I am a passionate advocate for the family farm/ranch, great tasting locally produced food, and healthy eating. I am a cattle raiser and our cattle are raised in pastures on good ol' grass...just as they were intended to do. I do not use hormones or antibiotics to enhance animal growth. The livestock are happy, healthy, and very gentle. The ranch operates under the principles of "sustainable agricultural practices". This simply means that the land is managed using bio-diversity methods. No synthetic fertilizers or chemicals and using "no till" methods for any new plantings. We do not kill weeds, plow the earth, or use any processed animal feed. This has made me somewhat "the county nut" with the older traditionalists and why I write under a "pen name".