Well luckily it's not actually the house. Our water jet pump decided to die yesterday (or at least we think it died). So we have been out of water since yesterday around this time. Fun stuff... Thank goodness for lots of snow and our Berkey. I can't sing the praises of our Berkey enough! I actually took a truck in my snowshoes with a toddler on my back in the Ergo down to the brook with a couple pails. Well, the combination of snow shoes, a toddler, pregnancy and water wasn't the best mix and I think I brought a total of 5 gallons of water back to the house in about a half hour or so... So anyway, hopefully hubby will have the water pump situated tonight. then we just have the problem of cisterns that are absolutely foul... And I mean FOUL! Disgusting. Not covered. Bug and dust and possibly mouse poo in them. So gross...Again, thank goodness for the Berkey! So needless to say, we have pails of water sitting by our toilets and I have a pot sitting on top of the wood stove with snow melting in it.
Other then that it's been another research day. I just found out that Vermont is still pushing to get GMO's labeled even after Monsanto threatened to sue the entire state (but they don't care if they are labeled...they supported labeling in Europe). My guess is the memory of the rBGH in milk and the fiasco that followed is still fresh in their minds... ie, they will loose a lot of money and lots of it. But, based on my seed catalog from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (a company that has been testing for GM and refusing to sell it for the past 8 years - big kudos!) they were only able to find 8 strains of sweet corn (and popcorn corn) not contaminated. My feed company has had similar luck with a feed corn source but I can't remember the name now.
On another note, if anyone has either a copy of "Seeds of Deception" or "Genetic Roulette" by Jeffry M. Smith I would love to borrow it from you. I probably will want to add it to my resource library but it's not in the budget right now. SO, if I could borrow, that would be awesome!
Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.