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The Bison Need a Christmas Miracle

Bison in the grass, before the well failed.

Bison in the grass, before the Lindner’s well failed.

Update: January 28, 2014

I have terrific news! The campaign was a success!!  The Lindners raised enough money to fix their well, and will now begin the two-year process of regrowing their fields. The contributions totalled $155,133, with $41,264 coming from the Indiegogo campaign, which includes donations from many generous Eating Rules readers. The remaining donations came via mail-in checks and farmer’s market stand contributions. Check out the Water for Bison website for more details.

I want to pass along a huge thank-you from Kathy and Ken – they contacted me and specifically said how generous Eating Rules readers are.  I’m so grateful for all of you. Together, we’re changing the world – one small farm at a time.

- Andrew

Kathy and Ken Lindner humanely raise 100% grass-fed bison at Heritage Ranch in Northern California.

Matty and I have been buying their bison for the past year and a half, from their table at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Through our shopping trips, we got to know them face-to-face, and I can say without a doubt that they’re the real deal. They left the corporate world behind to raise their bison, and they care deeply about the welfare of their animals and the impact their ranching has on the animals, the land, and the community. Last year, when I told Kathy about October Unprocessed, she enthusiastically contributed a guest post explaining their 15% Steak Rule - which I personally have found to be a powerful and lasting paradigm shift. And, we proudly served their bison at our wedding.

Unfortunately, their ranch is now dying.

In April their 34-year-old, 600-foot-deep well failed, and without it they’re not able to irrigate their fields to grow grass for the bison to eat. Having already spent their life savings to get where they are today, they cannot afford to replace the well on their own — it will take $150,000 — and they haven’t been able to secure a loan. Instead of lush pasture, the fields are now fallow. The Lindners have to purchase up to a ton of hay each day in order for the bison to survive, tripling their expenses. They simply cannot afford to keep going without water, and the ranch is dying.

Bison after the well failed

As a last-ditch effort, they’ve created an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the well. If they don’t meet their goal, they’re going to have to shut down and sell the herd. They will lose their business and everything they have worked so hard to achieve, and the bison will have to be sold and will go to feedlots instead of pasture.

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Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones

These easy Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones are perfect for bringing to your next holiday party… or any party, for that matter! They’re moist and fluffy, a little chewy, with a sweet/tart punch from the raspberries. Oh, and did I mention they’re whole-grain?

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Creating New Holiday Traditions

Two years ago, I took it upon myself to create a new family tradition at Thanksgiving. It’s a simple one, and it integrates remarkably easily into our Thanksgiving Meal. Read on to find out what it is!

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Fifteen Gift Ideas for Healthy Foodies

I know, I know: Holiday gift guides are lurking in just about everywhere corner of the internet these days. I’m adding my own list because, well, I just can’t resist! I really enjoy seeking out new/interesting/useful/pretty kitchen and cooking items, so I hope you’ll find something worthy in this list for your loved ones (or for yourself!).

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Green Bean Casserole with Smoked Goat Cheddar and Fennel

This Smoky Green Bean Casserole with Smoked Goat Cheddar and Fennel will be my contribution to the holiday table this year. (Don’t tell anyone, but it’s actually really easy to put together!)

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Purple Power Smoothie

Just a small chunk of fresh, peeled ginger launches this smoothie into orbit.

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Congratulations to the Graduating Class of October Unprocessed 2013!

Well, we did it!! What a month it’s been. At last count, 15,543 people signed the October Unprocessed pledge, more than 2,000 people joined our vibrant Facebook Group, and we shared 44 guest posts throughout the month.

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