I cannot declare quite enough my admiration for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. I’ve written about him on here before, gushing, fawning and otherwise sustainable-crushing on him. Based in the U.K., Hugh is an advocate for so very many of the things near and dear to my heart, including land sharing, sustainable agriculture, and preparing wholesome, delicious foods to share with loved ones. Furthermore, Hugh and his work brought me in a roundabout way to Elisa Rathje, living across the pond in Sussex, whose blog is sheer heaven.
Some of you might recall this post
, written shortly after Huxley was born, in which I mentioned my return to meat-eating. I realize that consumption of animal products isn’t for everyone, and I honor that. In fact, I held that stance myself for a long, long time. For me, though, the return to eating grass-fed beef and pastured poultry has paralleled a profound leap forward in my own health.
We are immensely fortunate to live in an area where such foods are readily available. Back in June, during the Farm Tour
, we visited two of the farms from where we acquire our meats, Hickory Nut Gap
(beef) and East Fork
(lamb). It’s an incredible experience to meet the farmers and view the land responsible for producing the foods you and your family eat.
I invite you to visit the River Cottage website.
It’s full of inspiration, wisdom, and education. To honor Hugh and his crew and all that they do (say that 5 times fast!!!), today I’m giving away a copy of The River Cottage Meat Book
. This book is rife with information, recipes and ideas for consuming ethically-sourced and raised meats.
To enter, simply leave a comment listing what sustainable meat means to you. For me, it means an animal raised in an absolutely ideal environment, co-existing in a mutually beneficial relationship with the soil (when ruminants graze on grasses, it creates deep-rooted perennial grass systems that massively increase the soil’s vitality). This symbiotic relationship evolved over millennia and creates an end product that is chock-a-block full of nutrients for humans and animals alike. This article in Seed magazine
expertly outlines the tenants of rotational grazing/holistic land management with animals as utilized by 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge
winner Allan Savory
The giveaway will run for a week, ending at midnight EST September 9th. Given the heft of the book (it’s a biggun’!) and my budget, I’m opening the contest only to U.S. residents (sorry international buddies!). PLEASE leave a means of reaching you, either via a link-back to your blog or your email address, so that I can contact you should you be the winner.
: The Random Number Generator
has chosen Yasmin, lucky #4, to receive a copy of The River Cottage Meat Book
. Thank you SO very much to all who entered! And be on the lookout for more awesome free things coming your way very, very soon!