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Personals / Anyone want to buy a boat and sail the Caribbean
« on: May 16, 2015, 02:49:41 pm »
I've been looking into this, they can be had dumbass reasonable if you're willing to buy a fixer upper. For instance I can't find it at the moment but there was a 34 foot double mast for 2000 bucks, engine pulled ready to rebuilt and with working transmission.
Then there is this monster.

Good chance I will buy a boat but albeit more of an island hopper, calm weather, few miles out kinda deal. I dunno what the fuck but I am loathsome of getting into any big projects by myself any more these days.

Personals / Grass fed CSA
« on: November 15, 2013, 04:06:05 am »
Hi y'all. I'm trying to sell a cow and have been working hard cutting brush to make the money for winter feed. Just wondering if anyone is interested in any grass fed products.

I am posting to see if anyone is interested in supporting my operation for their own dining pleasure. Fronting me the funds to grow the animals allows me to give a discount price on your farm purchase.

I am going today down state to pick up the rest of the herd of Icelandic sheep I started with this summer. I have 3 ramb lambs possibly available this year, I also will be butchering a 5 year old ram for my own winter meat supply. I am going to winter over 10 ewes and hope to have 15-20 lambs out of them for 8-10 more slaughter lambs next fall. I have butchered one lamb so far this year. His carcass was 43 pounds, after I trimmed off nearly 10 pounds of grass fed back fat!
I sell them for 300 dollars, plus butchering fee which usually runs about 50 dollars. However of course we can do it on the farm for free. It runs around 7.20 a pound. You have to figure out whether you want lots of roasts or grind them up for ground lamb.

I can also raise beef, pasture raised muscovy, turkey, pork or really whatever you want, if you front the money to grow it, I'll grow a very high quality, kelp fed, grass raised animal. As you know, Iodine is important for preventing nuclear radiation and the best source for us humans is from animal fat. My sheep eating Thorvin Kelp means they are getting 10000% more iodine then regular sheep.

I will post pictures as soon as I can the next few days! Working, working, working for the winter!

I give you my oath to always sell animals that have been raised healthy, with a high plane nutrition from natural grass and legume based pastures, to the best of my economic ability!

I will explain more about my methods in the future!

Talk to you soon.

Journals / They didn't come to help, they came to take.
« on: November 01, 2013, 02:14:17 am »
As you know I have been looking for help farming. I thought I found some great help, but after almost a month I have found they they did not come to help, they came to push me under the waves with mental games, intimidation and fighting. He has assaulted me three times. This morning he tried to choke me and sunk his nails into my neck. I got away by launching myself down a flight of stairs. I then left to get help. This was 6 hours ago. I am trying to remove them. The war is on. I hope all of you are having a million times a better day than I am. I hope that the passageways for progress are opening up for all of you in your lives.

I pray that soon a day of justice will ring out in our country and people won't spend their lives running scared like I have for so many years.

Journals / Farm journal
« on: September 20, 2013, 02:53:53 pm »
next year i will be marketing grass fed lamb, grass fed chevon, grass fed rose veal, pastured pork products and sausage, swamp fed muscovy duck, acorn fed turkey, cow pie fed chickens and eggs and  pumpkin fed duck eggs. my goal is to have a six hundred acre grass farm, four hundred acres rented.          thirty or so sows, three hundred or so goats, three hundred or so sheep, fifty or so beef cows and around thirty dairy cows would be an approximate end tally for that many acres. a large tractor will be needed for planting high yield summer crops and winter annuals. two or three acres in ten will be planted in crops most of the time with double cropping each year. crops can be hogged down or eaten or sold direct market. there will be a mi based buying club. basically to make an order you have to get enough orders to make it economical to ship. im going to hazard that orders in mi must be a minimum of one thousand dollars for each city we ship too per order unless we farmers market in that city. we are looking at sending a cow share service down state. out of state orders would be a minimum order of two thousand dollars i would hazard. we are going to focus on producing the highest quality forages and the highest quality animal products with the a high organic iodine kelp and micro mineral supplemented. the tractor will allow us to implement the lacerator forage wagon system to make high omega three and vitamin a plus sugar vacume haylage. animals will be harvested primarily from mid winter to mid summer but some will be finished on sudan and corn and beans sans seeds and other green summer forges stockpiled for the fall and some will be finised on perennial and high quality hay and some finished on haylage with perhaps giant forage beats.  animals will be sold through farmers markets, restaurants, health food stores. there may be a mobile kitchen for events, even catering and camping and an on farm shop.

General Discussion / Porcupines Abound
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:28:03 am »
I just read something that claimed porkies are the only "safe" wild game to eat raw. There are tons around here and you can just walk up to them and club them in the head.

General Discussion / Holy crap
« on: September 04, 2013, 01:10:59 am »
I just read that meat doesn't freeze until twenty five degrees and at twenty seven it will extend the shelf life of meat cuts to over three months.!

Off Topic / Awesome farm websites.
« on: August 08, 2013, 04:26:07 am »

Journals / Herd pix
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:36:28 am »
For your enjoyment and my bragging.

Off Topic / North Korean Propaganda Film
« on: July 26, 2013, 04:52:37 am »

Journals / Very Frustrated
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:55:57 am »
I have the creeping feeling of failure. I should not feel this way because I am not and I have accomplished a lot. However I keep running into walls I cannot penetrate. The more walls I run into the more I slow down and the more walls I encounter and the more they prove impenetrable.

I am a very talented and intelligent individual but I lack the organizational skills and support to be successful in the heavily flawed situations I have been in.

I don't want to farm by myself anymore. I think if I had the right setup in the right place I could do it, but I don't even want to. I never wanted to do it all by myself.

I have had a great journey and learned tons but I am distressed and sick from stress and cannot think clearly. I am waiting on the butcher to call me back so that I can start eating good beef. I thought I was eating halfway decent but I recently had a virtual health collapse after 7 years of doing really well.

I have an understanding and experience of ecological production and economics of virtually any and all species of livestock, I am ready to be a successful grass farmer and have a very profitable business, but I can't make it go. I am almost out of emotional energy.

Now I'm considering whether to sell all or most of my animals. If I sell all of them I will probably travel for some time.

Leaning at moving back to where I am from in NY as that is probably a much better environment for me than the middle of nowhere in Northern Michigan (which is awesome, just not by my lonesome).

I hope if I move back to NY to be selling at a NYC farmers market and having a NYC grass fed buying club by next spring.

Very few people responded to my adds I posted. I don't understand why.

I'm done learning the hard way, success soon please. 

Health / Swolen lymphs
« on: June 04, 2013, 12:12:19 am »
The two guys at the base of my skull where the neck meets up on either side have been swollen. I have been eating normal food at restaurants with my boss. I think it's the cooking oil they used. Not sure though, I got the same thing, rather painful (not painful or only very slightly this year) last spring as well. Could it be MSG? Could it be spring herbicide spraying? Or could it be pollen allergies (which I doubt because I have no other symptoms). It seems to flair up when my boss comes up after we go out to eat.

Curious. Kind of makes me worry. Thoughts?

General Discussion / Icelandic sheep investors.
« on: May 22, 2013, 03:37:37 am »

I want to get all of those lambs and perhaps some of the older ewes.

If you want in, for 300 you can get a full lamb, 150 a half lamb. If you get the full lamb you can even have the pelt which is a steal. I believe they will end up with 40-50 pound carcasses in the fall, though I need to do more research, but I think we are talking 35-40 pounds of meat, perhaps 50. I might have to charge a bit more if it's 50.

Icelandic sheep are awesome. They were brought to iceland 1000 years ago by Vikings. They are not related to any modern sheep breeds. They are the most primitive commercial sheep breed, the best for grass fed (no grain in iceland, icelandic sheep have larger rumens). They have the best flavored meat of any breed, perhaps of any commonly eaten species of animal, they really are up on top. They are triple purpose, have two kinds of wool, very valuable pelts and wool that is great for felting, milk and meat. They don't require the inhumane practice of tail docking which most breeds supposedly require. Beautiful animals.

If you are interested let me know!

General Discussion / The aforementioned "revolution" is at hand
« on: May 22, 2013, 03:22:56 am »
So we were originally carnivores and we were so good at it that we turned most of the world into desert. Now observational and holistic science starting with Andre Voisan and today lead by Allan Savory (the guy who invented holistic management) has shown us the method to feed the world with grass fed animals while rebuilding nature.

I believe that if there is a purpose for humanity by god or fate or nature it is this. At one time there was 6 times the biomass on earth that there was now, before man got here. This is because the soils were new and fully mineralized. Volcanic soils and glacial soils I believe are respectively the best and second best soils on earth. 25 million years ago grass emerged and grass is a truly great thing, truly the forgiveness of nature. If we take care of grass, barring a gigantic volcano or asteroid there should never be again another mass extinction.

If we don't act on this as a species than mankind and everything we have accomplished has truly been in vain. It is the most important thing in the world.

Perhaps as this revolution takes hold, the raw revolution will also take hold and even free humanity from our own insane mental bonds? I don't know if the majority on here agree with me, but I feel the raw meat and dairy has been spiritually and mentally uplifting and takes me out of the cloud of beast of muddy brain that has laid ruins to the majority of my life. It is so easy to flip that switch and soar to new heights. Honestly, keeping my livestock has really held me back in the healing process, because of the hardship it has caused me, but it has also after all my failures, made me about as confident as a baseball bat studded with nails. I'm ready to shred whatever life can chuck at me. I am now up to 28 goats and 6 cows, hoping to get some lambs soon.

Oh yeah and if people weren't aware I am on my third year of rotational grazing and was studying Savory's book before he came out on TED

Personals / I now virtually have my own farm
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:33:49 am »
100 acres... fencing, pay, livestock, excellent pristine location! People looking for the good life, hit me up! Hoping to get some help planting a garden and such thing spring. Whatevs. Peace!

General Discussion / LANDFALL
« on: May 07, 2013, 11:33:18 pm »
Success! We made it! Spring is here!

The water here indeed rocks socks! For the first time in years I am compelled to drink copious amounts. Ravens, eagles, wood ducks, green box turtles, even sandhill cranes call my new farm home! Trout and wild salmon live in the lakes and rivers in this area. This area is close to tops for wild harvesting, 80% of the land in the county is woods and most of it is government land, hiking, wild harvesting and mudding are all legal!

5 new kids on the ground, calves coming soon... We still have a lot of work to do to get this farm up and running but things look really good. The soil is like a huge caramel fudge swirl sand cake, golden brown sand, white sand but mainly a thick layer of black fertile humus covers the majority of the farm. 100 acres, a nice apartment with a beautiful vantage view of the farm, I see the sun rise every morning when I wake up!

Looking into getting ducks, pigs, sheep. I don't work, I play every day!

There is a health food store right near where I live and a world renowned chiropractor!
An organic dairy farm is just 6 miles away from where I live and they can supply me with organic feed and minerals for the animals.

Living off grid, in beautiful country, getting payed and choice to eventually buy the land I'm on, looks like things are turning up to amazing! Life is beautiful! Nope, don't get much better than this!

General Discussion / Horse Meat still popular in France.
« on: April 05, 2013, 10:39:22 am »
French gourmets won't give up on horsemeat

Haha, I got a kick out of this one.


These people in mexico have a 250 acre farm that gross's 7 figures.

They graze all year long but feed some hay in winter.

General Discussion / Good News
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:45:35 pm »
Ted Talks just hosted Alan Savory and he did a 20 minute piece about how grass fed, holistically managed livestock can reverse desertification and climate change!

I have owned his books for over a year now. Skimmed through them but haven't really totally plowed into it yet. It's thiiiick and hard to wrap my mind around, it also doesn't help that he is African and has a more intelligent way of using the english language such that my poor unintelligent American brain has to re-read half of the paragraphs. But I did read at least half of it and am starting to wrap my brain around it and I definitely got my head around it. The really tricky part for me is all the record keeping they do, it's practically mind boggling. It's a real textbook. Holistic management, a new framework for decision making.

What's great is that if this catches on, basically there would be surplus meat for humanity, eating healthy would be cheaper than eating grains. Imagine a world like that? The only problem is, how to stop ourselves from breeding like bunnies thereafter?

Off Topic / Where did KD go?
« on: March 03, 2013, 12:26:58 am »
miss that guy

Hot Topics / Ocean brine
« on: February 25, 2013, 06:47:51 pm »
I'm not sure I have read many people talking about this subject on this forum. I think it is incredibly important.

All life came from the oceans. They are vast reserves of the brine that spawned life, compared to the limited life recourses us landlubbers have at our disposal. Our blood mineral composition is close to identical to ocean brine, as is the blood of all animals.

I have read the point made that oceanic fish are healthier and more vibrant than freshwater fish and that they are much less likely to succumb to disease. Also it is seldom argued that freshwater fish are healthier than sea fish. Sea foods are commonly referenced as being some of the healthiest of all foods.

Like I said, life was spawned in the oceans or rather, back then, "the ocean", as it could very well be looked at today. But it wasn't simply fungus, animals and plants evolving to live on land that caused the verdant land we have today, it was actually the migration of ocean life onto land, via transportation up river and the consumption there of by predators. I have read estimates that the volume of salmon in the US coming up river was equal in nutrient value to 1/3 the amount of chemical fertilizers used in the US every year.

And then! Couple that with the knowledge that millions of years ago (can't remember exactly when but after the dinosaurs died out), the earth supported 6 times the amount of biomass (life) on land than it does today.

Finally, one has to question the quality of the soil. Man isn't the only thing that is hard on soil. The other thing is time. If I remember correctly the Appalachian mountain range is the oldest in the world. It's been rained on for so long that the soil has inherited a low cation exchange. High cation exchange is what promotes the most verdant vegetative growth and in turn the healthiest, shiniest herbivores and predators that feed off of them.

Chemical fertilizer harms the soil in a similar way to time and rain, but it's more like 1000 times as fast!

Also, on another topic but worth mentioning. The age that we slaughter modern farmed animals is a very new thing, less than 100 years old. Beef used to be 4-5 years old. Porkers were raised to 400 pounds or more. The average chicken in a pot wasn't no spring chicken! It was a spent hen!
The greeks preference was for a 5 year old bull. Native Americans hunted the biggest, oldest bucks and bulls they could find. They ate the tough parts and it wasn't uncommon to leave behind the tender pieces of meat.

Just some chuck roast for y'all to grind up into hamburger and add to your personal diet dictionaries.

I think some of this stuff is key. Especially since man has such an intrinsic and historical relationship with the sea.

Chew on some high meat and stew on that one for a minute folks. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the next step to be taken for those diligent raw dieters to surpass the sound barrier in age prevention and reversal.

Personally all sorts of seafood are about my favorites.... though I might be saying that cause I haven't had hardly much in so long. ;)

General Discussion / Horrific eating of raw meat in public
« on: February 25, 2013, 06:09:57 pm »
I thought some of you might find this humorous, perhaps not. This past halloween I dressed as a pseudo Viking (best costume I could come up with spur of the moment). Went to a gigantic block party (one of the largest in the US) and was consuming a fresh buck heart the whole time. Trying a little bit to eat it slowly and get plenty of blood dripping out of my mouth.

What a hoot! People's reactions were so intense. Of course several people told me I would get sick for sure.

That was fun. Next time hopefully I will have a nice forequarter to gnaw on!

Personals / Back online, gearing up for warfare!
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:53:07 pm »
I have been in stasis for the past year and a third. Slam jammed by calamity after calamity.

Now I have a plan lined up and just in case, a backup plan.

I am moving into the proverbial wilderness, in one of the least populated areas of the lower peninsula of Michigan.

6 cows, 16 goats are going with me, hoping to get into some icelandic sheep after I settle.

Will have a 3 bedroom apartment and 100 acres to romp on.

I am going with the animals and my lonesome, I remember quite a few people here were interested in my projects, so if anyone is interested in helping out or whatev hit me up.

Northern Michigan.

From what I understand there is no danger of fracking happening anywhere near by.

Hot Topics / Matt Monarch Waffles!
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:31:16 pm »
[youtube]Why Cooked Food is Better Than Raw Food[/youtube]

This is annoying to me because currently I am in dire straits and I don't get very much choice in what I get to eat, though I have been eating "whole" foods... I really feel like shit, my teeth are starting to hurt. I am looking forward to being in a better situation where I can go back on an all raw diet.

I haven't experienced anything he claims about what a raw food diet is like... really pointing strongly to the idea that humans are naturally carnivores, at least from my perspective.

General Discussion / "Aged Beef" vs. "Aged Beef"
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:31:03 pm »
Well, I don't know when people started aging beef or rather, calling it aged beef. They have probably been aging beef for a long long time. But I bet whatcha don't know is that before the great depression, Americans ate another kind of "aged beef". Back then, local cow country fare was an old cow that had failed to have a calf and got fat. City beef were steers that were shipped by rail and often driven hundreds if not thousands of miles. These steers were allowed to graze on their journey and it was often planned that they would gain in weight on the trip, especially if the reason for the drive happened to be a bad drought.

I read all this in Ben Green's book "Wild Cow Tails". He claimed that such beef was tougher, but better flavored and gave more energy to work through the day. He said when he was little it was his job to go every morning to the general store and buy a steak for every member of the family for breakfast. He also claimed that the switch was made because of cheap corn, because people no longer had the money to age beef that long and because most people were riding around in cars by then so didn't have to work as hard and didn't think to complain. Their next generation grew up never tasting the taste of the previous generation and thus grew up not knowing what they were missing. Now Americans have a taste for juicier, paler, tasteless and mushy corn fed beef.

The Native Americans tried to kill and eat the biggest bucks, bull moose, elk and bison. Remember Ajonus said they ate tougher cuts? They killed the toughest critters they could. Similar to the Greeks whose preference was for 5 year old bull meat.

I definitely prefer tough shank cuts, neck muscle, organs and fat to the rest of an animal. I prefer older, darker meat animals.

How about you?

Personals / Beating head into wall
« on: June 25, 2012, 08:12:50 am »
I'm gonna make it, I'm gonna make it

at least I am unable to stop. Never give up never surrender.

My herd is growing. I am making plans to build my herd until I can save up enough money to buy land. I am growing the business into the farm of the future.

I have gained incredible experience, I really know how to make a business of this now. I know how to grow food that I believe is superior to the wild game that still exists in most of the world. I know how to grow incredibly happy and healthy and thriving animals. I can take care of many many many of them.

100 acres could support several families. Joel Salatin farms with himself, his mother, his wife, his son's family, his daughter and his brother and his family, making a living off of 550 acres, only 100 in pasture. He claims to annually make 8000 dollars an acre.

I do not care where I live, just that I can contribute a valuable part to a community, that I can be part of a community who cares about me. There are plusses and minuses to everywhere, though I would like to live somewhere with good soil, hopefully 600+ feet above sea level.

I could manage more than one farm, I just need to find enough land to make a living for several people. There is more land out there that is wasted now that there is more hope for a back to the land movement now than ever. We can heal the earth. We should be payed to do it.

Anyone interested in hearing more or talking? Serious business guys.

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