So I decided to go ahead and drink coffee, since I work on the farm in Nicaragua where the coffee is produced. This excellent coffee is also roasted and packaged on our farm in Papillion. Learn more by visiting http://santamarthacafe.com and http://negoods.com. However, the first thing I missed in my coffee was honey. Man, we really need to get our beehives going. I need my honey! A few other ways I could and should get sugar from my land would be to tap my maple, walnut and mulberry trees. We planted stevia, but way too late in the season, and we only have a small amount. I am pretty sure not having sugar is going to be the hardest part.
Walking in sandals outside this morning, I kicked over a cow turd, where a bumblebee was bedded down. The bee got stuck between my toe and my sandal. I got stung good and long. My ring toe is swollen and is still pretty painful, now 8 hours later. I was running late and had to leave for work, so I just ignored my pain and left. I realized after I left that I could have just chewed up some plantain leaves and rubbed them on my toe to reduce the swelling. We have plantain growing everywhere at New Earth Farm. Once I got to the church, I walked around the entire property looking for plantain leaves, but none could be found. Tidy uniform grass is seen as proper. Medicine comes from pills. On the contrary, everything we need to live well grows out of this biological system in which we live, earth. We only need to identify and care well for what surrounds us.
I left the office for a meeting at a restaurant. I didn’t eat any food, but I did break my diet on accident. I drank the water I was served. Did you know that Omaha ranks as the 7th worst drinking water in the country? Out of 148 chemicals tested for, 42 were detected in some amount, 20 of which were above health guidelines and 4 of those were illegal amounts, including atrazine (an herbicide that causes birth defects), trihalmethanes (refrigerator fluid), nitrates, and manganese. All of our water at home comes from a well. This reminds me that I should probably get our well water tested again.
We grow a ton of food, so eating well is not going to be a problem. For breakfast, I had eggs cooked in some bacon grease, zucchini, tomatoes, and basil. For lunch, serviceberries, cucumber, radishes, apples, and potatoes cooked with bacon grease, sun-dried tomatoes, kale, onions and oregano. I ate a snack of tomatoes, cucumbers and basil. For dinner, I ate squash, ham, green beans, soybeans, tomatoes, onions, collards, swiss chard, radish, and oregano.
Our food is prepared on a stove that uses electricity; our water is pumped up from the ground using electricity, and our food is stored using electricity. Our city’s electricity is produced by nuclear and coal power, a very unsustainable source of power, for me, an unsustainable farmer. I told my wife that I think we need to cook all of my food with wood outside. She told me that if that is the case, I am on my own for preparing the food. If all goes well, our outdoor wood-burning stove will be completed by next week.
I ate well, but my mood is down, either from all the pressures of life or from the things I am depriving myself of. Most likely, it is both and more.