Philosophy of a Vegetarian Butcher

I’m a vegetarian. Lacto-ovo. For almost a quarter century. I also harvest (as it’s so appealingly called these days) meat for my omnivore family. In addition I’ve found it gratifying to teach others how to respectfully take the life of a gentle beast and convert its life into sources of life for others.  I don’tContinue reading “Philosophy of a Vegetarian Butcher”

Coming to Terms with Animal Cannibalism

It was my task, this last week, to care for our daughters rabbits while she was out of town. Amelia breeds Netherland Dwarf rabbits- cute little two pound balls of fluff with tiny ears and puss-in-boots eyes.  Amelia loves to make thorough lists, so she left me with detailed instructions, including nick- names (I guessContinue reading “Coming to Terms with Animal Cannibalism”

Living Simple Ain’t Easy

We live a life that many would consider to be blissfully simple. Our electricity is generated by solar panels and a small micro-hydro power turbine run by our seasonal stream, Brown’s Gulch. We homeschooled our kids and live in a tiny cabin, augmented by a large, communal type space above our dairy barn. I don’t getContinue reading “Living Simple Ain’t Easy”

A Farm is Not a Peaceful Place

A Farm is Not a Peaceful Place There are times when our life is peaceful. But they are rare. Everyone wants something, or has something to share. The goats want to go for their walk or a hen has just laid an egg. The guardian dog sees a deer or the wild turkey has heardContinue reading “A Farm is Not a Peaceful Place”

I Don’t Wanna Be a Rock Star!

No “Rock Stars”, Please! Gianaclis Caldwell I have an issue with the current reverence that the term “rock star” is supposed to infer. I know, people are just trying to show their admiration, respect, whatever, but really, “rock star”? Our cheese has been called a rock star. We, as cheesemakers, here at Pholia Farm haveContinue reading “I Don’t Wanna Be a Rock Star!”

The Legend of Goat Milk as “The Most Complete Food Known”

The Urban (Rural?) Legend of Goat Milk “The Most Complete Food Known” Gianaclis Caldwell Okay, just Google it. “Goat milk complete food”. You will find the venerable Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) quoted repeatedly (I counted 14 different citations on the first two pages of searching) in such turns of phrase as “as the JournalContinue reading “The Legend of Goat Milk as “The Most Complete Food Known””