"Come and listen as Tom pieces together the people and events that have influenced him to farm in a regenerative way, a pattern of farming where soil, water, plants, and animals are to interact sustainably over many generations."
Monday, March 2
Davidson Centre Kincardine
I really hope to see you there!
Thanks to the Kincardine Horticultural Society for giving me the opportunity to speak.
Katie And Jenna
Our oldest daughter Katie is locked into zero-waste living. We're really proud of her. Check out her Facebook site.
At 17 years old, Jenna has published a book. It is an account of a mission trip she took to Haiti. Her book is available on Amazon, or at Fincher's in Kincardine. Yup, we're really proud of her too.
Wondering How To Prepare Our Grassfed Sausage? Bake at 350...
That's right, for best results bake at 350 until the sausages are golden brown. They are lean, so include some olive oil. That being said, Erin G. had great results with her air fryer...Rob G. likes to BBQ them and they were perfect!
Our Very, Very Early Calf
Although the first calves aren't expected until February 7, we had a little surprise on January 11th. How this happened, I don't know...well that's not true, I know how it happened, but the bull and momma cow were not together until May 5th. Just like everyone else!
Here's what I did to help.
First, I used a tube and got colostrum into the calf right away. This milk has antibodies in it and is really important!
Second, with momma cow distracted I helped the calf find the udder and nurse. Neither of us got kicked!
Her name? Hawk. We like to choose earthy names, and the purebred registration letter this year is H.
Find The People Nature Food Podcast on iTunes.
Most Recent Episode. You've got to love soil for this one. Click HERE or just find it on this website.
The Episode I'm Working On Now. Although it's not finished yet, I've been working on a new episode featuring Dr. Stephen Larmer. He's an expert in a field of genetics called "genomics", and is looking at ways to use DNA tests to select for cattle that grow better on less feed. All purebred bulls like ours are DNA tested in order to be registered, and Dr. Larmer is making use of that data.
Thanks for supporting our farm!
Tom, Christine, Katie, Jenna, and Abby
We spent about an hour and a half exploring the farm. We discussed the importance of rotational grazing for carbon storage in the soil...the value of manure and the future of other crop production methods that are dependent on industrial fertilizer inputs...the striking biodiversity in our grasslands vs corn-wheat-soybean monocultures...the steps taken to limit soil erosion...the success of the electric fencing to exclude the cattle from the river and other riparian areas...
Barbara and Krista found over 28 species of plants in hay field, and as usual there were Bobolinks here there and everywhere.
The kids walked, ran and played with immense energy!
Stuck indoors this weekend? Here is an unedited recording from our farm...5:30 am April 23...be sure to CRANK IT UP WITH HEADPHONES then meditate on the eventual return of warmth and sunshine to Kincardine.
The beginning is quiet and super mellow, but it ends with a noisy "pillow over your head" blast from the trees!
Check out the results of the vote...and I have something else there to help you enjoy Earth Day weekend.
Check out the video "the luckiest places on Earth"
Check out the awesome activities for kids in grades 1,2, and 3 posted on our peoplenaturefood.ca site...
Amazing! The "Biodiversity Ambassadors -2017" vote has become extremely popular...interest has spread to Canada's west coast.
Check out who voted today...and check out their comments at the bottom of the voting page that I've linked below. Congratulations Kincardine!
The vote for the 2017 Biodiversity Ambassadors for the Penetangore River watershed begins tonight...
A list of 18 species at risk that might be found near Kincardine has been posted at peoplenaturefood.ca
Get ready to vote for the species that you think best represent the area. The 2017 ambassadors will include one bird, insect, mammal, plant, and reptile.
The voting will begin March 24 and it is open to anyone, especially those with a connection to Kincardine and area.