Cloud 9 Farm Visit

We had a great visit to the Cloud 9 Farm in Penrose today. Thanks to Kelly, Abi, Kyle, and Daisy for taking us around to visit the hair sheep and lambs, chickens, cow, llama, and kune kune pigs (and soon turkeys). We will be including them in our May visit to Penrose along with the Wheeler Farm as they are well aligned with our goals for local agriculture. Hair sheep, kune kune pigs… some very interesting work going on here.

If you would be interested in receiving information from them on products as they become available, there is a mailing list at their website that will allow you to receive info in the future.

Here are some photos to whet your appetite. First some happy hair sheep and lambs!

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Next are the chickens.

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And some kune kune pigs (I have not seen these before).

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Globalization, Technology, and Questions on Laser Identification

New technology promises to allow consumers to evaluate products (even in plastic wrap or glass). This article shows the promises and the perils associated with new technology. If the technology demands expensive testing over extended periods of time with commodity products, then we have every right to be concerned that diversity will be the victim. So yes, it would be good to be able to detect traces of pesticides on organic products or fraudulent fish, but we will also risk losing yet more biodiversity because the producers of specialty or low volume products cannot afford the profiling required to allow their products to be evaluated. That is definitely not a good thing.