- Because we know how it was raised and where it is coming from. Do you realize that the bulk of your meat bought at a grocery store is raised in a filthy commercial warehouse type building, caked in feces and rarely ever gets to touch the ground outside? Or do you even consider the fact that your meat, once processed, touches machines that have been working on all kinds of other meat all day long, never stopping to be cleaned? What about the feed they eat, filled with chemicals, antibiotics and artificial growth hormones so that they grow quicker…unnaturally. You are what you eat. Your body becomes antibiotic resistant, which causes super bugs and viruses that are resistant to antibiotics. Don’t believe me? Look at the news. Each and everyday there are headlines talking about viruses that don’t respond to antibiotics like they should and people begin dying. It’s not because we need big medicine and new antibiotics, it’s because we need to stop eating crap, and stop drenching our food in antibiotics.
- Because it’s healthier. When our animals are raised on non-gmo or organic feed, or are completely pasture raised, their meat provides us better nutrients and sustenance. We are healthier because our food choices lived healthier lives. Studies report that pasture raised meat is filled with more nutrient rich vitamins, fats and other benefits which cause our bodies to break it down more easily and enrich our own bodies with those nutrients. Eating meat filled with fillers and unnatural chemicals can shave 5-20 years off of your life…hows that for an eye opener?
- Because it provides education for our child. We want him to know where his food comes from. We want him to know that the grocery store isn’t the “norm”. We want him to understand how to be self-sufficient and never have to live in fear of not having something to eat. There is always something to eat out in the woods and in the field. No worries, little one, when you have the proper knowledge and tools.
- Because our animals are killed humanely and with love. Yes, with love. We serve those animals for 8 weeks to 3 years, depending on what we are processing. We love on them, care for them, tend to them, poor our lives into them. And when the time comes, we praise them and thank them for their sacrifice. We have a one-on-one connection with an animal that God created. It’s practically spiritual to feel that connection with your food, and honestly, it makes you appreciate it more. Do we get attached to their sweet little baby faces? Sure we do. We’re human. But it’s a different type of attachment. We understand what their purpose is, and it’s not to be cute and cuddly. In fact, you might insult them if you tell them how much you love their sweet little noses. They are amazing creatures, don’t insult them by merely putting them into the pet category. They are fierce and graceful. They are loving and equipped by nature to do their job, do it well, and then lay their life down for our family. We love our animals, period. And when the time comes to process them, it is a labor of love, not of empty words and actions.
|handpicked grass clippings from our yard|
|Gladys and I sharing a moment — one of our healthy, happy, free range egg layers.|
|Some rabbit meat getting ready to go into the oven with some hard apple cider.|
|Well loved rabbits!!|
Amy K. Fewell is an author, family herbalist, entrepreneur, homesteader, and homemaker. Living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, her and her family live a natural homesteading lifestyle where they promote self-sufficiency and liberty. Amy is the founder of the Homesteaders of America organization and annual events. You can discover more on this website and at homesteadersofamerica.com