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Life on the Farm


Farming on graph paper

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

Farming on paper: Some graph paper, a pencil and calculator, and a dozen or so seed catalogs.

On paper, all the vegetables are popping up in straight rows, the organic nutrients and micro-nutrients that have yet to be ordered from 7 Springs Farm are are symbiotically merging with the soil biota.

The thoughts of too much rain, not enough rain, diseases, insect damage, and equipment failures don’t apply while we are in our unicorns and rainbows winter phase.

Graph-paper profits overflow into bushel baskets this time of year.

Chickens and eggs

Levi wants to raise chickens. He has chosen two breeds; dark brahmas and cukoo marans. He chose the dark brahmas because of the way they look and the the cuckoo marans because they lay dark-chocolate colored eggs. We are going to get 15 of each.

Six months from now, Levi will be selling his eggs for $6 to 8 a dozen. I know it sounds outrageous but we have decided that these chickens will be fed certified organic chicken feed from day one. And that stuff ain’t cheap.

Look at this way, one organic egg fried or scrambled @ $8 per dozen works out to be 66 cents per egg. That beats the dollar breakfast menu at any fast food establishment.

Of course, there are trade-offs. You would have to schedule 5 minutes out of your morning to actually fry or scramble the eggs and make a pot of coffee, or drive-thru at some fast food establishment and receive a questionable biscuit and black swill passing for coffee.

I am not judging, I occasionally eat fast food to gauge the quality of what is available and sometimes, I just crave a nasty, greasy burger.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield;
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