Monthly Archives: January 2008

Last Day for Naturally Grown Comments

The comment period for the USDA’s proposed dilution of the term “Naturally Raised” is closing soon. Get your comments in now to the Federal Registry if you haven’t yet. As I write this, over 700 people have left comments – … Continue reading

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Free Color Printer

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The topic of printers has come up several times. We ended up getting the Primera LX400 label printer which I really like. The labels are very high quality, photographic even, and the cost is only about 6¢ per label for … Continue reading

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Sock Test

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We’re always doing experiments and tests. Holly says I’ve corrupted her into scientific thinking. She says that is a good thing. This research was, “Are the higher priced, fancy tech, hollow fiber socks better than the cheaper cotton and wool … Continue reading

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Goof Ball Grin

Don’t be fooled by that goof ball grin. The photo doesn’t give perspective or a sense of size. That’s Archimedes, our oldest boar, flashing his permanent grin. Perhaps it is like a crocodile’s smile, plastered on his face. Although in … Continue reading

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Cooking Kids

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Hope CookingIn addition to setting the table, clearing and doing the dishes while I read in the evening our kids also often cook something scrumptious with me. At least that is how it starts. They soon graduate to wanting to … Continue reading

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Pile O’ Palletted Pigs

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Pile of Pigs in North HerdPigs are not early risers. A few might get up for a sunrise snack but it is very common for the majority of the herd to sleep in until mid-morning. These finishers in the north … Continue reading

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Fire!

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The Tiny Cottage’s First Fire“Fire!” Yelled Holly with glee! Finally we had heat in our tiny cottage. Two weeks ago to be exact since the lighting of our first wood fire. Ben promptly wanted to cook pancakes. It’s been a … Continue reading

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Iced!

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Iced Birch TreeNo, not global warming. We just got an ice storm. In fact, it is on the tenth anniversary of the 1998 ice storm that destroyed so much of our forest and put the lights out in Quebec. We … Continue reading

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USDA Steals CNG

Awhile back I wrote that the USDA was stealing the term Naturally Grown. Well, they have done so. No need to listen to comments from the people. Apparently there was no need for them to bother waiting for the rule … Continue reading

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Watermelon

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For years I have tried to grow watermelon. When they actually grow, as opposed to wilting off, I get fruit about the size of my fist. Sweet, but tiny. This year for the first time we got not one but … Continue reading

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