I hesitated to write this post, because I don’t do controversy, but I feel strongly that someone needs to set the record straight. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) does very little to help animals. Instead, they promote terror campaigns and kill animals – even going so far as to steal family pets out of people’s homes. I had no idea how bad the situation was until I started digging – then I was horrified. In this post, I’ll share the ugly truth about PETA. It’s time that the information was known, so homesteaders who raise their own meat don’t have to face these ugly attacks alone….
A Typical Day Homesteading
What’s a typical day homesteading like? I’ve teamed up with a number of my “self-reliance guru” friends to share a peek into our homesteading lives, from urban homesteading to full tilt farm life, and everything in between….
Written on 11/7/2014 as a personal facebook post. I got so much feedback on it I decided to add some photos.
Today I put up the driveway markers for snow plowing, emptied the kitty litter out by the fruit trees to discourage the mousies, spread the ashes lightly around the garden, took out the compost, brought in the last of the pumpkins from the greenhouse and the little fairy from the garden, fed the birds, tucked some bins and posts into the greenhouse, and added more corn stalks on top of the parsnips to hold the straw down. The boys moved the water jugs around the grapes and blueberries for extra protection, and filled the wood racks. Tonight I froze celery and made pumpkin leather….
I had planned to post today about solar water heating, and have been snapping photos, shooting video and gathering info about our system to share with you. Then I woke up this morning and thought, “You know what? It’s the last “official” weekend of summer, and those that are doing projects already have them in the works, and those that don’t just want to take time to relax and have fun.” So I shoved the solar to Friday, September 5th, and decided to play hooky from my normal blogging routine to share some silliness and give you an update on our homestead and upcoming events….
“The trend in bacterial development of antibiotic resistance is not unlike the increasing resistance of agricultural pests to pesticides. In 1938, scientists knew of just seven insect and mite species that had acquired resistance to pesticides. By 1984 that figure had climbed to 447 and included most of the world’s major pests. In response to heavier pesticide use and a wider variety of pesticides, pests have evolved sophisticated mechanisms for resisting the action of chemicals designed to kill them. Pesticides also kill the pests’ natural enemies, much like antibiotics kill the natural enemies of harmful bacteria in the body.”
– by Michael Schmidt, from Beyond Antibiotics
What if I told you weeds and bacteria we are trying so hard to kill could save your life? Would you think I was crazy? I’ve been doing a lot of reading and a lot of thinking lately, and I’ve come to realize that much of what we are told in our day to day lives is not only inaccurate, but flat out wrong. Here are my latest thoughts on our wild and tiny neighbors….