We've been feeding acorns to the pigs lately, which requires us to pick them up ourselves or buy them from a young, ambitious entrepreneur that has a steady supply. Our primary nut producing trees are black walnuts where the pigs are, we do not have any oak trees. There have not been oak trees in our area as long as I can remember, likely due to soil types. We hope to change that.
By feeding acorns to the pigs we are providing a high calorie, extremely nutritious, and meat enhancing supplement to our feed ration. The pigs can't get enough of them. Some acorns will surely get gleaned over, and if the squirrels don't find them, and they are the right variety, they will likely sprout and grow into monstrous oak trees.
It takes a lot of acorns to fill the 105 gallons that we fed the other day. The pile on the left is 17 ounces, or 1 pound 1 ounce of the "premium" shelled acorns that are prized feed for pigs, deer, wild turkeys, etc. The pile on the right is not sorted, but takes up the same space in a pale. Due to the high concentration of acorn shells, leaves, and other organic material, this pile only weighs 4 ounces. By weight, there is no comparison is caloric value or flavor of the finished product. It takes approximately 203 shelled acorns to fill the bottom of a 5 gallon pale. We work hard to get our bacon around here. #sogood#pasturedpork#acorns#harvest#agrarianlife#workhardforthemoney
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." - Camille Pissarro
French Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro, born on this day in 1830, was an avowed anarchist who strongly opposed the existing social and political order in France. He envisioned a future where the peasantry, laboring classes, bourgeoisie, and ruling class would share in the wealth and power of the state. Among his goals was the preservation of the values of agrarian life that were being supplanted by the rapid industrialization of France. He expressed these ideals through his many paintings, drawings, and prints of bucolic rural scenes, where farmers and peasants live in perfect harmony with nature. In a manifestation of his beliefs, Pissarro eventually moved from Paris to a small farm in the countryside where he experienced the agrarian life firsthand.
Camille Pissarro (France, 1830–1903), "The Beet Harvest," 1881, Gouache over graphite [?] on linen. Bequest of Mary Young Janes, 90.15 (http://bit.ly/2uIG4pX)
Detail of a sublime painting by Emile Bernard titled Wheat Harvest (1889)...The viewer can "notice that the faces of the women are empty like the sky; no beads of sweat roll down their creamy skin. The only distinction between the laborers is their differently colored clothing... Every feature is reduced to its most basic and impersonal form. Depicted as smooth yellow mounds, the wheat sheaves are homogenized into a mass that cannot be easily identified. The women, whose facial features are reduced to a few lines, are not individualized, but are portrayed as workers laboriously collecting the harvest... the lack of variation of colors and shapes throughout the painting reinforces the feeling of vapid and unvaried routine. Above the labor in the fields is a plain cross. “It occupies the highest point in the painting; it is the closest to the sky,” ... The cross, ... could be interpreted as the enduring symbol of salvation, a deliverance from the misery of 19th century peasant life."...https://hammer.ucla.edu/blog/2016/04/art-in-conversation-emile-bernard-and-catherine-opie/#gallery_770cc1ae72a313541ff65e49887c52ee2d082998#emilebernard#wheatharvest#impressionism#agrarianlife#hammermuseum#losangeles#photographedbyduendestudio
Water buffaloes. They don't eat water buffaloes... too valuable as work animals. There are water buffalo fights in the north... highly illegal along with cock fights. #waterbuffalo#agrarianlife#vietnam
Today @ noon: Eric Schlosser, #author and investigative journalist, and Wendell Berry, award-winning novelist, poet, and farmer, will discuss Mr. Berry’s writings and ideas about a wide range of topics, including #agriculture , #agrarianlife , the pleasures of good #food , and our #foodsystem .
The event will be broadcasted live online at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/johnshopkinsu
What a weekend: 7 hours of local farm pros, hugelkulture, rendezvous with long-lost friends, bike pumps & PlayStations for neighbor-building, composting, seed-saving, art that's all eyeballs, cigar tutorials, ATL punk scene, imaginary numbers, unifying rubber bands, membranes of existence. Thoughts tying it together. "It's not our observation of, but rather our PARTICIPATION IN the phenomena of Nature that brings us to our greatest understanding of our place in the mosiac of life." @SamuelThayer #TheForagersHarvest "The #agrarianlife is characterized not by #efficiency but by #belonging , by #care -fulness...If the chief wound that industrialization leaves is #dislocation , then the possibility of healing can come only through the hard work, perhaps even the #inefficient work, of #homemaking ." Bonzo & Stephens, Wendell Berry & the Cultivation of Life
"Our life of need calls for #prudence , #humility , complex #responsibilities of #caretaking and #givingback ." @WendellBerry #CitizenshipPapers
"That persimmon was only 10 years in the making. Woo-hoo." #FarmerRed , today after picking #mostbeautifulpersimmonever
"As you harvest, take care. Just as we're living things, these plants are living things. As we handle them, we want to do our best not to damage or stress the plant." paraphrased from J. of @organixmatters, @Foodwellalliance Leaders Growing #CommunityGardens workshop