“We like what you’re doing and want to help”

That’s the way the conversation started. You may or may not know, but a couple of weeks ago, I shared my desire to attend one of the Polyface Intensive Discovery Seminars (PIDS) in Swoope, VA.  These two-day seminars are led by the one and only Joel Salatin, and attendees get to experience the Polyface way of farming, hands-on, and eat three meals a day with them on the farm. Past attendees say the food alone is worth the fee. Anyway, Read More

…but joy comes with the morning

Yesterday, cancer took another young person, and my heart just breaks for her family. As I was considering the weight of this heavy matter, a passage from Mark’s gospel came to mind. Let me share it with you: 32. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, Read More

“I got $200 for Christmas and I want to buy…”

The discussion started like this. “Dad, I got $200 for Christmas and birthday, and I want to buy that new American Girl doll.” I paused, trying not to dash her hopes too quickly, and said “well you can do that, or you can save your money and buy a cow.” I made that suggestion mainly because we raise cows on our farm, so I have some experience. Notice I said “some” experience; by no means do I have it all Read More

Walmart is closing! Breaking news or good news?

The news broke in my hometown today that our Walmart is closing at the end of the month. I admit, the news comes as sort of a shock to me.  I don’t know their business model, but I know they have one priority: to make a profit.  So I guess they were not making a profit in Winnsboro, or at least not enough of one. It is extremely ironic, because just a few weeks ago, a friend and I were Read More

Farm update, January 2016

Happy New Year! I wanted to take a minute to update y’all on our plans for the upcoming year: We are going to offer pastured beef for the first time.  We have never done this so I will offer a few thoughts.  Our cows only eat grass.  The meat will no doubt taste different than what you get at the grocery store, but isn’t that what you want? A grass-fed cow that was raised locally with no hormones or antibiotics Read More