We huddled in a comfortable corner of the hotel lobby. She stuffed a few pieces of chocolate kale into her mouth and said, “We’re trying to decide how to finish the cows off.”
My jaw dropped and my eyes popped open. Thoughts of the young woman face covered with a black mask, swirled through my head. Would she perform the dastardly deed with a candlestick in the library? Or perhaps a revolver in the kitchen?
Cow Assassins. Who knew? Suddenly, a steak dinner didn’t sound so good.
She must have noticed my shock. “What I mean is we have them in pasture and we’re trying to decide what to feed them before they’re “processed.”
Maybe I should be a vegetarian.
Tom and I met this woman at the 2011 Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Sustainable Agricultural Conference. Tom took classes about soil and irrigation. I attended chicken classes and even listened to a man speak for two hours about mushrooms. Besides showing how he grew fungi in newspaper, he shared how he traveled around “inoculating” trees with mushroom spores. One mushroom he found brought him over $200 when sold to a local chef. (Maybe vegetarian isn’t so great either.)
We met lots of nice people, eager to share their knowledge. Attending gave us a picture of what people were doing all over the area along with valuable information to file in our sustainable-living-saturated-brains.
But I moved away from the young woman. You can never be too sure.
My question of the day is:
What animal either for meat or for dairy has been your greatest success? AND where do you live?