Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy Belated Earth Day!

Greetings from the epicenter of the Bakken oil formation!

I had every good intention of posting on Earth Day 2013.  Instead of finding time to carry out good intentions, life happened.

Business as usual and then some played out at the ranch. We had a couple SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) out to help us collect data for making decisions in settling Dad's affairs and we conducted a little hillbilly business as well.  A term you are not familiar with?  How about hillbilly bartering?  Doing business that doesn't involve cash where both parties walk away winners and where they are usually trading things that most folks would not find value in.

One of my absolute favorite commercial cows, #505 broke her leg three years ago.  Most cows would not have handled it well and would have had to be humanely put down shortly after an injury such as this (which due to the location of the break was not able to be casted).  505 on the other had was tough as nails and had survivor's instinct.  She continued to  maintain good flesh and served as a wonderful lawn mower the last two summers.  Pete had the brilliant idea a couple weeks ago that maybe we should see if Jeffery Kindle, a local carpenter and hunter could come out and give us a couple estimates on projects that need to be done out here, and well, since he would be out, see if he would want to harvest 505 for hamburger.  Both parties walked away winners and 505 served the purpose that she was destined to while as humans we made the most of a bad situation.

Although not glamorous, in a nut shell, the day was a good representation of what Earth Day means to me.  Its not about the environment movement, hugging trees or lobbying congress to put large tracts of land (natural resources) into preservation mode so members of the concrete jungle can retreat there on weekends and not have to step in cow poo (AKA - organic, all natural fertilizer).  In my view, it is about using our resources wisely and helping people understand that as our global population grows we need to adjust in a way that provides the most amount of sustainability possible considering the situation.

Brad sent me a really interesting link that was part of one of his senior seminar classes this semester.  I really enjoyed it and figured that it would be a nice share for our Earth Day celebration... a little belated, but still worth the watch.

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change


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