Mar 2016

Chicks by Mail

This week in my American Environmental History class we're talking about Farmers & Agribusiness. I'm having the class watch some pretty bleak undercover animal welfare videos, so I thought I ought to make the point that the way agribusiness currently treats animals is not the only way things could be.

One way things could be different is more people could raise some of the meat they eat. Although I was an Agricultural Economics major as an undergrad, raising animals was as far from my experience as it is from most Americans' until about four years ago. So I thought I'd show what it's like to get a batch of chicks in the mail.

Spring Cleaning

My goal for the spring and summer is to spend at least 8 hours a day working outside. The gardens need to be prepared for planting, the chicken area needs to be fenced, the fields need a spring mow and maybe a bit of clover or alfalfa seed. My tomato seedlings are nearly all up and peppers are starting to peak out. And the woodshed needs to be cleared out.