… The challenges we’ve taken on this season are nothing short of hard work and pushing us to new levels gaining knowledge and strength …
Where do morals come in — aspects like love, respect, truth, their often overlooked in our food system, but needed, because our current system is unfair and unsustainable.
“…But looking back to pre-20th century, lard was immensely important and the fat was regarded just as highly as the meat of the hog. Like most things lard was probably discovered by accident, but eventually made its way into kitchens all across Europe, the Americas and China. Slaughtering the hogs was a chore usually done in autumn and no part of this valuable animal was ever wasted…”
“… In recent years there’s been a resurgence or rebirth of lard, this amazing pork product now has an artisan following. People are discovering through farmers markets and CSAs that lard, well, it’s got more of a health kick to it than vegetable shortenings …”
Dunn captured the essence, the key fundamental of homesteading, whether in a rural setting, cityscape, apartment or anywhere for that matter; he understood it’s challenging magnitude. And maybe that’s what keeps us at it everyday, perhaps even the reward.
As usual, in upstate N.Y., mother nature unloaded over 16″ on us in just 24 hours. Here’s some tips on how to deal with “winter’s gifts.”
All parties involved in this situation have failed. The ranchers don’t see that it’s time to downsize; time to change. Growing better, not bigger. The government must cut our petroleum addiction. And the public must act now, demanding a safer, cleaner more transparent world.
As the year draws to a close and a new one begins I decided to look back on some of our accomplishments, and we’re pleased with the way our major homesteading goals and accomplishments went this year.