Hands on Therapy and Natural Nutrition Works with Animals

I am a big believer in hands on therapy and natural nutrition for healing in humans and believe it can also work for animals. Following is an example of positive results we have recently seen on our farm. Last Friday my son and husband noticed one of our Jersey steers was extremely bloated and called my father to come take a look. They moved the steer to a separate pen in order to work with it and control its environment. Bloating in cattle  is a bit of a guessing game because initially you don’t know if it is from gas build up or swallowing something it shouldn’t have. Dad was able to work some gas out of it by rubbing and pressing on the steers side.

I did some quick reading on the internet regarding bloating and told my husband that keeping it walking around while rubbing (massaging) the side of it was the best thing that could be done other than putting something down its neck to relieve the gas (which we are not experienced at) so Jason kept it walking while rubbing its side until 11:00 that night and was confident that the bloating was going down and that the jerseys bowels were working. Over the next couple of days we watched it, but the steer still did not seem to be bouncing back after the bloating was gone and was extremely lethargic and was clearly not eating and was hardly drinking. I decided we needed to get more  liquid into it because it was clearly becoming dehydrated and weak. I made a mixture of yogurt, egg yolk and warm water and as my husband pried the jerseys mouth open I forced it to drink. I was convinced it just needed some probiotics for its gut and some protein for strength. I guess my certificate in applied nutrition does come in handy because the next day it was doing much better and had even been drinking on its own. I started feeding it a small amount of calf starter ( a coarser grain with more protein than what it was eating) and gradually have increased the amount. I am happy to report that by last night it had fully regained its strength and appetite and all because of hands on therapy and natural nutrition.

Feature Food of the Week Quinoa



A Naturally Gluten Free & Nutrition Packed Super Food


Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, although often referred to as a grain, is in fact a vegetable related to the beet and spinach family. Originally from South America, quinoa has been growing in popularity with health conscious consumers in the U.S. and Canada. As a result of its growing popularity, quinoa flour and quinoa seed can be found in most local health food stores and in many major grocery chains. The white quinoa is the most common type and much easier to find. However, the red in my opinion is worth looking for if you want a stronger flavour.

Since quinoa is not a member of the grass family it is gluten-free and the flour is often used in wheat free and gluten-free baking for those suffering from Celiac disease or people like myself who are gluten intolerant. In addition, to being gluten-free, quinoa is considered a nutritional power house containing many vitamins and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, folic acid, beta carotene and magnesium. In comparison to whole wheat flour, quinoa contains over twice the amount of calcium and is also a source of complete protein, containing an adequate proportion of all of the essential amino acids.

Quinoa is Easy to Cook for Any Meal

(Quinoa is cooked in a 2:1 water to quinoa ratio for approx. 15-20 minutes)

Cooked Quinoa

For Breakfast  –    Cook quinoa to make a hot cereal like a porridge and top with sweet maple syrup, fresh blueberries or cranberries, almonds and a touch of honey.

                                                          –     Use ground quinoa flour to bake breakfast muffins.

Quinoa with Vegetables

        For Lunch        –      Add quinoa to vegetable soup or mix quinoa with roasted vegetables.

                                         –          Try gluten-free pasta use noodles made from quinoa.

Quinoa Salad

      For Dinner      –      Make a salad using cold quinoa mixed with vegetables.

                                       –       Serve with a vegetable stir fry and simply substitute quinoa for rice or couscous.

Enjoy the health benefits of this nutrition packed food and try cooking with quinoa.
There are a number of quinoa recipes now available on -line or in book stores. Following is a sampling of what is available:

Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood  (book by Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming

Savvy Vegetarian’s Quinoa Recipe Ebook (download e-book available)

Creative Quinoa Recipes by the Canadian Living Test Kitchen (on- line resource)

Quinoa Recipes By Jolinda Hackett (on the About.com site)

Follow this link and try this easy and budget friendly recipe just in time for sweet corn season!  Sweet Corn and Quinoaby Stewartship

Feeling more creative try this delicious looking recipe for Qunoa Stuffed Peppers by Kelsey Casselbury

By The Farmer’s Daughter

Gluten Free by necessity, Healthier by choice!

Feature Farm of the Week Kricklewood Farm

Kricklewood Farm in Frankville, Ontario

Growing Sunflowers 

for Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil Production In Eastern Ontario


Most people are familiar with the sunflowers commonly found in birdseed or for our snacking pleasure. They have the recognizable striped hulls and are known by producers as non-oil-type sunflowers. This is the variety most sunflower producers in Ontario grow.

However, inspiration struck Dale Horeczy and his partner, Brad Daily a couple of years ago when they read an article about a farmer who was growing sunflowers in order to produce his own cold-pressed sunflower oil. Now after careful researching and planning, Dale and Brad, owners of Kricklewood Farm are embarking on a new venture as they tend to their stunning fifteen acre field of sunflowers, in the small village of Frankville, hidden on the back roads of Eastern Ontario.

Photos provided by Dale Horeczy

Contact dale@kricklewoodfarm.com for picture copyright.

This Fall Dale and Brad anticipate opening this area’s first Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil facility and with the hot weather we have received this Spring and Summer they are progressing right on schedule. On Sunday August 12 they hosted an Open House to let everyone have a chance to not only enjoy the simple beauty of their sunflowers in full bloom, but to also support a good cause by fundraising for the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (L.A.W.S.). The two partners were able to raise a much-needed $500 for the local animal shelter by providing cheerful sunflower bouquets to those wishing to donate $10 to L.A.W.S.

Kricklewoods sunflowers will not only benefit this very worthy organization, but their cold-pressed sunflower oil, once produced, will have health benefits as well.  For instance, Cold-Pressed Unrefined Sunflower Oil is rich in Vitamin E and provides an abundance of fatty acids which has a beneficial effect on the skin.

Be sure to make cold-pressed unrefined sunflower oil a part of your healthy diet by:

                                         √     Using it to make flavourful vinaigrette’s.      

                                         √     Using it as a salad seasoning.

                                         √     Using it to mix with cabbage and make coleslaw.

                                          √     Baking your favourite muffins or cake with it. 

                                          √      Drizzling it over roasted vegetables. 

Kricklewood Farms Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil will be available at their farm stand this Fall along with some of their other popular products    including fresh goats milk fudge, goats milk soap, free range organic eggs, natural beeswax candles,  creative art prints and cards featuring  their beautiful sunflowers and their cute furry and feathered friends.

   Visit  Kricklewood Farms Website or

    find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kricklewoodFarm

     Feature Farm of The Week Written by The Farmer’s Daughter

Tips & Tricks to Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthier

The number one tip to keep in mind is to be A Good Role Model.

Your cupboards and fridge should only contain what you want your kids to eat.

If you don’t want them filling up on junk food then don’t fill the cupboards with it.

I realize that this won’t work forever, but the longer eating healthy is a habit the more likely that habit will remain.

  • Get your kids involved with grocery shopping by taking them with you to the store or even better to a local farmers’ market. I know it’s not always easy to shop with kids, but seeing them learn how to pick out the best tomatoes or the freshest sweet corn is worth it.  When kids help choose the fresh fruit or pick out the bright coloured vegetables they are more apt to try them.
  • Teach your kids the difference between organic and non-organic food and when they are old enough teach them how to read food labels. Make it into a game and see who can find the food labels with no additives, no preservatives, no MSG etc. the first.  Kids love games so make grocery shopping into a game.
  • Let your kids help with preparing the meal. Even when they are real young they can help wash the fruit and vegetables and choose which ones to have. The more kids feel a part of making decisions and actually preparing the meal the keener they are to try eating it. Kids love eating food they have created.
  • If you can plant a garden or even container gardens, GREAT! Kids who learn to grow their own fruits and vegetables feel a sense of pride and get more enjoyment from eating what they have grown.

Remember you can always trick your kids into eating healthier

You can mash, grate, shred and puree fruits and vegetables and then add them to your soups, sauces and casseroles.

This will put some hidden nutrients into your meal.

Don’t get me wrong I always believe in being honest, but sometimes you have to be sneaky for your child’s benefit.

  • Make fruit smoothies using fresh or frozen fruit like strawberries, bananas, pineapple and blueberries. Fruit smoothies are packed with antioxidants and the combinations to try are endless.
  •  When you bake make sure to make treats like zucchini bread, carrot muffins and pumpkin bread.  Substitute butternut squash for pumpkin when making a fruit loaf and no one will ever know.
  • Make pasta sauce, meatloaf and burgers using grated carrots, and other vegetables. Kraft is even hiding vegetables in their Kraft dinner now.
  1. The Sneaky Chef
  2.  Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food
  3.  Sneaky Veggies: How to Get Vegetables Under the Radar & Into Your Family
  4.  Toddler Café
  5.  The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution

Be creative, be persistent, be patient and be kind and never punish your child for not eating a certain fruit or vegetable because you don’t want your child to associate eating with negative feelings. Besides maybe you never liked eating your peas either.

By The Farmer’s Daughter

Promoting Healthy Eating Habits for Life

Start Your Own Container Herb Garden


 For Starting Your Own Container Herb Garden

Herbs are not only easy to grow, but very rewarding with their delectable flavor and fragrance.

The best part is anyone can start and grow a container herb garden.

It doesn’t matter if you have a large property, a sunny deck or just a bright windowsill, you can plant an herb garden that fits. What herbs to choose and what to do with them once they’re growing are just some of the questions I will be helping you with.

Step 1 Choosing Your Container

 1.  Container size will depend on what space you have and whether you want it to be an indoor container garden or an outdoor container garden.

2.  Just be certain that you choose one that is safe for food products and does not contain lead or other toxic materials.

3.  Also make sure that your container has drainage holes since most herbs like well drained soil. If it’s going inside use a drain plate under it so you don’t wreck your windowsill.

 Step 2 Choosing Your Herbs

I recommend starting with 4” nursery plants from your local garden centre, rather than seeds when planting a container herb garden.

The Best Tip to keep in mind when choosing what herbs to plant is to grow what you like to use when you are cooking.

For instance, I have 8 basic herbs that I like to grow for cooking and seasoning my food with.

   1.  Basil – The most common variety of basil is sweet basil which is found in many pasta sauces and is the main ingredient in pesto. Basil and tomatoes are delicious when paired together.

Fresh Green Basil

Fresh Green Basil

 2. Chives – Chives have a delicate onion flavor and are best when mixed into dips, salads, sprinkled on baked potatoes or with pasta. If you are a garlic lover than try the garlic chives.

Regular Chives


3. Sage – Sage is probably best known for its use in stuffing for poultry, but it is also used in soups, stews, sausages and pork. 

Fresh Cut Sage

Fresh Cut Sage

  4. Oregano – Oregano is probably one of the most popular herbs used in a number of Italian dishes especially pizza. Greek oregano is the most flavorful variety.


Oregano Plant

5. Thyme – The lemon variety of thyme is very fragrant and flavorful and is often used in vinegars, casseroles and roasts. Be sure to choose edible thyme and NOT the ornamental thyme for your herb garden.


Fresh Thyme

6. Rosemary – This herb is often used for flavoring a wide variety of food including pork, lamb, chicken, rice, egg and tomato dishes.


Fresh Cut Rosemary

7. Parsley – Best known as a garnish, parsley is also rich in vitamins and minerals. You can also get fresher breath by chewing on a fresh parsley leaf. The flat leaf parsley is tastier than the curly leaf variety.


Fresh Parsley

 8. Mint – Container gardening is ideal for growing mint since it is one of the most invasive herbs and will surely take over your garden. Peppermint & Spearmint are commonly used in teas and give a Mediterranean flavor to food. 

Fresh Mint

Fresh Mint

Finally Choose Your Location & Enjoy!!

Once you have planted your herbs into the container of your choice using regular multipurpose potting soil, be sure to place your herbs in a sunny location where they will be sure to get 5 -6 hrs of sun. Water regularly, but be sure not to over water.

It won’t be long and you will begin enjoying cooking with your fresh herbs.

Note that herbs are at their tastiest just before flowering.

Happy planting from The Farmer’s Daughter

If you have any questions please contact me at tanya@ripnet.com

For information on drying and storing herbs feel free to check out this site http://www.herbalgardens.com/articles/herb-usage.html .

How to Create Interesting Blog Posts on a Consistent Basis

I have just started a blog as part of an online course I am taking and the thing that overwhelms me the most when thinking about creating a blog is how to create interesting blog posts on a consistent basis.  Those who know me would find it difficult to believe that I am afraid that I could simply run out of things to discuss, but writing and blogging for the world to see is much different than talking to a friend. However, after some creative research I have discovered a number of helpful suggestions to keep the ideas flowing. 

Following are 10 tips for creating interesting blog posts.  

  1. Keep notebooks handy so you can take notes down wherever you happen to be when an inspiring idea crosses your mind. 
  2. Get into the habit of keeping thoughts of your blog on your mind and you will be surprised at what ideas pop up. 
  3. Don’t be afraid to peak at your competitors blog or website for ideas. You will get an opportunity to see what’s popular in your field. 
  4. Teach something with your posts. How to posts are very effective because your reader will benefit and will take the time to read the entire post and be more inclined to return to your blog. 
  5. Use an Editorial Calendar and that will allow you to come up with content in advance and post it when that day rolls around on the calendar. 
  6. Gather interesting information from other blogs and websites that you think your readers will like and share it. Your post then becomes a great source of information for your readers. 
  7. Get ideas from the news  and put your own spin on it.
  8. Interview someone that would be of interest to your readers.
  9. Provide reviews on books, products etc. that would be of benefit to your readers. 
  10. Create helpful lists like this one. The more helpful the post is to your reader the more use it will get. 

Please feel free to share your ideas for creating interesting blog posts by commenting or e-mailing me at

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Sustainable Farming, Permaculture, Gardening and Homesteading in Ohio


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