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Friday, March 13, 2015

I Must Be Crazy

Excuse me ladies and gentlemen,


It has been 110 hours-
since I breathed through my nose!

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Damn does it feel great and to top it off the weather outside is top notch.

I have been sick all week, starting Sunday afternoon.  Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, cough and lots and lots of SNOT!

I had to work a little OT today and when I got home I celebrated by twisting the cap on a cold one and cleaning out the chicken coop!  Now that is a celebration.  Kool and his gang ain't got a thing on me!

Speaking of chickens...

Remember last post when I said I had a few things coming up?

No?  That's OK because I'm going to tell you right now anyways.

I was spurred into action by a recent film I watched about where our food comes from.
I was horrified, to say the least.  Angry, sad and almost physically sick.

Here is a link to one of the videos I watched.  WARNING!  It is graphic.  I think we owe it to the animals we eat to give them a better life.

AWFUL LINK  (this video promotes a vegan lifestyle...not my take)

I thought about it for some time and decided I could at least make a difference in the food I eat.
So I decided to raise my own food.  Most of it that is.

I'm not naive enough to think that I can survive totally on my own raised food, but I can at least help.
The best thing about it is the food taste better and it is actually cheaper.

I know a few people who raise cattle.  Open, grass fed cattle who are fat and happy and well taken care of.  They are quickly and humanely killed.  I can purchase a quarter of that cow for under $4 per pound.  Trust me it tastes so much better than corn fed cows packed in fattening pens.

I also decided to raise my own chickens.  I can have 25 chickens running around my yard without any problems at all.  Their diet is affordable especially if they forage in the yard every day eating bugs.
They will provide me with meat and eggs and the roosters will fertilize the eggs and the process will repeat itself.  I will always have access to fresh eggs and either freshly frozen chickens or chickens right from the yard.

I'm already a natural with chickens.

As far as the pork- well I'm working a few angles right now but I think I have it figured out.  I can raise my two pigs (I need two so one doesn't have to be alone).  Raise them both, fat and happy eating all the food they want plus all the leftovers from my kitchen (pig friendly) and they will get a ton of food out of the garden.  When it comes time to butcher them I will have a buyer lined up for one pig and the other I will process myself.  Quick, humane kills and nothing wasted either.  One pig takes about 6 months to raise to butcher weight.  That is more than enough pork for my family for one year.

That is my start.
I already grow a lot of vegetables.  I have honey bees on the property for honey and pollination.

So starting in the next couple weeks I will truly be opening the doors to Bushman's One Acre Farm.

I urge you to find new sources for the food you eat.  Not everyone can raise their own food, but there is always a farmer's market or local butcher shop that uses local animals raised in the right environments.

Ask questions.
Visit those farms
Talk to farmers and ranchers.

There is an alternative.

Well?  What do you think?

Happy Farming,


  1. Sorry to hear your were sick but glad you're on the mend. As for what you want to do with your food, more power to you! I think it's great. I have seen several documentaries on our food sources and it is really an eye opener isn't it?

    1. I usually get sick twice a year. Apparently I was due. Raising my own food will be fun too!

  2. Hoping you feel better soon! Good for you with growing/raising your own food! I do believe you will be healthier down the line!


    1. I imagine it will all tie in down the line. I just knew I had to do something.

  3. Hey buddy, sorry to hear the SNOT monster beat you senseless this week. Damn, eh!

    Re the documentary - Miss CP was a spokesperson for CETFA (Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals) so, yeah, I'm behind you on this quest to be self-sustaining in the food producing department. Good on you. Miss CP says "way to go, humane treatment of animals we eat should be a top priority".

    1. I understand the role of the food chain, but greed has turned it into a nightmare.


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