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Farmer Musings!

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

November 26, 2023

Good Morning from your farmer,

Beth & I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving - and turkey if you purchased one our our pastured turkeys. For our family the turkey did not disappoint. I spatchcocked (removed the backbone) so the turkey would lay flat. Beth then brined it for a day before smoking. It turned out tasty and juicy.

Before our Thanksgiving meal each of us shared something we were thankful for. Beth's sister Debra shared the following:

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Speaking for our family, we are very blessed of The Lord and grateful for all He has done for us.

We live in a world that is evil and where truth is elusive. Our response depends on the "lens" we choose to look through.

This week I watched a message by Ken Ham who is the CEO of Answers In Genesis, The Creation Museum, and The Ark Museum in KY. The issue boils down to which foundation do you believe? Biblical or Secular (man). We need a strong foundation to withstand evil and not be distracted from the "firm foundation" which is Christ our Lord. One of my favorite verses is 1 Corth. 2:13 where Paul writes: "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." Here is the link if you would like to watch his message. Ken's message

Around Hattiesburg folks are displaying signs reading "No Solar Farms". I have been approached about adding solar panels to our pastures and quickly said no thanks - not interested. However, there are two farms within 3-4 miles of me that have agreed to install solar panels.

This week in Joel Salatin's Musings From A Lunatic Farmer he shared some facts about the effects of solar panels as well as the thousands of acres of farmland that is being covered by these solar farms - thus taking valuable land out of FOOD production. You can read his article here.

Do you receive Organic Consumers Newsletters? A recent one included the following article and respective links (yep, you can spend a lifetime trying to keep up with ALLL that is being thrown at us these days).

21ST CENTURY DR. FRANKENSTEINS

Bayer’s SynBio Spokesman George Church

If you want to get really freaked out by what Bayer might do with synthetic biology, watch this Leaps by Bayer video, “The Culture of Synthetic Biology and Moonshots for a Better World at SynBioBeta 2020,” where George Church makes the case for genetically engineering humans to be resistant to viruses (a Chinese scientist has already engineered HIV-resistant human twins, born in 2018), engineering Frankenfoods for life (sweatshops?) on Mars, and growing human babies in artificial wombs.
In a decade-old talk, “George Church on the Future of Human Genomics and Synthetic Biology,” he explained that “We’re getting to the point … where we can not only manipulate human genomes, but we can manipulate human brains.”
Frighteningly, George Church is a Pentagon/CIA contractor funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Safe Genes project on gene-editing weapons and its Biology is Technology (BiT) project that covers everything “from programmable microbes to human-machine symbiosis,” as well as under the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)’s Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) project to “barcode” the brain and its Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats (Fun GCAT) project to categorize DNA by “how dangerous” it is.
What are they trying to do? Build a real-life Matrix?
If you’d prefer to live in the real world, eat real food, and not have to worry about gene-editing weapons and brain manipulation, click the links below to learn more and take action.
Read more: Bayer’s SynBio Spokesman George Church
TAKE ACTION: Stop Weaponizing Pathogens!
TAKE ACTION: Ban SynBio Foods!

At Nature's Gourmet Farm, our intent is to create a community that evolves around one of the most intrinsically important things of the ages, and that’s the provision of sustenance. That's our passion - to raise healthy food to nourish families and strengthen immune systems.

** Product Availability Update **

NOTE: Restocks are made about 6 PM on the dates indicated below!

Chicken - Restocked November 21st. Next restock will be December 5th. Yes, we will be raising chickens throughout the winter months

Turkey - Whole turkeys are sold out. Expect to have Ground turkey and pieces about mid January 2024

Eggs - Restock each Wednesday. Received 950 new pullet hens Thursday, Nov 9th.

Beef - Restocked Nov 17th. Next restock will be December 22nd

Pork -Restocked Nov 9th. Smoked cuts Nov 20th

Lamb - Restocked September 13th. Scheduled to process lamb in November, but this has been delayed. Probably Jan 2024

More from the blog

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