I cannot emphasize enough that we are only as healthy as the food we eat!
My sister Sue passed away in June, 2014. Sue was six years older than me and a picture of health. She and her husband Mike had just climbed a mountain in Italy, and then eight months later, she passed away from pancreatic cancer. Toward the end of her fight, she confided in me her concern of our food supply, and I must question the same.
Make no mistake… I am not blaming my sister’s death on our food. We, as Americans, live longer and healthier lives than ever. Our farmers do practice sound farming habits, however, in my opinion, I believe a locally grown, non-GMO food source, raised in your garden, is the future of the health of American families.
The year is 1975. The place is Hackneyville, Alabama. I limped in a walking cast to my great uncle’s garden.
I said, “Uncle Ren, that’s the most beautiful garden I have seen!”
The old man looked at me and said, “Son, you feed the ground… it feeds you.”
I scratched my head, as my great uncle, a grand old gentleman in blue coveralls, explained to me the great benefits of “green manure.” You see, he planted clover in the garden every fall, then disked it into the ground in January. He allowed the green plants to rot… this is called “green manure.” He would also cut horse or cow manure into the garden as well.
This lesson served me well in a very long agriculture career.
The sun was popping up on a cold January morning. I sat in a duck blind with a good friend over flooded corn as steam drifted off the water. The sound of jets flying overhead put my heart in a ‘giddy up’ mode as a dozen Mallards cupped their wings to settle in our decoys. Gripping my 1898 Parker DH 10 bore double gun I stood, and took an eye on a bird settling in. The KABOOOM of the old Parker’s black powder load sent the green head to the water like a giant tennis racket had swatted him from the sky. The white smoke and smell of burnt powder made me smile. Oh, how I love to hunt……and oh, how I love old guns!
I said to my friend, ”Ross, what a beautiful morning, and what a beautiful place you have to shoot ducks”.
We live in a camo world……Mossy Oak, Real Tree, BassPro ,Drake, and many more make great products that relatively control the market. These patterns simulate trees, leaves, reeds and moss. But what about the old camo of the 50’s, 60’s and early 1970’s? Why did it give way to the modern patterns we see today? And, does the old camo of our Grandpa’s still work in the dove fields, duck ponds, turkey woods and deer stands?? You better believe it will!!!