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Happy Birthday

May 1 is my wife Dania’s birthday. She turned 49 this year and we have been together since we were 17 years old. She gets more beautiful every year. She is really a perfect wife.

This year, for her birthday, I prepared and new herb garden for her and she spent the day planting her new herbs with Anna.

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Remove the Cause, not the Symptom

In modern society, when people are unwell, they imagine that science offers some chemical solution that can be used to spot-treat their problem.

When these people attempt to cultivate plants to raise animals, they bring the philosophy with them.

The right way to solve problems in living bodies is to investigate the cause of a problem and, whenever possible, eliminate it. The goal is long-term, sustainable health, not immediate appearances of it.

Plants live by fire, air, water and earth–the four classical elements. If these elements are right, with God’s blessing, plants will grow to perfection. If plants are not right, this is the cause, and it is the farmer’s work to fix it.

For example, if plants are receiving too little sunlight (fire), they will not grow. If plants have too little or too much water, they will fail. If there is not enough or too much air, plants will fail. If the earth is not for the needs of a certain plant, that plant will not grow.

The farmer’s role is to serve as the conductor of plants, animals and the elements and bring them into harmony. This is the real and long-term goal on a farm.

Anything less is unsustainable.

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Planting Time

Gardens are all tilled and prepared for Spring planting. 

We have three tilled areas about 2,000 sq. ft. each for vegetables, a 1,000 sq.ft. area for melons and squash, a 300 sq.ft. area for cutting flowers and a 360 sq.ft. area for herbs.

I’ll be posting details of varieties planted and results throrough the season.


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Keeping Children Busy

I have to admit that, as a parent, I get annoyed by other parents. I hear men and women complaining constantly about kids with phones, video games, etc., but what are the kids’ alternatives?

Pray all day?

Study all day?

Obviously, parents don’t believe this is realistic: they don’t practice it themselves.

The real problem these kids have is that there’s nothing to do, and this is the parents’ fault. Parents have to create desirable activities for the children and this isn’t difficult.

Parents should create opportunities for children to work for pay that gives children a constant motivation to work rather than waste time. Most parents try to make kids work for free, which is slavery. The kids will hate it–and rightfully so. Parents should create opportunities for the kids to do healthy, helpful work that earns them some decent money, say $10 per hour.

Gardening is a great source of such work.

Parents can create and start gardens each season, then pay children to maintain them: weeding, watering, removing insects, etc., are necessary maintenance tasks that adults don’t need to do. Children will be happy to do these tasks for $10 per hour.

Now, I am sure that parents will complain, “We can’t afford to pay the kids to work.”–but you have to. The alternative is to have idle kids and your complaining about them being idle is your own fault.

If you’re an adult, you should have a profession which provides you with much more money when you devote yourself to it than gardening does. And if your children’s work in the gardens allows you to devote yourself to your professional work, then that should make the family more money–not less.

Besides, if you’re spending money at the grocery store on produce, you can give that money to your children to care for gardens rather than to the grocer.

Why don’t you ever complain about paying the grocery store?

That’s why your children are idle.


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Why We Need Livestock

When living in the country, we have land to care for. The land we own is a resource we must make profitable use of, not waste.

To keep our land under control, we do not need to garden or grow crops. We must keep our pastures cut and free from weeds because an overgrown property has a negative effect on our neighbors, which we cannot allow.

We can maintain our pastures with machinery–brush tractors and mowers and brush hogs–or we can keep pasture animals–goats, sheep, cattle. Thus, we must choose between animals and machines, not animals and nothing. Nothing is not an option.

I am not a mechanic and have no interest in maintaining machinery. I don’t think most people move to the country to do so.

It is, therefore, necessary to keep livestock to maintain our property.


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Reason to Live in the Country

If we consider human nature, that man is evil, it will be wise for us to limit our interactions with men, especially men who are not seeking, with the help of God’s grace, to live in peace.

Living in the country separates us from other men and allows us to limit our interactions, which is wise.

Having our home surrounded with land and fences is also a responsible means of protection.

I would argue that safety is the #1 reason to live in the country–especially for a family.