Where to start? I grew up in the 70's & 80's and saw the world making much more sense than I see it today. Simpler times, common sense values, hard work, fair play and rule of law were instilled into everyday life. In the current world those aspects of the life I grew up with have been vilified - Common sense values are seen as too judgmental, hard work is for people too stupid to get a government handout, fair play is for chumps who cannot figure out how to cheat the game, rule of law is trumped by a good attorney and the ability to keep the collected jury IQ below room temperature.
OK, I've done it - exposed the fact that I grew up to be a conservative. I am sure that many out there would consider that to be a birth defect just as much as I would consider spaying or neutering a suitable way of controlling the liberal population.
As a child, we always had livestock - Chickens, geese, hogs and cattle. All of this on a half acre of land. My grandparents owned a 4 acre farm with milk cows and made a living selling hogs. All of this meant that as the youngest grandson, I would loose my teenage summers to working for someone. Later in life my mother mentioned that we lived below the poverty line but I can't say that I remember things being too bad. We had a freezer full of beef and we ate steak 5 or more days a week. Between productive gardens and local farmers we always had fresh fruit and veggies.
The backyard micro-farm (garden and chickens) is my attempt to regain some of the flavor of my younger life. I've had a garden for the last three years and chickens for the last two years. Having fresh eggs on the weekends, collected from my own hens is really a pleasure.
In my blog I will try to stay the course and keep to just my own backyard but I'm not making any promises. Especially during election season.