Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

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Category: Environment

A hymn to farming….

….sort of. We’ve played music from the Peterson Brothers before.  They’re young men of a Minnesota farm family telling their story via rap, funk, etc.  Unintentionally, they often (as in this video) catalog pretty much all the sins of modern commercial farming. The argument is always that this rape of the land is necessary to […]

And that’s the way it is…..

….although no one is the Ag community talks about it.  Health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola blows the whistle in the practice of dumping sewage sludge on pastures and crop lands. Several farms have down this in our area despite the serious concerns that have been raised about the practice.  In our experience, the pastures look […]

Look up chutzpah….

….and you’ll find the Monsanto logo. The evil genius of this gigantic corporation is demonstrated anew with its campaign to co-opt the National Honeybee Day.  Bees, like butterflies, have rapidly been disappearing from the planet…a critical threat to growers around the world. As reported by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Monsanto moved in (as it has into the […]

Is the USDA sustainable….

….one of my favorite websites is the work of Paul and Gabe Brown…..holistic ranchers just outside Bismarck, North Dakota.  Recently they linked to an article in a Yale publication that does the best job I’ve seen so far of explaining the way Big Ag and Big Government are chasing their tails….trying to get ahead of […]

ADHD….an epidemic or a fiction?

The popular wisdom is that we’re facing an ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) epidemic.  Some experts trace it to diet…others to genetically modified foods…or to herbicides.  And then there are those who say it’s not a disease at all….unless you count bureaucrats grabbing onto federal dollars if they can find ADHD in the classroom. How […]

Bulletin: Media gets one right….

….along the lines of “monkeys and typewriters” but the Associated Press stumbled onto the truth about ethanol the other day.  The big thing is that, thanks to Google and Bing, there’s a good chance that this will become the new narrative. http://wtop.com/index.php?nid=1035&sid=3497726

Bee apocalypse now….

….we’ve only been vaguely aware of the apparently devastating destruction of America’s bee population.  But reading about it this morning I was reminded again of how little we know….of how little the so-called “experts” know….about the physical world around us. All I know, is we’re a part of something huge and grand and beautiful and […]

Some myth busting…

….from Chris Kresser, a popular Paleo blogger.  Chris takes on the recent spate of articles and studies purporting to show (once again) how bad cows are for the environment.  It’s a subject we’ve gone over so many times, I’m frankly tired of defending us.  In brief, if you look at the “evidence”, it’s been “cooked”.  […]

The struggle beneath our feet….

….bit by bit, the word is getting out.  And when the New York Times “gets it”, maybe there’s hope. The struggle is to save the microbe, the little critters that make soil alive and productive.  They are threatened, of course, by modern chemistry which supposedly increases crop yields.  Fertilizers, herbicides and all those products kill the […]

Yes, it’s true….

….Greg and Jan Judy’s Green Pastures farm certainly lives up to its name.  More than 50 would-be grazers attended Greg’s three-day program near Moberly, Missouri last week to study the power of mob grazing. It’s been a cold, wet spring but the proof was there as you drove down the road.  Greg’s green pastures alongside […]