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gratefulseedsaver last won the day on December 24 2019

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  1. Term Limits: The Best Tool To Prevent Entrenched Government

    Whenever an elected official of any office doesn’t support ‘term limits’, they don’t support the people either. GREED and POWER are some people’s only way to progress in society. A sure sign of WEAKNESS!!! DISTRUSTING CHARACTERS HAVE NO BUSINESS IN ANY OFFICE!!! VOTE THEM OUT!!! Don’t get me started on the ELECTORAL VOTE!!! I think few people realize that that was put into play to keep what the upper echelon considered voters who were ‘under-educated/ill-informed’ or loser-classed people’s votes from effecting the election. Essentially, 538 people in this Country are the only votes that count and only 270 votes are needed to win the election. FEELING DUPED, YET???
  2. Hobby or (Obsession)???

    It was a challenge bringing this ‘ol’ timer’ back to spec/life, but it purrs like a kitten, now. It got an ‘Excellent’ rating from Hagerty and brought $124,000.00 with a $100,000 reserve at the auction block. A good lick, but I know I’ll never have another like it again. Parts were more that a pain to source.
  3. Hobby or (Obsession)???

    Okay, I have to admit that this once was a ‘hobby’. But somehow it managed to put some sort of a spell on me and it became an ‘obsession’. Unfortunately, I was blessed with a lifeline that returned me back to ‘hobby’ status...my wife. She’s been a good sport through it all, but that ‘ultimatum’ card came flying out of the deck nearly took off my favorite place to hang my hat (my head)... but I’ve seen the light (and it sure is a bright light) and the ‘path’ has become clear again. Hobby it is...I sure am going to miss that ‘obsession’. Fortunately, ‘obsession’ willleave me a pile of cash from my ‘labor of love’ and I’m sure that I’ll ‘fall of the wagon’ again sometime soon. My 1936 Harley Davidson EL going to the auction block...she’s going to make someones day, like she did mine. That I’m sure... I miss her already:(
  4. Bookworms

    I’m currently reading the 2020 Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook, Plants from Tubes, An Introduction to Micro-Propagation, The World According to Monsanto, In the Belly of the Beast, Life in the Age of Surveillance, Voices From the Great Black Baseball Leagues and Searcing For That Sound : My Life With the Grateful Dead. So far, they’re educating me, challenging me and taking me to those places that I love go without a vehicle!
  5. Bookworms

    I’m an old-school ‘R.I.F.’ (Reading Is Fundemental) student. Books have taken me to places that no form of transportation ever could. It’s shocking to think that the literacy level in this Country is rated below basic. The basic literacy rate score world-wide is 273 (basic level benchmark) out of 500. The Untied States literacy level rating is 270, which falls under the rest of the World’s basic level rating. I can’t THANK books, authors, publishers, teachers and my imagination enough for cultivating my desire to learn. I do think that we need to slow down a bit, grab and book and that a much needed vacation from the RAT RACE!!! Today, social media and telecommunications are considered forms of reading... Even I grew out of my ‘comic book’ stage that I thought I couldn’t exist without. PICK UP A BOOK AND FLY...
  6. Will NY Regulate More Farms Out Of Business?

    When do they expect farmers to be able to get paid more for their crops??? The ‘under-valuing’ of food from the farmers end is the real problem. Receiving approximately 19 cents from every Ag dollar spent farmers are ‘taking it on the chin’ in this Country. Along with the MISMANAGEMENT of Waters ways by the Corps of Enginners/Government/BigAg/Pharma (they ALL sleep in the same bed...) and farmers losing their land (who do you think is buying/MANAGING that land that is lost - hint : it’s not your neighbor or community) to these obsurd events. The CORPORATE GOVERNMENT is trying to purchase the entire town of Pacific Junction, Iowa and the surrounding farmland as a ‘flood plain’. Anytime you lose land in this fashion, you lose the WATER RIGHTS as well. The effects of the public remaining DOCILE to these occurrences is working in the favor of the SPECIAL INTEREST GANGS running AMOK in Washington. Our OWN COUNTRY is feeding us to the wolves piece by piece. They’ve figured out away to squeeze blood out of a ‘turnip’ (you & me) and pecking away at our food system will doom us all. I remember when I used to de-tassel corn and weed beans. I didn’t get rich (didn’t plan on it either), but I ate. I also pursued a different form of work when I realized I wanted more than food with my earnings. The bottom line is over-inflation also know as GREED is crushing this Country, not the farmer’s inability to keep pace with their GREED SCHEME!!! Ask yourself...are you willing to pay more for your food??? If not, then you’re a part of the problem, not the solution. You can’t use ‘broken tools’ to fix ‘broken machines’. My finger points to CORPORATE GOVERNMENT!!! Remember CORPORATIONS were given an EXTRA VOTE by being considered an ‘ENTITY’. The person (s) owning these businesses get an extra VOTE(S). Think about that as you go to the poles. A ‘stacked deck’ is hard to beat...
  7. Caring, Sharing, And I Luv You!

    Excellent article! Well written, too! Taking a ‘self-inventory’ is essential in ‘self-business’. Creating balance within yourself sets the the table of Life for a feast of happiness. Self-love is crucial, gratefulness is positive and treating others as you wish to be treated is the key to reality.
  8. "Damned Dogs"

    Sorry about your pooch. I know just how you feel. I sure do miss ‘my pain in the ass’...
  9. Why isn’t Senator Deb Fisher demanding transparent labeling on ALL FOOD PRODUCTS??? I bet her cattle are fattened up on GMO grains and that might effect her bottom line. GREED IS OUTPACING COMMON SENSE TODAY...THAT’S THE REAL PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY.
  10. Catalogs?

    The REAL diversity in our food system lies in the hands of home/hobby gardeners, seed savers and small farms. Mono-cropping does absolutely NOTHING for food/seed diversity. Have you ever wondered why BigAg knows this and still continues to practice mono-cropping. SEED PATENTS. Once you eliminate open-pollination/heirloom seed diversity you will have no other option but to purchase PATENTED SEED. With so much of ‘lag time’ and gene sequencing being placed on these patented seeds they’ll never catch up to the diversity of evolution of open-pollinated/heirloom seed. Buying your seed from a regional source insures that your seed will given the opportunity to perform your environment. I produce crop seed that has been water-stressed using dry-farming techniques as a means to improve on the seeds tolerance to drought and heat. If you’re not receiving usable Customer Services such as ‘real-time’ advise and not having open-pollinated seed as an option over hybrids...by all means shop elsewhere. Your interests aren’t their interests. I produce vegan/organic heirloom/O-P without the use of gas-powered machinery and almost zero municipal water because I realized that by mimicking Nature gave me better results. Modern Agriculture has created a form of LAZY FARMING that in less than 75 years has decimated our food system. Instead of increasing our security within our food system we’ve created unbalance and vulnerability. IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS...
  11. From Ads To Social Media, Food Bullying Is Pervasive

    Unfortunately, that is the mindset that is portrayed when dealing with our food system. People aren’t being made aware of the fact that this type of mindset is wreaking havoc on our environment.The real fact is that you’ll never be able to eat MONEY, OIL OR PLASTIC. These are the main contributors to our ‘downward spiral’ as a human collective. LIP SERVICE DOESN’T CREATE CHANGE...EFFORT DOES. Being LAZY or allowing yourself to be PROPAGANAIZED/ DUMBED DOWN is your road to ruin. QUIT BUYING WHAT THEY’RE SELLING...CREATE SOME CHANGE IN YOUR COMMUNITY WITH YOUR WALLET!!!
  12. Welcome To Rurlife.com's New Home!

    I appreciate just having the opportunity to be able to share information/experiences with like-minded people who are looking to share their’s. Good people doing good things...THANK YOU CHRIS FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS, TIME, KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY!!!
  13. From Ads To Social Media, Food Bullying Is Pervasive

    The majority of the produce that is available in the grocery stores today are lacking 40% of the nutrients on average, due to soil degradation from chemical overuse, over tilling and lack of organic matter in being returned to the soil. Nutrient density in food cannot be achieved with chemicals and trying to out pace Nature is a recipe for disaster. We’re witnessing our lack of control and disregard towards the Planet as out waterways become more polluted from our carelessness. It’s unbelievable how knowledge takes a ‘backseat’ when it comes to greed & ignorance. The ‘bottom-line’ that I get from today’s CORPORATE BIGAG. business model is ‘YOUR MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR HEALTH’... Who can be proud of that at the end of the day???
  14. From Ads To Social Media, Food Bullying Is Pervasive

    It’s everyone’s right to eat as they wish. Being a producer of vegan/organic seed, I merely offer an option to conventional seed. I believe Farmers and Home Gardeners should have both choices available to them. BigAg’s approach to seed production isn’t very sustainable, though.