Today, in between moving the sheep back to Virginia from their West Virginia winter vacation, making a second cup of coffee and patching a section of dilapidated wire fence, I thought about this question, currently being posed by the N.Y. Times: Is It Ethical To Eat Meat? Here’s my response. Let me know what you think.
In the meantime, I’ve just finished the book proposal for Hayseeds, 62 pages of market analysis, a like-minded bibliography, and 31 individual chapter summaries among other things.
Rather like a Master’s thesis, I’ve decided, without the filigreed Latin and sheepskin at the end of the journey…
A big back log of movies to be made, now that the proposal is complete. Also, a new blog over at www.smithmeadows.com about my friend Jimmy Hogge, the Chesapeake Bay fisherman who passed away this week. God speed, Jimmy.
Currently reading Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness, as well as David Sedaris’ When You Are Engulfed By Flames. They do a nice job of balancing each other out.
We’re taking what’s left of winter 2012 to make some fun (and in theory, educational) farming videos for the first time. These will be little 5 minute vignettes of the sorts of things we do around here at Smith Meadows… from fixing broken water troughs to explaining hog rooting behavior to harvesting February watercress.
For years, we’ve had apprenticeships here on the farm (hence the Jake Galle shout out in the first video… he was an apprentice who helped assemble several of these hutches), and we’re now hoping that these videos can be part of a ‘virtual apprenticeship’ for a wider audience. It will take some time, but gradually a larger picture of what we’re about should begin to coalesce.
Let us know what you think of them, and especially if you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to see.
In the meantime, I’ll be blogging regularly over on our farm site, smithmeadows.com