Recently, the topic of grass fed has been a conversation for me. As well as questions about everything else I do here. Believe, I had posted about that previously. My motto is "organic practices because I am not ambition enough to do the paperwork". Though more often than not, when I talk about the ways I do things I get one of two reactions. Either an eye roll or curiosity. Generally, I walk away from the eye rollers, it's not worth the effort to try to convince people of something they don't have interest in. For those that seem interested though it normally leads down to why do I graze and focus on grass fed. Well, easiest answer I am lazy, and I don't like debt. Last thing I want is one of those big tractors that I rent monthly from the bank, also land is not cheap, and I have to do with what I have. This comes back to cows have legs and for a good portion of the year can freely walk and feed themselves. Plus, this keeps my carbon footprint down and helps my pastures build their carbon levels. That's a whole other topic though and even more digging into sustainable regenerative farming. I'm also a big believer on letting nature do her thing. Let cows be cows and wonder the pastures as they like. Grass fed is what works for me and all my animals. I know some have their reasons and you can't argue with those set-in grain fed beef. That's the beauty in having multiple options.
Plus, who cannot love the sight of cattle out grazing in the early mornings just as the sun peeks over the horizon.
If you've followed me from the beginning, you have followed me through a lot of change and growth. It is definitely a constant in my life. At 25 I had no clue which direction I was going. Dairy farming was the pits, I was working some part time job somewhere and later became a postal clerk. During my post office adventure, we ended up selling the milking cows and not long after that I left that job to stay home with the baby. This was the first big change. I went from having a paycheck to not. I went from felling like I contributed to feeling like I was just sitting around. I struggled, even though what I did was important. I knew I could do things though and I am a sponge to new information. Next thing I knew I was doing vinyl decal work and creating images for people and selling myself too cheaply for the effort I was putting in. As much as I enjoyed doing that, I enjoyed making soap and candles more. I eventually stalled the graphic work and began pushing the soap and candles. Learning more and more each time I make them. I also became addicted to holding state licenses, I went from retail foods to mobile retail, wholesale distribution and more recently food processing plant license thanks to friend offering shared kitchen space. These changes over time have offered me the ability to bring all my products to you, my customers. It's been up and down but what small business doesn't have that.
Some of you may know of the more recent change coming into my life. Although at the time of this post I am almost halfway through the year of it. Life had offered me something I have always been drawn too thanks to another good friend. last September I began the journey into another state license but one that has nothing to do with food. As I pursue my license in massage therapy, I am brought back to feeling that I always felt the pull to heal with my hands. Don't be surprised if you start seeing posts that aren't entirely agriculture related.
All of these changes may not have a sudden effect on my customers but the more I can bring to the table the more fulfilled I feel. And after six years I can finally say I know what I'm doing with my life. I hope you appreciate a little blurb into my thoughts and what is creating all of the ideas and things offered. Once again Thank you! There's more to come.
No lie, I love my goats and appreciate my sheep, but they are not all sunshine and rainbows. They can be a huge pain in the rear. So, I'll let you in on the good, bad and ugly of both species. In no way an expert as I learn more each year and this will be more for entertainment than anything else. If you take valuable information from it that is an added bonus on my end.
Hi, I am Mandy Onesti originally the author/blogger of Ponytails and Cow Trails. Which I had started to bring people closer to the life on the homestead. Running two websites, a house full of kids and a small farm, made me decide to conjoin my websites. I have a lifelong background in Agriculture and have worked on everything from rotational grazing organic farms to large scale dairy farms. I now run a small herd of beef cattle and strive for a sustainable lifestyle. Thank you for joining me.