The first of the meat chickens arrived a few days ago. It's a real joy to have wee birds in the brooder again. Speaking of wee birds, Ben's turkeys are growing and growing and growing. Only a few more weeks and they are ready for the table. Oh, and the hens are laying eggs like their very lives depended on it (which, you know, is true). Spring has sprung and summer is new on the farm.
(I won't talk about the havoc that the guinea fowl have been wreaking on our gardens because we will have that under control very soon and thinking of those birds dust-bathing in my pepper plants makes me grouchy. We keep the guineas because they eat ticks by the thousands and keep snakes at bay, so it's just a matter of finding an equitable solution. Equitable in this case means good for us, and because I'm the human, it also means good for the land that God has given us.)
Meanwhile, you must read this. Rising food prices are only the symptom of a much larger problem. http://thedeliberateagrarian.blogspot.com/2008/05/roots-of-current-world-food-crisis.html
"My point in relating all of this is to underscore that Big Ag is not Good Ag. And being dependent on Big Ag for food is national folly. I believe it is also personal folly. Powerful, arrogant, self-serving, and foolish forces are at play in the world. We as individuals have little control over them, yet we will all, to one degree or another, eventually pay for the consequences for their wickedness."