The Rest of the Year

Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal!  My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.

Natural Weight Loss

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The Rest of the Year

There might be a flood or drought – organic farmers have the same weather as chemical farmers – but it’ll affect them differently.

A flood may cause some erosion and runoff.

But because organic crops have bigger, deeper, and stronger root systems (because the soil is healthier), the crops are more resilient, the plants and soil absorb more water, and overall there’s less damage and less crop loss.

In a drought, the added strength of the plants’ roots and sponginess of the soil make the crops more resilient and able to survive water deprivation longer.

Now it’s time to talk about sex again.

The bees and butterflies are all over the farm, pollinating and helping procreation along.

All her animal babies are growing up fast, too.

The chickens are laying, the piglets are fattening up, and the cows are producing just enough milk to make the best cheese and ice cream ever.

At some point during the year, an organic inspector will come to make sure she’s following the rules, so people who buy organic will know it’s truly organic.

Keeping up her certification is a hassle and costs her a few thousand bucks per year, but it gives her the right to charge enough for her crops to cover her costs with a little bit extra left over.

She has no government subsidies to fall back on.

The government doesn’t “bail out” organic farmers.

But she also has more freedom.

Her harvest isn’t a single event, but rather many smaller ones, so her risk is spread out over the year.

Since there’s such high consumer demand for organic foods, she has a few more choices than chemical farmers of where and how to sell her crops.

She might have formed a CSA (community-supported agriculture) group allowing her friends and neighbors to buy her goods in advance and receive a weekly distribution in return.

Maybe they even help her do the harvesting!

She might have a stand at the local farmers’ market.

A local restaurant might feature her products on its menu.

If she’s certified organic, she might have a contract with a food processor like Stonyfield Yogurt or Cascadian Farm, a dairy co-op like Organic Valley, or a direct relationship with a supermarket like Whole Foods or Wal-Mart.

There’s virtually no chance her corn will be used for biofuel, since the varieties she grows for food are much more valuable.

She might rely on migrant workers or labor contractors for harvest every year, because they’re the only ones willing to do the work.

But she treats them well and looks forward to seeing families return every year.

Fortunately, many young people are getting interested in organic farming and offering her sweat equity in exchange for the chance to learn how to farm.

She sometimes puts her kids to work collecting eggs and feeding the animals.

She feels good knowing they won’t be exposed to any dangerous chemicals or toxins on her farm.

And now for the food – the glorious food.

Her products, because organic is less available and the demand is high, go to people who really care about what they eat – and, yes, who can afford the higher cost.

Some may go to a food processor, and although fuel is required to process and transport it, most organic processors are careful to use less, and less toxic, packaging.

After the harvesting and the harvest feasts and festivals are finished, she still has two more jobs to do.

The first is to turn her farm waste into fertilizer.

She gathers the stalks and leftover plant materials, animal manure and bedding straw, and adds them to her compost pile, which “cooks” as its materials decay over the winter and turns it into fertile soil to enhance her farm’s health and productivity.

Last, she plants a cover crop.

She started doing it to cut down on winter erosion and weeds – which it did as well.

Then she read an article about mycorrhizal fungi, which grow on the roots of her winter cover crop and pull carbon from the air to hold it safe and sound in her soil.

Though she can’t see the mycorrhizal fungi, she knows they’re there, working hard for her farm, just like the birds, bees, chickens, and flowers.

Organic farming is a hard life, but it’s a good life.

At the end of the organic cycle, no corporation has made a lot of money selling stuff to her.

Organic farmers aren’t held hostage either.

No government agency has to clean up after her, but the government hasn’t helped her either (other than by establishing USDA Organic rules and not allowing them to be eroded).

No river or ocean has been polluted.

No child has been poisoned.

More carbon has been stored on the farm than she released in the process of farming her land.

Best of all, healthy, nutritious, and tasty food has been provided to the people.

And she’s made the world a better place in the process.

That sounds good to me.

Come join me on my weight loss journey!  I’d love to have you along!

Have an awesome day!

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Dick and Lenay

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