Processing Chickens

Yesterday I told you all about my trip to the chicken farmer.  If you aren’t used to working with whole chickens, you may be a bit intimidated by the thought of buying a bunch of birds all at once.  Here’s the process I’ve used that works best for me and enables me to get the most for my money.

Chickens ready for processing.

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Chickens!

My new source for pastured chickens!

This week I finally got to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a while: buy some pastured chickens straight from the farmer.  I’d scoured the internet, and finally found Twenty Four Rivers Farm.  They had their first chicken sale of the season this thursday, and I made sure to sign myself up!  I wasn’t going to miss it. Continue reading

Canaries in the Coal Mine

http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=4061Today I want to write about a topic very close to my heart: women’s reproductive health.  As anyone can tell you, recent years have seen a dramatic increase in rates of women’s hormonal disruptions.  These include a variety of syndromes and symptoms such as early puberty, difficult menopause, uterine abnormalities such as fibroids and endometriosis, the incidence of PMS and PMDD, and perhaps worst of all, infertility.  Why are we having such difficulties?  What is contributing to the disruption of a system that  is so basic to the survival of our species?  And perhaps more importantly, what do we do about it? Continue reading