Made a trip to Osage yesterday for a meeting, lunch, and then spent some time with Kelli. We always have a nice time together and I'm so thankful for this new friendship. When I was about to leave, I made what some would think to be a very strange request: "can I visit your chickens?" Kelli happily obliged and played "tour guide" around the farmyard pointing out the different breeds of chickens, cattle & hogs. I love the sweet smell of the barnyard and the soft cackle of the chickens made me feel at peace. I brought home a little sunshine with two dozen of the most beautiful eggs I have ever seen - - they are worth way more than you charge, Kelli!
It wasn't so long ago that this kind of barnyard was a common scene throughout America. We've really lost something very crucial to the balance of our lives. We don't understand where our food comes from. We don't have a relationship with the land. We don't really know our neighbors. We're losing small communities because we're losing farmers.
All is not lost, however. We can reclaim the economic health and quality of life in our rural communities by purchasing goods and services from local merchants, listening to our neighbors, and buying locally grown/raised food. Is this a strange request, too? I don't think so...we all win in the long run.
[Edited to add:] There must be something in the moon, because Between Plow and Wood had a similar post today...or is this what they call a "revolution."
[Edited to add:] On the way, I came upon a field with at least 100 wild turkeys - - beautiful sight!