Climate Change… why don’t we say Climate Opportunities?

finding joy in what you think about

finding joy in what you think about

Climate change is real but the rhetoric to engage us appears to be in an ever dwindling spiral of annihilation for us! It appears to address the very lowest of our collective, creative potential. There are so many articles that appeal to fear but provide no real, immediate actions that resonate!

So I am positing solutions.

But let’s review some of the parameters

In Australia for instance, 48% of ALL land is owned by farmers.

Land ownership! Now that’s power right? “Political power” — but is it?

When 2 farmers a day suicide here from the financial pressure of land prices soaring and market forces dropping the value of the produce they create to support being on the land?

Most don’t know this, but 100 years ago a ton (maybe the measure is tonne) of wheat sold for $100 -ok it was possibly called guineas or £ then but let’s stick with dollars! Today it can go for as little as $138 or less a tonne… now let’s get this straight. No matter which apples you compare here, that spells poverty to many farmers who are literally going to the wall and, more importantly, it spells disaster for all our nutrition levels. Because corporate take overs have no interest in farm, farmer, animal or soil health, let alone you — the consumer …they service just a desire to feed the cry for cheaper food and make money from it.

So a loaf of bread or a litre of milk now often costs more to make for the farmer than what is paid for it. And that means the land, the farmer and ultimately the climate and all of us suffer. Because they will do whatever not to lose the farm so many have been stripping the land without the means to give back to it for a while now!

That’s just one example but the big, broad acre produce that provide the global masses with staples are what effect all of us the most. Rice, corn, wheat, proteins, these are all in high demand in every increasing volumes.

I personally focus on the big issues yet appreciate that every movement starts with as little as one person, possibly a trickle of beauty a shimmer of light on a tiny stream to break a dam rather than addressing slow, groaning, overwhelming cancer.

It’s all alterable but perhaps it requires us to merely stop and think first?

So what is really first in importance for you?

Your health?

Oh look! We have some solutions for that! Sleep? Yes, we got that! A roof perhaps? Money?

It’s different for everyone, so start with what’s real for you and find an action in alignment with that.

I try to have everything I inform and promote on my websites be in alignment with my desire for beauty, balance and connection, together with my admiration for nature from the food I buy and the farmers I support to steward the planet to the people I support in my life.

From our thoughts, to the matter we create around us and contribute to I focus on beauty and serendipity! Win-win solutions.

Nature will change with our individual actions. So I suggest to merely start with knowing a little about the journey of the food you eat.

Your shopping dollar is more powerful and political than anything else. Shake a fist at a politician? Pfft. March in numbers, as the children did globally and maybe a small, more enlightened nation moves to address what they can without losing their seat at the international table of negotiations.

But for me that stuff is all smoke and mirrors I feel I can neither relate to nor influence; handshakes and deals we know less than nothing about nor would I choose to rabbit down those holes.

But you CAN grow good food if you have land or a nature strip even, buy good food easily or if too costly, purchase the seeds and even grow in from a one bed room space with a little light, air, nutrition and water. So take the steps you can afford that bring you joy, not strain and step forward into this brave new world of connection that is slowly pulling the shades up and breathing in the sunlight!

I invite you to visit my website for suggestions and a few select products I connect food creator’s and their products to you.

Please come join me on the journey to rebalance our earth.

THE FURRY LOVE STORY

Pictured here with my darling Violet now almost 17 years old that is close to 115 in dog years.

Pictured here with my darling Violet now almost 17 years old that is close to 115 in dog years.

It struck me recently, in all these years of wondering why people seemed not to understand what I was rambling on about with the environment, that perhaps my musings are not personal enough to understand? Too, “over there” to grasp?

So rather than bombard anyone with feeling bad about what one may not be doing, let’s focus on things we truly love!

I have a wonderful old dog, Violet. In fact she is almost 17 now and she is a hoot of a fluff ball, amusing me and loving me and the family, chillaxing and enthusing in equal measure about simple things that never alter.

Violet in her prime a few years ago 2012 she was 10yrs, ball in air or

Violet in her prime a few years ago 2012 she was 10yrs, ball in air or

…well you get the picture!

…well you get the picture!

I have lived with pets all my life not giving them much thought I guess much as we all do about people in our lives until they are gone. We simply accept and love in the moment Im not one to put too much attention on it but care for her like anyone in my immediate family.

I recently watched a friend have her beloved pet die of a most peculiar cancer at the early age of 5 ( only 35 in dog years) when surely such a vital, enthusiastic creature in her prime would live much longer? So I began to think about what I considered the rather unusual behaviour I was observing in my young women friends as they approached… well lets call it the ‘biological baby bump’ in the career that might get substituted with an adorable fur baby. Now I am not one to make any comment on parenting any more than how one treats their pet in general but ‘crushing’ them with love, in my opinion not theirs, well that is simply between them!

Frankly not impressed by the bow or the bath after her mud fiesta! It’s as if she is saying “ hey, I was happy muddy and this humiliation …pfft what I put up with for you!”

Frankly not impressed by the bow or the bath after her mud fiesta! It’s as if she is saying “ hey, I was happy muddy and this humiliation …pfft what I put up with for you!”

Animals are a sponge for emotions and continue to love without criticism soaking up the daily anxiety we humans might generate with no more thought to their selfless giving to you than a breeze has to a flower it passes by.

But it does affect them, even if there is no self awareness on their part - any more than we are aware of being stressed as it stealthily eats away at our health - the same can happen to them and shorten their life span.

So why is it doing this?

sheer park joy!!

sheer park joy!!

Well, basically, as with all mental health, anxiety in its physical expression is the excessive and continuous release of Adrenaline and Cortisol.

Amazing hormones! Designed to throw us into fight and flight in order to survive, it’s out of the kidneys and pumping though your body, shutting down blood that might have been all busy trying to repair sections of the body, halting digestion, or whatever you may have thought it was doing, so that all the body’s energy goes to the parts needed in the moment to escape the impending danger. But live in that flood of hormones and it literally eats us up!

SO… I know we are all well educated here, dear reader and I am probably not telling you anything you don’t already know but perhaps it s worth sparing a thought to the connection of the care needed in the life cycle of the food we eat and how it was raised as it also experiences protection mechanisms that do something similar if not exactly the same to its immune response.

And that goes for all life on earth. A beneficial microbe will quickly starve to death with out food/energy and water. Yep, even viruses need the bacteria they host on to have whatever food it survives in and even quantum microscopes are beginning to see that a thought can affect a virus in its expression in the petri dish. So all life could be said to be affected by how we treat it and each other with our thoughts (aside: did you know some deadly virus even expand and thrive on ice in our farmed fish, oh I digress), plants are weakened and emptied of nutrients without care and animals that are stressed and pumped with the same disease creating cortisol we get from too long exposure, will start to have cells degrade and diseases ignite. Often our food animals have these but are killed too young for the diseases to be visible the the eye but are manifest on a cellular level you may be eating.

So when a farmer says he uses low stress, it’s because they are on the coal face of animal health. THAT is the survival of their animals and their whole farm and family’s survival. If the animal is unhealthy through stress it causes everyone loss. I know from my pup, that it takes so very little to make her feel stressed and she really only receives love. Imagine how little it takes to stress a bird!

Much as many city people don’t realise it, farmers LOVE their animals but they express it differently. Of course not all farmers are created equal and many of them are under severe financial stress. Some 2 farmers a day suicide in Australia due to the financial threat of having to leave their land and animals as land prices continue to soar beyond the value of what the land can grow which in turn, that sadness can be passed to their animals, the land and the plants. So think a little when you shop and buy food for yourself and your animal and try to see if it is made and grown with love for it is the excessive cortisol that kills us and starts disease. You are trying to eradicate this from your own life in the food you eat and your loved ones diets’ to create healthy longevity.

Watch how your pet responds, it will amaze you. But give it a few weeks of detoxing as it is a bit of a process.

One may have learned to breath, do yoga and calm the mind but our dogs (or cats… though I am not too sure just how much they pay attention to you …but cats are wily like that) just watch you adoringly and soak up your stress without thought.

So give them the best love you can in return and feed them with love in food from a farming family that loved the creatures you feed them!

our turkey farmers and happy turkeys

our turkey farmers and happy turkeys

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May 2019

 

May 2019

First project progress 6months in...

a couple of babies born in November 2018 before the rains

a couple of babies born in November 2018 before the rains

November 6, 2018 before all the sheep were brought on

November 6, 2018 before all the sheep were brought on

For those of you unfamiliar with soil regeneration watch this!

otherwise read on!

The animals we invested in to regenerate the soil back in October 2018 did not start getting onto the land until late November and a flash flood hit in early December. The land has now started to show great signs of recovery through good animal management. Buying sheep from farmers in the drought stricken north of Australia as pictured in our first blog in Dec was the start to help create balance…

Here’s what happened!

The farmer had not had the time to place many of the animals on the land yet before 270mm of water hit in 2 hours (thats more than parts of western Australia get in a year to produce an entire crop of wheat!).

The water ran off in great swathes not helped by the land being more hydrophobic (repelling water) from suffering 50 years of poor land management by the farm predecessors. In the months that followed, they laboured hard to repair roads and fences so the remaining stock could arrive from the drought stricken areas of the far north.

The carbon levels and microbe diversity, so important to us all, will still be awhile. Biodiversity and wildlife must return. This is what many holistic farmers work to encourage and Urth works to help support financially with careful investment partnerships.

December 2018 a flash flood hit and several lambs drowned due to this freak, once in 2000 years, climate event… but will there be more? This is where collective efforts to regenerate soil and deep root plants using the animals to fertilise and nourish the land is vital

December 2018 a flash flood hit and several lambs drowned due to this freak, once in 2000 years, climate event… but will there be more? This is where collective efforts to regenerate soil and deep root plants using the animals to fertilise and nourish the land is vital

a week after the floods tore through the land these sorghum shoots sprung through - a good sign the land would recover with care

a week after the floods tore through the land these sorghum shoots sprung through - a good sign the land would recover with care

February 2019 the Sorghum is thriving and the young lambs with it.

February 2019 the Sorghum is thriving and the young lambs with it.

Each year crops like this oat crop are sown to improve nutrients in the soil - this one shown is from the year in July 2018 before the flood in Dec.

Each year crops like this oat crop are sown to improve nutrients in the soil - this one shown is from the year in July 2018 before the flood in Dec.

in thriving health on previous farms the farmer developed the soil to this - you can see the diversity of different grasses that provide different minerals for healthy animals and therefore rich soil.

in thriving health on previous farms the farmer developed the soil to this - you can see the diversity of different grasses that provide different minerals for healthy animals and therefore rich soil.

and when the land is fully recovered they will see a crop of clover like they had back in August 2016 to fix nitrogen in the soil and so continue to regenerate with animals and plant diversity

and when the land is fully recovered they will see a crop of clover like they had back in August 2016 to fix nitrogen in the soil and so continue to regenerate with animals and plant diversity

To propagate microbes n the soil, small dense cow herds are carefully grazed and satellite monitoring is used to ensure their manure has generated life as densely as possible.  This group of cows wait longingly for the single electric wire to be moved to keep the herd systematically fertilising the soil and not over grazing so the carbon stays in the ground. Depending on the feed and the rain this is carefully monitored. Ensuring the cattle are gently handled is just as important as every other element to create the best effect.

To propagate microbes n the soil, small dense cow herds are carefully grazed and satellite monitoring is used to ensure their manure has generated life as densely as possible.

This group of cows wait longingly for the single electric wire to be moved to keep the herd systematically fertilising the soil and not over grazing so the carbon stays in the ground. Depending on the feed and the rain this is carefully monitored. Ensuring the cattle are gently handled is just as important as every other element to create the best effect.

using different breeds of cow such as these Angus to fertilise the soil with different gut biomes/ bacteria, the farmer ensures the land is not over or under grazed and the cows gut returns rich nutrients to the soil to encourage plant diversity.

using different breeds of cow such as these Angus to fertilise the soil with different gut biomes/ bacteria, the farmer ensures the land is not over or under grazed and the cows gut returns rich nutrients to the soil to encourage plant diversity.

looking at the comparison of land management in the foreground and the back to let the grasses regenerate this shows 163 days rest from the animals on the land The farmers will do the same this year on their new land as they respond to the weather, health of the animals and the needs of the land.

looking at the comparison of land management in the foreground and the back to let the grasses regenerate this shows 163 days rest from the animals on the land The farmers will do the same this year on their new land as they respond to the weather, health of the animals and the needs of the land.

and now strong healthy animals May 2019, the soil is on the way!

and now strong healthy animals May 2019, the soil is on the way!

Even a small sign that wildlife is returning as this little echidna pops his head up and the farmers take delight that the land is starting to rebalance. As always the best farms are the ones where both the husband and wife are an integral working team creating the necessary balance to the nurture of the land. - this farm is no exception proving them to be a great team.

Even a small sign that wildlife is returning as this little echidna pops his head up and the farmers take delight that the land is starting to rebalance. As always the best farms are the ones where both the husband and wife are an integral working team creating the necessary balance to the nurture of the land. - this farm is no exception proving them to be a great team.

Crytocurrenices trading platforms and security what to watch out for

Crytocurrenices trading platforms and security what to watch out for

Hey all! ok so now for some dirt...

most of my reticence in posting and blogging about crypto has been around the following information because there is indeed much to be excited about in this space but getting any real help or truly independent info has been... challenging. I started this particular edition of our blog in November 2017 and since then the market, as you will all know exploded! really too high.

Block Chain 102 ... how is it relevant? - an agricultural application and the climate

Block Chain 102 ... how is it relevant? - an agricultural application and the climate

The application for agriculture is identity validation for premium markets wanting to ensure the product they are paying a premium for that originates in a far off or remote location, and must move through potentially corrupt ports, is actually the thing that arrives.  That, at the many checkpoints, there has been no possible human error as data entry because it is all done over the internet via the code with the validation encrypted in the code through the global network.

blockchain 101 - what is blockchain?

blockchain 101 - what is blockchain?

We have recently been asked to write a simple blog to explain blockchain for the farming community by a lead industry body in Australian agriculture, so if you are an experienced user this may be a bit basic for you but if you are new please read on to see if it is relevant for you too and we thought you might like to see a bit of how blockchain applies to solutions.