Mad Sheep – Holy Sheep – The True Story

Mad Sheep – Holy Sheep – The True Story

Mad Sheep

The True Story Behind the USDA’s War on a Family Farm

The page-turning account of a government cover-up, corporate greed, and a courageous family’s fight to save their farm.

In the mid-1990s Linda and Larry Faillace had a dream: they wanted to breed sheep and make cheese on their Vermont farm. They did the research, worked hard, followed the rules, and, after years of preparation and patience, built a successful, entrepreneurial business.

But just like that, their dream turned into a nightmare. The U.S. Department of Agriculture told them that the sheep they imported from Europe (with the USDA’s seal of approval) carried a disease similar to the dreaded BSE or “mad cow disease”. After months of surveillance–which included USDA agents spying from nearby mountaintops and comically hiding behind bushes–armed federal agents seized their flock. The animals were destroyed, the Faillace’s lives turned upside down, all so that the USDA could show the U.S. meat industries that they were protecting America from mad cow disease–and by extension, easing fears among an increasingly wary population of meat-eaters.

Mad Sheep is the account of one family’s struggle against a bullying and corrupt government agency that long ago abandoned the family farmer to serve the needs of corporate agriculture and the industrialization of our food supply. Similar to the national best-selling book, A Civil Action, readers will cheer on this courageous family in its fight for justice in the face of politics as usual and the implacable bureaucracy of the farm industry in Washington, D.C.

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About the Author  Linda Faillace

Linda Faillace is a writer, shepherdess, songwriter, and owner of a country store dedicated to supporting local farmers and locally grown food. She has studied  mad cow disease since the early 1990s. A champion of organic and sustainable farming, farmer’s rights, and strong local communities, Linda lives with her husband, Larry, and their three children in East Warren, Vermont.

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Holy Shit – Managing Manure To Save Mankind

Holy Shit

Holy Shit – Managing Manure To Save Mankind

In his insightful new book, Holy Shit, Managing Manure To Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure—our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure—worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value—but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets. In fact, he argues, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, our civilization, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline.

With his trademark humor, his years of experience writing about both farming and waste management, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage farm manure, pet manure, and human manure to make fertilizer and humus. He covers the field, so to speak, discussing topics like:

  • How to select the right pitchfork for the job and use it correctly
  • How to operate a small manure spreader
  • How to build a barn manure pack with farm animal manure
  • How to compost cat and dog waste • How to recycle toilet water for irrigation purposes, and
  • How to get rid of our irrational paranoia about feces and urine

Gene Logsdon does not mince words. This fresh, fascinating, and entertaining look at an earthy, but absolutely crucial, subject, is a small gem and is destined to become a classic of our agricultural literature.

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About the Author

Gene Logsdon

A prolific nonfiction writer, novelist, and journalist, Gene Logsdon has published more than two dozen books, both practical and philosophical. Gene’s nonfiction works include Holy ShitSmall-Scale Grain RaisingLiving at Nature’s Pace, and The Contrary Farmer. His most recent novel is Pope Mary and the Church of Almighty Good Food. He writes a popular blog, The Contrary Farmer, as well as an award-winning column for the Carey (OH) Progressor Times, and is a regular contributor toFarming magazine and Draft Horse Journal. He lives and farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. …

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Six tips to survive Christmas (without having to strangle anyone)

Six tips to survive Christmas without having to strangle anyone

Forget peace on earth and goodwill to all men: Christmas can be a nightmare. Here’s how to rise above the pressure:

Shop smart

  1. Resist the temptation to spend, spend, spend. Do-it-yourself gifts, like a framed photo or homemade jam, not only save you money, they mean more than shop-bought items. Other money-saving ideas include having the family agree that you’ll only buy presents for children and giving ‘time vouchers’ instead, such as one hour’s babysitting, an afternoon’s weed-pulling).
  2. Aim for relative peace
    One reason Christmas is so tense is that it’s often one of the few times the family gets together. The solution is to think through all the potential difficulties and challenges ahead of time. For example, if a ‘problem’ person is coming to visit, work out a coping strategy, such as doing safe things, like playing board games or cards, or going for a walk after lunch or dinner.
  3. Lower your expectations
    Don’t try to make Christmas perfect — it won’t be. Decide that you’ll be happy if you have a nice day with good food and a few laughs. If things end up better than you expected, that’s a bonus. Keep it simple — you don’t need to have a huge tree, design your own greeting cards, and bake your own mince pies. Settle for a big bunch of flowers, some scented candles and a sentimental favourite like Nat King Cole on the CD player.
  4. Pamper your partner
    Any problems bubbling under the surface of your relationship will inevitably come to a head at Christmas — your partner still won’t help around the house and you still won’t get on with your in-laws. Make the most of the holidays by setting aside time for activities to do together as a couple.
  5. Delegate
    There’s no reason why everyone in the house shouldn’t help out. Decide in advance whose job it is to wrap presents or set the table. If everyone knows what their task is, there will be fewer arguments. If you’re hosting Christmas dinner, ask guests to bring the starter and/or a salad or dessert, so you only have to tackle the main course. If you just can’t cope with cooking, organise to eat out.
  6. Run away
    Not spending the day with parents or relatives can be interpreted as not loving them enough, but if you really want to escape, don’t feel guilty: reassure them that you’ll see them before you go and when you get back. If you are separated from family and friends through work or distance, helping out in a shelter for the homeless or delivering meals for the elderly can be very rewarding when everything seems so commercial.


Ten Tips For A Calm Christmas

Don’t we adore tips for the holiday season? And no wonder really. Most of us are breathless just thinking about all we have to do and how little time is left in which to do it.

Ten Tips For A Calm Christmas

These 10 tips are brief enough to consider in a moment. And big enough to make a difference.

1. Do less. Whenever people get together, it’s atmosphere that matters most, not that impressive menu.

2. Drink less. Alcohol can lift people’s spirits – but only in small amounts. Too much – and old resentments will come pouring out.

3. Check your expectations. Not just of other people. Also of yourself. Are they the slightest bit unreasonable? Sometimes we set ourselves up for disappointment by expecting the impossible. Be realistic. Yet always ready to be enchanted.

4. Focus on what’s going well right now. Or what’s most uplifting. Forget the rest.

5. Speak up. Let people know how much you appreciate them, even when their choice of gifts, or their habits or views, leaves much to be desired. “I really love the way you…” opens hearts and mends all kinds of bridges.

6. Give thanks. Be lavish in your gratitude that there are people in your life to care about. They are imperfect, of course. Isn’t everyone? Give thanks, too, that you and yours have somewhere safe to sleep at night and food and funds to share.

7. Re-value silence. This is not the time to be honest if that means being critical, undermining or telling anyone what they “need to hear”. Biting back any words that are less than encouraging is a lasting act of love.

8. Re-value forgiveness. Yourself, others, God, or life itself? Learning something from what went wrong, giving new value to the present moment, it becomes possible to move forward.

9. Re-value good humour. Become someone who’s easy to be around. And even easier to like. It’s the best gift you will ever give. And it’s certainly the best gift your dear ones will ever receive.

10. Give pleasure, great memories, generosity of spirit, laughter, music, silly hats and games, and little acts of constant kindness. ‘Tis the season of joy, indeed. And of peace.

By Stephanie Dowrick

December 21, 2011

Make your own Christmas lantern

Make your own Christmas lantern

Francine Raymond explains how to make a pretty Christmas lantern this festive season and gives tips on what to forage for other decorations.

As a child, my party piece was a recitation of The Ant and The Grasshopper by La Fontaine, a French fable eulogising the hardworking and forward-thinking ant, to the detriment of the merry grasshopper who sang all summer instead of hoarding food for the winter. This summer, I may not have been singing, but I wasn’t squirrelling aside my usual baskets of seed heads, berries and fruits for my Christmas decoration bonanza. The weather hasn’t helped. The wind and the rain have put pay to many of my usual sources, so it has been slim pickings.

Luckily, florists Jen Stuart-Smith and Bek Bibby of Blooming Green are wise and provident, and grow flowers, berries and seed heads to pick all the year through on their plot at Loddington Farm in Kent.This year they ran a course on Christmas decoration making, teaching students how to make a fabulous table lantern, decorated with twigs and berries, that readers could adapt to make at home (see instructions, below). The provident will book in for one of their courses in time for next year.

Local florist Anna Evans ( also grows her floral ingredients on the family fruit farm in Chilham, Kent. She suggests a pretty pair of hydrangea lollipop trees in painted pots to set on either side of the mantlepiece. Starting with two dry oasis balls (available from, small bunches of dried hydrangea florets are poked into the ball until it is covered. Attach the ball to a hazel stick or ribbon-covered length of bamboo, and anchor into a flowerpot (filled with gravel) that has been spray-painted or covered in découpage. Alternatively, wet oasis balls could be festooned with bunches of bay leaves, or sweet-smelling herbs for festive topiaries.

How to make a Christmas lantern

For this project you will need:

Make your own Christmas lantern

• Copper florists’ mesh (from or any mesh – even sprayed chicken wire would do.

• A large tin or straight-sided container to use as a former.

• A coordinated coloured candle – keep it in a jam jar to be on the safe side.

• A bunch of hazel, red, yellow or lime green dogwood, willow, birch or any garden twigs you can find.

• A selection of berries: cotoneaster, rose hips, Chinese lanterns, spindle berries, sprayed ivy berry clusters, crab apples, catkins, honesty coins, or cranberries threaded on wire.

To make your lantern:

1 Roll the florists’ mesh around your former to create a well. Use florists’ snips to cut the wire.

2 Thread the twigs through the mesh to make an attractive shape.

3 Thread berries or seed heads onto lengths of wire to attach them to the twigs, then incorporate into the design. Set the arrangement safely on a table. Don’t leave candles unattended.

For more inspiration:

• Elspeth Thompson and Ros Badger’s book, Homemade, has been abridged for celebratory projects: Christmas and Festive Decorations, full of lovely home-craft projects. sells an array of dried pods and seed heads, cedar roses and cones (pine, alder, larch maritima and plumosum), also dried citrus fruit, tiny pumpkins and artificial berries. W & M Smith in Suffolk stocks everything a crafty florist could need (see


Not all my garden foraging projects were a complete disaster, I’ve been a busy bee and managed a few decorations:

• A garland of tiny dried artichoke heads, past their prime, sprayed gold and threaded evenly (spaced every 6in) on garden twine, to hang above my French windows.

• A bunch of dried allium (Cristophii and Schubertii) heads sprayed in pastel colours, ends tipped with crystals from a car boot necklace.

• A wreath of dried eucalyptus leaves in pale blue/green that have been pressed flat between sheets of newspaper then glue gunned onto a wire frame; and another of heart-shaped purple Cercis canadensis mixed with butter yellow moth-shaped Ginkgo biloba leaves.

• This year, my tree will be a piece of fig bough sprayed flat white, decorated with little birds (, dried kumquats and rosehips.

• Blooming Green sells hand-picked, seasonal, eco-friendly organically grown flowers. For courses, events, wedding flowers and online bouquets, see


One for the ladies and some of the men

One for the ladies and some of the men

One for the ladies and some of the men

Men are always whining about how we are suffocating them.

Personally I think if you can hear them whining you’re not pressing

hard enough on the pillow!

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One for the dog lovers

One for the dog lovers

This is so true

 It’s the owner not the breed

The outdated debate, “It’s the owner, not the breed,” has caused the pit bull problem to grow into a 30-year old problem.1 Designed to protect pit bull breeders and owners, the slogan ignores the genetic history of the breed and blames these horrific maulings — inflicted by the pit bulls genetic “hold and shake” bite style — on environmental factors. While environment plays a role in a pit bull’s behaviour, it is genetics that leaves pit bull victims with permanent and disfiguring injuries.

The pit bulls genetic traits are not in dispute. Many appellate courts agree that pit bulls pose a significant danger to society and can be regulated accordingly. Some of the genetic traits courts have identified include: unpredictability of aggression, tenacity (“gameness” the refusal to give up a fight), high pain tolerance and the pit bulls “hold and shake” bite style.  According to forensic medical studies, similar injuries have only been found elsewhere on victims of shark attacks.


Dumb Ways To Die – Be Safe Around Trains A Message From Metro

A catchy tune, some cute animated figures and a giggle at blood on the train tracks has delivered almost 12 million YouTube hits for an Australian passenger safety message called Dumb Ways to Die.

“It’s distracting. It’s wonderful. We’re thrilled. It’s been a huge hit for us,” Melbourne’s Metro Trains spokeswoman Leah Waymark said Wednesday. “Getting young people thinking perhaps thinking twice before they do something dumb, that’s a great outcome.”


The song “Dumb Ways to Die” was written by John Mescall with music by Ollie McGill from The Cat Empire, who also produced it. It was performed by Emily Lubitz, the lead vocalist of Tinpan Orange, with McGill providing backing vocals.

It was released on iTunes, attributed to the artist “Tangerine Kitty” (a reference to Tinpan Orange and The Cat Empire). Within 24 hours of its release, it was in the top 10 on the iTunes chart and on 18 November was the sixth most popular song globally, ahead of “Diamonds” by. Rihanna .

It was described as “Australia’s biggest ever viral hit”. It also reached the top 10 on iTunes charts in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam Within two weeks, 65 cover versions had been uploaded to YouTube.


Dumb Ways to Die: Metro Trains Melbourne safety campaign goes viral

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents on its rail network, Metro Trains Melbourne has launched a campaign developed by Erikson McCann.

Entitled ‘Dumb Ways to Die’, the cartoon ad shows a series of characters dying in novel ways and ends with three characters dying in preventable train accidents.

The ad went viral following its launch on 17 November, racking up 5.2 million views within five days. To date, it has had more views than there are people in Australia, receiving over 26 million hits.

Speaking to Australian magazine Marketing-Interactive  Chloe Alsop, marketing manager of Metro Trains, said “the campaign is designed to draw people, especially the younger segments, to the safety message, rather than frighten them away.”

McCann executive creative director John Mescall added: “We’ve got people eating superglue, sticking forks in toasters and selling both their kidneys. But truth is indeed stranger than fiction, and we still couldn’t come up with dumber ways to die than driving around boomgates and all the other things people do to put themselves in harm’s way around trains.

“The aim of this campaign is to engage an audience that really doesn’t want to hear any kind of safety message, and we think Dumb Ways to Die will.”


Dumb Ways To Die

– Be Safe Around Trains A Message From Metro

Things That Make You Go “Hmmm….”

One tequila

Two tequila

Three tequila


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Things That Make You Go “Hmmm….”


When life gives you lemons ask for a bottle of Tequila and some salt.

When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

I miss my ex….  but my aim is getting better.

Remember – Keep Smiling!

It makes people wonder what you’re up to!


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