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Four Principles

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

August 26, 2018

Farm Update –
Hard to believe that July has come and gone! Deliveries this week went very good. Many new customers as well as familiar faces! We appreciate you choosing Nature's Gourmet Farm for your beef, pork, chicken, and eggs.

Four Principles: when we first started the farm in 2009 much of the information I found was mostly conventional. After a few seasons it was evident that model was not sustainable nor was it enjoyable! So, I started looking for alternatives and found The Stockman Grass Farmer and read about folks like Joel Salatin, Jim Gerrish, and Greg Judy. I read their books and then July 2011 Beth & I visited PolyFace Farms in VA. Boy were our eyes opened up. There were about 2,000 people there that day and Joel did a great job explaining all the what and whys.

The next year I was introduced to The GrassFed Exchange where I have meet so many excellent mentors in Regenerative Agriculture. Folks who have turned their farms around beginning with the soil. What a difference it makes. I say all this to introduce my Four Principles:
1) Do they own the land
2) Do they own the animals
3) Do they invest their own capital into their farm
4) Are they successful

Key learning was 95% of the conventional information is written by folks that cannot answer yes to most if not all of these statements. Conventional information is written to fuel Big Ag! Which is not healthy for the land, the animals, and people that consume processed food. Nor, is it sustainable. It is an addiction to the chemical and pharma of big business.

Many are realizing this and have sought out local farms to source Real Farm Food for their families.

Upcoming events:
August 6th I will speak to the Petal Rotary Club
August 20th a documentary film crew will be at our farm
August 21st I will testify before the MS Senate AG Committee in Jackson.

Customer Feedback-
"This family owned operation is top notch! They raise grass fed pasture raised beef, chicken, and pork. You can tell the difference in quality grass fed pasture raised meat. It’s so much better for you and the way the good Lord intended us to eat. The fact that they are right here in my home state makes it even better. I will continue to purchase all my meat and eggs from Ben and his family." ~Jake

Quote Worth Re-Quoting – “Agriculture changes the landscape more than anything else we do. It alters the composition of species. We don't realize it when we sit down to eat, but that is our most profound engagement with the rest of nature." Michael Pollen

As always, thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.
Ben & Beth

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Are Foreign Imports "Local"?

It may surprise you that I do receive AND read several weekly newsletters from other farms that I know and trust. Last week, Paul Brown who owns Nourished By Nature in Bismark, ND (son of Gabe Brown) wrote a really good article on import beef and he agreed to let me share with my customers. So, here goes! If you recall, the last newsletter we sent out referred to the statistic that today, only 2% of the population in the US produces food for the entire country (plus imports) as compared to 17% in 1940. This is unprecedented and it makes me wonder, what happened over the last 80 years? And where will we be in another 80? No wait, how about 10 years??? Will all US food production be outsourced?

Product Updates & More

First, a quick followup from last week's email where I shared my letter to Sec. Watson. This generated a lot of interest and response from our customers - ALL very positive and thankful for us taking the stand we do. Several customers also shared that they were personal friends with Sec. Watson and would contact him regarding our farm. So far, I have not heard from him. Cindy shared the following: Thank you for speaking out about issues that many of us are very upset about and feel like we have no voice. Hopefully, Secretary Watson will actually do something. In my opinion, Farm Bureau is against most Mississippians. They were against the illegal land sales to the Chinese and other foreign countries who want to harm us. I was at the meeting at the Capitol a few months ago and saw it firsthand. They are against any legislation to protect pets, such as dogs and cats, from animal abusers, in addition to the chicken and dairy issues you mentioned above. I am no fan at all of Farm Bureau. They are a detriment to our state. But they have a powerful lobby and lots of friends in influential places . And lots of farmers, big farmers, are fans. I have always been a fan of ag commissioner Gipson and I expect he will run for governor one day. I’m not sure if it’s a political play, but it seems that he is quiet on most of these issues. One exception is the Land deals, because he did chair those groups and hold the hearings.

Letter To Sec. Watson MS Secretary of State

This week I received an email from Sec. Watson regarding his offices' plan and successes in eliminating administrative and MS Code bottlenecks that hold back business growth. He also asked for input on areas that affect our business. Have you ever heard the saying, "Be Careful What You Ask For?" Well, here is my response to Sec. Watson. I'm still waiting to hear back from him - which I truly hope will happen. Sec. Watson, first let me thank you for aggressively tackling these tough issues. Too many politicians today are mere pawns of