It’s been in the planning stages for two years now. Back in February 2011, I had decided I wanted to begin providing more nutritious—and less harmful—food for my family and me. I wanted to avoid, as best as possible, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), chemicals in the form of herbicides and pesticides and various toxins added to commercial foods, so I decided to begin raising my own food.
Our first food producers on the farm were chickens. We now enjoy fresh farm eggs every day. Extra roosters were slaughtered and eaten. I also decided to plant a wider variety of vegetables and berries and increase what I already grew. Becoming less dependent on grocery stores also required one more element: milk.
Sun Feb 3/13: Sunrise: 7:32; Sunset: 17:25 (-7.1 at 7:00 am, light snow falling)
On October 13, 2012, we put our Toggenburg buck (Rascal McTaz ‘Taz) in the same pasture as our Toggenburg doe (Spirit of the Valley). Spirit showed no signs of being in heat (the condition in which a female doe can be impregnated), but we had read that putting her in with a buck would trigger this.
Spirit and Taz had never before been out together, yet they’d ‘met’ and seen each other through fences for more than a year. Both were a year and a half old and this was the first breeding for both.
Annapolis Seeds in Nova Scotia began five years ago. It grows and sells natural seeds, ones not infected with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
From Annapolis Seeds website: Annapolis Seeds is a living seed bank for the Maritime region, our goal is to maintain, select and develop the greatest diversity of seeds possible which thrive in our climate. 100% of our seeds are grown in the Maritimes by small-scale growers committed to sustainable farming methods.
As an uneducated consumer who bought products based on price—for the most part—and took product names at face value, I didn’t know what I was truly buying. When I saw vegetable oil, I assumed it was oil from vegetables…more than one vegetable. When I purchased shortening, I assumed I was buying fat rendered from animals. Perhaps this was true fifty or maybe thirty years ago, but by no means is that the case today.
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Are you concerned about where you buy your seeds from? Are you worried the seeds you buy are genetically modified, contain Round-up or are manufactured by Monsanto (the company spear-heading genetically modified organisms)?
Eat Close to Home recently posted a blog about seed companies, which ones are owned by Monsanto, and which seeds are produced by Monsanto. You can read it here: Monsanto and Johnny’s Seeds.
I love to learn. The only thing I find more rewarding is using the knowledge gathered in life.
The things I prefer to learn about are the basics skills such as…
How to make a one-match fire
How to identify a few edible native plants
How to grow potatoes, onions, cucumbers or other basic foods
How to construct a simple structure in the woods with few materials
How to cook a simple yet delicious meal
Finally. I can walk into a local supermarket and buy organic milk produced in my province, Nova Scotia. Up until a few weeks ago, I had to buy milk brought in from Ontario. But that was better than the alternative: no milk guaranteed to be bio-solids free.
But let’s back things up a bit. I didn’t always worry about drinking milk that was not organically stamped. I grew up drinking milk and loved to drink it as an adult. Then one day, I had a bad experience.