January 20, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
Grass-feeding cows is simple, right? The farmer puts the cows out in the fresh grass and just lets them eat it. And the the next day the herd is moved to new grass. Nothing to it. Yes... But what about during the winter? How do you grass-feed cows in the winter?
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December 9, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
As an organic farmer, I just totally love finding creation's answer to a problem... You'd have to experience the thrill to know. It just feels so right, so satisfying... so rewarding. It feels like God looks down, and smiles, and says "Yes! That’s my way! Use life to balance life. That is the way I designed my eco-system to function – Each life group balancing out the others so that none become out of control."
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November 26, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
After Worse than Monsanto and then the Concentration Farms post, a lot of you are asking good questions. Since USDA Certified Organic foods are sometimes coming from Concentrated Animal Farms, and these industrial farms quite likely are sourcing their organic feed from imported, possibly fraudulent sources: How can we know? Who can we trust? Which foods are pure and safe? Which brands sell food from confined animal compounds?
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November 12, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
The problem with industrial organics is much deeper than fraudulent imported grain. In fact, to me, that's not their most deceptive tactic. The most deceptive is that factory farmed food from concentrated animal farms is intentionally being marketed as 'free range' and 'free roaming' and foisted unto unsuspecting shoppers.
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November 11, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
Hey, this is exciting! I've got some great news today. We are starting a delivery route to Maryland beginning next week on Wednesday (11/20), which happens to be my dad's (Edwin's) birthday. :) Here are the five Maryland pickup locations. Click for details:
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November 4, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
How many people could 5 million dollars bribe? I know, crazy question... but stick with me and I'll explain. So, the gloves are off, the gantlet is down and we've crossed the Rubicon. There is no turning back. Here's the truth: Fake Industrial Organics are Worse than Monsanto. Seriously? Seriously! Industrial Organics (fake organics) are 'killing off' true organic food supply. And while they're doing it... they're laughing at you, the customer, calling you ignorant and taking your money with broad smiles.
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July 29, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
Good evening Family Cow Folks! I'm sorry I didn't write earlier. I knew you'd have questions and you do deserve answers. The truth is simple. I was busy with spring and summer farm work and didn't have much time to write. I know busy isn't exactly a creative excuse, but it'll have to do in a pinch. :) So here's the question I'm pretty sure you've asked. "Ok... Mr. Shank... so you are right. The new Family Cow butter is yellower, softer and all around more delectable than almost any butter we have ever experienced...
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April 19, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
What is it about this dirt... this ground of our farm? Sometimes I think about it. How my great grandparents and my grandchildren, even though they've never met, have all held it in their hands. Isn't that awesome? It's humbling. Life is short and fragile and passing, but the dirt remains... connecting us all. Six generations of family have worked this land. Close to 100 years. We've milked the cows and gathered the eggs, fed the pigs and raised our families.
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April 16, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
I've Never Done This Before I've never published another farmer's thoughts in Fresh Thoughts on Real Foods. But I guess there's a right time for everything. This crazy story feels like the right time. Plus the farmer who wrote this piece is none other than the renowned Joel Salatin himself, the farmer/writer/philosopher of Polyface Farm, so maybe you'll forgive me. Some folks call Joel the most famous farmer in the world, or the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Joel calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. I call him my most influential pasture mentor as well as one of my favorite writers. I own all 12 of his books. A few days ago I absent mindedly opened Joel's latest 'Musings from The Lunatic Farmer' and was startled by the title "ORGANIC GLYPHOSATE."
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March 26, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
Just Imagine! What if you'd wake up on The Family Cow farm some chilly but sunny morning in March? What if we'd allow you to tag along with our chicken manager, Marlin Charles, as he expertly starts our first 600 chicks for the year? You'd go with Marlin every step of the way... picking the chicks up at the post office, settling them safely into their cozy brooder and helping them each find their first feed and water.
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March 5, 2019 • 0 comment(s)
A few weeks ago, I gave you all an open invitation to share raw milk healing stories. I knew you had them... and you didn't disappoint. Thank you for sharing! So here is a sample, folks. These are real people with real healing from real foods in their own words.
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August 13, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Good afternoon folks, It IS a GOOD afternoon even though bad things are happening. It's still good because, in spite of the bad, good is here to overcome the bad. Let me explain: What is The bad? Organic milk customers are being disrespected and intentionally deceived by factory farms into thinking that their 'organic' milk comes from cows on grass and happy in pasture when it actually does not. And it's happening on a very industrial, family-farm-crushing scale. To make matters worse, this deception is aided and abetted by the USDA. This is bad.
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