Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

First Day of Washington County Indiana Farmers Market 2010

Went wonderully, we saw many new faces and made a bit of money, got some of the Kazakistan apple trees out there along with Astronomy Domine corn seed.

We've got so much going on on the farm right now, with animals, breeding projects, and plant propigation that it's hard to keep up with our online pressence at the moment, however within the next couple weeks we will be doing a lot of updating of the blog site as well as posting a lot more on the homegrown goodness messageboard at

Keep your eye peeled for posts on plant and animal breeding projects, new pictures, and also items for sale!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How stupid can they be?

Attention Botanically challenged people (read moronic/self entitled wanna be stoners). The Salvia family contains 900 known relatives. One (and this is important) only one contains the psychoactive ingredient known as Salvinorin A. That plant is Salvia Divinorum. Home depot does not sell Salvia Divinorum, period. However, I do.

That said, Salvia Divinorum is not a "party" plant, it will not get you "high" or make you feel "good". It is a healing plant. I will be propagating salvia divinorum over the next few days for sale to Indiana residents, I will not however be selling to anyone under 18 and I will require ID. Even though the plant is not YET illegal in Indiana it demands respect, if you have no respect for the plant you do not need it!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

One of those things.....

It's not uncommon that I might blog about something that moves me, particularly political in nature.

Recently I started a facebook page to protest a local 31 year old "man" who is running for Commissioner in my county, not just because I disagree with his politics, but moreso because a year ago this man was arrested charged with having beaten, strangeld, and caused serious bodily harm to the mother of his children. His trial is ongoing, and conviniently enough will finish up just days before the local primary. There is a lot of corruption in this little county that I love. The guy is representing himself Pro Se and if he gets off the hook we will all know why.

Anyhow, that's not what this is really about.

I have over the past six years been suffered a repeated ignorant question regarding my choice of a career. Let me fill you in. It starts as such:
I will be having a conversation, most often with someone who only has a passing interest or no interest in agriculture at all about what I have chosen to do with my life and why, and most of the time it's the stereotypical far left or far right leaning suburbanite and inevitably the question will come.

"Is this ALL you do for a living"?

These are your "all American Americans" most often. You know the type, they think their informed because they get all their news from either Rush Limbah or NPR. Either way, it makes no difference to me, two sides of the same coin. These are the people that never question anything the talking heads say to them, the people that believe questioning your government is somehow un-patriotic. Palin or Obama supporters.....They have more in common than one would think.

These are the people buying the economic "recovery" and "double dip recession" (as opposed to DEPRESSION) hook line and sinker. They don't get it.

They think that the days of having to actually do something real and meaningful are over and that Wal-Mart and Jay-C will provide all their needs.....along with those fun government hand outs and that life will never change....that everything that they have known or everything they strived to escape (farming and more importantly SELF SUFFICIENT WORK) is now utterly useless because it's "easier to go to wal-mart, cheaper to buy at Jay-C" and the government will take care of me and mine as opposed to "I'm going to fight tooth and nail to protect me and mine"-that would be to "manly" and not PC enough for the dumbed down, flouride drinking, mass ignorance that is common place in the US today.

I used to defend myself pre-emptively when I saw this question coming with....."Well, I could go get a "real" job in Louisville, but then I'd have to............" Until I realized how self defeating and demeaning that banal brand of bullshit really was.

I don't worry about it now and let me tell you why.

The economy is done with and everyone knows it! EVERYONE....even those of you who are doubting it.

Last week Timothy Geithner got laughed at during a speech on economic recovery.....not booed, not fucking protested, laughed at! Oh, did I mention this wasn't coming from Americans? Nope, it was in China! Oh, and did I also mention that it was Chineese school children doing the laughing! HAHHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH take that shit to the bank Geithner......or should I say "turbo tax it bitch".

Don't get me wrong, the economy going down the drain sucks. But we have had it coming for letting the corporation and it's international banking buddies run everything for so long, make us so complacent.

Face it, look at the divisiveness in this nation and look at where it's coming from, they are trying to get us all at each others throats, and for what reason? What are they engineering now? Got any ideas? I do, and it's why I'm farming (one of many reasons).

Now days I don't have to defend what I do for a living. Now days I know that what I'm doing is the right thing and that the whole "money" conversation, arguement baiting bullshit is worthless. What's that money worth if we wake up tommorrow and it's just paper?

And why am I not all that worried about it?

Just from the observations I have made as a farmer.

In the past 12 months I have had call after call after e-mail after e-mail after visit, after visit, after conversation about "getting ready". And with who? Well mostly people who know how to live this way but also from those snotty suburbanite assholes who are now scared to death because they have been laid off and can't find a job, suddenly farming is an option, maybe the only one!

I've also seed new options popping up in my neck of the woods. Small mom and pop thrift stores, indoor yardsales, natural goods suppliers and livestock growers popping up everywhere. And for the most part, it isn't junk but things people can and will use, now and when things get harder........and to boot these people are doing this full time.

Indeed my little town is ready and I am glad to have my business be a part of it. In the end I win!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What a beautiful day!

What a beautiful day today! It won't be long until we have produce for sale as all the early crops have poked their heads above the soil line.

This week we have rare antique bench grafted apple trees for sale 10.00 each. Kazakistan apple and pear seedlings 3.00 for four inch pots (from the same area Michael Pollan mentioned in "The Botany Of Desire") Composting worms, bedding, and caccons, 20.00 for a four gallon bucket!

And don't forget there is still time to join our CSA farm stand credit program!