Justification.  It’s something we all do.  We justify our actions all the time, if not to someone else, to ourselves for certain.  And after the past week of fighting with the amorous buck, I question myself, my sanity, my motives.  Why?  Why subject oneself to such frustration?  potential harm?  aggravation? expense?  The short answer: it’s about the food.

I know that many have seen Food Inc.  For us, this didn’t start with the movie, or with a reading from Michael Pollan.  It started with personal tragedy.  In 2006, we were reeling from two cancer diagnoses in our family.  Cancer, sadly and like most, isn’t new to us.  But these were very close cases.  The first, our infant niece was diagnosed with a very nasty tumor and not given the night to live.  Later, after she defied the first diagnosis, my wife’s step-father was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, a type that is particularly heinous.  That’s when we, my wife and I, started thinking about the foods we eat.  We started with bread.

For us, we learned initially through reading at the Bread Becker’s site, but ironically, it was coffee that most likely led us down the path.  With home roasting, I had learned what fresh coffee was, how great it was, and the wonder of the cup.  My exuberance has been evident to my wife, and as we started thinking about food, the freshness idea made a natural pathway into other realms.  The first was grinding our own flour and making the majority of our bread.

Then came the goats.  It was 2009 when we picked up our first pair, two Toggenburgs that were from a shared line.  They are still with us and one is a champion milker on our little stead.  I am like many of European ancestry and can’t tolerate cow’s milk.  But goat was a viable alternative.  Problem is that the cost is quite high.  So, being now tripartite  DIY-ers with respect to food (coffee, flour and eggs), we decided to make the jump to milk.

Seeing what happened with eggs and flour made us think more about what goes into what we eat.  Now, we can’t bear the thought of buying milk or eggs: the eggs are pale, pasty, anemic in color when compared to ours.  So, we’ve changed gears to provide for ourselves.  To say it’s a cost advantage is a lie; there is no way we save money in this endeavor.  Now, it’s a sacrifice to have a higher quality, and better food for us.  We control most of what goes in, and enjoy the fruits of that labor.

There is no magic bullet that gives us perfect health.  I’m suspicious of anyone who offers such.  But fresh is better, from coffee to vegetables to eggs.  It’s a choice we’ve made.  It’s hard sometimes.  It takes discipline, but who among us couldn’t use some more discipline?


Solo Deo Gloria,



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2 Responses to Why

  1. Gerald says:

    Sadly, it does often take personal tragedy to spur us to ask questions and to make changes in our lives. For us, it was what happened to my wife’s parents that “woke” us up. Her dad, always in poor health from obesity and an inactive life style, died suddenly of an embolism-induced heart attack. Three years later, her mother also had a heart attack. Her heart attack, though, was after she had drastically changed her diet to one that should have been more healthy. Didn’t help her though she did live through that.

    Her heart attack spurred us to investigate nutrition, etc. as they might relate to the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Because of what we learned, we changed our diet drastically (to one closely resembling yours) and are now nearing the end of the second year of that. Our other change has been in our level of physical activity. We are now biking, swimming, running, lifting weights, and stretching our muscles and ligaments most every day. None of our changes may add a single second to our lifespans, but it has already greatly improved the quality of our lives. Our energy level, mental outlook, and overall fitness have improved very much. It is a pleasure to be alive on God’s green earth!

  2. Merlin says:

    JavaJeb – What a thought provoking post. I don’t have the room, area, or the ability to do what you do. But I really enjoy getting fresh eggs from my friend in the country. He has about 300 hens now and I can’t tell you how much I really enjoy them. SO much better then what you can buy in the store. I also try to get organic and locally grown veggies and fruits. They seem just like the good olde days when growing up.

    By the way still enjoying the home roasted beans when I can. So much better then the grocery store. Just wish I could do it more often. But I have another friend that has two roasters and I partake in his bounty and his love of trying out new beans.

    Merlin – Alan

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