Please welcome Chris Kerston from Chaffin Family Orchards. I asked him to be a guest because I wanted to learn more about what they’re doing and I wanted you to hear it, too. Their 300 acres of orchards (olive, citrus and stone fruit) are “mowed” and fertilized by cattle, sheep, and goats who are followed by chickens who debug (natural pest control). Since adopting these methods, they’ve been able to use 85% less fuel, plus they’re building soil fertility and taking higher-quality foods right to the consumer. Chris and I visit about his family, his role as managing partner at Chaffin Family Orchards. We talk about the olive/olive oil industry, what’s wrong with conventional olive growers and convention olives… And tons more. Do listen!
Welcome to Simple Lives Thursday, a blog hop dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: Gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck… Come on in, check out the featured posts from last week’s submissions, visit posts shared this week, or add your own post to this blog hop.
This giveaway for heritage olive oil has been quick, hasn’t it? But we had over 1100 entries, even with the short notice. I want to say a big thank you to Chaffin Family Orchards for sponsoring it! Before I announce the winner of two gallons of this beautiful olive oil, I want to remind everyone that the pre-ordering sale is about to end… on Friday, November 30, 2012. You can get some of the best quality olive oil for as little as $50 a gallon. And now… the winner is…
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this post with you for some time, even before Nichole wrote it. Meeting Nichole last November 2011 at the Wise Traditions conference was a highlight — probably of my life. It is weird to say that, but that’s how I feel about it. Nichole is really special and open. Just read her Ellie Belly blog and you’ll fall in love with her writing and her family, and you won’t want to miss a day of daughter Ellie’s updates, progress and setbacks, or Nichole’s humorous and faith-full accounts of life’s ups and downs. And now, here is Nichole to share Ellie’s story, which brought me to tears when I first heard it and today gives me HOPE.
How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was really special. We invited our friend Jami over, with her children. Each family did half the cooking. I mentioned in my last podcast that I was going to look for a pastured leg of lamb for Thanksgiving — but we couldn’t find one big enough. So we went with two organic chickens. I know… sounds kind of boring. But we roasted them slowly and they turned out fabulously moist and we couldn’t have been happier. Our family also contributed the gravy, the sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and a chocolate cheesecake pie. Jami brought a broccoli dish, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and her famous cranberry chutney. Then it was time to dig in, and that we did. Everything was soooo good. This post contains pictures of our meal and of a mushrooming excursion on Saturday.
We’re heading down home… to your farms! Urban, suburban, or rural — whatever you’re growing and doing, we want to see it. Today’s featured farm is Wild Oaks Poultry Farm in Minnesota. This family garden and raise poultry, plus they’ve got great advice if you’re looking for land or trying to work land that presents an obstacle. Come on in and visit!
During our last sale, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, and many readers experienced prolonged power outages, were evacuated from their homes, and dealt with damage as a result of the storm, which meant that you missed out on the sale entirely. So many of you specifically asked if there was any way that you could get your own copy of the eBook bundle that we decided to bring the sale back just for you! And so, for 48 hours only, the Healthy Living eBook Bundle is available again! 27 prominent Healthy Living authors have joined together to bundle 34 of their most popular eBooks, valued at just over $300, for the incredibly low price of $29! Plus, you’ll receive more than $73 of bonuses from healthy living companies.