We are extremely proud of the success, product and relationship we have with Jarvis and Sarah. They are a terrific family and we are very like minded. I'm am most proud that they are committed to the not only using local products but to sustaining local farm families like us.
They are amazing aren’t they?
A single bee can produce around 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime. Their average lifespan is about 15 to 38 days, although they can live up to 140 days during the winter. To make 1 pound of honey, bees have to visit around 2 million flowers. Per trip, bees visit around 50 to 100 flowers. During a single flight, worker bees can gather as much as 1 drop of nectar. Bees make about 1 to 24 trips on a single day.
This is not a blog dove tailing into relationships with your spouse. Not even a how to run a business with your wife. It is a broader lesson. When I watched that video for the first time I remember thinking to myself ” that could have been Renee and I”. Then I clarified my own thought and realized only in my head would our conversation go like that. In our real life’s triage disagreements, they are usually much less wordy and a whole lot quicker. Both being practical and pragmatic people we don’t often mince words and dance around the obvious with each other.
We both agree our families relationship with food is a lot like this video though. Seeing the food world through a producers eyes covered by a farmers hat gets a little clearer. A few months ago we were having dinner with some friends at their house. Valuing people over our food values manifests itself to us by suspending all our preferences when we go to other people’s homes. If you cook it we will eat it with you Nd without judgement. Invariably though it is difficult talk to us for very long without food and farming coming up. Renee and I were extolling the virtues of eating local and having a relationship with farmers and businesses. We were getting no where and fast. The nutrition angle….nah. The business angle…. Nope gourmet? Should have known better because we were eating hot dogs and tater tots washed down with pre made gallon jug of “sweet tea”.
Their point was”we do but local because Kroger was less than a mile away” and “we think protecting their jobs is important “.
I didn’t argue….I simply listened and the nail stayed in place. Then I went back to work fixing what was wrong even if you didn’t know it was wrong or wanted to fix it.
Renee and Layla were so confident and proud. 2 hours of B roll footage edited down to a quick intro about our farm. Come visit and find out he entire story.
Just wanted to give a heads up. The farmer his beautiful wife and children will be featured today. Talking sustainable local family farming. Go Farm Go!
The mid day Texas heat and humidity is making the sweat run off the brim of my hat as I took this. They were cool and comfortable under these pecan trees and in the shade.
While loading and sorting pigs last week we had a few bust loose. The round up ensued and one stubborn barrow just wouldn’t leave the cool shady confines of the tangled mess of the tree line. How could I blame him it was a feel like temperature in the high 90′s. Then it occurred to me, stop fighting this and be smarter than the pig. I have an over grown tree line that currently houses blackberry brambles, hackberry trees and vines and pigs that are loving being in that mess. Renee and I focus on only a few things as farmers. One of those things is we strive to see the world through our animals eyes and allow them to express their god given nature. Letting pigs express their pigness makes for both happy pigs and happy farmers. Now we see the forest and the trees through pigs eyes