Sustainability defined.

 Photo: Colorado Mountain School

Photo: Colorado Mountain School

Let's talk about the the Tao. In the book, The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer talks about finding the middle way by feeling for the edges. We believe that directly ties into sustainability. 

Near Laramie, there is a beautiful, native Indian, sacred space called Vedawoo. It is a jumbled pile of huge, granite rocks, some of which fit together and others that look like they are precariously placed, ready to topple at any moment. It is a feat of nature and looks like something out of a science fiction book. 

If you look closely at the granite, or if you are there for one of the afternoon thunderstorms that are so common in the summer, you will see the path that the water takes down these huge, boulder mountains. Inevitably, this water has to face one of the solid rocks; it cannot go around. I love watching the path this water takes. Even when it's not raining, you can see a slightly grey area where the water washes down the rock. 

Like a stream of water finding it's path down the face of a large, granite boulder, so is the middle way. The path of least resistance. Michael A. Singer talks about it as a blind person finds their way down a sidewalk, using their cane. The cane isn't there to feel for the middle, the cane is there to feel for the edges so that the person can navigate towards the middle. And keep themselves out of harm's way.

You know when you hit your edges. Your health falls apart, or your family or housework needs desperate attention, you feel overwhelmed or utterly hopeless. The other side is also filled with unsustainabilty--late nights where you could talk or hang out together ALL night, days so action-packed and exhilarating it feels like you are flying through at a million miles an hour. Or that "new love" feeling where you can't get enough. Of whatever! When it comes to money and budgeting, it's those periods that you oscillate between pinching every penny so that you feel you're living a life of depravation and then your pendulum swings to the other side and you spend excessively (some people refer to it as "bleeding money"). Living in either extreme is not sustainable. 

To know the middle, you have to feel for the edges. When one view feels too extreme, you've hit the edge. Feel for the middle. In this climate of polarized views about food, politics and ways to manage your life and your family, the edges are all over the place! Find your way. Find the middle.

Black Market Farm is committed to sustainability on the land, throughout sustainable, rotational grazing practices; for our animals, through humane-based pasture raising; and for our family and yours by offering natural meats, available directly from us to you. We build a relationship. We raise your food. You make food choices that are healthy and sustainable to your family.

Liberate your food. Liberate your health. Liberate your meat. :)