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Posted 11/26/2012 10:20pm by Art Ozias.
  • Milk supplies are short again.  We are waiting on Karen.  She is due soon, but we have one maybe two that need to be turned dry, so for this winter, supplies will be erratic.  If you are an out of town customer, call to make sure we have milk.
  • I finished curing and smoking my bacon.  It was so easy.  Everyone should cure their own.
  • I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  We had a great meal, turkey, dirt hog ham, sweet potatoes, cranberries, rolls, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, green beans, chocolate pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie.  We went to the store for very few things.
  • Winter is a slow time.  We still need rain and lots of it.  Hopefully, we will have a mild winter with lots ofmoisture.
  • Beef harvests should start soon. We have several ready, just need to get on the processors schedule.  Fall and winter is the time when most rural people fill their freezers.  One just has to be patient.
  • GMO Labeling Fight Moves toWashingtonState

     Activists inWashingtonStatehave been hard at work on I-522, a November 2013 ballot and legislative initiative to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). And they need our help!


    Building on our Movement's near-victory in California(where we got 48% of the vote, despite being outspent five to one) the Label It WA team is rushing to meet a December 31, 2012 deadline for signature-gathering. They’ve already collected 230,000 signatures. But they need 100,000 more by December 31 to make sure they have the 241,153 valid signatures required to get on the ballot in 2013.


    This is another critical battle for GMO labeling, one with some strategic advantages we didn't have in California. I-522 already has strong support fromWashington farmers, ranchers, and dairies, both organic and conventional, who are up in arms about the economic and environmental threats posed by genetically engineered wheat, apples, and alfalfa.  Plus,Washington is far smaller than Californiain terms of population and registered voters and boasts a powerful network of co-ops, independent natural food stores, and grassroots organizations who are already fully on board with the campaign.


    In addition,Washington's new Governor, Jay Inslee, is a longtime Congressional supporter of GE food labeling and organic agriculture. According toWashingtonStatelaw, if the state legislature feels there is majority support for a ballot initiative, in this case mandatory GE food labeling, they can pass it into law before it goes for a statewide vote in November 2013. 

    If you live in Washington and can help collect signatures, or are willing to set up a meeting with your state legislator in December to convince him or her to support GMO labeling and I-522, sign up here.


    Label It WA also needs money, for paid signature-gatherers, for public education, for coalition-building and to counter the inevitable attacks from Monsanto and Big Food.  The Organic Consumers Fund has donated an initial $60,000 to the campaign, but we need to raise more. To support the campaign, donate here.


    Monsanto and Big Food would love to see us go away, but the millions of people in California and across this country who fought for Prop 37, the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative, have made it clear: we are here to stay. How is it that in 60 other countries, citizens have fought for and won this basic right, yet here in the U.S.we continue to let dirty corporate money corrupt our food and our politics? 

    Let’s get I-522 on the ballot in Washington, let's helpWashington voters convince their legislators to enact I-522 into law even before November 13, and let’s win.




    Medical evidence shows that pregnant mothers exposed to mercury in vaccines are more likely to have children with ADHD

    Learn more:



    Not sure any of you are familiar with this NPR show, but it has some great programs.  Here is one and I think you will enjoy learning some history.


    Thanks to Kim and just per chance on Sunday I caught this Fresh Air rebroadcast and it is worth listening to.

    that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/18/2012 9:30pm by Art Ozias.
  • We had the best waffles ever this morning.  Our own wheat flour, rye flour, eggs, kefir and our milk.  We added baking powder, baking soda, salt and grapeseed oil.
  • Our bacons are curing and will be smoked this week.
  • We still need rain.  If we could just get the springs flowing before winter....
  • The next beef harvest has been delayed due to the deer season.  The processor is full of deer.  We should get in after Thanksgiving.
  • We will be doing turkeys this Tuesday.  This year was not a good year for poultry - too hot, predators and several bad luck incidences.  Hopefully, next year we'll have more. We are watching the Dust Bowl documentary on PBS produced by Ken Burns.  The people during the dust bowl had the same hope - next year will be better.
    An abundance of simple sugars in the diet goads the body into releasing more and more insulin. Eventually, the cellular locks get worn down from overuse. Like a key that’s lost its teeth, insulin loses its ability to easily open the cellular door.
  • The cells become numb to the effects of insulin. As a result, the body pumps out more and more of the hormone to keep its blood sugar levels in check. Eventually, this cycle leads to a dangerous condition called insulin resistance.

    Insulin resistance—at the root of diabetes—causes you to gain belly fat, raises your blood pressure, messes up your cholesterol, makes you infertile, kills your sex drive, makes you depressed, tired, and demented, and even causes cancer.


    Toxicology Expert Explains Why Aspartame is so Dangerous to Your Health

    Aspartame Associated with Increased Risk of Blood Cancers in Long-Term Human Study

    that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra 

Posted 11/11/2012 10:54pm by Art Ozias.
  • It rained today.  Seemed so strange. We got an inch.  Now we need about twelve more, not at once, just over about a month. 
  • Milk is still low.  Karen is due at the end of the month, but I have Sweetpea and Princess that will need to be turned dry soon.
  • Prop 37.


    Perspectives on Prop 37 (Plus a New GMO-Free Zone in US)

     "First of all, let’s celebrate with San Juan County,Washington, for passing its GMO-FreeCountyinitiative. Growing GMOs in theSan Juan Islands will be illegal soon. Thanks to all the great volunteers (and the 60% of the voters) who made that possible. I had the great pleasure of doing a speaking tour on three of the islands in September; their campaign was truly an inspiration. Well done San Juan County!


    California’s Prop 37 campaign was the latest (and greatest) expression of the rising anti-GMO tide in the US that has swelled over the last 2-3 years. Other expressions have included the popularity of the Non-GMO label in grocery stores, the huge number of activists working on GMO issues, the unprecedented GMO coverage in the media, and the 19 state legislatures that considered GMO labeling bills. These are all early signs of a coming tipping point of consumer rejection. What sets Prop 37 apart, however, was how profoundly it has accelerated anti-GMO sentiment in both quantity and quality. 


    Huge numbers of people became aware for the first time that they were eating GMOs—we have changed the whole conversation. And numerous actors, chefs, musicians, artists, filmmakers, politicians, comedians, and others chimed in support of our side for the very first time. Being against GMOs or pro-labeling has clearly become cool.



    From the quality perspective, I was blown away by the enthusiasm, competence, and utter devotion of the California volunteers. What I witnessed in the more than 50 events I attended throughout the state over the last 90 days was totally unique in my experience. The depth and solidarity of commitment to this issue is profoundly established. 


    Although we narrowly lost on the vote, the campaign has propelled our movement forward onto a whole new platform. I am more confident and optimistic than ever that we will soon achieve the tipping point that we all desire. 

    Please forward this email to other Prop 37 supporters. Please subscribe to our newsletter, Spilling the Beans, as we can’t wait to share some of the plans that are taking shape. 


    Congratulations to all those involved. And remember, this was part of a rising tide that is still rising! 

    Safe Eating,


    Jeffrey M. Smith


    It's largely ignored and greatly under-reported. But now the NY Times and Wall Street Journal are sounding the alarm, saying this could be considered the sixth leading cause of death in America.  According to the 2011 Health Grades Hospital Quality in America Study, the incidence rate of medical harm occurring in the United Statesis estimated to be over 40,000 harmful and/or lethal errors each and EVERY day.2

    What's most shocking is that the harm often is preventable.

    Here is the complete report, .



    Nice comment.  “Also, I have to share that pretty much every night when we sit at the table for dinner (are we strange or what, sitting at the table for dinner), my almost 5-year-old son says “is this Farmer Art's cow/chicken/pig?  Cause it sure is good.”  He is so funny and he loves his meats from Farmer Art.”  Jason


     I received an email this past week from someone who had received "the book"; remember, you were  to read it and pass it on.  December 31 is fast approaching. 

    For those that have read the book,  Folks, This Ain’t Normal, enjoy watching Joel at

that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/4/2012 11:18pm by Art Ozias.
  • It has never been dryer.  Just because your grass greened up and it looks like times are better, they are not.  My spring is still dry, been that way since early Summer.  We have not had any "run off" water for ponds in over a year.  This Winter is going to be very testy if there is no water in our ponds.  Isaac put 5 inches in the ponds.  There was no run off as the ground sucked it up and now the ground is very dry again.  It would take several 2-4 inch rains, and we normally don't have that going into Winter. It is forecasted we will get 0.1 inch tonight and tomorrow.  Wow!!
  • The "dirt" hog emails went out Saturday.  It you were on the list and didn't get an email, I will see if any of my other sources will have any soon.  I found a much better way to cure bacon and will try it, makes a lot of sense.
  • Coach is coming along nicely now with the sheep.  Those goats were too bossy for a young dog.
  • Sofie is spending her first night outside on the porch.  She has made herself at home, but in typical fashion does not come when called.  Pyrenees are very independent.  Lucy was half Pyrenees and half Border Collie, and when it came to training, the Pyrenees was dominant.
  • One more day and the telephone will go silent for another 4 years and we can get back to Big Pharma ads on TV.  Doctors, get ready with all the new questions, "ask your doctor is XX is right for you".
  • New research, published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology, indicates a connection between a component in Monsanto’s Roundup and Parkinson’s disease. Glyphosate is said to induce cell death, with frightening repercussions.


    The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl oz. can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to:

    - 42 percent higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
    - 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
    - 31 percent higher non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk (in men only)

    Learn more:



    Watch Genetic Roulette free until Nov 6. 


    More on Monsanto.  This Tuesday we will know if California can cause the rest of the states to wake up.  Here’s hoping.


    And there’s more and this is quite interesting.

    that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra
Posted 10/28/2012 10:16pm by Art Ozias.
  • We have a new addition to the family.  Yes, a baby.   Her name is Sophie and she is a Great Pyrenees.  She "replaces" Lucy.  Lucy was one of a kind.  Still miss her.
  • Those on the list for a "Dirt" hog will be getting an email this week.  Not sure which day, as I must coordinate with the processor tomorrow.
  • Only twelve chickens left.
  • I am still waiting on some beef deposits.  Remember, your beef is not reserved until I have the deposit.  Federal law, I must sell you a live animal.
  • I very seldom put political signs on my property, but I did this weekend.  One guy is in favor of CAFO's and the other one  not.  If you live in town, it doesn't make any difference. If you live in a rural area and have one built next to you, it's the kiss of death especially if it is upwind.
  • For some the flu season is coming.  This may be of help for those.


    Here is an interesting video from  Science Friday.  I  love that program on NPR.  Sure hope NPR is on the air next year.


    There are only 10 days left until election day and the fight for GMO labeling needs your help today! On November 6, Californians will make an historic vote on Prop 37 to label genetically modified foods and we need your help to win!

    Right now Monsanto, DuPont and giant pesticide companies are bombarding the airways in California with deceptive ads trying to confuse California voters. They're spending $1 million dollars a day to defeat Prop 37 and GMO labeling.


    I know it is not easy, but as with most things, do in moderation. Not six hours a day!!!!


    Why organic?


    Good independent research by Iowa State, but will anyone read it.  It was in the New York Times, but I doubt it will make it to your local rag.  Here it is.


    It's estimated that one Indian farmer now commits suicide every 30 minutes. Most end their lives by drinking pesticide. Wow, what an indictment for GMO’s.

    that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra 

Posted 10/21/2012 9:54pm by Art Ozias.
  • We will have one more chicken day in Dec.  I have been allocated 50 and 25 are already spoken for. 
  • Beef notices were sent last week and I think my records are up to date.  Several have already submitted their deposit and their beef is reserved.
  • We will  have more "dirt" hogs in two weeks, so if you recently requested one it won't be long.  Watch your emails for the notice.
  • We had a bad week.  Our faithful dog, Lucy, had to be put down.
  • Cut the final crop of alfalfa.  It may take several days to cure with rain forecasted and temps in the 70"s.

I am including a link to this document,  .  It is 20 pages, but you can download it and read at your own pace.  Feel free to forward it.  Here is the introduction for the document. 

"The purpose of this document is to subsume and condense the huge amount of background information and jump directly to a critical analysis of our human predicament as we run short of the energy required for continued population growth. Please read this document through and become pro-active. We’ve run out of time to face the perfect storm of peaking energy, ecological devastation, over-population, and economic collapse. The time to become involved is now. Feel free to use this document in any way."

That's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra

Posted 10/14/2012 10:44pm by Art Ozias.
  • Chicken day was this past Saturday.  I have ten extras.  Anyone interested?  They average about 5 pounds.
  • Hogs go tomorrow, so be watching your email for instructions on who to call.
  • We had 1.3 inches of rain.  It came down so slowly that there was no runoff.  My spring is still not running.
  • I have borrowed three goats to help in training Coach,our new  Border Collie.  Goats are an experience. 
  • Our granddaughter found a possum,"something spikey" in one of the chicken nests this morning.  I had to take the necessary step to insure no loss in the flock and eggs.
  • Remember reading about the GMO study I linked to recently in an UPDATE?  Well, Russia read that study and is taking action.


    Here is a great video on health.   She doesn’t advocate animal products including milk, but I don’t either given what is available in the store.


    If Monsanto and DuPont were willing to lie about the safety of DDT and Agent Orange 50 or so years ago, what is to stop them from lying about the safety of GMOs today? And why are these two companies spending millions of dollars to oppose GMO labeling if GMOs are supposedly safe, as they both continually claim? The public needs to know the truth about what is actually going on here, and the Yes on 37 campaign is trying to tell them with its new television ad:
  • that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra

Posted 10/7/2012 9:13pm by Art Ozias.
  • If you ordered chickens and DID NOT receive an email about this coming Saturday's pick up, please let me know as soon as possible. There may be some extra chickens.  If you did get the email, be sure to let me know ASAP that you will make the pick up on Saturday and also let me know the number of chickens you requested.
  • DIRT HOGS.  I also sent an email regarding hogs.  I need to hear from you so I can get the exact number.  I have to know by Tuesday of this week.  If you have already responded, thanks.
  • My laptop was compromised and Robert is working to get it back on line.  It has all my beef information.  I have a half of beef at the processor and I am not sure who is next in line.   Someone is going to get a quick email this week, so watch your email.

that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra

Posted 9/30/2012 10:31pm by Art Ozias.
  • Chicken day planning was well done and then Bob the main guy had to work overtime solving KCP&L problems.  The water was not started soon enough and that put us about 30 minutes behind.  We try to time it pretty close so you can get your chickens home and in your freezer.  Trying to hold them with ice is marginal at best.  It is absolutey necessary with the temperatures are extreme, but at 70-80 we have more of time.  I will make arrangements tomorrow for those that came early.
  • The ground beef pick up went very well.  Thanks to all that got their ground beef.
  • Milk has picked back up somewhat and we are filling most of the older existing customers.  We replaced that cow that had too much testosterone with a new cow,  Her name is Karen and she is due to calf at the end of November.  That should get us thru the Winter.
  • We have an apple tree  in bloom.  The grass went dormant during all that hot weather and it has come back with a dark green typical of Spring.  I guess plants have got it figured out, be it cold or hot, to protect themselves so they can exist.
  • We’ve talked about this regarding the pharmaceutical compainies, but if is rampant with ag corps as well.

    “Does all this funding have a direct influence on researchers? Absolutely. According to the report, more than fifteen percent of university researchers acknowledge having “changed the design, methodology, or results of a study in response to pressure from a funding source.” If fifteen percent readily acknowledge it, how many more have been influenced but are reluctant to admit it?

    We’ll conclude with the troubling story ofSouth DakotaStateUniversity. According to the report, David Chicoine, president of SDSU, joined Monsanto’s board of directors in 2009. That year he received $390,000 from Monsanto, more than his academic salary. Just a few weeks before Chicoine joined the Monsanto board, the company sponsored a $1 million plant breeding fellowship program at SDSU.

    Immediately SDSU started suing farmers for patent infringement because they were engaging in the time-honored practice of “saving seed” (farmers have historically saved the seed from their strongest crops for the next year in order to share and sell in future harvests, instead of purchasing an entirely new batch of seeds). SDSU joined Monsanto in identifying farmers who saved seed by using private investigators and toll-free anonymous hotlines.”

    Here is the link to the entire article,



    Just to keep you current on the fluoride issure.

    That's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra
Posted 9/23/2012 10:34pm by Art Ozias.
  • Ground beef will be this Saturday around noon.  I will know how much is available on Monday.  I will send an email to those getting beef.  You will need to respond as soon as you get the email to let me know if you will be able to pick up your ground beef.  If, by Wednesday I have not heard from you, I will have to go to the next person on the list.
  • Chicken day is Sunday.  Likewise, I will be sending an email notice to those getting chickens. Pick up will be in the afternoon.  I will include the time in the email.
  • I was noticing labels recently at the grocery store.  In the meat case the label read, Product of USA, Canada and Mexico.  I thought the law regarding Country of Origin Labeling, COOL, was "Country" and not "Countries".  Oh well, if the corporations don't want you to know, they simply skirt the law. 
  • Last weeks beef deliveries went very smoothly even though I was a day early for the local deliveries.  Thanks again.
  • Gilbert's meat locker has some extra smoked pork shoulders.  They  usually sell a lot of them during their fall street fair.  This year they sold mostly "porkage" burgers and have several shoulders left over.  He is letting me have first dibs on them.  He usually sells them in his market for over $3/#.  I can get them for $2.50/#.  They are 8-10 #'s.  We had one today.  We smoked it on our pellet grill for about 6 hours and it was delicious.  When you respond  for the ground beef and chickens, if you want one be sure to include your request when you RSVP. 
  • We will be making a Green Pastures order this week.  If you need Cod Liver Oil, Coconut Oil, or Ghee let me know.
  •  I sure hope everyone took advantage of the free offer for the DVD this past week.

    • The metabolism of fructose causes most of the same toxic effects as ethanol, such as visceral adiposity (belly fat), insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome; but when consumed excessively fructose may actually be more damaging to your health, having over 70 documented adverse effects


    We have told you about this numerous times.  Remember,  we no longer buy Blue Bell ice cream once our granddaughter (7 years )  told us that HFCS is used in the ice cream.


    From Jason M

    “I will send the rest tomorrow.  Not sure what is different, but the sirloin we ate tonight was the most flavorful and tender streak we have had.”

    It may be our genetics.  We have been slowly changing them for the past 9 years.


    Tammy A.


    “Hello Art!  We are certainly enjoying the beef from the 1/2 side we purchased from you this summer.  I wanted to see if you take orders year round for beef, or is it just for summer?  We want to keep our supply plentiful and see about securing another order from you.  Hope all is well with you!”


    Monsanto has directly supported at least 65 candidates for federal office in the 2012 elections, with significant dollars "donated" to the chairs and leadership of the House and Senate Ag Committee.  Here is the link,


    I was suspicious of the recent bashing of organics by the Stanford University "study".  As always, "follow the money".



    I heard this interview and in the context on the recent “uproar” over the 47% issue, I thought all would benefit learning about how the 99%’ers subsidize the corporatocracy.  Noone is talking about the government handouts to corporations.  It is at about the 12-13 minute point in the interview.




    I wish we could produce enough milk for everyone.  It is truly a wonderful FOOD.

    that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra