Too Much of a Good Thing
This weekend, I overindulged both on honey, and bee pollen. This health food store near my apartment was having a 20% off sale on all their merchandise, so I picked up some items to try.
The honey was pretty good. $10 for the pound. I ate .5lbs on saturday, and .5lbs on Sunday. You would be amazed at how fast you can eat a pound of honey if you place it nearby you with a spoon. This variety...I was hoping it was going to be more creamy and fragrant...it was ok, but not what I really expected for some reason.
The pollen though...NOT good. There is fresh pollen, and there is this pellet-like garbage. It was crunchy, and Ive had pollen so soft before it would just fall apart in your hand. That is fresh. Like that point where its still moist. Thats magic. This...was a joke. At $11.29 a lb, I didnt feel it was a huge rip-off, but just find the fresh and hopefully local stuff and pay the $13-15 its worth, even more if you have to...just dont go crazy on it. 1/4 cup a day MAX. Spread out the love...
So...how would we get the freshest honey and especially for me...POLLEN ever? Buy a hive and raise bees yourself! Right? I realized that this could be an integral part of the permaculture concept. They are pollinators of the fruit trees and other berries and fruits, and they can produce those easily stored superfoods. And one family could probably get enough pollen in one day to last many months. Im really excited about this idea. Ive been looking online and doing my research and it seems that a person could get started raising bees for about $150. Read up on it and see if it could work for you. Sure, it would be easy just to buy the honey or pollen from someone else who already knows what they are doing, but remember the purpose that they serve as pollinators to your landscape. Its a good balance, and worth thinking about.
Check out a good site for getting started with bees
...I havent bought anything yet though.
Its the same with chickens. They just dont give you eggs and milk...oh wait..flesh? Um.. or just eggs?..anyways...
I would just raise chickens for egg production because my father and friends would still want to eat the eggs and Id prefer that they were stress-free, highly-mineralized, cage-free eggs instead of the frankenstein-rubbish they are selling these days.
Here is a chicken site I found.
We are looking specifically for chickens that lay very good BROWN eggs...its so great that you get to pick and choose. I read about a guy in Brooklyn, NY that was raising chickens in his backyard, so maybe you can too.
AND...the chickens do duties like covert bugs, weeds, and waste like kitchen scraps or lawn clippings into manure which goes into your compost piles. Its the same as putting up a bat-house...the bats that live inside come out at night and will eat thousands of mosquitoes so you dont have to spray chemicals everywhere and on your skin and your kid's skin. Work with nature!!!
Question of the day:
Hi Euclase. Very original name, right? My first time ever hearing. Very cool though.
Ok, I think I would recommend three books, and another that comes highly recommended to me but which ive yet to read.
This is tough...
For quantum physics? Someone out there is gonna be upset no matter what. I guess as a wide beginning I would recommend "The Field". You know whats the best way to find out about good books is to go to amazon.com and search for Quantum Physics, and just start looking at overall reviews and narrow it down. Check out the movie "What the Bleep do We Know" (if the storyline becomes really too cheesy for you and the polka scene seems LIKE IT WILL NEVER FRIGGIN' END....just stick through it. Its worth it. Even the Secret. True, a bit materialistic for me at times...but the concepts are true. Just use your powers to manifest positive change in the world and the minds of others, not fancy-ass mansions and $100,000 cars.
I also loved the book series called "Conversations with God". I found that those writings changed the whole way I see how this world works. It helped me to realize who I REALLY am, and who you REALLY are. (Answer? The same "individual"...in different temporary expressions)
I loved it. And when I was listening to the Steve Adler interview on We Like It Raw, he mentioned a book called "Love without End...Jesus Speaks". The reviews for this book are excellent, so i will likely read this within the next few months.
Dont get me wrong, Im not some Christian telling people to read just Christianity stuff. All teachings can be great or flawed. Be sure to read "Autobiography of a Yogi" as well...
Going crazy in the city...GRASPing for clean air...