Okay, I know it isn’t actually Friday, but yesterday got away from me, and “Saturday Farm Blog” doesn’t have the same ring to it.
This week at the farm, it was not all peace and rainbows.
Early in the week, I got a message from my landlady asking for help up at the barn, where her horses are. The foal had choked on something and she needed assistance administering some first aid. I learned that horses physically can’t throw up. The poor little filly had mucous str [...]
Sometimes I miss blogging just to write about everyday life, so, inspired by The Buzz written by my friend Gaye at Backdoor Survival, I thought I’d dedicate Friday mornings to telling you guys about our adventures at the new farm that we’ve leased.
It’s amazing how quickly you become an animal hoarder when you have the space for them. We’ve been here just over a month now, and when we moved, we had two house cats and a dog. There were a couple of horses here already (no [...]
London’s first subterranean farm, ‘Growing Underground’ is about to harvest pea shoots, radishes, celery, and other produce amounting to 2.5 acres of fresh food – all from 100 feet below ground level.
Created in a remaining WWII tunnel, and carrying the name of Michel Roux Jr, a Michelin-starred chef, along with entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, the crops are grown in a clean room with very little energy utilizing a sophisticated, hydroponic irrigation system, and adv [...]
Solar energy has come a long way since its invention in the middle of the 20th century. Its efficiency is improving by leaps and bounds and the cost is going down fast. Much to the dismay of fossil fuel peddlers, solar has entered the mainstream and is being applied widely. Nice!
One idea for solar is the solar farm that actually floats on water. One company, Forward Thinking Architecture, thinks we can farm food and energy from the sun on floating installations. Their first project, they estima [...]
(NaturalNews) Global biotech and agricultural giant Monsanto lent financial support to a West Australian farmer who was being sued by a neighbor over alleged cross-contamination of the latter's organic crops, company officials have said.The Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC... [...]
(NaturalNews) What mom -- or any person for that matter -- wouldn't enjoy winning $10,000? It's a wonderful prize, not to mention an especially timely one with Mother's Day right around the corner.Well, it's happening, and the warm and fuzzy feel-good contest is sponsored by none... [...]
Man convicted of two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making false testimony under oath in a bankruptcy proceeding and one count of making a false statement in a bankruptcy case. [...]
Photo courtesy Friends of West Wind Acres Facebook Page
Unexpected Dangers of Farming
Remember how I said I wanted to get more involved with local farms this year? Well, I guess it pays to be careful with your wishes.
A few weeks ago I met Joshua Rockwood for the first time at Bella Napoli in Latham. He’s the owner of West Wind Acres, a small but growing farm on the edge of Schenectady County in the town of West Charlton. Josh didn’t grow up a farmer. He has a background [...]
Farmers who are using antibiotics to keep pests away from their crops are making children allergic to the fruits and vegetables they grow, research suggests.
Several years ago, more than 150 scientists and 50 farmers came out in support of stricter limits on antibiotics used in animal agriculture as part of a broader effort to tackle the public health crisis caused by growing antibiotic resistance. But now, in a case highlighted in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, this concern rear [...]
Image from Wyoming Food Freedom Facebook Page.
by Bonnie Kristian
In a win for farmers, deliciousness, and just plain common sense, Wyoming’s governor signed a bill this past week which will “stop overregulation of locally produced foods” by making it illegal for the state government to require “licensure, permitting, certification, inspection, packaging, or labeling” when farmers sell food directly to consumers.
In practice, this means that farmers markets and sma [...]
(NaturalNews) What's the most valuable commodity you can have in your investment portfolio? Cash money? Gold? A "safe" 401K?Sure, all of those are good, numerous financial experts have said, noting that diversifying one's portfolio - not keeping all of your financial eggs in one... [...]
(NaturalNews) PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp, pleaded guilty to charges of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) at two of its wind turbine farms in Wyoming. The sum of fines and restitution to various federal wild life agencies... [...]
“We need to ban glyphosate from our own communities as most governments fail to protect citizens” – Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji
by The Institute of Science in Society
What is glyphosate?
Glyphosate, perhaps surprisingly for a chemical so ubiquitously associated with our food, was not first used as an agricultural chemical but instead first patented as a metal chelator in 1964 by Stauffer Chemical company (US 3160632 A)  and used as an industrial pipe cleaner. It was later paten [...]
(NaturalNews) It's official! As of today, Natural News has a print farm up and running near Austin, Texas, producing small but steady quantities of the very same 3D printable parts the world will soon be able to download for free from www.FoodRising.orgPhotos below show some of... [...]
You’ve seen disturbing images and videos of factory farm animals being forced to live in the absolute worst of conditions, but a new overhead video captured by a spy drone reveals a whole new sector of disturbing factory farm activity.
Caught on tape and unveiled in the video and images below, drone operator Mark Devries says that the apparent ‘lake’ residing on the factory farm compound is in fact a large holding body of feces, urine, and who knows what else. Check out some o [...]
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates
St. Luke’s hospital in Pennsylvania is trying something that not many have done before: growing organic food locally to feed to patients inside of the hospital. To them, treating sick people is about much more than administering medication, but administering good, hearty, delicious, and healthy food grown locally.
The St. Luke’s farm was planted in may of 2013 and is expected to grow 100,000 pounds of food per year [...]
Alex PietrowskiActivist Post Our public food supply is being taken over by corporations which have no qualms about using the most horrifying and inhumane practices in order to increase output and profits. This is a rather new development in the history of farming, and in just a few short years the entire landscape of meat production has turned into something so cruel, and so horrible, that people are becoming outraged.In response, the major meat manufacturers are pulling strings within the [...]
Does ‘sustainable’ farming really mean what you think it does? We’ve all seen the concerning images and videos depicting abused and sickly animals set for sale for the lowest possible price point, but very few have seen inside of a major ‘sustainable’ factory farm that even the USDA says passes its standard of care.
A North Carolina contractor for meat processing giant Perdue has now unveiled what truly happens behind these ‘better’ farming operations t [...]
(NaturalNews) Serving mystery meat, French fries, sugar drinks and Jell-O on a tray is no standard of care, especially for a hospital, which should be leading the way -- boosting patients' ability to heal with the most nutrient-dense foods. Sadly, hospitals have evolved into conveyor... [...]
Originally Published at Ready Nutrition
By Lisa Egan
Fall has long been associated with pumpkins. Once September rolls around, we find ourselves surrounded by pumpkin – stores and bakeries are filled with pumpkin muffins, cakes, and pies, and there’s a lot of talk about pumpkin spice drinks from a certain popular coffee chain.
But pumpkin isn’t the only wonderful food that fall brings. Visit your local farmers’ market and you’ll find a beautiful array of nutritious [...]
(NaturalNews) Ebola is now spreading so fast in West Africa, and causing so much death so quickly, that the regional economy is on the verge of a total collapse. The Washington Post (WP) reports that Liberia, the hardest-hit Ebola country, is now teetering over a chasm of "economic... [...]