Interesting Tidbit

Discovered that you can tell how many views of the blog posting, and WHERE the views originate!  Thought you might find it insightful to see, as well.  I’m truly surprised at the broad reach postings have traveled. Almost 20 countries, including Morocco, Malta, Fiji…. who would have guessed. Over 1500 views in 10 weeks… just incredible. (list at bottom of post)

While Ruminations is focused on a small family farmstead in the USA,

building trust with the cows

and the happenings on the farm and how they relate to the broader picture, I wonder how other cultures/countries view what I have to say.

I know I have friends from other cultures who mourn the loss of their capacity to be in touch with the land & food production. They are working to return those values to “their world”, as well.

It all has to do with localization, I think. That and rebuilding local community.

Waiting for something to happen on the larger scale (government, business, etc) is just NOT going to happen. If its not about making more money, it’s long-term value seems to HAVE no value to them.

So it is up to us, and our neighbors, and our friends… to support our local resources… encourage, nurture, and give that positive feedback.  We have to take back control of quality, enriching the earth, and thinking long-term… it will matter to our children and grandchildren. We can choose to be victims, or we can choose to make a difference, however small it is.

Anyway, hope you continue to follow this journey with me, as we experience “our return” to an “integrated homestead”! Where land, soil, livestock, gardens, all play a part in an ecological cycle that is complete… Where there is no waste… everything, at some point, becomes an input for something else… just as it does in nature.  Mother Earth has spent 4.5 billions years working out this process, and we are only beginning to touch on the subtle relationships that she has developed.

Patiently we watch & listen… and hopefully, learn!

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 522
Canada FlagCanada 19
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 14
India FlagIndia 5
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 4
Ireland FlagIreland 4
Fiji FlagFiji 4
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 4
Egypt FlagEgypt 3
Philippines FlagPhilippines 3
Australia FlagAustralia 3
Germany FlagGermany 2
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 2
Morocco FlagMorocco 2
France FlagFrance 2
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 1
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 1
Malta FlagMalta 1
Turkey FlagTurkey


  1. Anonymous said,

    March 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    THANK YOU amy for sharing your process! i am due for a visit to the farm soon. i recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed SO very much reading your postings! ~ lilli in san rafael (priscilla’s daughter) : )

    • March 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Lilli, how wonderful of you to share! considering how good a writer your mother is, I’m really impressed that you enjoy the blog postings. I hope you are able to make it out again to visit on the farm and see the piglets while they are little, running around and playing. Such a kick to watch!
      See ya! Amy

  2. June 25, 2012 at 5:12 am

    We sat and had a good read, who knew farming could be so very interesting to the non farming person! I think ill just stick to watching from behind the fence!! lol

    • June 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

      I’m glad you find it interesting!!!! Not everyone has to do it, for sure, but to be able to understand and appreciate what goes into farm is important. When we have our own milk, cream for the coffee, eggs, and sausage, and potatoes from our farm… is has a very different feel from just picking stuff up at the “store”… but not everyone has the time, the location, the climate, the small acreage to do what we do.

      But everyone can help support the “small farmer”. Quality is what it’s all about… other wise you get “only” those pale tasteless things in the store, called “organic eggs”. Very sad what the industrial model brings, but the small farmer brings the competition… on some level the big guys are at least having to pay attention to where their customers are headed.

      The only votes that really count? where the dollar is spent!

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