Tim and Liz Young, over at naturesharmonyfarm.com, have a particular farming style that, frankly, fascinates me. They're pretty dedicated to promoting it, which is interesting, too.
As near as I can summarize it, it's "buy a bunch of animals, turn them out, and whatever survives must be the best of the lot".
I'm fascinated because it's, well, amazing to me. I can't think of anyone else who does that sort of farming. "Survival farm"? I'm still looking for a good term for this farming approach. One of the reviewers of his book on Amazon likened it to abandoning animals. "abandonment farm"?
I don't know where they got this idea; while they talk a lot about Joel Salatin and other farmers, no one else does this with their animals and property. It seems to be a Tim and Liz thing, and from that respect, it's interesting to me because it's novel. Sort of like a figure-8 race; you watch it for the crashes. Figure 8 racing, farming style.
I tried "darwin farm" for a while, but it really doesn't have anything to do with evolution.
I do have to give them every credit though -- they apply this philosophy everywhere. Turkeys eyes popping out and dying in bunches? too bad. Dairy cows croaking? Sorry. Sheep dying from parasites? So sad. Want to have some fruit trees? They plant lots of extras so that when they die they'll have some left. Absolutely consistent. Buy lots and hope that some survive to be used. I guess if you have money to burn you can do that stuff; near as I can tell they've spent the better part of a million bucks chasing their farming fantasy... err... dream.
So Tim's writing this fictional account of some sort of illegal farming practice with Indian graveyards and stuff, and he starts a blog about that, in in that blog and he says this:
"Heck, we had to search for a bit to find a pediatrician who didn't spin her head when we confessed (hushing our voices in embarrassment) that we would likely feed a raw-milk formula to our baby"
Apparently they talked to many doctors who did not support this at all.
Now why would doctors not support feeding raw milk to infants? Well... how about kidney failure and lifelong dialysis? Or just plain old death? What chance of death is acceptable for your child?
Ok, maybe I'm being dramatic. Lets see what a recent article at motherjones.com written by someone who drank a lot of raw milk says:
"...Chris picked up E. coli from a tainted batch, a state investigation concluded. His kidneys failed, landing him in the hospital for two months. Now 13, he is off dialysis, but doctors aren't sure whether Chris' kidneys will hold out. "It was the shock of a lifetime," his mother told me. "If not for modern medicine, he would have died."
The milk in that case came from a large dairy, but it happens to small dairies as well. In an outbreak earlier this year in Oregon at Foundation Farms, 15 children were involved, including 4 of the farmers own children. Germs don't know whether the farm is small or large, and I'm sure that the farmer at Foundation Farms took every sanitary precaution, as I am sure Tim and Liz will.
Liz said it best, I think, talking about planting lots of fruit trees figuring that some or most would die: "It's the same approach we take for everything. the things that are meant to grow and do well here will..."
So I said they were consistent, right? Cows, sheep, turkeys, trees... infants.
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