When you shop for groceries are you a "organic only" shopper? I try to buy organic when I can, usually for meats. Today when I was at Costco, I bought Organic Ground Beef, Organic Ground Bison and Organic Chicken breasts. In general purchasing meat is very expensive and it is even more expensive to buy organic, this is why I try to buy it in bulk at Costco.
Buying "organic" kind of makes me laugh, since I grew up on a farm where we raised Cattle, Hogs, Chickens, Ducks and at one time Dairy Cows. We also had fruit trees - Plums & Apples and a large garden. Back when my Dad was farming, injecting animals with growth hormones was not the norm. We fed our cattle products that my dad grew in his fields. The chickens actually scratched the ground looking for corn, etc. We had fresh eggs, fresh milk and cream and an abundance of meat in the freezer - all hormone free.
As far as the garden, it was fertilized with manure from the cattle, peelings from potatoes, egg shells etc. All organic and the ladybugs helped in keeping the bugs from munching up all the plants. All natural, then my mother would can or freeze all the vegetables for use throughout the winter.
My Dad retired from farming before corporations took over and hormones in animals food was used and I am glad. He and my Mother taught me about the true goodness in food and I am trying to pass that along to my own boys. We have a backyard garden, we use coffee grounds, egg shells, banana peels and more in our garden. They have learned to love fresh vegetables and even requested growing broccoli this year! They love to eat ground Bison and know that it is a healthier choice. They know about real food and for that I am thankful. Please take the time with your kids to teach them about gardening and organic choices when they eat, it is good for their mind, body & soul!
Leah - Owner & Founder / Peacock Pottery