Saturday – Susan

Polyface Blog PicI was raised in Pennsylvania, spent 13 years in Arizona, followed by another 25 in the DC/Northern Virginia area. A city girl for the most part, farming in Augusta County begins an exciting new chapter in my life. I could not have dreamed of turning that page without the vision and encouragement of the Salatin family, the Polyface staff, and the network of apprentices and interns that grows with each passing year. For all of them I am truly grateful.

1. What inspires you?

Young people — their energy, enthusiasm, sense of responsibility, and attention to collective consciousness. They are making the world a wonderful place to farm.

2. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully here, doing what I’m doing now, only five years better!

3. What is one of your most fulfilling hobbies?

Music.

4. What do you like to cook/favorite foods?

I love the endless variety of cultural traditions in food preparation. My favorites are the ones I grew up with — Italian, Czech and Hungarian. More recently I’ve learned to appreciate Indian and Asian cuisine. No doubt other culinary customs will find their way to my palate since I’m fond of trying new dishes. Whatever the origin, it’s always a joy to identify elements of a healthful diet that they all have in common.

5. What relaxes you after a long day of farming?

Sauna in the winter, stargazing in the summer, meditation and a good night’s sleep in any every season!

6. How do you deal with farm animal deaths?

By understanding that before they die, the animals have a full life on the farm. They seem to enjoy fresh air and pasture, changing weather, each other’s company, and good food. Without human intervention, they and we would have a more difficult life. Our interactions provide the underpinning for a meaningful existence — both theirs and ours.

7. Who do you hope to share farming skills with?

Everyone who wants to end the world’s perceived health care crisis, environmental crisis, economic crisis, and spiritual crisis.

8. What do you like to read?

Books on alternative medicine, health and healing, how-to-farm books — especially Joel’s!

9. What is your greatest asset?

Discernment and patience (I guess that’s two).

Kick the Supermarket Habit! 10 Tips for Identifying Nutritious, Life-Giving Foods
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Tip #10 – Ignore the food pyramid… and the “My Plate” Let’s take a look at the role of the USDA in this mess we’re in.  Why does it continue to recommend Dietary Guidelines that make people obese, sick, and sterile? Adele Hite from the Healthy Nation Coalition said that “our dietary recommendations have been based … Read the Rest

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Tip #9 – Buy Local and in Season Technology allows us the luxury of buying almost any food at almost any time, year round. Our society has become disconnected from the rhythm of the seasons. After generations of easy availability, we have come to believe that without modern technology we would be unable to feed … Read the Rest

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Tip #8 – Avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates. You already know this one. You were waiting for it. You’re probably wondering what took me so long to mention it. This category of foods includes many types of bread, bagels, pasta, crackers, chips, grains, sugars, and anything that is made with them. Trying to avoid sugar … Read the Rest

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Tip #7 –Buy raw dairy products from grassfed animals. Drink whole, full-fat raw milk, not skim, 2%, or 1%. Avoid powdered and condensed Humpty-Dumpty milk. Again, be a holistic shopper. Whole raw milk in its original, unprocessed state has cofactors and enzymes that are necessary to digest it and absorb the nutrients in it. Milk … Read the Rest

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Tip #6 –Buy pastured eggs, and eat them often. Don’t be afraid to eat eggs. Just make sure they’re from healthy hens. Chickens on pasture will not require antibiotics. Usually farmers who allow their chickens access to pasture do not use hormones or antibiotics. Label Lingo  If you’re still buying your eggs in a supermarket, … Read the Rest

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Tip #5 – Consume meats from grassfed beef and pastured poultry, and eat the fat along with the meat. That’s right, saturated animal fat is good for you, if the animals were raised on pasture. Meat and fat from pastured beeves, chickens and lambs is more nutrient dense and more satisfying to hunger. You’ll pay a … Read the Rest

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In my last article I wrote about the importance of knowing your grocer. Now let’s go a step farther toward getting connected with your food. Tip #4 – Know Your Farmer. You should meet and know personally everyone who provides you with life-giving food. You can’t do that if you shop at a supermarket. Anyone … Read the Rest

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This is the third in a series of articles about how to find real food that brings nourishment to your body, food that is alive and supports life. Tip #3 is all about trust. Tip #3: Know Your Grocer. When you need a babysitter, a handyman, a landscaper, or an electrician, you ask a trusted … Read the Rest

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 Tip #2: Avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, GMOs are now present in 80% of America’s processed foods. So why should you be concerned? GMOs are health hazards in many ways. If you have any doubt about the health detriments of GMOs, read Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith (author of … Read the Rest

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