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Posted 4/14/2010 8:47pm by Art Ozias.
  • The Missouri Conservation Department send us a duplicate shipment of trees.  Anyone wanting a free tree, or several can have a witch hazel, pecan, white oak, blackchoke cherry or white pine.  Email me.  Let me know and I will heel them in for you. 
  • Our raised beds are full and plants are growing.  The green house is overflowing.  We finally have a dry garden and will be planting it tomorrow. 
  • A cow had twin calves last week.  We have six more to calve. 

This is very scary.  Make sure you download the guide for non- GMO foods.  If you are getting your food from a grocery store BEWARE.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-grayson/eco-etiquette-how-can-i-a_b_421183.html

 

 

Here is a very important article on magnesium.  This caused me a week end stay in the hospital  as my levels got low and the cardiac arrhythmias. commenced.  There are a lot of consequences of low levels of magnesium.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christiane-northrup/magnesium-calcium_b_509115.html 

 

Here is an interesting twist on Big Ag.  There are so many limiting factors.  http://www.naturalnews.com/028495_agriculture_potash.html

 

As you read this remember that your spinach you buy in the store is about half, in terms of nutrient density, as the spinach 50 years ago.  And next year it will less than this year.  Our soils are being depleted, albeit very slowly, but less is still less.  CONSIDER GROWING YOUR OWN AND ADD MINERALS TO YOUR SOIL.   http://www.naturalnews.com/028493_nutrition_degenerative_disease.html

 

Did you know there are organic cheaters?  http://www.naturalnews.com/028500_organic_products_shampoo.html

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 4/4/2010 8:16pm by Art Ozias.
  • The KC Food Circle Expo was very well attended.  We got to meet some existing customers and met a lot of new potential customers.  More and more are becoming aware of the limitations in our present food supply.
  • We are still taking orders for pork.
  • We have some lard from the last pork harvest.
  • Debra has been baking our bread.  It sure is good.  She uses a no knead recipe.
  • Those who have ordered the ground beef should have received and email with pick up instructions.  If you did not, you need to email me ASAP.
  • Chickens are doing well.  The first two batches are sold.  If you want chickens this year you need to email me and get on our list.  When they become available I will provide the pick up details.

Know your water.  http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/the-story-of-bottled-water?utm_source=wkly20100326&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mrOstrander

 

Some may have read the news item in the KC Star re raw milk.  Well, here is another view point.  http://douglassreport.com/reports/raw-milk/?gclid=CKr97fez36ACFRE55wodBUReCQ

 

Read this and then find some real milk.  Store milk has some potential side effects.  Very interesting.  http://www.naturalnews.com/028449_soft_drinks_pancreatic_cancer.html

 

Flu season is finally over.  We had sunshine finally.  It takes sun and exposed skin and no more flu.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/25/vitamin-d-deficiency-is-why-you-get-flu.aspx

 

This is very scary.  Make sure you download the guide for non- GMO foods.  If you are getting your food from a grocery store BEWARE.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/25/vitamin-d-deficiency-is-why-you-get-flu.aspx



that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 3/27/2010 10:32pm by Art Ozias.
  • Just returned from the KC Food Circle EXPO.  They estimated around 3000 visitors.  There was a steady stream of people looking for sources of locally produced/raised food.  Many had seen the film Food, Inc.  Many that stopped to visit our table had just recently decided to find a better source than WalMart for their food.
  • We are still taking orders for the ground beef.  It is $3.50/ lb for a minimum 20 pound order.  Pick up will be April 10 at the farm.
  • Chicken prices this year will be $3/#.  The first batch is sold.  It will be another 4 weeks til they are processed.  We will be having more about every four weeks.  If you want to reserve some send an email and I will put you on the list, first come, first served.  Pick up will be the same day we process them.  If you can't make that date, we will notify the next on the list.
  • The June beef is sold.  If you have an invoice and have not returned the deposit, you will be on the next processing date.  It will be in July maybe August. 
  • The next KC Food Circle EXPO will be the next Saturday in Independence, Mo.  Go to www.kcfoodcircle.org for directions and for a schedule of events.

Here is more evidence that GMO’s are killing us.  http://www.naturalnews.com/028388_GM_crops_kidney_damage.html

 

We don’t pump our chickenshttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/18/salt-water-soaked-chicken-isnt-natural-at-all.aspx

 

Here’s one on the lighter side.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE2r0vjkXK0&feature=player_embedded

 

 

Here some more on MSG among other news.  http://www.naturalnews.com/028323_Hydrolyzed_Vegetable_Protein_HVP.html

 

Industrial confinement factories and anti-biotic useage.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shelley-a-hearne/save-lives-save-animals-b_b_508847.html

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 3/21/2010 9:57pm by Art Ozias.
  • We are still taking orders for the ground beef.  It is $3.50 per pound and a minumun order of 20 pounds.  Pick up will be in about two weeks.
  • It is still wet and about 6 inches of snow.  Today most of the snow melted.  It will begone tomorrow.
  • We have a loaner cow to fill in for Daisy.  She had an udder problem and her calf is hopefully solving the issue.  The loaner likes to kick, so that makes it interesting.  My first kicker.  We are slowly adding back existing customers as milk becomes available. 
  • Hogs were delivered last week.  Those that ordered pork will be able to pick up in Holden, Mo next week. 
  • The KC Food Circle Expo will be this Saturday in Shawnee Mission, Ks and on Apr 3 the Expo will be in Independence, Mo.  Breezy Hill will be at both.



  • Here  is a must read and study about Vit D.  Read it and learn the truth about this important vitamin. 
    http://www.naturalnews.com/028353_vitamin_D_sunlight.html 
     

If you are unlucky and get a severe  E-Coli event then here is what will await you.  Don’t take a chance.  Grass finished beef’s E-Coli won’t live in your acid stomach.  http://www.ecoliblog.com/2010/03/articles/e-coli-information/national-kidney-month-what-it-is-like-to-live-with-end-stage-renal-disease-esrd/index.html

 

Author of “The Road from Ruin”  has some good ideas.  Now to get someone to do something. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-bishop/the-road-from-ruin-wake-u_b_494599.html

 

How bad are things right now?

- Four companies process more than 85% of U.S. beef cattle.

- Two companies sell 50% of U.S. corn seed.

- One company controls 40% of the U.S.milk supply.

- Five firms dominate the grocery sector, ensuring that low prices paid to farmers aren't passed along to consumers at the store.

 

After decades of government officials looking the other way, regulators are finally acknowledging there might be a problem.  Tomorrow, Food & Water Watch staff are participating in the first of several hearings being held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hear about the state of competition in agriculture markets.

 

Join our effort to break up the monopolies in the food system:

http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2535

 

Here’s a great idea that will help protect your health and save you money.  http://www.naturalnews.com/028277_pesticides_fresh_produce.html



that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 3/14/2010 8:48pm by Art Ozias.
  • "We love the hog. My son said best roast I ever made. lol. We have been extremely pleased with all the meat we have got from you. Thank you so much for helping us along on a healthier path." Debbie
  • Last Call for a Hog.  I need to know by Tuesday if you want a hog.
  • Our offer for Kombucha is still open. Bring a gallon jar and we will get you started.  Starter kits on the web cost $50 plus shipping.  We get a specialty foods magazine, and there were a lot of adds for bottled Kombucha.  The word is getting out.  Our local Farm and Home have seed starting mats for 30% off.  These will keep it at 70 deg.  Probably won't need them when it gets warmer.  Sure did work well this winter.
  • The first batch of chickens are sold.  We have someone that has a standing order for 30.  It's a group and they are pooling their purchases.  We may have to increase orders to make sure all get some for their freezers.
  • Are taking orders for ground beef.  It will be $3.50/# with minimum of 20 pound order.  We are packaging it in pound and a half packages.  Pick up will be in two to three weeks

Looks like Bill is hanging out with the wrong crowd.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/20/gates-donates-10-billion-dollars-for-vaccines.aspx

 

I wish I had read this in my local paper, or seen it on the nightly news.   http://www.ecoliblog.com/articles/e-coli-outbreaks/   

 

Here is an interesting lecture on Perma Culture.  I got it from the YES web site.  https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&shva=1#search/yes+magazine/126c3c6dfc6cc433

 

Here’s one just for fun.  Thanks Kim.  http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid960594369?bclid=958498245&bctid=1716406566

 

http://food.change.org/blog/view/obesity_agricultures_ultimate_externality

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 3/13/2010 10:40am by Art Ozias.
  • The next hog day will be this week.  Probably on Wednesday.  If you have indicated that you wanted some pork, please reconfirm with an e-mail just to make sure your request was not lost.  Anyone else just let me know.  They will be about $150-175 for the whole hog (divide by two if you want a half) and the processing is about $200 per hog ($100 for a half).
  • We still have some wheat and honey.
  • We have some lard from a previous hog day.
  • We have eggs.
  • The milk situation may be getting better next week.  I may be getting a loaner for six weeks until Lila calves.  Daisy is having an udder issue and I have turned her calf out with her.  Perhaps nature will solve the problem. 

     

. Health concerns used to block imports of U.S. meat
Russia has used two concerns about health - use of chlorine as a disinfectant in poultry processing plants and use of antibiotics in pork production – as reasons to ban some U.S. meat imports. Russia, a major trading partner, began blocking imports of U.S. poultry in January, citing concerns about chlorine treatment, which is a long-standing and common practice in the United States. European Union countries have also invoked chlorine treatment as a reason to block U.S. poultry imports in the past. Russia has also banned U.S. pork imports from all but a few production plants due to quality issues, primarily antibiotic residues in pork. Antibiotic resistance is another health concern that could be used by our trading partners as an excuse to block imports. Read more from Reuters, or read Representative Louise Slaughter's op-ed in The Columbia Missourian about antibiotic resistance and trade issues.

 

Interesting and educational on soils.   http://forces.si.edu/soils/index.html

 

Just for fun.  I was in the 2%.  How did you do?

See how well you do compared to the national averages. 

Test your knowledge with 12 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how others did. http://pewresearch.org/politicalquiz/quiz/index.php

 

Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease?  Perhaps this would have helped them 20 years ago.  This is a disease of our civilization. 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/18/high-blood-pressure-linked-to-dementia.aspx  

 

 We still have two yogurt makers for sale, $20.

Be careful with store yogurts.  Eat kraut and a  grassfed hot dog, or make your own yogurt.  http://probiotics.mercola.com/probiotics.html


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra 

Posted 2/27/2010 11:56pm by Art Ozias.

The following was sent to me by RP, a local lawyer in Warrensburg.  Thanks RP.

Thank YOU for alerting everyone. I lived in Iowa for 15 years and saw what was happening to family farms, to country folks living near the hog confinement factories, to the workers at IBP, to the animals themselves.

If passed, the constitution would prevent people near or downwind from hog confinement facilities from getting laws passed to clean the air and the stink. Thus far, scientific support is tentative for the claim that these air pollutants are the cause of the headaches and other illnesses plaguing folks living near these things. Until such evidence is "established," the Missouri Constitution will prohibit our representatives from making laws to protect us. This will be a triple-whammy for family farms - struggling against these behemoth agricorporations, losing the fresh air and environmental quality that's part of family farm heritage, and watching the value of one's land plummet in the cloud of pollution.

People need to understand that a constitutional amendment is pretty tough to change once passed. It puts handcuffs on our elected lawmakers, constraining them. That's sometimes a good thing (life, liberty, etc). But it's an extreme measure where ordinary legislation should be the venue of choice.

Myself, I don't want corporate greed enshrined in my state's constitution.


This is in reponse to my recent request for assistance in stopping HJR 86.  If you need to refresh, check the last update.  RP also provided the following link http://www.house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills101/bills/hjr86.htm

News Update.   Check out the pasture requirements for organic dairies.  http://www.cornucopia.org/category/cornucopia-news/   

 

Factory Farms in the Ocean? 

http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2359

 

Here is a good video for Vit B12 and Vit D3 and many other health items.. 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/02/13/david-wolfe-interview.aspx

 

The Weston A. Price Foundation has issued the following press release about the "Health Starts Here" low-fat, mostly vegetarian marketing program at Whole Foods Markets.

 

http://www.westonaprice.org/WHOLE-FOODS-PROMOTES-MILITANT-VEGETARIAN-AGENDA.html

Remember to call on Monday.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 2/26/2010 10:08pm by Art Ozias.
  • Many people ask, "What can I do?.  Well, here's an opportunity to help maintain what little control we have on the expansion of CAFO's.

 

HJR 86, the Bad CAFO Bill, to be on House Floor Monday.
If You Have Not Called, Please Call TODAY!
If You Have Called, Please Forward This Email To As Many People As Possible & Please Ask Them To Call.
Please Call This Weekend or As Early Monday As Possible.
 
*HJR 86 would de-regulate much of corporate agribusiness in Missouri at the expense of Missouri's Family Farms, Rural Communities and Local Democracy. 
 
*Please See Action Alert Below.

 

Please Forward!!!
Constitutional Amendment Could Take Away Local Control & State CAFO Standards
Call House Members & Tell Them to Vote NO on HJR 86!
(See House of Representatives Below)
 
Representative Tom Loehner has introduced House Joint Resolution 86 (HJR 86), which would change the Missouri Constitution and could have unintended and far-reaching consequences regarding local control and even our current state CAFO standards. 
 
This Bill Could Come to the Floor Monday...
Please Call Now!!!
Please call (phone numbers listed below):
Your Own Representative,
Rep. Tilley, the Majority Floor Leader (the person who makes decisions about what comes to the House Floor),
Rep. Richard, the Speaker of the House,
Rep. Loehner, sponsor of HJR 86,
& Any Other Representative You Have a Relationship with.
Talking Points for HJR 86 (Bill Language Below):
HJR 86 could stop the state from regulating CAFOs.  HJR 86 includes language stating that "it shall be the right of citizens to raise domesticated animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on animal owners". 
HJR 86 could stop counties from passing health ordinances to protect their citizens from the negative impacts of industrial livestock operations.  HJR 86 includes language that "No law criminalizing or otherwise regulating crops or the welfare of any domesticated animals shall be valid unless based upon generally accepted scientific principles and enacted by the general assembly". 
HJR 86 is not simply a new law, but proposes an amendment to the Missouri State Constitution.  This means that any unintended consequences of this language would be cemented into the state constitution and would over-ride any current statute or future action of the state legislature.
Representative Loehner should change the language of HJR 86 to clarify the purpose of the bill.  The current language is too broad and creates the possibility of too many far-reaching consequences for independent family farmers, local control and the ability of elected representatives to respond to the citizens of the state.
House Joint Resolution 86:
 
Article I, Constitution of Missouri, is amended by adding one new section, to be known as section 35, to read as follows:
 
Section 35. That agriculture which provides food, energy, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri's economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri's economy, it shall be the right of citizens to raise domesticated animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on animal owners. No law criminalizing or otherwise regulating crops or the welfare of any domesticated animals shall be valid unless based upon generally accepted scientific principles (This could mean anything as scientific principles seem to change based on how much money is involved)  and enacted by the general assembly.  (And that depends which party is in control)
 
Representative Tom Loehner: (573) 751-1344
Representative Steven Tilley: (573) 751-1488
Representative Ron Richard: (573) 751-2173

Now some fun.  

Want to learn about the e-coli?

http://www.about-ecoli.com/

 

 

here is a great video that was on YES’s web site.  I think you will enjoy it.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/how-do-i-invite-you-to-grow-food/?utm_source=wkly20100212&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=descr_tnVideo


First batch of chickens are sold.

I have an order for another hog.  I need a couple more to jusify the 100 miles of driving to get the hogs and deliver them to the processor.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 2/22/2010 10:28pm by Art Ozias.
  • Baby chicks are due Feb 23.  It takes about 7 weeks.  There will be 50 in each batch.  Bob and I will get another batch every 3-4 weeks.  Now is the time to start placing your orders; we will notify you when pick up will be.  I guess the grass will get green; it has plenty of moisture.  It sure doesn't look like pastured poultry weather with ice on the trees.
  • My cured and smoked bacon turned out great. The ponhaus is also good.  My son, Pete, said it is awesome. 
  • We had the best brisket ever last Sunday.  We will put the recipe on the web site.  Of course, we recommend grass finished brisket.

    Here is recent customer comment.  

Truly sorry that I was not able to be here when you delivered the beef, but absolutely wanted to provide feedback.

 

First, with the half-hog that we purchased, I must say that we are quite pleased, though we have not yet eaten a significant portion.  I have sampled the bacon, sausage, chops and a roast and have been duly impressed.  Never had bacon smell so "bacony" before.

 

Beef is, however, my preferred meat.  This past weekend, I finally got to tear into a steak.  I recently purchased a new grill which I am still trying to figure out as it is much hotter and consistent than my last.  Grilled a couple of rib-eyes and unfortunately they were certainly well-done.  I was amazed at how tender a well done steak was able to come out...with no seasonings whatsoever, they tasted great.

 

Last night, I achieved my goal of a medium rib-eye to perfection and was not disappointed.  The flavor and tenderness were near perfect.  Will say that I chose the rib-eye because, of the better cuts, this is my least favorite as I prefer the leaner cuts.

 

Also, the hamburger...I cannot believe how lean it is..which is a good thing in my book.

 

Very happy I made this decision...even though it was essentially made in a day and well before I had intended to make it.  Probably the best quick decision I have ever made.



  • Here’s another Jerry Brunetti video.  You’ll learn a lot.  This guy is really smart. He's an animal nutritionist.  He survived cancer and he is sharing things learned.  You may want to share this with someone who is facing a similiar challenge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na6jopSorlM

    The following is a news release by R-Calf's, Dr. Max Thornsberry.

Billings, Mont. – Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat has become the law of the land, and you’d think a pig had been stuck with a knife considering all the squealing coming from the multinational beef packing industry and its trade associations.

 

The U.S. was the last country in the Western Hemisphere without some form of COOL for meat. COOL never would’ve come to pass here unless consumer groups had joined the fight. A few thousand independent cattlemen were no match for the millions of dollars raised by those opposed to COOL, mainly the beef packing industry and grocery store groups. Once millions of consumers became incensed about melamine in their dog and cat food, COOL became a reality

Well, it wasn’t quite that simple, but almost.

The mandatory COOL law was written to accommodate trade with our neighbors. “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in U.S.,” or “Born in Mexico, Slaughtered in U.S.,” are legal, proper labels. Initially, the packing industry simply labeled all meat products “Product of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.” 

 

A simple ‘North American’ label, but it misleads consumers when it is applied to beef that is exclusively of U.S. origin and does not provide consumers with their right to exercise choice in the marketplace.

 

Wendy’s restaurants proudly advertise their hamburgers are made from North American beef. The North American label is a mixed label and is not what Congress intended for beef produced from cattle born, raised and slaughtered in the United States of America.

Packers like Tyson Foods labeled their beef with a mixed North American label. Yet, once forced to actually label red meat properly, several packers placed the origin label in such small letters it takes reading glasses to actually read it, if you can even find it.  

Until meatpackers begin to properly distinguish beef from U.S. cattle from the beef from Canadian or Mexican cattle with a conspicuous and legible label, the marketplace will not function properly and the benefits of COOL cannot materialize. If COOL was implemented as the law is written and if USDA would enforce the rules as Congress intended, consumers would be able to exercise choice in the marketplace, and the demand created by their choices would determine the relative value of cattle from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Unfortunately, these relative values for domestic and imported cattle are being arbitrarily decided by the multinational packers that are politically motivated to destroy COOL.

These packers are now making it difficult for Canadian and Mexican cattle to receive the mixed label (cattle imported from Canada and slaughtered in the U.S. are eligible for a mixed label that states “Product of Canada and U.S.”). This has prompted Canada and Mexico to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). U.S. cattlemen who feed Mexican steers are being discounted by the packers, if the packers even choose to buy them. This is going on even though the beef from those cattle is eligible for a mixed-origin label that includes both the U.S. and Mexico.

 

While all this is happening, USDA does nothing – by design, I think. USDA did not support COOL, and I believe, is setting up COOL for a complete failure. If this occurs, beef will be generic in the U.S., and the U.S. consumer will have no idea where their beef originated in the world and no choice as to which country’s beef they choose to cook for their family’s dinner. 

 

The long-range goal of the huge multinational food corporations is to acquire food anywhere in the world where it can be produced for the least cost, where cheap land and cheap labor can be exploited. We have seen in this country what “too big to fail” has wrought in the financial industries. Do we really desire to turn over food production to multinational corporations? 

 

There basically is only one industry left in Rural America sufficiently dispersed to provide nearly every rural community with the opportunity to generate new economic activity. That industry, the independent U.S. cow/calf sector, produces a new set of wealth each spring. If this sector fails, grocery stores will be full of food from around the world, and the average American will have no choice as to which country’s beef her family consumes. 

It will be generic beef. 

 

I give us about 10 years, unless we fight for COOL, and win. 

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra


 
Posted 2/9/2010 9:04pm by Art Ozias.
  • Hogs are available.  They will weigh about 250 pounds.  They will be about $125-150.  The processing is about $200.  That's for the whole hog.  For a half divide by two.  There is not much in this for me, as we don't raise the hogs.  I know how hard it is to find quality pork and the small producer needs support.  If you want pastured pork and a tub of healthy lard, now is your chance.  Yes, lard is healthy.  I have a great article explaining the benefits of using lard.  What else is there for high temperature cooking and for that great pie crust?  
  • The fermenter we use for sauerkraut is a Gartopf.
  • We've added a customer comments page .  Check it out.

Another BPA story.  http://health.msn.com/nutrition/customize-your-diet/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100253605&gt1=31065

 

More E-Coli http://www.ecoliblog.com/2010/02/articles/e-coli-recalls/west-missouri-beef-recalls-fresh-boneless-beef-products-due-to-possible-e-coli-o157h7-contamination/index.html

http://food.change.org/blog/view/why_your_packaged_salad_may_be_disgustingly_filthy . After reading this I am glad we have our small greenhouse.  We’ve had greens all winter.  It’s great.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra