Thursday, April 30, 2009
I've been tending the seedlings and before long it will be time to plant. The potatoes arrived yesterday. I have five pounds of Yukon gold, 5 pounds of Yellow Finn and 2 1/2 pounds of Rose Finn fingerlings. They will sit out in a warm spot for a couple weeks and them I will cut them up and let them harden over for planting. We have just finished eating the potaoes from last year so that was a success (besides or in spite of the Colorado potato beetles :-) We'll pick up the hazelnuts & chestnuts on the way up tomorrow and heel them in. We'll plant when we get swales dug.
Next week I start a new therapy. It's called Interactive Metronome Therapy. One of the uses is for adult neuro rehabilitation patients. Two times a week for six weeks. Let's hope this helps the whole left brain/right brain thing.
You may be wondering what has taken place since the funeral of the wife of one of our employees. Let's see...new Ipods, talk of a new car, season tickets to the White Sox. Oh and "now I don't have to hide phone numbers anymore." Just how I thought he would be. The first thing he told Steve when he got back to work was how much he is getting from Social Security for the girls. Not how much he misses his wife. He's not smart enough to lie I guess, for sympathy.
I think I need some happy news. Too many CAFO thoughts lately.
Maybe tell me some jokes?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
As you know, the factory farm siting will affect the area around our farm, but I have been studying natural medicine for years and have always been against the inhumane treatment of animals. Is it a surprise to me that another disease is spreading? No. And now, at least some intelligent people are coming out & admitting that the factory farms are responsible in great part for the mutations that causes animal disease to spread to humans.
Here are a few links to stories in today's papers...
Shouldn't the governments in all countries that allow these factory farms to exist be looking into more closely regulating them or better yet, stop the siting of new CAFOs?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
It rained here last night & this morning, which we really needed, so it will be an indoor day at the farm.
Hope everyone has a good weekend.
Friday, April 24, 2009
They looked like they were on the eighth hole when I drove by.
I stopped and talked to another neighbor (I'm meeting so many nice new people), and she said they are looking for good clay soil for the site. So lets all hope for lots of rocks (and a few sink holes while we're at it).
Here is the inside. It has a divider so it will hold 2 pies.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Later, if I get the time & motivation, I might do some folk art painting on it. It's pretty plain looking now.
That is a layer of batting and underneath is straw.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
by Matt Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of the town of Franklin attending the town's annual meeting Tuesday night overwhelmingly passed a motion asking the town board to request an environmental impact statement (EIS) if a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) applies for permits to operate in the town limits.The motion would lead the town board to request that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources require an EIS should a CAFO apply for a WPEDS permit to operate in the town.Facilities applying for WPEDS permits must have an environmental assessment done, but it is a less comprehensive environmental study of the impacts of a CAFO on the land than an EIS.About 50 people attended the town's annual meeting, which is several times more than the number that have attended recent annual meetings.More information on the board's action will be made available later in the week.The Petry Trust of Rockford, Ill., has been seeking a site on which to place a 3,200-cow CAFO in Vernon County. It's been widely rumored that one of the sites that has been tested to be home to the CAFO is in the town of Franklin off Co. NN. Petry Trust has not confirmed this.The Vernon County Board, Tuesday, tabled a request by the county board of health to allow the board of health or the county's land and water conservation department to seek an EIS when a WPEDS permit is sought in the county.
The morning meeting was frustrating. Here is a quote from this mornings Vernon County Broadcaster...
When the resolution was presented, Supervisor Francis Hynek said he had received information from the state that the county’s resolution would apply to every farm with more than 350 cows or cattle and cost each of those producers $300,000.“These people don’t have the money to have an impact statement,” Hynek said.
This statement was brought up at the township meeting last night when a board member brought up the same thing. (he serves on both boards) In response to that statement in the earlier meeting, one of the township residents had called the supposed source of the info that Supervisor Hynek used to make his point and the man denied every saying that to him. So the scare tactics continue. Most of the county board seems to be made up of area farmers. When hearing that they might be subject to the same $300,000 cost, of course they tabled the resolution. Here is a link to the whole story...
One of the most frightening things I heard last night is the size of the lagoon required for an operation of this size. Anywhere from 5 to 20 acres. Can you even imagine? Another is that Wisconsin law only requres a 350 foot setback from another property. Think about it. 350 feet from your property line to a 3200 animal factory farm. WISCONSIN. The "CAFO Friendly" state. Just think what it'll do for tourism.
I've met so many nice people by going to the meetings. We are all in this together and there is a comforting feeling of unity.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tonight is a township meeting at 7:30.
I'll write more after that.
Monday, April 20, 2009
2. Re-upholster a chair that was my grandparent's.
I don't expect to get everything done this week, I am just hoping to :-).
I do want to let everyone know that Lizzie is doing fine. She is still resting as the midwife suggests. She does have placenta previa which will require her to have a cesarean section which I'm sure will be a hardship on the family. Keep them in your prayers.
Well, if I sit here writing any longer, I won't get started on that list.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Isn't she the cutest Scottish Highlander you've ever seen? Here is a pic of her mama...
That was the highlight of the day on Saturday. We had a busy day planting trees and having the garden tilled by our neighbor. The trees we planted are ten sugar maples, 10 dogwood, 3 sumac and two forsythia. With this planting we are going for some color in the landscape. The big red barn will look much nicer with beautiful leaf and flower colors around it. We also have blackberry and raspberry bushes to plant but the bed isn't ready yet so we heeled them into the garden. This week Eli said he will plow my new garden area (and the berry bush area) with the horses and neighbor Jim will come back to till after that. I also have seventy-five strawberry plants to get into the ground this week and twenty-five apple trees to graft. I still have another twenty-five strawberry plants on back order and trees coming from the Arbor Day Foundation. Oh yea, and then there's the hazelnut bushes. All one-hundred of them. They should be here by the end of the month. We are hiring someone to plant them (I hope :-)
With the change in the weather today, we stayed inside and finished taking down the USB board in the new living area. Steve also started tuning up the lawn tractor.
So with all this going on this weekend, as happy as being outside and talking to neighbors has made us, there is still the undertone of the CAFO. Such a big "what if". Tuesday is the day of meetings. First one at 9:30 am for the township and one at night for the county where they will vote on the Environmental Impact Statement. I will be at both. Taking notes. Hoping for the best.
Now I must write three assignments for class.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
So knowing she was doing all right, we left for town. When we got back another car was at their house. Of course the worrying started again. A little later Eli came over and let us know that Nancy brought a midwife friend that lives close by over to see Lizzie. Their midwife is in a town that takes at least an hour or more to get to. So today she was going to have an ultrasound to make sure the baby is fine. I'm sending all my positive thoughts her way.
I'll post more about the weekend later. Hope everyone had a good Easter!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tonight is the wake for the wife of our employee. It should be very sad (and very interesting). We'll see how her family acts toward him. I really hope they know what a jerk he is. See this story.
Yesterday, the strawberries came. I have been reading other people's blogs about how they got them early & now so have I. We usually don't plant until after Mother's Day and last year it was even later. So I called the company & she said that if they don't survive in the fridge, they will replace them. The instructions say they will be good for 3 weeks in the fridge. So I'll just have to wait & see what happens. One kind is on backorder, so that is actually good news.
All the seedlings are doing well and most are transplanted into bigger pots now. My dining room is getting very crowded, but that is the best place for them due to the big windows and southern exposure.
No news today on the CAFO. I am going to go to a site called Homesteading Today and post a link to the blog & to the petition site. There are 568 signatures now. Great job everyone who has signed it & passed on the info to others. They would like to see 2000 signatures so I will keep trying.
We are going up Friday morning to the farm. I think Mia (the cat) is going with this time. We'll get an extra day there which will be nice since we came home early last weekend.
I'm sorry I haven't been posting much on everyone's blogs. With the worries about the CAFO and a descriptive writing class I am taking for cognitive therapy, I have been busy. Hope to get back in the swing of things soon.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I thought I would give you an idea of where the possible CAFO sites are in relation to our farm.
See the itty bitty green rectangle? That's our 12 little acres of paradise. The big red areas are land owned by Petry Trust (the CAFO man from Illinois). Now you can tell what I mean when I say we're surrounded :-(
I did get an email from Valley Stewardship Network this afternoon stating that surveying has been stopped on the site by the Amish school and organic beef farm. That is the site to the left of our farm. They are now looking at the site on the map south of our farm. Apparently they are getting pressure from other large operators to make themselves less visible "not be right out on the highway in plain view". The new site is on the gravel road southeast of our farm. God forbid they want people to actually see the cruelty of the operation.
So we are happy for the organic beef farmer & the Amish school and now concerned about the people living near the next proposed site (yes, that's us, too) and still the Amish who travel the roads in their buggies and walk to school. The only good outcome is if they decide not to site it. Anywhere.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The Amish school that is next door to one of the CAFO sites on our road.
Garlic shoot coming up through the straw.
Another wall put up. This is the back kitchen wall.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I am hoping to find out more information about the CAFO siting tonight. We talked to one of the neighbors when we got here yesterday & she seems to think it's a done deal where ever he wants to put it. It is the state & federal's jurisdiction. The county can't stop it. I hope that's not the case.
Steve is working on another wall today. We had a talk last night & he doesn't want to stop working on the barn. He said we'll just take our chances & see what happens. I am still torn. We have put a lot of our sweat & money into this adventure. Like I said, I'm torn.
I went to a feed store today and bought organic yellow clover & organic hull-less oats. The clover is for the orchard and the oats for the new garden area as a cover crop to norish the soil (and for food). Then to the food co-op to do the usual stocking up. When I got home I spread the clover seed (before the rain hits).
Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of our progress this weekend & anything we find out tonight about the CAFO.
Thank you everyone for supportive comments. They are very appreciated.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Factory farms administer huge quantities of antibiotics to livestock in order to promote growth and prevent widespread disease. Scientists estimate that 25 to 75% of all antibiotics pass into manure unchanged. As a result, when waste from factory farms enters the environment, antibiotics can contaminate surface water and groundwater. This promotes the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which makes antibiotics used for humans less effective.
Scientists have found that these antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be transported by surface water and groundwater.
Factory farms regularly administer hormones to beef cattle and dairy cows in order to boost growth rates or increase milk production. When hormones are injected into an animal, some of the hormones pass into its waste, and can eventually contaminate surface and groundwater. Research demonstrates that hormone pollution can disrupt the development and reproductive systems of fish.