The Farm at Mollies Branch

  (Todd, North Carolina)
A no-kill farm and garden
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Roasted Rooster

After two weeks of abnormally cold weather, we have a beautiful day to work on the farm. The hens have grown broody, ready to sit on the green, pink, brown eggs for the 21-days it takes to make new diddles (chicks). The roosters, beautiful with their colorful feathers and long tail feathers, are full of themselves, strutting about as if in charge until they meet other roosters feeling the same. That's when I think Roasted Rooster, since a fellow farmer down the road has a rooster roast each Spring to take care of her extra male chickens. Living on a no-kill farm, I always have too many roosters and wonder at my resolve not to eat my chickens when the roosters start fighting among themselves. We're not talking a little bickering here, but full-blown to-the-death duals. I've come upon roosters with heads so bloodied that their eyes couldn't open for the dried blood. Gentle washing with slightly warm water will often relieve that blindness, but other times I fear their eyes have been pecked from their sockets. It's then that I gather up my roosters and vow to give them all to someone who will probably roast them or use them for illegal cock fighting. I never keep this resolve since it hurts my soul; instead I find them safe homes one by one--which is a daunting task. Today, I go to the barnyard, elated at the weather but wondering about how humane it is keep more than one or two roosters. Yet, I am comforted knowing what a wonderful life all my chickens have, wandering the farm finding bugs, worms and the beautiful green grass soon to come.


Corn Pudding and other Dilemmas

'Tis the day after Christmas; a day I am spending reflecting and planning. Family arrived yesterday, and we ate a meal of plenty followed by conversation and laughter. When they left, I felt content as I sat by the fire and opened up days worth of e-mail and taking the time to watch (again) the documentary Genetic Roulette.

Though I love corn, my resolve to not make corn pudding for Christmas dinner was validated. Genetically modified corn makes up 88 percent of the crop grown in the United States today, though Europe has banned all GMO products. Knowing the dangers of such DNA-disruptive food, I would have had to pass the corn with the disclaimer: toxicity, allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, immune-suppression and cancer.  

 Our food industry, ruled by unethical corporations, has been so polluted that we can no longer trust the products they sell. Their henchmen have turned out to be the government (politicians) and educational institutions--the very ones who should have been watching to make sure our food is safe and broadcasting the dangers of genetically-engineered, DNA-altered foods.

Today, I am planning my GMO-free garden of healthy foods that have wellness-wow. For the seeds I have not saved, I will turn to sources I can trust to provide organic or heirloom seeds or starts. Please join me in keeping family food safe.

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