“Urban Heidi” out with the goats in Arroyo Seco

Almost every week we take the goats walking with us. The goats (Blackberry & Lady Fairlight) enjoy their outings and meeting new people very much. They get all excited when we put their harnesses on – they know they are going for a walk or romp in the park. Raising goats is much like taking care of a two year old child – they love to play and are mischievous and way too much fun. I am shocked at the number of city folks who comment that “they grew up with goats” even more so when someone says “I have a goat.”    We are not adverse to letting people pet the goats, in fact we encourage it. It’s always nice when someone thanks you for letting them pet the goats.Oftentimes they will tell us that “we (the goats) made their day” or as one lady so earnestly put it “you made my year!” How neat is that? I believe somehow the goats know they are cute and they absolutely love the attention. Very spoiled kiddos!


Calif. Dairy Co-op to Stop Accepting Hormone-Treated Milk {KABC}

Members of California Dairies Co., who generate 10 percent of the milk produced in the nation, will have to stop injecting their herds with the genetically engineered hormone, rBST, by Aug. 1. If they don’t, they’ll have to pay a premium for the co-op to truck their milk to alternative markets.
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New Zealand Says No to Coal {Celsisas}

While China is famously opening a new coal fired power station every week, in another hemisphere a hard fought attempt to stop just one plant from being opened has met with sweet success in the South Pacific. ‘Marsden B’, in the north of New Zealand, has had an unusual history, and now it appears that’s all it is – history.
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Pay Monsanto, or Starve {Celsisas}

As part of sweeping “economic restructuring” implemented by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save their seeds. Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US corporations — which can include seeds the Iraqis themselves developed over hundreds of years. That is because in recent years, transnational corporations have patented and now own many seed varieties originated or developed by indigenous peoples. In a short time, Iraq will be living under the new American credo: Pay Monsanto, or starve.
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‘Green’ coffee: Organic, and imported by sailboat {Wilmington Star}

Now a company is refitting it in St. Marys to import organically grown coffee from Central America in an environmentally friendly manner.The company – Blue & Green Packet Co. – also wants to import other goods, including textiles, chocolate, nuts, beans, rice and tea.The ship won’t have the capability to carry nearly as much cargo as modern vessels but can haul up to 70 tons. The average voyage will be about three weeks but using the ship’s sails will greatly reduce the importing costs.”The point is to prove it can be done,” said John Siman, one of the company’s owners. “We can still trade commodities via sail.”
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Composting Toilets Your New Best Friend {The Sietch}

In the U.S., approximately 40 percent of all domestic water consumed is flushed down the toilet. One person using an older 5.5 gallon flush toilet will use 13,000 gallons of fresh water per year to dispose of 165 gallons of body waste. New toilets have since moved to 1.6 gallons per flush, but as you can see this is still a large amount of waste water for such a small amount of waste.
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  1. gaile says:

    Oh the goats are so cute in their little harnesses! Just adorable! And composting toilets always made so much sense to me – after all, without them we’re just drinking it again eventually, right? ew!