“We have labeled and separated the moose and the wolf, and in so doing we have lost sight of their essential unity. We also have misunderstood ourselves, for the biggest separation we have imposed on the world is between ourselves and nature.” — Paul Rezendes, Tracking and the Art of Seeing
There is an unmistakeable respect for life, for the land that fostered that life, that blood, in community supported and sustainable farming. It incites a sort of straight line to death from life. Avoiding unintentional loss of life… as we raise and kill mostly for nourishment and self-sustainability. Hunting will always be the most thoughtful way, but i don’t intend to spend any time soon gaining that skill or reviving that nature. Farm to table in essence, keeps the count low, there are no frivolous acts of violence. Yet it is a matter of simple manipulation of nature that assists us for the same cause. Our sheep dog Giuseppe was bred, raised and bought to guard our livestock from potential predators, and only expected to kill as an ultimate last resort. The common offense of pulling out a gun, knife, rifle or bow to wipe out a, more often than not insignificant, nuisance in the middle of the night. As it is just living out it’s nature, it’s inner process of survival. How this farm pervades and elevates all of that by simply accepting and integrating the purest form of living and dying that leads to the only real way of knowing the land and life around you.