What rescued farm animals taught a photographer about aging and animal rights | CBC Radio

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear Sunday Edition, CBC Radio: As I listened to your segment on old farm animals, I became more and more insulted. You see, I *AM* a farmer. I raise animals for meat. The implication that all farmers kill or discard … Continue reading

Protecting Our Natural Spaces to Save Ourselves

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes So, here’s an idea for dealing with ways to protect our natural resources. And, just to be clear, I am talking about wild spaces, as opposed to taking trees, or the extraction of oil and gas, or any other minerals … Continue reading

Kua Tale, as Retold by Helga Ingeborg Vierich

Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes Written by Helga Ingeborg Vierich (*) The Kua told me one of their sacred stories – of the beginning times – in which the creator spirit saw a human being marrying an animal instead of killing them for food. “..So … Continue reading

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 5

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes   Once we knew we would not be able to keep Rubic, we started looking for a replacement. This is one of the many many places where having a reputable, caring breeder comes in handy. Not only did Rubic’s breeder … Continue reading

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 4

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Arrow grew into the absolute most trustworthy guardian any human could ever hope to ask for. He steadfastly REFUSED to harm ANYTHING (that didn’t belong on our property**).   WARNING: This is not a fun part of the story, but … Continue reading

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 3

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Just so you know, at the time of this writing, Arrow is still with us, but he’s been slowing down for some time, and is now definitely showing his age. On our farm, we have a number of animals who … Continue reading

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 2

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes I’m the one on our farm who has primary responsibility for all the lives that exist on that farm. I’m the one who makes almost all of the life and death decisions on our small farm, even though I’m not … Continue reading

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 1

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute On a farm, we often have to cope with grief while the object of our grief is still here. We are far from unique in this. Lots of people are forced to deal with this when they find out their … Continue reading