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You Find Out Who Your Friends Are When Wildfires Strike

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My office faces SSW which is pretty much exactly where the weather comes from so I'll be sitting here all day watching the weather roll in. The good news is that we have some rain in the forecast. The bad news is that we may also get some lightening. 

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Urban Digs Farm is now Blue Sky Ranch!

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Today is the day! Today we complete our metamorphosis from Urban Digs Farm to Blue Sky Ranch. I've just finished updating the settings for our newsletter, and feeling nostalgic, I took a look back through the 556 newsletters I have sent over the years right back to the very first. I know some of you will probably remember it and get a kick out of it so I've posted a copy of it for posterity.   

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Our First Newsletter from 2011

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Following is a copy of the first newsletter we ever sent back on November 11th, 2011. Back then we were running a (totally illegal at the time) urban farm out of a yard on the west side of Vancouver. We've sure come a long way. I've just gotten off the phone with the new health inspector for our butcher shop who needs to me send him the many food safety plans we wrote for the last guy. He would have a heart attack if he read this newsletter. We certainly don't have a secret fridge of goodies tucked away around...

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Pasture-Raised Meat: Carbon Credits for Carnivores

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Meat gets a bad rap and is often vilified and called out for being a leading cause of climate change. Industrial agriculture is indeed responsible for a myriad of climate disasters from greenhouse gas emissions to water pollution to desertification and erosion, but going vegan is not the answer. Well managed pastures can sequester more carbon than a forest. Lately, there has been a lot of research on the regenerative properties of sustainable agriculture and the results are clear - Regenerative farming practices can not only feed the world, they can actually repair the damage we have done to our ecosystem.  According to...

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How the Boar Stole Christmas

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Following is an account of Julia's accident and the events leading up to it and immediately afterwards. Julia wrote it while still on pain killers when she was supposed to be resting so please bear with her if it isn't up to her usual standards.... You can also see a shorter, prettier version of the story on CBC. Things started going sideways here at the ranch pretty quickly after this blog post. I checked Rosemary (the sow who was due to farrow) every hour through Friday night but she showed no signs of labour. I stayed up all night Saturday night watching...

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