Saturday, May 05, 2007
A dream come true
When I was in college I became a vegetarian. It was because of ethical reasons--I liked meat but I didn't want to support an industry that treated animals so horribly and contributed to terrible environmental insults. At first it was hard but soon I became very used to my vegetarian diet. I told myself at that time (almost 20 years ago) that if I was ever able to raise my own meat humanely and sustainably I would eat meat again. But not eating meat for so many years caused me to develop a strong aversion to it. It wasn't until I was pregnant and nursing at the same time a good 14 years later that I started to crave meat again. And what great timing it was--when Eliza was born we were building our sustainable home on the farm. Now I do eat meat again and we have the incredibly good fortune of being able to raise most of it here. The other day I looked out the window and saw the very image that I had dreamed of all those years ago: Free range animals enjoying green grass and fresh air. I still can't believe it!