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Pets

Jack

Born in January of 2011 our little pup has reached 185 pounds and hopefully has finished growing.  I always liked the mellow temperament of the Irish Wolfhound.  Jack is as mellow as they get.  His days are spent on the porch and since Jack arrived we have never had a coyote on the porch.  They do however wander right in front of the house.  Jack’s OK with that.  Jack and Jesse are buds.

Jack,Jesse,chicken Jack-winter

Jesse

Jesse is the hunter.  Not a mouse can escape his watchful eye and over the past 12 years he’s done pretty well.  Not a mouse in the house.

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Purr

The oldest cat in the family, Purr only ventures outside in the summer.  Everyone loves Purr and Purr loves everyone in return.

Purr

 

Dudley

A few years back my daughter and I made a deal.  She would sign up for piano lessons if she could get a rescue cat from the SPCA.   Six years later, the cat has lasted longer than the lessons.

dudley

Celestial Gazers

I couldn’t resist.  It was the first time ever I had walked into a pet store to look at the goldfish and started laughing.  These crazy looking fish were first bred in China in the 1870′s.  For obvious reasons, they prefer floating fish food.

celestial gazer

Julio

Not sure anymore but Julio is around 23 or 24 years old.  He started out around the the size of a silver dollar and just kept growing.  He eats only every few days and prefers frozen minnows to commercial turtle food.  Red Eared Sliders have a life span of 20-25 years.

turtle

 

Buttercup

The perfect cow.  Buttercup is a Jersey who supplies all of our milk needs.  She gives about a gallon a day every morning.  The quiet cow will let anyone milk her and really appreciates getting rubbed and scratched. It take around 1100 squeezes to get a gallon of milk.

RitaMilking

 

 

Joe

Joe the donkey has served an important role on the farm.  For years he worked as the protector of the poultry.  His job was to keep the coyotes away from the chickens and turkeys while they were out on pasture.  Recently Joe got two girlfriends (Julia and Jessica) and became the father of a young daughter (Jasmine).

Joe

Hestur

Hestur the blonde Icelandic horse likes to keep her bangs long.

Hestur

Edith

Edith the goat was a birthday present. She has personality plus and wins hands down in the farm animal popularity contest. That’s not to say she isn’t also a mischievous prankster. Anything in sight is fair game for Edith’s diet, which has varied from motor oil to screws to rose thorns.

Edith

 

 

Yard Chickens

The “free-est” range chickens anywhere.  These birds could walk to Saskatchewan if they wanted to but fortunately choose to stay close to home.  We have 13 hens which supply up to 10 eggs on a good day.

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Food for the Mind

Following is a list of websites and video documentaries related to food and the environment it comes from:

Informative Sites

Interesting Video Documentaries

There is a plethora of documentary evidence of the tampering, corrupting, defiling and profiteering of and from our food supply.

Many of the following videos are available on YouTube or elsewhere on the web. You must find the others, perhaps by borrowing or purchasing the original content.

For perhaps obvious reasons, many of these video documentaries are released under an Open Source or Creative Commons copyright licence.

Video Listing

  1. Corporation, The
  2. Deconstructing Dinner
  3. Earth From Space
  4. Farmageddon
  5. Food Inc
  6. Foods that Make Billions, The
  7. King Corn
  8. Future of Food and Seed, The
  9. New Green Giants, The
  10. Seeds Of Death
  11. World According to Monsanto, The
  12. Genetic Fallacy: How Monsanto Silences Scientific Dissent
  13. What are Roundup Ready & Bt Pesticide GMO crops?
  14. The Future of Food
  15. Reverse Climate Change

(The) Corporation

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions, to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person. The documentary concentrates mostly upon North American corporations, especially those of the United States. One theme is its assessment as a “personality”, as a result of an 1886 case in the United States Supreme Court in which a statement by Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite[nb 1] led to corporations as “persons” having the same rights as human beings, based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Topics addressed include the Business Plot, where in 1933, General Smedley Butler exposed an alleged corporate plot against then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt; the tragedy of the commons; Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning people to beware of the rising military-industrial complex; economic externalities; suppression of an investigative news story about Bovine Growth Hormone on a Fox News Channel affiliate television station at the behest of Monsanto; the invention of the soft drink Fanta by the Coca-Cola Company due to the trade embargo on Nazi Germany; the alleged role of IBM in the Nazi holocaust (see IBM and the Holocaust); the Cochabamba protests of 2000 brought on by the privatization of a municipal water supply in Bolivia; and in general themes of corporate social responsibility, the notion of limited liability, the corporation as a psychopath, and the corporation as a person.

Through vignettes and interviews, The Corporation examines and criticizes corporate business practices. The film’s assessment is effected via the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV; Robert D. Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI, compares the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath (however, Hare has objected to the manner in which his views are portrayed in the film; see “critical reception” below). The Corporation attempts to compare the way corporations are systematically compelled to behave with what it claims are the DSM-IV’s symptoms of psychopathy, e.g. callous disregard for the feelings of other people, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, reckless disregard for the safety of others, deceitfulness (continual lying to deceive for profit), the incapacity to experience guilt, and the failure to conform to social norms and respect the law. However, the DSM has never included a psychopathy diagnosis, rather proposing antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) with the DSM-IV. ASPD and psychopathy, while sharing some diagnostic criteria, are not synonymous.

Deconstructing Dinner

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Food has fueled and propelled humans throughout our evolution. The story of food is our story. But, where we once enjoyed an intimate, tactile, nourishing and soulful relationship with food, we are now largely disconnected from it and oblivious to its source.

Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing Our Food System aims to change this.

Through its documentary series created by Jon Steinman and Declan O’Driscoll, its informative webisodes, and an interactive web site, Deconstructing Dinner invites us to rediscover food – in our kitchens, our communities, and through one of our most precious assets… our sense of taste.

In each of the six episodes, Jon teams up with local farmers, scientists, backyard gardeners and award-winning chefs like Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), John Sundstrom (Lark), Blaine Wetzel (Willows Inn), Michael Stadtlander (Eigensinn Farm), Heather Carlucci (formerly of PRINT) and Mark Picone (Niagara College). With the help of these chefs, Jon Steinman explores, demystifies and deconstructs six popular foods– Wheat, Tomatoes. Pork, Garlic, Honey and Eggs.

Earth from Space


This is where your food comes from – get the bigger picture. The groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth.

Farmageddon

Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son healed from all allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk, and real food from farms. It depicts people all over the country who formed food co-ops and private clubs to get these foods, and how they were raided by state and local governments.

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

Food Inc

Is it possible that the Rooster truly has come home to Roost, that the Chicken that laid the golden egg” really gave us fool’s gold? Is “cheap food” really cheap? Is health a luxury that you can’t afford? Is it possible that our Health Care Crisis is, in reality a Food Crisis? Is our desire for “cheap food” taken advantage of by Big Businesses that are interested only in the “bottom line?” Is “Big Business” protected by “Big Government Bureaucrats?” What can you and I do about it?

(The) Foods that Make Billions: The Age of Plenty

[Three Part BBC Documentary 2013, Episode 2]

This major new series tells the untold story of how big business feeds us by transforming simple commodities into everyday necessities and highly profitable brands.

This episode tells the incredible story of how business has turned grain into one of the biggest success stories of the modern food industry.

With unprecedented access to the world’s largest food companies, including Kellogg’s, this is the inside story of how breakfast cereals have transformed the way we eat and the way we live.

This is the original processed, convenience food. It has ushered in a modern age of plenty in terms of choice and abundance.

Cereals are cheap and abundant but their real value lies in the processing, advertising and marketing that goes into creating well known brands.

It’s a controversial business that both responds to and drives our changing relationship with food and our obsession with health.

The Money Programme team tells the story of a business that has helped shape the modern world of business and advertising we know today.

King Corn

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.

The above 20 minute clip from PBS gives you an overview of the full length film.

In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and h
ow we farm.

(The) Future of Food and Seed


Scientist, feminist, ecologist and author, Vandana Shiva, presenting the keynote address at the 2009 Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon, on February 28, 2009.

(The) New Green Giants

The New Green Giants - CBC - Doczone

[Doczone, CBC]

The last ten years has seen a phenomenal explosion in the organic food movement as it has moved from niche market to main stream. Today, it is the fastest growing segment of the food industry attracting all of the major food corporations. The New Green Giants looks at a number of these new and old organic corporations and shows how they are managing or in some cases failing to live up to the idealistic dreams first espoused by the back-to-the land folk of the late sixties and early seventies.

Seeds Of Death

In preparation of the global March Against Monsanto, you are invited to watch our award-winning documentary Seeds of Death free.

http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/

The leaders of Big Agriculture–Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta–are determined that world’s populations remain ignorant about the serious health and environmental risks of genetically modified crops and industrial agriculture. Deep layers of deception and corruption underlie both the science favoring GMOs and the corporations and governments supporting them.

This award-winning documentary, Seeds of Death, exposes the lies about GMOs and pulls back the curtains to witness our planet’s future if Big Agriculture’s new green revolution becomes our dominant food supply.

(The) World According to Monsanto

Hello my friends, be prepared for some challenging truths and be warned, our governments are being exposed for the puppet pretend democracies they are…. big BUSINESS calls the shots. People …. just in the way of their progress. We can change our fate, if we unify and use the only weapon feasible to beat the global elite ( major share holders in Monsanto) People Power. uploaded by Uploaded by eboyuk on May 18, 2011

There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it — it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door”. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.

Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.

 

Genetic Fallacy:How Monsanto Silences Scientific Dissent

Brought to you by BoilingFrogsPost.com.
Transcript and Sources are available here.

That a former Monsanto scientist should find himself in charge of a specially-created post at the very journal that published two landmark studies questioning the safety of that company’s products should surprise no one who is aware of the Monsanto revolving door. This door is responsible for literally dozens of Monsanto officials, lobbyists and consultants finding themselves in positions of authority in the government bodies that are supposedly there to regulate the company and its actions.

Find out more about Monsanto’s ability to suppress scientific dissent in this edition of the BoilingFrogsPost.com Eyeopener report.

 

What are Roundup Ready & Bt Pesticide GMO crops?

Here is a great explanation on GMO and Bt pesticide.
A must watch documentary by David Suzuki.

 

The Future of Food

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The Future of Food – BBC

When three continents witnessed food riots in 2007 and 2008, we saw the international food system is not as stable as it looks. There’s unprecedented competition for food due to population growth and changing diets. Experts predict that by 2050, if things don’t change, we will see mass starvation across the world.

In this documentary, George Alagiah travelled the world to unravel the complicated web of links that binds the world’s food together, bringing it from farm to table. It reveals a growing global food crisis that could affect the planet in the years ahead. What can we do to avert this?

 

Reverse Climate Change

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

 

About Our Website

Many of the photos (especially the really good ones) were contributed by Sam Kitt of Goodfare, Alberta.  Other photos were taken by myself, Jerry Kitt, with several contributions from the many WWOOFers who visited the farm.

This website was put together by my good friend Richard Welykochy whose friendship dates back to junior high, during a working holiday we had in Mexico.  The cost of this site was one jar of organic lard rendered from our Berkshire pigs.

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