Friday, January 30, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ways to CUT costs feeding Rabbits on your Farm and improve condition!

Many farmers report a HUGE savings and better health
over using straight pellets by feeding:

Timothy hay,
Grass hay,
Radishes,
Carrots,
Strawberries,
Various Greens
Oats and Oatmeal
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
Broccoli
Rabbit-safe lawn weeds / grsses
Fodder and Sprouts grown on farm
Raspberry/blackberry leaves
Comfrey

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Fight Continues

"Montani Semper Liberi" or "Mountaineers are Always Free" in West Virginia?

Hardly.

Our residents, our citizens, cannot even decide what foods we consume in our state, our country.

We do not need the Government to DEMAND how we prepare our food. We certainly do not need them to "allow" us access to the foods of only their choice, giving us the ability to purchase or sell ONLY if we accept food must be prepared their way through Big AG companies.

Remember that even if you personally have no desire to have access to real, local raw milk from farmers you know, this infringement is hardly any different than the STATE of West Virginia dictating how you cook your steak, burger, vegetables or whether you can have raw fish in your sushi/sashimi. How FREE would that make you?

Let us make sure REAL, RAW MILK sales become legal in WV this YEAR.

Please start EMAILING now expressing YOUR expectation of a RAW Milk Sales and Herdshare Bill for 2015 and your DEMAND of support for said Bill(s).

The demand is HERE. The farmers are here!

This is THE YEAR we see actual change for our Farmers! The economic benefits to our local farms would be enormous.

Be aware, the PUSH from Big Milk Ag and their big pocketbook will be VERY PRESENT, just like last year. The propaganda against the change very present, as well.

Start emailing and calling your REPRESENTATIVES TODAY!

Learn more at rawmilkwv.com

Join the FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wvrawmilk/

An Example Email you can COPY and personalize is below:

"Dear Delegate or Senator _______________:

My name is ___________. I am contacting you to express my expectation of your support for Raw Milk legalization during this 2015 session. I expect to see a raw milk sales bill on the agenda. I request that you remember to support the Freedom of choice for our citizens when it comes to what foods we have access to. Please Ignore the big Milk Lobbyists in favor of the people of your state and of farmers and freedom.

It is my right, my freedom, to purchase and/or sell the foods of my choice without infringement from the government.

I expect you to uphold my freedom when the time comes to vote.

Regards,

________________________
(Name, County, Contact) "

Your Senate link: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/senate1/roster.cfm

Your Delegate link: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/house/roster.cfm

Remember, if you're not free to chose what milk you drink, how Free can you really be?

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This video is from a speaking engagement I had last year to an audience, including the Dept of Ag Commissioner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUJu-Fj505M


RAW Milk West Virginia Dairy Farm WV SB30 RAW MILK BILL Herd Share

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Homesteaders

This is a photo of my grandmother, Lucy Fry, with two of her children when she was quite young, around 1905 or so, as a guess.
Her entire life was worked out in the Appalachian's mountains around Ranger, West Virginia.
Born in the late 1880s, she died in 1961, two decades before I came about in my dad's old age.
I cannot even tell you if the children pictured are two who survived childhood, as a few she bore did not.
My aunt, now in her late 80's, tells me how like her my Daddy was. . .very Serious, pious, rejecting all that one could ever call foolish, working always and enjoying very little. And she has told me how My Daddy seemed to love her more than all of the rest, so like her was he.
When she looked at this photo with me, she comment, "Look how sad Mommy looks here. Well, though, really. . .see, she was sad."
She toiled as a washer woman when her husband was murdered and severed on the rail road track that cut through the county hauling coal out in the 1920's in the backwoods of Lincoln county (truly the whole county is backwoods, to be honest, then and now). The reasons for his death have changed over the years. Surely, I do not have the answers. Never will.
This portrait shows the solemness of the real life of a homesteader in Appalachia which was lived out in a two story, two room cabin with a dirt floor with one of the rooms upstairs being where everyone slept together to stay warm. Where shoes were tied together when the soles fell off and not everyone received a pair.
Lucy gave birth to 11 or 12 children, I believe. Two died of Dysentery, called the Bloody Flux in those times, on the same day. Seems like others died before, but none after that. My father was nearly lost in the same moment. She buried them and went on. What else was there to do? She never really spoke of them again, he said. Had no time to mourn. He supposed that the pain would have been too great or possibly she was numb from that life and all of the loss.
My Daddy told me many times about How she left each day to go wash clothing in the creeks for local people, and he would sit on the hillside by the homestead and cry for her, refusing to go to school.
He told me how she did not name the children, but gave them nicknames like Tiny, Peep and Sis. . .leaving the choosing of names to them when they grew older. . .
and How an elderly Black man passed through when my daddy was only 5 years old in the nineteen twenties, and she took him in to feed him. She cautioned him to be careful because "colored folk" rarely made it out of that county alive during those times. He played the fiddle for the family and went on his way. Daddy often wondered if he made it out of the county alive. So struck was my father as a little boy by this experience, he chose his formal name after the black man who played the fiddle for them that day. . .Donald Davis ("Tiny" Donald Davis Lucas)
I realize when I look back at photos such as these, when I try to recall these stories, that when we think and talk of homesteading, many of us do not know what we speak of at all. How the joy we find during the journey to reconnect would seem silly to these tough and seasoned folks. . .
But I am pretty sure, at least my Daddy would understand.


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LUCAS FARM

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27




"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington