes widespread contamination but also the production of cheap and potentially dangerous filler products like "pink slime." And you can bet that as long as there are people willing to buy cheap, "imitation" meat, the industry will continue to produce it.

    Healthy, humanely raised meat is out there, and you can find it by purchasing your meat and poultry directly from a trusted farmer whose farming practices you're familiar with. Supporting local farmers and ranchers can go a long way toward improving the entire food system, and more importantly, your personal health

    that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra