interesting, considering how much resources raising
beef takes and how often you talk about CAFOs being
horrible and hold up him as prime example of how it
can be done differently. also the frequent quoting of
his methods of building soil... yet here is an actual
exposition by the guy himself on his methods (instead
of an article written by someone else) and you shrug
i don't think you read him as critically as you
he's gradually shifted from all free range and
organic production using minimal or all local inputs
to being more like any other commercial operation
bent on production over sustainability. it may not
be as exploitive or destructive as some other methods
but the question is how long will his farm carry on
and be distinctive instead of being yet another
exploitive farm? will his children continue to
accept this gradual shift in watering down the
original idea or will they fight harder to keep
the distinction and originality that was there before?
the succession question is important, as once Joel
retires can a less flamboyant and outspoken child keep
the interest (and meaning the price premiums that
others are willing to pay) high enough to continue?
or will he be forced to cut corners and turn it more
and more into just another farm...
i'll continue to be interested to see how these
questions are answered.
uh!? i think this has completely zigged
instead of zagged...
i'll get back to you in a few days if
i don't get run over by more severe
thunderstorms and tornado warnings.
forecast is looking good for another
near perfect day.
but first, sleep, water sprouts, pick
more strawberries and then i can play.
peace, all is well, no worries, etc.
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