in our current culture for environmentalism. Everyone wants to save the Earth by using less energy, having fewer children, and using biodegradable products. You see this propaganda everywhere you turn, in the grocery stores, on the television, and in politics. Little did you know about the real agenda behind this coined phrase Going GREEN-Population Control? Society will say that each one of us is guilty of leaving our carbon footprint on this Green Earth. We are accused of using up the natural resources and having too many children. Even breathing air will become the crime of the future. But God is the God of the GREEN Earth and He alone gave us the breath of life, so to him be all the Glory alone. He doesn't want any one of us to perish but have everlasting life. He leads us to GREEN Pastures and restores our soul for HE is the Great Shepherd.
My family, is Going Green for Real. We are trying to live off the GREEN land. We like to KNOW what we are eating and that it is REAL, God made, not comprised of chemicals and fillers. When we grow our own produce and raise our own meat we KNOW what is in it. We GO GREEN in our garden with our healthy GREEN heirloom plants using the energy of our entire family to pick GREEN beans in the garden. When we work together as a family we can get the job done in half the time. Then we cut the GREEN beans together while we sing a song about storing them up for the long cold winter. When you freeze or dehydrate your produce you get more bioavailability nutrients. Canning certain vegetables, like green beans, cooks away more than 60% of the original vitamins. If you dehydrate your GREEN beans, you will keep over 85% of the nutrients and you will not need to keep them in your freezer.
Another way our family GOES GREEN is by letting our Jersey milk cow eat the GREEN grass out on our pasture. The marvelous thing about the color GREEN is that it comes out of our cow as WHITE milk. We drink the raw grass fed cow milk that comes from our own land. We do not have to get in a car and drive to a grocery store to get it. The most amazing advantage is in our pocket book. We used to spend at least $50 per week on dairy products from the store that were not even healthy for us. We bought butter, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, whole milk, and ice cream. For one whole year we were spending over $2000. You can buy a cow for around $800-$1000 and have all the milk you need to make all these dairy products. The GREEN grass is free and during the winter months you may spend about $50 per month to buy organic hay to feed the animal. Once you have invested in the animal, you are able to get a new calf every year and if it is a bull calf you can raise it for beef. If it is a heifer calf you can raise it to be your future milk cow when the other cow is dry. What a savings. You would be amazed at the amount of benefits that are contained in raw, unpasteurized milk from a grass fed animal. Grass fed is the key. Cows are ruminants which means that they are designed for eating GREEN grass in a field. Most factory farms feed cows a high amount of genetically engineered (GMO) grains and soybeans which alter the chemical makeup of the milk that is produced. The byproduct then mimics the hormone estrogen which in turn causes children to mature physically at a much earlier age. Then, after the milk is heated and homogenized, it further alters the end product that is void of nutrition and filled instead with artificial hormones, steroids and antibiotics. When testing the contents in a grain fed cows stomach, they have found it to be filled with ecola bacteria. GREEN grass fed cows will not have any such bacteria. Instead, they have all these wonderful nutrients:
-Raw cow’s milk has all 8 essential amino acids. Our bodies use amino acids as building blocks for protein. Lactoferrin, an iron-binding protein, improves absorption and assimilation of iron, anti-cancer properties and anti-microbial action against several species of bacteria responsible for dental cavities
-Carbohydrates: Lactose, or milk sugar, is the primary carbohydrate in cow’s milk.
-Raw milk contains bacterially-produced lactase, lipases and phosphatases which help break down starch, lactose (milk sugar), fat and phosphate compounds making milk more digestible and freeing up key minerals. Other enzymes, like catalase, lysozyme and lactoperoxidase help to protect milk from bad bacterial infections. Lactose intolerant people can consume raw grass fed A2 milk without a problem.
-Fats: About two thirds of the fat in milk is saturated. Saturated fats are actually very good for us as they help construct cell membranes and provide energy storage and insulation for delicate organs, as well as helping our bodies use fat-soluble vitamins. Raw milk from A2 grass fed cows also has a significant source of polyunsaturated Omega-6 fatty acid which has shown to lower food allergy reactions, strengthen your immune system, raise your metabolism which helps in losing unnecessary body fat and helps in building your muscles.
-Vitamins & Minerals: Raw milk contains a store house of water and fat soluble vitamins and trace minerals like calcium and phosphorus which can reduce cancer, lowers the risk of osteoporosis, lower risk of kidney stones, and produces strong teeth and bones.
-Enzymes and beneficial bacterial: Raw milk is loaded with good living enzymes and bacteria that help aid in digestion and assimilating vitamins, fats, sugars, proteins and minerals. They also protect your body from the bad bacteria.
Our children love helping make the butter, yogurt, kefir, cream cheese, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, and ice cream. All of these dairy products are filled with all of the nutrition that our bodies need to function properly.
Going GREEN is simple even for city folk when you sprout GREEN colored mung beans. Sprouting mung beans is a really healthy, easy, and economical way to grow vegetables during the winter months. If you ever run into hard times, where food supplies are difficult to find, this would be a staple item in your household. Sprouted beans are rich in digestible energy, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, beneficial enzymes and phytochemicals. You can store these dry beans indefinitely if they are sealed in a large container. It only takes a ¼ cup of dried mung beans to produce about 4 cups of GREEN sprouts.
I like to GO GREEN by making my own GREEN vitamin drink. I call it Super GREEN drink. It has 24 different powdered herbs mixed together in equal proportions. I came up with this recipe after spending over $40 a month on vitamins from the store. I thought, how can I save money and yet get all the vitamins and minerals my body needs? Answer: Make your own vitamin mix. The first time I made this recipe, I tried capping it myself. I have a capping tray that fills 50 capsules at a time. I started filling the tray with 2 Tbsp of my powdered vitamin mix. They were full. You will expect to spend about $6 for 60 capsules in a fancy bottle. WOW, that is expensive when you consider that it is only about $4-$6 a pound of each powdered herb. I figured it out one time that I saved nearly $400 by making my own powdered vitamin mix! I usually buy a pound of each herb which makes about 8 gallons of powdered vitamin mix. It will last years for one family! Save yourself some money, buy the powdered herbs and make your own vitamins. I feel energetic and healthy when I take my Super Green Drink every morning. I feel like it boosts my immune system greatly. On our Homesteading for Beginners DVD Volume Two, I demonstrate how to make this mix.
On our Going GREEN for Real Campaign, we are desperately trying to convince all families to take the steps toward self sufficiency: Spending time with your children working with them, teaching them responsibility, eating REAL foods that are not genetically engineered, and having the satisfaction of putting the food that you have grown on the table each day. There is no greater joy than building relationships with your children by working together for the greater good. To encourage families our family of seven has created a Homesteading for Beginners DVD series. My husband and I were brought up in the city, so this has been a really exciting journey for our entire family. It is very educational and fun to watch. It truly inspires others to try some of these LOST skills. These are skills our fore fathers knew well and used to survive hard times that would come upon them. Our nation appears to be facing future economic hardship. We need to relearn these skills so that we can survive what lies ahead. We need to come together as a community near and far to make it happen.
Community life was the way of history. People would come together to work, to survive, and to learn from each other. Now we have cell phones, texting, and computers to stay in touch that only spread us farther apart. Our family has come up with an idea to bring like-minded families together in their homesteading adventure. We created a website and forum that others can join to encourage one another. We will be offering a platform for trading, buying, selling, and getting to know others in the same season of life. It will be an opportunity for people to learn, be creative, write articles, ask questions, get the products they need, and build family bonds.