Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
What month is this?
Today was our best opening day. It usually takes a couple days or so for people to really start coming in once we put the signs out. This time it was just a matter of minutes before they started pulling in. I figure since we do things slowly that maybe they were anticipating it already. For instance last week we brought out the canopy stands. Then earlier in the week we pulled up the sleigh. Then we put the two canopy stands over the sleigh. Then this morning we put on the canopies. People look at our place when they go whizzing by on the highway. When ever something is different they take note.
A couple weeks ago we canceled the CSA for this year, mostly because of Kelli's sister getting ill. Between that and the different weather we've been having and not knowing how to deal with that, we figured it would be best to bow out. It was too stressful. Too many uncertainties. However we went against the golden rule of Community Supported Agriculture and refunded everyone. Usually CSA's are nonrefundable. But, due to the circumstances and the fact that we hadn't yet had even one pick up for the shareholders it was best to refund them. It was only fair. They can still shop at the road side stand if they want.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Close call with an airplane
The above pictures are of an airplane that almost skidded over the edge of a mountain in Alaska. It happens that the pilot and owner of the plane, a young man, is my cousins, cousin. However, I've never met him and he wouldn't know me from Adam. My Mom was talking to one of my cousins today and she told her about the incident. Did an internet search and found this article about it http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/aviation/story/776605.html through the Anchorage Daily News.
This is the second member of the family to find notoriety. But, apparently he wishes this incident was not so well known. His sister was once featured in Country Magazine about ten year ago or so in the "Country Kids" section. It showed her holding a huge fish that she had caught that was nearly as big as her. It was a salmon if I recall.
Anyway I'm glad it all ended well and he even was able to recover the plane.
On a side note, I want to say "Happy Birthday" to my Mom. Today is her birthday.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Here's a trailer for a movie called Food, Inc. I saw it over at William and Jaime Cross' blog. Looks like a really good film.
I was looking online to see if I could obtain a video but, it looks as though it is still being shown in selected theaters.
Here's a link to the official movie website. http://www.foodincmovie.com/
Monday, July 06, 2009
Some info on the origins of NAIS and where it's headed
The article concludes with this:
When Rhonda Perry of Howard County, Missouri testified at the USDA listening session, representing herself as a small livestock producer and 5600 families of the Missouri Rural Crises Center, the points she made are salient:
1. NAIS is a solution in search of a problem;
2. the problems NAIS is intended to address come from the processing plants, imported meat, and large industrial livestock operations that are wreaking havoc in rural areas, none of which is the fault of the small producer;
3. it is these very operations that the government is supplementing, in one way or another, with taxpayer money while ignoring the problems inherent with the operations; yet it is the small producer who the USDA is trying to saddle with this costly program;
4. while NAIS cannot track the bad product from the processing plant to the consumer, which is what needs to be done, NAIS wants to track the product from the processing plant back to the producer when what happens at the processing plant it is not the fault of the producers.
Her testimony was right on the mark and makes it very apparent that NAIS is not about animal health, consumer health, international markets, traceability or terrorism, NAIS is about money, power and control, all intended to put the small producer out of business. (emphasis mine)
Here's Rhonda Perry speaking against NAIS.