As I have watched the beef prices skyrocket, the one thing I have been thinking about for awhile is: "How will poor mothers feed their children? That breaks my heart.
In 1987, I was a young mother trying to feed my children on a very slim budget. I resorted to coupons and got very good at it...
I always believed God helps those who help themselves. Since I couldn't do anything about my very slim budget, I did what I could, and boy did I get lots of free and inexpensive "foods" using them,
But what really happened is healthy food became scarce, and poisonous processed food became our staples. My family not only became unhealthy, but sick often, and very overweight.
Then God led me here. He showed me that using the same energy I spent clipping coupons and scouring the neighborhood looking for 'bargains', I could grow and raise my own food.
I followed His prompting and here I am, all these years later, doing what I thought impossible; raising our own food. I should have remembered that nothing is impossible with God.
Its not only healthy & delicious, but it is a fun and exciting way to live. Yes, it is tiring, and sometimes it becomes overwhelming (like when we have to hand roll 700lb bales. LOL). I love every minute of it and the fruits are many. My family is much healthier and we are all losing weight naturally, with much exercise, but without dieting.
God IS truly amazing and if we let Him lead us, we always are better for it!
So back to today's headline, and my thoughts.
MY hope is to be able to supply all those God sends to us, so that they are able to feed their families affordably. However, it seems like its going to be a nearly impossible feat this year.
I figure if He so generously led and taught me to do this, then I have to use this gift to help those that He sends to us.
I must, but how?
We are just a small family farm. We can feed some, but not many. Ahh, but with God, all things are possible...
So I decided to put into motion two ideas I have been stalling on, but now are seemingly the right choices:
1) We are going to start to 'partner' with some of our neighbor farmers, those that we already have relationships with. We're doing this to save costs by sharing with each other; our time, talents, fruits and resources. Those we know who are just as committed to our same goals and ideals that we have.
The most important of these ideals being; to raise our animals ALL naturally, just as God intended. Without the use of any hormones, steroids or any chemicals, anywhere on our farms...
All the while ensuring that every animal is well loved, well cared for, and well fed,. Them .having only one bad day, their last, and even that must be as quick and as painless as possible.
Becky and Horace are some of my closest friends. They have been one of my many teachers, as well as one of my main hay suppliers these last 7 years.. They raise some beef among their many other animals.
So naturally they were and are my first choice to partner with, to form some sort of "co-op",
a way to supply all those who need, healthy and affordable beef.
If the "big boys" can do it, why can't us 'little farmers' join together to have the same leverage as the bigger suppliers..
When I asked Becky if this was something she would consider. She jumped at the chance and I am sure as I ask other friend/farmers, the ones God leads me to ask, I will get the same response.
How am I sure? When I asked Becky what the name of her farm is, she said "Horeb". for Horace and Rebecca...
You see, Horeb also means "holy mountain"....Our Lady of Victory and Horeb....a match made in Heaven (LOL)
So, by joining together it will help us keep costs down, prices affordable, as well as, increase the amount of steers we will have to sell this coming summer and fall.
We will not have to be sold out as often as we were last year, nor have to turn anyone away as we wait for our smaller steers to finish growing this summer..
My goal is to have a constant supply for all those who want access to affordable, and 100% All Natural Grass Fed and Grass Finished healthy beef....
So now for my next idea.
2) Every year I grow a huge garden for ourselves and for whomever I find needs our "extras".
This year I am striving for a bigger one, and not just a bigger one, but a "Victory Garden". I can not do it alone.
What is a Victory Garden you say?
Yes, God does helps those who help themselves...
Email me if you are interested.. Many hands makes light the work.
God Bless you all this Holy Week and may you all have a very Happy Easter!.
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