Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dexters in the dirt

A few weeks ago I made another one of my famous barters and traded dirt for landscaping/stream bed restoration. Yes, I did say that I gave away dirt/soil for several hours of landscaping. Finally got several large tree trunks removed from the stream bank, and regraded for a more natural slope.

The cows thought this was great fun and at one time there were about 4 of them in the bucket of the dozer!!! Then after the dirt was mounded they spent a great deal of time running over the piles and jumping and bucking, it was very comical as all the cows were involved not just the youngsters. I'm very happy to report that in the four years I have been here that 98% of the stream bank is now covered in good vegetation, there seems to be more fish visible in the stream also.

I've been keeping busy practicing different types of cheesemaking. Hopefully soon I will get one or more of the cows gentled enough to milk for my own supply of fresh milk for cheesing.

Monday, November 15, 2010


It's always a surprise to me how many people from some varied walks of life and places read my blog. Just ran into someone this morning that wanted to let me know how they support the work and goals I'm trying to achieve here. It's very nice to hear.

Tomas, got his feet done again and is doing so well with his new farrier. Of course he really doesn't get much of a chance to put a foot down with both of us hanging onto his massive leg. He is definitely figuring out how to hold his feet for work instead of having them tied up to a stock as he was used to. His stunning good looks may also be getting him another 'date'. He throws some great colts.

Still very slow with my head cold, courtesy of Missouri, grateful the sun is shining today!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
~Thomas Jefferson, 1778

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thoughts for the day

“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
~Thomas Jefferson, 1778
"There is No Right to Consume or Feed Children Any Particular Food; There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health; There is No Fundamental Right to Freedom of Contract."
~US Dept of Health & Human Services and US Food & Drug Administration, 2010

I believe that laws are necessary for the general good, in order to be civilized. I don't believe that we need laws regarding EVERYHTING we do or eat or want or believe in. What happened to common sense? It's certainly not very common anymore! We have become a country where just about everything is regulatated including our freedom in choice, how did this happen? Too many sheeple just following along or not standing up for what they believe in. Take a stand, wake up!!! lets bring America back.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Back Home!!!

phew after 12 too many hours in the car I finally am back home. I can't wait to get started on many of the new techniques that I learned or became reaquainted with. Hopefully this beautiful weather will continue so I can get some work done on fences in prep for high density planned grazing. This will enable me to graze more of the land, and allow fallow paddocks to rest and recuperate.

Big "T" a friend and a big bale for eating.

Friday, November 5, 2010

time flies

Wow, time has flown by so fast!!! I can hardly believe that October is over.

I'm currently in Columbia Missouri for The Small Farm Conference. The show has brought together many of the great minds and leaders of the small farm movement. I'm learning many new ideas (to me) of ways and methods of successfully farming in todays economy, how to find and fill niche markets, how to deal with the ever increasing bureaucratic maze of regulations that only apply to small farms.

It's pretty frustrating to realize how narrow minded and docile the American public has become in allowing Uncle Sam to regulate so many facets of our lives. What we can view on TV, movies, what we can eat,drink,smoke, whether I can owe a gun,mandatory immunizations, etc. How did it come to be that Americans no longer think for themselves, or ask themselves if this newest policy or law really is necessary? Will it really make their live more safe, more enriched more whatever?

to be continued