Wilda just missed taking her five new babies as a tax break for 2010 – The new babies include three black and two cocoa colored, three girls and two boys. Wilda and Wilbur, the proud Dad, are a Yorkshire – Landrance mix. Once Mom and the bouncing babies are feeling like an outing, we will put up a photo. This brings our total number of porcine friends to 22!
The students from Teda International School who visited the farm sent us their impressions! Thanks to Ben, Gi Tae, Yu Foong, Do Won, Sang Mi, and Young Chae.
Green cow farm: the farm is an organic and it does not use chemicals on its crops. So far most of the crops have been going to feed the animals they are organic and the farm is trying to go off entirely solar and wind power and other solutions to not leave a carbon foot print. They are growing cows, chickens and pigs. The farm is 6 hectors (quite a lot). They also have puppies that have to be with the baby pigs in order to not cause havoc upon the chickens. The farm is very sanitary and has cool compost bathrooms which don’t smell!!!! One of the pigs is called Rupert and he is the most friendly his diet (like the rest of the pigs) is some vegetables and fruits with water. He also once sat down and crushed a chicken egg!!! Due to the point that the chickens felt safer in there and laid their eggs there. They have Laoda there only current cow that can have babies. Then they have Henrietta chicken (there only hen at the moment who is protecting her babes).
It is fun and very educational and sanitary.
I went to Green Cow Farm yesterday, the air was very clear and there is many trees at the farm. I went to a small museum and saw noisy chicks. Two women used a loom to make some cloth and other woman spun the thread from cotton. I saw a corn sheller to shell corn and peanuts. I saw a solar heater and cooker, they use no chemicals, so animals and plants are safe. I saw compost toilets and met Cuchon who was a pet pig, they eat fed good food, so they are healthy. There are 8 cows; over 15 pigs are in farm. The guide’s name is Lejen and Shan En. They make yogurt from Lao da’s milk. The Corn maze was fun.
Today we went to the Green Cow Farm in Beijing on November 5th. The farm had a corn sheller that shelled the corn in a relatively short amount of time without using carbon energy. I saw a large spinning wheel spinning a lot of thread. The weather was a sunny day. The paths were not muddy. They grew trees, and plants. There was a milking cow called Lao Da. There were also younger cows that were about two years old. They were eating corn stalks. We had a tour guide, and she was very nice. We saw a pig that was very fat, called Rupert. We saw another pig that was much more aggressive than Rupert, her name was Ku’Shan. The pigs could eat everything. Once, Rupert got so fat that he could not even walk. He also crushed an egg once when he decided to sit down. They had electrical fences using solar energy to power it up. They also had a composed bathroom. The bathroom was very fascinating. The farm also had a greenhouse. When it was cold at night, they would use solar energy to heat up the greenhouse. There was also a corn stalk maze. The maze was not that complicated, once in awhile there would have two to go. There was a special peanut sheller and a special peanut crusher. None of their equipment used carbon energy. The farm was gigantic! The farm took up six hectometers, and we saw everything, and it was fun! There were many roosters and hens. There was a hen in training called Henrietta. We heard roosters crow a lot. Ku’Shan and Rupert were separated by an electric fence, because Ku’Shan was bullying Rupert. There was also two other pigs that were black. Their names were Wilber and Wilda. I really enjoyed the trip to the farm. I believe that if anyone else who goes to the farm will enjoy it too!
I learned lots of things and had fun on Green Cow Farm. They showed us the machine that helped people to spin and weave, and some old hand-cranked machines. Green Cow farm is an organic farm, using solar energy, not using chemicals. The animals there were free in the broad area with grass and trees, and they were healthy and happy at Green Cow Farm. There are 8 cows on Green Cow Farm, and Lao Da was the mother of the cows, and the milk cow. People in Green Cow Farm made yogurt out of the milk form Lao Da. We also saw chickens; they were living right next to the pigs, Rupert and Cuchon. There were some chickens even staying in their houses! Here goes the funny story: Once, Rupert loved chicken so much that she lied on it, but the chicken died. We also played in the corn maze. In the corn maze, I was surrounded by corn, and we had fun. I hope everybody reading my article visits Green Cow Farm.
Teda International School went to the Green Cow Farm. There are many cows, pigs, hens, and geese! Also corn! We can see how they spin the cotton into thread. The owner’s name is Le Jen and her husband is Shan En. Lad da is a cow, which gives milk. The farmers make yogurt with the milk. There is two black pigs called Wilda and Wilber and the animals are surrounded by a solar generated electric fence. Some of the hens were walking around. There is a corn maze that we can play in! We can drink mint water with real mint in it. There are many things to see!
There were lots and lots of things to see at Green Cow Farm. At first, near the entrance, I saw a compost bathroom, the bathroom it is very organic. Then I saw some solar generators, and solar electric fence, using the solar energy from the generator. We saw some hand-cranked tools such as peanut-sheller, millstone, cotton spinner and loom. There were also animals, lots of them to see. At last, we went into the corn maze. I recommend you to take a trip to Green Cow Farm if you enjoy nature and want to have very good experience out in the nature and if you want to see lots of organic things, hand-cranked tools, or animals.
Egg News: Caged or Free Range?
A Mother Earth News article shows some shocking but ultimately unsurprising information about the inferior nutritional quality of caged-hen eggs, which accounts for the vast majority of eggs produced for the market. The highlight:
“Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene
Look at the specific numbers here (this links to a PDF file download; the link is safe, at least of today).
We are currently looking into getting our own eggs (which are not only free-range, but also are organic) tested for their nutritional content. If you have any comments or suggestions or questions, please leave a comment!
Hi! Good food--raw and cooked--is my passion. Greencow Farm was started because I believe that no matter where you live, wholesome, fresh, and organically grown food should be readily accessible. Our farm supplies ingredients for Mrs. Shanen's cafe, our family, and CSA members. Spread the goodness!
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