Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: Some Thoughts & a Meal Planning Tool

I realize when I began this weekly feature, I hadn’t made a thorough explanation of the goals. Those of us living on farms have the ability to feed our livestock non GM feed to ensure we have a source of uncontaminated meat & dairy products. This isn’t the case for most people. I don’t know the implications of consuming meat, eggs & milk products from animals on a GM diet. Somehow, I think the cow … Continue reading

Forty Pounds of Fodder/Day in a 3’x5 1/2′ Space

Sprouting grains for livestock has been part of my daily routine since the winter of 2011. I started with what I had on hand which was a large number of litter trays that were used for starting garden seeds. With sprouting success came the desire to offer more pounds of fresh greens to the assortment of animals (sheep, dairy goats, rabbits and chickens) raised here. Carrying so many trays to the water source several times each … Continue reading

Sliding into Winter with Warm Fingers and Toes

Each year I search out new patterns for socks & mittens in my quest to find the perfect blend of warmth & easy construction. I’m no frills when it comes to hand work and don’t like to spend time working on intricate patterns. Quick and easy is the first criterion in pattern selection. Next, is yarn weight. Worsted and sometimes bulky is really all I spin. Warm, wool mittens are a must here where winters … Continue reading

Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food – Baby Steps

If you’ve followed the fight people are waging to have GM ingredients labeled in the food products we purchase, you are probably as disappointed as I with the results. Canola, Corn, Cottonseed, Hawaiian Papaya (most), Soybeans, Sugar Beets, and a small amount of Yellow Squash and Zucchini are the eight GM crops in commercial production. Avoiding these crops and their derivatives can be challenging and frustrating. Suddenly swearing off all GM food will leave you with … Continue reading

Non GMO Feed for Dairy Goats

One of my greatest challenges was transitioning two Alpine does from a conventional diet to non GMO feed for dairy goats. When the does were purchased, one was in milk & the other was pregnant (unbeknownst to us). Not wishing to stress them more than necessary, their diet of alfalfa, dairy grain & hay was continued. A little fodder was added to their food almost immediately. Once they stopped flinging the sprouts around and actually … Continue reading